When you pray, I will answer you. I will encourage you by giving you the strength you need. (Ps.138:3)
I, the Lord, will work out [fulfill, complete] my plans for your life, for my faithful love endures forever. I will not abandon you, for I have made you.(Ps. 138:8)
I have examined your heart and know everything about you. I know when you sit down and when you rise up. I know your every thought. I chart the path ahead of you and tell you when to stop and rest. Every moment I know where you are. I know what you are going to say even before you say it. I precede you and follow you. (Ps. 139:1-5)
I saw you before you were born. Every day of your life is recorded in my book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. (Ps.139:16)
I have promised you that all thing work together for your good and My glory.(Rom 8:28)
Think about these promises that are recorded in Ps. 145:17-20:
"The Lord is righteous in everything He does; He is filled with kindness.
The Lord is close to all who call on Him, yes to all who call on Him sincerely.
He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cries for help and rescues them.
The Lord protects all those who love Him, but He destroys the wicked."
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.
As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:1-5
The comforter will teach you all things. John 14
So many other blog messages, personal emails, and facebook messages came our way...and I read each one with tears streaming down my cheeks. I know God used each tear to strengthen and heal these deep wounds. One week ago, I doubted God's plan...I even started believing that God did not have our best interest at heart. But, that is just not true! Though he may allow us to go through more pain and heart break in this process, it will be worth it all...I pray we are able to pass down a steadfast faith to our children. I want them to know that pain and grief are inevitable...it is who and what we rely on to handle it that matters.