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Kate Motaung grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan before spending ten years in Cape Town, South Africa. She is married to a South African and together they have three children. Kate is the author of the e-book, Letters to Grief, hosts the Five Minute Friday blog link-up, and...

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  1. Kate, thank you! I can relate so deeply to what you have shared. Two summers ago, my 5 year old daughter was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour. The subsequent surgeries and days of treatment were so dark, and yes – those summer days and people laughing all around were mocking me as my baby girl danced with death. It has taken this long for the Lord to lift me out of the mire and I take each day as it comes, looking for the light in all the moments. I never know what tomorrow will bring and I don’t take my life for granted – everything has been turned upside down and there’s no going back to before cancer. That said, the Lord is so good and He does walk us through every moment and renew our strength and spirit. Thanks for sharing.

    • Oh, Lisa, I am so very, very sorry. We have dear friends in a similar situation. Their six-year-old son is having his final week of radiation this week, for a malignant brain tumor as well. So grateful for your testimony of sufficient grace and the Lord’s power made perfect in weakness. May He continue to grant you new mercies each morning. Strength to you, sister.

      • Thank you Kate. So sad to hear of your friend’s son. I will lift the whole family in prayer, trusting and believing in the Lord’s sovereign power and grace to restore and heal and bring great strength and comfort to them.

  2. Thank you for sharing…it is so hard to LOOK UP in the hard times; during the storms of life. I have been there – I have “done” that…and when I did look up, I also discovered that He was there for me in those times of grief or loneliness or sickness or whatever crisis I may be going through. He IS and WAS and always will be there!! Thank you for reminding me of that!

  3. Thank you for this reminder. We have had a very long stretch of hard times. But, when looking up, I have seen God in little things, and big things, scripture, etc. But, when going through the dark days, sometimes the black can seem overwhelming. I do have to remind myself that His Presence is always with me, and it isn’t always me moving away, it is just my awareness of Him needs a nudge.

  4. As I read this, my eyes filled with tears. I could so relate to your article. I lost my dad last year on Christmas night. He had been ill and had come home to die just four days before Christmas. There is an emptiness that I feel will never go away. I need to remember to look up.

  5. Thank you for this beautiful reminder. I love how not only does God show us His favor, He lets us know He is doing it. I walked through a very dark valley in my life and I felt so alone….I cried out to God…”where are you God?” I looked around….I needed a rescue….and all I heard was silence. Years later, God reminded me that He had heard me and had rescued me. When I cried out, I didn’t even think God heard me. But He did and He rescued me!

  6. Thank you for sharing this beautiful illustration of God’s faithfulness! I so needed to hear this today!

    I was reading today about Mother Teresa and her decades of depression, which no one that saw her love for God and people ever suspected she struggled with. An Archbishop responded to one of her letters, in which she shared about her struggles, that God allows His children sometimes to have these times to help us rely on only Him.

    God is good!!!

  7. To say that’s a fantastic story is an understatement. It is always SO encouraging to hear what God is doing in others’ lives. His timing is perfect, isn’t it? And how he can “download” so much into our hearts in just an instant. Always amazing.

  8. I just love this paragraph: “A reminder that even on days when the clouds threaten storms and thunder rumbles overhead, the light is still there. I just don’t see it. And while it might not come right away, the sun will break through and rays of favor will shine down – in rough waters and smooth.”

    We all need reminders that the sun will eventually shine through our dark days and there is hope on the other side. This year has been super rough for me dealing with many issues. My aging father moved into assisted living, had medication issues and balance issues that landed him in hospital 2 times. During that time I worked a stressful job that I don’t like, also my hubby almost lost his job. What a year. Now we are trying to fix my dad’s dementia. It can be so very hard to see the sun through all those cloudy days!

    Thank you for a wonderfully written post!

  9. First of all, so sorry for the loss of your mother. I understand. No matter how old you are or how long it’s been…it’s so hard.

    I love your analogy with the light, and I feel the same way. I tell this to my kids…that the sun is always there…it’s just that sometimes there are things in the way. And that God is faithful, even when we don’t understand.

    Thank you for sharing your heart. This is a beautiful post.

  10. Wow, I was so touched by this.

    When my fiancé broke off the engagement and started dating other women shortly afterwards, I felt crushed. I was in so much pain and confusion and anger and grief.

    I felt as though I had lost a spouse. The dream and hope for a future wih someone had died.

    But thank you for reminding me to look up. To look up to the One that holds my heart and will never let it go.

    There was never a moment God (my bridegroom King) didn’t want me. Didn’t fight for me. and didn’t pursue me.