When Jason and I meet almost 20 years ago now we had no idea what our lives would look like. We were young and in love. That is the way it is meant to be. There have been some hard things we have faced in our life together. Huge disappointments, moving, different jobs, different churches, different homes, change of cars, change of philosophies, getting to know ourselves and each other in deeper more meaningful ways.
Easy has never really been a part of our vocabulary for many years. After doing ministry together, moving, and 9 adoptions I don't think easy was in what God planned for us. Don't get me wrong there have been plenty of "easier times" than others. When you are going through a difficult time in your marriage or job there may be easier days than others.
In the movie Soul Surfer (The Story of Bethany Hamilton) after she loses her arm to a shark attack she has to relearn how to surf. It wasn't that she didn't think she could do it, but more a matter of how long will it take me to relearn everything I know about surfing. Bethany Hamilton went on to win many championships in surfing. She knew her strength came from God and even in the confusion that kept her going.
That is us in our family. We are relearning everything. From time to time all families have to do this in different ways. Maybe you find out a child has a learning disability and you have to figure out how can we help them in the best way you can. Maybe grandma dies and your family now has to learn to live without an important part of your family. Some people lose a job and when they start the new one there is so much that changes from income, hours worked, and commute times.
This is where we have to determine in our minds even if we don't believe it every day or week or even month. We have to determine that we don't need easy.... we just need possible. That statement changes everything.
Believing that it is possible with God for your marriage to turn around. It is possible with God to parent a child that is really struggling or even several that are struggling. It is possible to chase the dreams those God sized dreams He has planted in your heart and so much more!
I was reminded by a good friend that I was setting my goals too low because with God ALL things are possible. I was thinking I want to rebuild our lives to "our normal". She reminded me that God doesn't want "our normal" He wants --- something BETTER! I have underlined and bolded some words- be strong, For I am with you, do not fear..... The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house, and in this place I will grant peace.
Haggai 2:1-9New International Version (NIV)2 1 on the twenty-first day of the seventh month, the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai: 2 “Speak to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, to Joshua son of Jozadak,[a] the high priest, and to the remnant of the people. Ask them, 3 ‘Who of you is left who saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Does it not seem to you like nothing? 4 But now be strong, Zerubbabel,’ declares the Lord. ‘Be strong, Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land,’ declares the Lord, ‘and work. For I am with you,’ declares the Lord Almighty. 5 ‘This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.’
6 “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. 7 I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the Lord Almighty. 8 ‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the Lord Almighty. 9 ‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the Lord Almighty.”