Thursday, August 29, 2013


Some days are just plain hard.  Today was one of them.  I was in tears over several issues in my life.  I was on my way to resolve some of those issues when my dear sister-in-law called me out of the blue.  She and I only talk on the phone only a few times a year because we're both so busy with our lives.  She said she called to ask how Florida was.  I told her the superficial news and was ready to hang up, but then she asked if there was anything else.  I casually said I was having a hard day.  She almost cut me off saying she just felt like she should call me.

That's when I burst into tears in the grocery store!  I had to quickly go hide in the stationary department.  I told the kids to look at the cards while I listened to one of the wisest women I know.  (Everybody should have a woman like this in their lives.)

Her wisdom and perspective were exactly what I needed to hear.  She calmed my heart.  I know we should only need validation from God, but her validation, strength, and wisdom were inspired by God.

As I tearfully thanked her for her guidance, she humbly acknowledged God's hand and reminded me of HIS love for me.  When these tender moments come into our lives amidst the trial, we have got to know that our Heavenly Father loves us.

My sister-in-law said she wished I didn't have to feel these sadnesses and reminded me that passing through the refiners fire is the only way to become stronger and better instruments in HIS hands.

Gosh!  Sometimes that fire feels REALLY hot until the Lord's perspective enters into our minds and hearts.  I feel much better already!!  God loves us through every painful, imperfect detail of our lives.