I am blessed with some amazing friends. Friends that drop everything and reschedule their busy lives to be there in a crisis. We used to live .5 miles from each other, but now a distance of 500 separate our families. Not only is it my best friend, it is my husbands best friend, and all our 4 children’s best friends as well. Like how does this even happen outside of God? We both homeschool, grow beautiful gardens and raise crazy chickens in our backyards. Most importantly, we all love Jesus.
Eric is the senior pastor of Living Waters Foursquare in Brookings, Oregon. He is a gifted teacher and speaker and I have proudly served in ministry along side him. He is the real deal! Because of the awesome world of technology we live in, I can listen to him preach on Sunday mornings right after I get out of my own church service via their Facebook Page (check it out here!) This last week he spoke from the book of Lamentations. Now, you have to understand something about Eric and myself. We are like the same person. We both married super happy, optimistic people, and together we form the doom and gloom society. We are realists that, unchecked, tend to go dark, very dark. So of course, I knew that Eric teaching from Lamentations would speak directly to me!
In the course of the last week, his wife’s brother had lost their entire home and nearly lost their lives if it wasn’t for a dream his wife had to wake up and flee a fire. Thomas is a worship pastor for a church in Santa Rosa and literally had mere minutes to evacuate before their house was consumed. They lost everything, yet they hold onto Jesus. Watching them walk through this season is inspirational and heart wrenching all at the same time.
It is a tough season for many, I know of many who have been effected by flood, fire, sickness, or trials… Yet, in the middle of this lament, this book of tears, it says “The Faithful love of the Lord never ends, His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness, his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!”” (Lamentations 3:22-24) Amen! I immediately had “with Everything” by Hillsong come to my mind. The chorus says:
So let hope rise
And darkness tremble
In Your holy light
That every eye will see
Jesus our God
Great and mighty to be praised
This is the grandest story of old, the story of hope rising from the ashes, that we can be transformed, renewed and restored. It may look hard right now, but turn your eyes to Jesus. He is Worthy. Let us stand up and spit in the face of the enemy and say, YET, I will let hope rise! You don’t get the final say, God reigns, God rules and God is in control. He will work everything out, He has won the battle and you, oh enemy… are DEFEATED.
For this page, I used several different washi tapes in the same color family and laid them all across my page. I had another entry on the back that had bled through so I wanted to make sure to have a good base for this entry. After the washi tape was down, I grabbed some white paint and used it to knock back all the brighter colors and blend the washi tapes to all one cohesive look. Once dry, I simply added some stamping and sticker words/letters to get my sentiment down. I tied a little tulle bow to a paper clip and with my date stamp completed my page.