Indeed we felt we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us from such deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On Him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. 2Cor 1:9-10
Powerful! This morning, on the eve of our first major step in gaining custody of our 2 youngest boys, I just needed to hear from the Lord and 2 Corinthians is what he sent. Last night, Jason and I had a really long talk in the kitchen after listening to a very special person give his first pastoral message and afterwords we were able to vote as the church body to make him a pastor. This man has been such a huge spiritual influence on both of us and his words yesterday spoke to us about the importance of sharing the things that God is doing in our lives. Man did he ring our bells and God was and will continue to be so glorified by his message yesterday!
Ok rabbit trail over…..back to this morning! Jason and I were in the kitchen talking about what God is doing and has done for us, and Jason made the comment “I don’t think anyone should be without their kids”…AGREED! Man, we have not seen our 2 youngest boys in the last year and it has been the most painful experience of our lives to date. Especially since for the previous 9 years we have had them every single weekend that was our according to the standard custody order and for many of the weekends that were not ours! “Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death… 2Cor1:9” We have battled against flesh and the world at every corner. We have dealt with anger, doubt, fear, all the emotions that the world tells us are real, but at the end of the day, always remembering God’s promise to overcome evil and win the battle through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior! “He delivered us from such deadly peril , and he will deliver us. On Him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again.” 2Cor 1:10.
We have not been alone in our battle. We have an amazing set of friends and family that have supported us emotionally and mentally, but most importantly in prayer! Our church family, our friends, complete strangers have prayed without ceasing for the safety and protection of our boys, for their mother, for us, and believe me we have felt those prayers and seen the fruit of them throughout this process. Just as we would reach a breaking point, we would get a phone call, or we would get a few minutes alone with them to see that they are still doing great, they still love us and they still know that we love them more than anything.
As we begin the long process of evaluating where the boys should live, I feel so much peace in my heart! I know that God will reign in this, He always does. Regardless of the outcome I know that we have been obedient and followed His will and He is sending His servant in to assess the situation and the results will be His answer to us, not the worlds. I have been blown away by the number of people who have reached out to us this past week just to let us know that they are praying for us! “You also must help us by prayer, st that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many” 2Cor 1:11
Amazing that a book 2000+ years old has the answers and exact words you need to hear at just the right time! If you are not in a habit of reaching for His word every single day, I encourage you to start reading. You will soon find yourself thirsty for his word, you will find comfort and solace in his promises and peace in presence!