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Jennifer Dukes Lee is the author of several books, including Growing Slow. She and her husband live on the family farm, raising crops, pigs, and two humans. She’s a fan of dark chocolate, emojis, eighties music, bright lipstick, and Netflix binges. She wants to live life in such a way...

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  1. Jennifer,
    Your post brought tears to my eyes. I have walked in places of deep pain and I like the analogy that we need to be good stewards of our pain. For years I have wondered about “this thorn in my side”, but I realize now that it was given to me so that I would always be in a place of utter dependence on my Lord and Savior. The pain I’ve experienced keeps me abiding in Him.

    One piece of artwork that I have – a black and white pencil drawing of Jesus holding on tightly to the little lamb, brings me comfort. I often picture myself as that tiny helpless lamb being held, lovingly, in the powerful and strong arms of my Savior. There’s something about that image that brings me peace in times of pain. Scripture verses that bring me comfort are too many to name.

    Thank you for an honest and powerful post and reminder this morning!!
    Blessings to you,
    Bev

    • Good morning, Bev. First of all, may I sincerely thank you for all the ways you encourage the incourage writers? Thank you for consistently sitting with us, in the early hours, to take in our words, and then breathe hope and life into the comment box. You are a dear soul, and it’s really a joy to connect with you here each time I write for the team.

      Secondly, I love your imagery of Jesus and the lamb. It reminds me of how gently He carries us throughout our lives, not aimlessly, but very directly THROUGH the pain, and eventually toward a photo-finish ending. I saw, with my grandmother, how she was like the lamb, carried in the arms of Jesus toward her own finish line. At the same time, I experienced how she was the hands and feet (and arms) of Jesus, reaching out to hold us up — us the grieving — to offer us hope and peace and love even in the center of her suffering.

      Again, Bev. Thank you. You are dearly loved and appreciated.

  2. When going through difficult times I work at remembering who God is. Here is one of my favorites:

    Romans 11: 33-36
    “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
    How unsearchable his judgements, and his paths beyond tracing out!
    Who has known the mind of the Lord?
    Or who has become his counselor?
    Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?
    For from him and through him and for him are all things.
    To him be the glory forever! Amen.”

    Then I move on to Romans 12:1-2

    A lifetime of choosing where to place my focus.

  3. Lovely: “I always thought that God gave her special eyes. She could see the hurt in others, because she had felt it so deeply. I am no theologian, but I don’t believe that God wastes the pain in our lives. I believe, with all my heart, that God is redeeming all things.” I’ve looked into those eyes…and through them. And have learned the best way through pain is to lean into it, not run from it.

  4. Encouraged today, with this post, Jennifer. We’re leaving in a bit for the memorial service of our young friend. I’ll be sharing a little about the legacy he left in our life – leaving far too soon. He lost his battle with depression and the pain and anguish he just never had the strength to vanquish – even in his passion for God and love of the Lord. I don’t understand – but I love this thought of how God is in the pain. I believe He was there in those final tortured, impulsive moments. Now – how will we who remain steward his pain as a legacy in the aftermath. Pain that is not in vain – but purposeful in eternity in the lives of others. I will be praying through these things going forward. I’m so thankful for his writings and photography where the best of him was recorded. May we who love find ways to take the record left of our loved ones into places of new life.
    May you know comfort in your loss.
    Blessings,
    Kathy

  5. A friend gave me a framed copy of “Footprints” and I have read that multiple times through the years to remind myself that God is with me, even during my times of trial and suffering. She gave that to me before I was saved and I believe it helped me get through the dark times and into the light. Now I turn to the Word and always find comfort, especially in Psalm 23.

  6. Thank you so much for this. I have been going through a divorce and the horrible feeling of being rejected and unwanted us sometimes hard to shake but the picture of Jesus carrying the lamb close to His heart is one that has sustained me over the last couple of weeks.

    • Oh Simone. My heart aches for the freshness of your own pain. It’s so hard, I think, to see how God can redeem our suffering when we are sunk down in the middle of it. I pray that He will provide you great comfort in your time of trial, and will show you a clear path out of the clouds and into the light.

  7. Jennifer,
    Thank you . . . you have described a journey that our family has been on through the decades with my Mom, who like your godmother, was given the stewardship of pain. AND, through it all, she glorified the Lord, ministered to others . . . and wiped our tears…and never complained about what was going on in her life or body.
    Our journey with her her last few days on earth were through her eyes – eyes of love, of expectation and words of encouragement and love for all of us. Several came to see her from her small community on June 8 simply because she was in the hospital and once there discovered that it was her last day (we had just been told)- – she ministered with simple thankyous and “I love you” and I am praying for you. And later commented how precious it was that so many came to “tell her good-bye”
    It was a Holy Ground experience for each of us and until her last breath was drawn there was a ministry to the staff in the hospital . . . as there had been in the days before. Even tho her last 18 hrs were in a coma, the staff came and spoke comforting words to her and to us in awe of what they had witnessed in the hospital the days prior.
    On June 9 of this year, at 89 years of age, Mom completed her journey and stepped into the presence of our Lord and Savior free of pain! She sweetly, quietly endured to the end with a peace that is only from the Lord.
    Oh how we miss her . . . and how we strive, with the Lord’s help, to follow her example, especially those of us who have also been given the “stewardship of pain”
    I share in your sorrow, Jennifer and understand the void in your heart/life. What a day it will be when we, ourselves, cross over and see our dear precious loved ones WHOLE . . . and together we will worship Him for eternity!

  8. Two sources of comfort and courage are the song “Because He Lives” and Isaiah 41:10. When I doubted if any one would want to hold my hand God reminded me that He would and does. From the depths of our pain God redeemed our marriage to use us in mentoring premarriage couples. Our joy and theme is Psalm 115:1 Not to us, O Lord. Not to us But to your name be the glory because of your love and faithfulness. God restored our marriage He continues to use our learning even as we interact with others in casual conversation where relationship challenges are discussed. To God be the glory.
    I read your earlier post on your web site and today again am touched by your beautiful and “hard” story.

    • Annetta… How sweet that you would mention “Because He Lives.” That was one of the songs that we sang at my godmother’s bedside on the day that the picture, above, was taken.

  9. What a beautiful post! My mom embodies exactly what your godmother embodied for you. Mom has lived with a mental illness most of my life yet she is one of the most Godly woman that I know. Beauty from the ashes of her illness—death and resurrection. I love Psalm 30 and it helps me through those hard times. “Weeping may come for the night but joy comes with the morning!”

  10. The pain in my life has been healed by my constant relationship with Christ and my close relationship with girlfriends. Just having a close friend to bounce feeling and thoughts off of has allowed for great healing from my childhood, my addictions, my marriage, in messing up in parenting, etc. That is one reason I love incourage devotionals. They connect so completely to my life as woman and a woman who loves teaching/learning with other woman.
    Thanks for always sharing our true hearts.

  11. Such a beautiful post! I was told years ago when my husband and I suddenly had a prodigal son, to not waste the pain; to use it for good. Then God led me into a homeless ministry and from there, He led me to write a book, something I never dreamt of doing. Now this introvert is doing book signings and speaking on stages. I have learned to take the pain and use it for good for entering into the pain of others to share the love of Christ. When we do that, we ourselves become healed. God is good! Thank you for putting it into such beautiful words as always. I shared your post on FB. There are so many out there walking in pain. I know your post will help many. Thank you!

  12. Beautiful words Jennifer.
    He makes all things beautiful in His time.
    We can count it all joy.
    The light shines through the cracks in these jars of clay.
    I do not have the grace or call of physical infirmities, but I walk arm in arm with one who does, and glory is exhibited in both her struggle to trust as she awaits diagnosis and treatment, and in her deep, abiding faith to press on with Jesus.

    Thanks for stewarding your gift of words.

  13. God has allowed me to break time and time again the past 20 years to make room for him in a heart that was completely locked down. And now he has anointed me to preach FREEDOM to the captives!

    My anchor holds within the veil!

  14. I love your development here of stewardship of pain… I used to think pain was my punishment from God… but when His love won my heart… pain became my mentor!!!

  15. Oh Jennifer – AMEN, AMEN, AMEN! Yes, God is with us IN the pain. “Pain stewardship” – I love that concept. Tullian Tchividjian’s book “Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets us Free” was such a breath of life for me as I need to be reminded of God’s presence in the pain. I have watched so many dismiss pain, put on a happy face and just say it’s all good (theology of glory) and longed to share how we must not neglect that pain is real and that God is still present & working in and through it. (theology of the cross). I just love, love, love this post Jennifer. Blessings!

  16. Hi Jennifer,
    I have experienced a tremendous amount of suffering with emotional pain during my life some of which I brought on myself and some from those I love acting out of their own pain. My Mom tells me I have suffered enough for 3 lifetimes
    and She can’t get over how forgiving and compassionate I am toward those who wrong me. I’m not sure if all that is true but I do see the pain in all of us because of our brokenness. I have struggled to numb my pain thru addiction for many years and have been asking God to deliver me. You mentioned songs in your post and it reminded me of a recent experience. I have sensed God telling me lately that it is time for my healing to begin and the deliverance that I so desperately need. I was almost afraid to hope I was hearing him correctly so I asked God to give me a song that would confirm what he was saying. At the same time I was attempting to encourage an acquaintance who I have been corresponding with who is living in China. She too has suffered a lot of emotional pain and she does not have a relationship with God and is estranged from her family. She sent me a text message a few nights ago that I was not able to answer because I was driving but I began to pray for her asking God what to say to encourage her. A song came on the radio called “unpack your heart” by Phillip Phillips and I sensed God saying this is the confirmation you asked me for and the answer to your prayer for your friend! He said tell her I see her and understand her pain and this song is from me to her!! I would like to encourage anyone reading this to have a listen to the song on youtube and receive it’s beautiful message from God!!! He never ceases to amaze me and I can’t help sharing the experience of God pouring out his love and meeting us right where we are at!! <3

  17. Thank you so much for the post which has truly blessed me. It has been a year of losses for me, and a difficult one. I cling to my Savior throughout and am grateful for the many blessings that always occur in adversity if I take the time to see it.
    I learned a while back that I can relief my pain easily by reaching out to others with pain and needs. It seems contradictory, but even if I’m at my lowest, helping someone else can bring me great comfort and healing.
    Blessings,
    Sandy

  18. Beautiful… this is a verse that really helps me in times of trials.. God is there all the time. His wisdom far surpasses my human brain. I know that He will make all work to the good. Trusting in His love for me and the path He guides me on. God bless you ~

    Trust in the LORD with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
    in all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will direct your paths. Proverbs 3, 5-6

  19. Thanks so much for this post. Honestly I’m not a good steward of my pain and reading your post encourages me to do so. I know I must mature in this area. I tend to withdraw when I’m in pain and than later I react in anger over unrelated things. My emotions are pretty messy. So I’m learning on my journey that I must be honest when I feel like something inside of me is breaking. I must open up in a safe community and not let silence drag me into darkness. Isolation in times of pain only leads to destruction. Its scary to be vulnerable before the mercy of others. Its hard to ask for help and prayer. Its not easy letting others help. But God has created us to be in fellowship with one another and encourage each other. He has also given us the Holy Spirit to help us rise like an eagle and pass through flaming fires. Through worship we can humbly be in His hands. For we are the clay and He is the potter. He molds us and makes us. Its wonderful that we do not have to hurt by ourselves. I have been alone and felt very lonely in my sufferings. That happens sometimes. But I got through because I knew that God was with me. I may not always feel that He is – but He is. And He brings others into our lives to help. And this post is powerful because it encourages readers to be good stewards of our pain. Thanks You!!!

  20. My children and I have mitochondrial disease. It is a genetic disease that is life shortening. I am currently on hospice. My kids are still young. The pain we have dealt with both physically and emotionally the past 10+ years realizing that our kids were seriously ill. Then I am watching myself fall apart is more than I could go through alone. Glad I WE have Christ.
    Through His gracious mercy we keep moving forward ministering to other special needs families.
    Thank you for your wonderful post.
    God bless
    Heather Laurie

  21. Thanks for this. These thoughts of this post have been on my mind as my mother reaches 85. Visited her just last night, having traveled yesterday from our town to hers… Although she is pretty healthy she can’t ‘retrieve’ names of people or things at the moment. But the ‘bottom line’ like your godmother, is her faith in Jesus. Sitting at the table visiting, she is silent for a moment, then she says, “God has been so good to me”… And ‘yes’, is all I can think to say… God is good…all the time…
    Blessings to you.

  22. Mary-Ann Winslow, thank you! You have no idea how much I needed to hear that song you shared…it shows me just how much my God, our God, is in my pain, in my tears, in my exhaustion, in my doubts, in my failings today and every day to come.

    Jennifer, thank you for reminding me to use the pain within me to minister to others…your godmother sounds so much like my Mum, who gave, gave and gave some more, right to the end, even when her words were gone.

  23. Honest truth….in the midst of your pain, it is very hard to see God suffering with you. And it’s probably also hard to press HARD into God when you are experiencing HARD times. But I’ve learned that it is in those moments when you have to press HARD into God if you are going to make it. Several years ago I went through a very hard time…but every day in my pain, I went to God and asked Him for his healing…now, I can look back and see how he carried me through….and in these HARD times we need to take him at his word and believe every single promise he gives us….and we need to ingrain it into our hearts and souls that he will never leave or forsake us, that he is good, and he will always make a way when there is no way. Thank you for giving me this new term…being good stewards of our pain.

  24. I have found the song “He Giveth More Grace” a blessing in my life – He giveth and giveth and giveth again!

  25. When Mum passed away I played and replayed: “It is well with my soul”. It is such a powerful song.

    The verse God brought me in the midst of grief, not long after Mum passed away was Isaiah 51:3.

  26. Thank you so much ! Thank you jesus!

    My “life jacket” -verse during hard times ( like now, for so many years) is in Isaiah 43 :1-2

    “But now, thus says the Lord that created you : Fear not, for I have redeemed you, I have called you by your name, you are mine.
    When you passed through the waters , I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overflow you, when you walk through the fire, you will not be burned, neither shall the flame kindle upon you, for am the Lord, your God, yhe Only One of Israel , Your Savior”

    May the Lord make his face shine upon each of us and be gracious unto us.

  27. Beautiful post! I had an aunt that suffered pain most of her adult life. But, she was a powerful Christian, & God used her mightily. I know a lot of people don’t believe in the Gifts of the Spirit, but the Holy Spirit used her time & time again. She would give messages to people that were from God. On her death bed, she looked up at me, & I told her that she could go on, that I would take care of her sister for her. She kind of smiled at me, closed her eyes, & took a couple of breaths, & was gone. My oldest granddaughter made the comment that she thought God was going to heal her, but didn’t. I asked her, ‘How healed is she now? At her funeral, it was a celebration, not a sad, morbid affair. There wasn’t a person in that church that didn’t believe she went straight to heaven. She touched many, many lives.

  28. I am not sure which one to put down. I have been through the pain of loosing both parents, a spouse and a sister. I have been with families as loved ones past from this world to eternity. I think in times of death the promise that God has gone to prepare a place for us offers me encouragement and hope. Psalm 23 reminds me that God walks WITH me THROUGH the dark valley, whatever form it takes. I love the song “Through it all” because indeed through it all I have learned I can trust Jesus, that God is faithful, and I am loved.
    Praise and Gratitude always help. Being in nature and looking to the sky, the sunrise and sunset, the mountains or hills and remembering to lift my eyes and heart to God. All have helped me through. I loved your post. I had not thought of being stewards of our pain. thank you!

  29. I just lost my Mom Sept. 5th……as she lay in her bed at Hospice I kept telling her “I love you…you’re the best”….I know she heard me….she also had faith in her eyes…she had suffered chronic pain for a long time…she was ready to go home to be with her Jesus…I was not ready…

  30. I used to wonder why life had dealt me so many blows. I used to wonder why life (that my peers had) passed me by. I didn’t grow up the same. I felt different. I was different. But now I am no longer suffering – for the most part. Now too God has given us more than enough emotionally, financially and spiritually. I believe God allowed the suffering, and granted these days now of ‘more than enough’ so that we can share. It’s not perfect – we’re flawed. But we know that what we have is enough to share, emotionally, financially and spiritually. I do find that I have to be careful what I expose myself too, however, because negative patterns of thinking are so easy to slide into and I have to take each step carefully – never too much nor too little. Not sure I’m making sense! Anyway, I will link to this post over on my blog.

  31. I suffer with chronic pain and have used the Philippians 4:8 to carry me each day. By taking my th out and focus on the sweet things God focus on his people and creation. I take the focus away from the pain.

  32. What a precious, beautifully written look at the stewardship of pain .
    Realizing that we can be used, by God, to come alongside others is accepting a special gift from God.
    Thank you for sharing these stories & photos with us!

  33. This morning I lay in bed long after waking – trying to press the day away. It’s been a rough week. And so the Father showed me your words. Thank you dear heart.

  34. This is such a beautiful and timely post, Jennifer. I started crying halfway through and the tears flowed freely straight through until the end. Just last night, I was thinking about my grand aunt who died in hospice two years ago. As I sat by her bedside, held her frail hand and prayed for her, she looked at me and asked me if I was eating properly and getting enough sleep. She was more concerned about my well-being than she was about her pain – and the pain was intense.

    I had never witnessed someone in so much pain before. It was unbearable to watch, but I offered her my hand to grip as tightly as she needed.

    From her deathbed and in the depths of pain, she praised God, day in and day out. It’s heartbreaking to watch someone who you love experience all that pain. I felt helpless. But I kept constant watch by her side and lifted her up in prayer.

    Throughout life, she had so much faith. She held steadfastly to the Word and showed others so much love and compassion. To me, she was an angel of the Lord. Sent down to earth to be with us for a time; to heal us with her kindness and her words.

    You are in my prayers, Jennifer. Your Godmother is finally home where she belongs; with our Saviour.

    Donna

  35. Thank you incourage writers for posts like this. I live with chronic illness , pain and fatigue. For a long time I felt condemnation and punishment from God since there is no cure for what I am going through. Through posts like this I am learning to believe that God does love me and knows what I am going through. He sometimes cries with me when I am suffering but He works things out better than I ever could. I am trusting Him to show how much longer I should continue to work. I pray that I will sense His presence not only on weekends but through the week when things are tough. I am thankful that my heart is starting to soften and know Him .

  36. Thank you so much for this encouragement. I’m going throught the hardest time of my life right now but I know God has a greater purpose for it. Romans 8:28 is the verse I’m clinging too. Be blessed and thank you again.

  37. “The Lord will perfect that which concerns me” ~ Ps 138:8

    I keep the thought of how much I miss my mother fresh… even though I know where she is and one day I’ll see her again… I miss her greatly.

  38. I’ve really appreciated JJ Heller songs and music videos (you can find them on youtube). One of her songs says, “I don’t know what You’re doing, but I know who You are.” Another says, “The truest things I know are those I cannot see.” Good reminders to me that God is good and is in control and my vision right now is just so short. One is I Believe and another Who You Are.

  39. Read your post first thing Saturday morning. Taken aback by the wonder of it all. Was in the middle of yet another loss and had to deal with it. What timing of your words. I’m back to say the “God of tight places” (it’s in the margin of the NASB), Psalm 46:1, showed up, pulled me through a very rough patch this weekend. I hang on to words of one of my favorites, Buechner, but had not ever read about being a “stewardship of pain.” I don’t know that any other author has helped me wrestle with some of the things that have happened in my life like cancer, rape, abuse, loss, multiple miscarriages like Buechner has—to deal with what stirs inside. The mantra of most who surround me is this: “Everything is going to be all right.” In heaven, yes. On earth, maybe no. Depends on your definition. Marketing sure does what to package this life well. Sure, our tribulations will all pass one day. But we carry them. There are dark places in my heart. And writers like you shine a shred of light that helps me so. You’re on to something that most don’t post about. Your words speak life and fall like wanted rain on me—Deut 32:2.

  40. I, too, read your poignant post with tears in my eyes, Jennifer. My mother suffered a massive stroke on September 25 and went home to Jesus on October 9. Like your godmother, my mom sowed seeds of love, wisdom, and encouragement into the lives of hundreds, through her music (She was a gifted soloist.), teaching (Mom worked with children from the time she was fifteen, for a total of seventy years.), entertaining at home, in the workplace, to missionaries home on furlough, and more. All of this giving to others grew out of a painful childhood. But Jesus transformed her fractured family into a miracle of reconciliation and beauty. Her parents became faithful servants of God; so did my mother. Mom never resented what she lost; her focus was always forward: What can I do for Jesus today, in appreciation for what he’s done for me? Her legacy is woven into my heart.

  41. Jennifer,

    Such wise words. Angela Thomas in her Bible study “Brave: Honest Questions Women Ask” talked about using our pain to comfort others. Encouraging them with what we’ve been through!

    My favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you to give you a hope and a future”.

    I just love the picture of Jesus walking along the beach and 2 foot prints for most of the time then all of a sudden only 1 set of prints. Seems God is carrying us and our burdens.

    Blessings 🙂

  42. God brought my attention to Jeremiah 29:11 in a time of need. It has become my verse to live by. It covers all of our needs, hurts, giving confirmation of our importance to Him. And that’s what really counts. I can’t say how much that helps me through all the difficulties of life. It keeps reminding me that through chronic pain and disability in 3 of 3 in this home, God has a plan to prosper not harm, a plan for hope and a future.

  43. Thank you for your wonderful post! I have an Angel Stone that my daughter sent to me during a very painful time of my life back in 2009. Whenever I felt pain or fear, I held that stone in my hand and thought of beautiful angels surrounding me to shield me from the pain. This truly helped me get through it all! I’ve since given Angel Stones to others to help them through their pain.

    Kindest regards
    Mae West

  44. Psalm 46.
    I have experienced this myself after the sudden, tragic death of my 28 year old son. I experienced it again watching my dear sister face death having become terminally ill with pancreatic cancer less than 2 years ago.
    This has taught me the Grace that God gives for dying. And this is embedded in the wonderful Hope we have, as Christians, of being immediately with the Lord when we die in a place of unspeakable beauty, glory and love forever.
    Hallelujah!

  45. Dear Jennifer, This is a very timely sharing as my mom just passed away.At her deathbed, all our brothers,sisters and family members were at her bedside.We rejoiced to see her leaving us to be with Jesus.She was a comfort to all of us as she never complained about her life.She was baptised in 2006 and is truly a righteous person.

    My mom had brought all of our brothers and sisters together to sing songs, worship and to listen to her testimony narrated by my elder brother and her daughter.It was truly a moment of grace and love brought to us by Jesus.

    As not most of our family members, relatives and friends are believers, I pray that they will be touched by mom’s love for the lord and they will all come to accept Jesus as their lord and receive the salvation which is given so freely by God. JESUS LOVE YOU ALL.

    Blessings,

    Louis

  46. “Stewardship of pain”, what a beautifully coined phrase. I have been asking for a reason, a revelation for why my marriage of 30 years ended, when will the pain subside. People who were suppose to hold me through this period turned their backs and told me to ” get over it”! I was and am still in shock but bit by bit I am being made aware by God that this pain, this period will be used to help others, to be more compassionate. I am so very grateful for your article. I have always helped and made myself available to friends and family and so I expected the same. Now in these dark times and having the knowledge that God, my Heavenly Father is going through this pain with me and does not want me to loose sight of the pain, so that I can reach out to others even though I don’t wish this kind of pain on others, I can truly say that it had been an honour to finally embrace the pain knowing that I can be there to sympathise and empathise with others. Thank you! I know without a shadow of a doubt God led me to this article as I found it by accident. It is an answer to my cry all weekend to God asking why? Today He answered me through your compassionate and lovely article. There is always a gain for our pain. God bless you and your ministry.

  47. My song is” Because He lives I can face tomorrow ” !
    Be encouraged, God is good all the time !

  48. Reading about this dear and sweet saint of Christ reminds of my friend and sister in the faith. She is such a precious example of this very topic as she deals with her terminal cancer. Her trust in our Savior is so strong as she lets His light shine through her life. She humbles all of us who know her. It makes me realize that much more that Satan never wins…. We do for Gods promises are new each day and weeping is just for a night as joy comes in the morning.

  49. With the news from Oregon this weekend, it is a blessing to read about a faithful, sweet woman who knew that life on earth has purpose until the end, through her faith in Christ. It is always surprising how much joy can be felt in the midst of pain when you rest in the Lord. Thank you for sharing this story.

  50. I lost my daddy 3 1/2 years ago and at the time of his dying I wasn’t sure if he was saved or not. I was completely heartbroken and lost because my daddy was my world, I was always daddy’s girl and always will be. I was driving to work one morning a month or so after he passed and crying as I usual when the song “Save a Place for Me” by Matthew West came on the radio. I was so overwhelmed with relief and joy…the Lord sent that song to me telling me my daddy was in Heaven and he is waiting for me, saving a place for me. I truly believe in my heart that this was the Lord’s way of telling me everything is going to be fine and you will see your daddy again some day.
    This story you shared really touched me and I just felt I had to share mine.

  51. WOW what a blessing to you !! I have just gone though a very long difficult season, which seemed a long way down in a very long pit !! I lost my job in 2012 & had major surgery in 2013 for my back. The Lord has taught me alot about poverty, brokeness, dispair, even more compassion for others. How to control my weight in very difficult circumstances instead of comfort eating, & losing so far 1st.5llbs on renewing The Freedom in Christ Course !! Praise GOES TO OUR DEAR FATHER !!!!!! Becky

  52. I lost my sister earleir this year. For the past months i have worked around with a heavy heart because i couldnt relate it to God or find him in the circumstance for we have been orphans most of our lives and have become used to pain and suffering and we simply hoped for the best thinking that it couldnt get worse. I stood with her, watched over her, washed for her, slept by her in the hospital and prayed almost all nite for her healing but she died.
    It is only recently i got comforted by the words Jesus used when Lazarus died he said “Lzarus was sleeping” and i simply beleived my sister is sleeping and i cant keep worrying how she feels; if she is lonely…she is sleeping and maybe having great dreams.

  53. I lost my sister earleir this year. For the past months i have worked around with a heavy heart because i couldnt relate it to God or find him in the circumstance for we have been orphans most of our lives and have become used to pain and suffering and we simply hoped for the best thinking that it couldnt get worse. I stood with her, watched over her, washed for her, slept by her in the hospital and prayed almost all nite for her healing but she died.
    It is only recently i got comforted by the words Jesus used when Lazarus died he said “Lzarus was sleeping” and i simply beleived my sister is sleeping and i cant keep worrying how she feels; if she is lonely…she is sleeping and maybe having great dreams.
    Thank u for giving me this platform to share my thought. I pray that i will learn obedience through these things that i suffer for his name’s sake