1.15.2016

He is ENOUGH ... so lean in with confidence!

One of the joys of our miscarriage ministry is getting to meet so many wonderful women.
Though the circumstances under which we meet are sorrowful, there is something sweet about getting to know someone during such a vulnerable time. 
All pretenses are tossed aside when a woman reaches out for encouragement and hope in one of the darkest moments of her life. She is not concerned with how she looks, how she cooks, or if her house is clean. She just wants someone to hear her, understand her pain, and tell her she is going to survive this trial.
It is an honor to be allowed into the hearts of these women. Being trusted is no small thing.

During a recent exchange with a woman fighting hard to hold onto the "joy that comes in the morning" after a night of weeping for the child she longed for, she wrote these words:
I definitely still have good and bad moments, days, and weeks. But as all of the attention has faded and people have stopped reaching out, I've really had to take responsibility and focus on leaning into the Lord. I think the Lord sends so much encouragement our way the first few weeks because we are so broken and need that. But slowly (and pretty painfully) we have to learn to find that encouragement ourselves, and meet with the Lord. 

When I read this, my first response was, "Yes! Absolutely - YES!"
Though He uses the body to encourage and comfort us in our times of mourning, no one can meet our needs, heal our hurts, or collect our sorrows like the Lord.
Cards and meals and visits from friends are wonderful.
Listening ears and strong shoulders are invaluable.
But they cannot last forever.
Even those who know us best cannot be expected to know and respond to every cry of our heart.

The only way we will truly heal, and the only way we will replace sadness with joy, is to drop our weary, broken, weeping bodies at the feet of Jesus, and let Him do what He does best. 
Love us.

I love her phrase "leaning into the Lord." Such a descriptive image. 
You can see her. Hugging Him. Wrapping her arms around Him. Clinging to Him.
When we lean into humans, we can cause them to stumble. Trip. Even fall.
They may not be prepared for us to lean in. They may not be strong enough to hold us up if we do.
But the Lord?
He IS strength!
His feet are always planted firmly. Solid, secure, waiting for us to seek Him for safety and stability when we need it the most.

People will fail us.
They will not meet our needs.
They will disappoint and hurt us.
But the Lord NEVER fails!
He promises He will never leave us or forsake us.
He loves us with an everlasting love.
He is our strength when we are weak.
He is our stability when we cannot walk straight.
He hears our cries and collects our tears in a bottle.
He understands our weakness.
He comforts us in our sorrow.
He is everything we need. Nothing and no one else can satisfy.

Believer, if you are hurting, drowning in despair, weeping until you cannot breathe ... lean into the Lord. Settle into His arms. And surrender to His strength.
There is no one you need more. 
He is
ENOUGH.
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Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you;
He will never permit the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22

The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
And those who know Your name put their trust in You, for You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You. Psalm 9:9-10

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

I love the Lord, because He has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy.
Because He inclined His ear to me, therefore I will call on Him as long as I live. Psalm 116:1-2

So my spirit grows faint within me; my heart within me is dismayed. I spread out my hands to You; my soul thirsts for You like a parched land. Answer me quickly, O LORD; my spirit fails. Do not hide Your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in You. Show me the way I should go, for to You I lift up my soul. Psalm 143:4, 6-8

Be merciful to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and my body with grief…But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, "You are my God." Psalm 31:9, 14

Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. I Peter 5:7

Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:21-23 

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