But now, O Jacob{Jessica}, listen to the Lord who created you.
O Israel, the one who formed you says,
“Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you.
I have called you by name; you are mine.
2 When you go through deep waters,
I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty,
you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression,
you will not be burned up;
the flames will not consume you.
3 For I am the Lord, your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. Isaiah 43:1-3

Monday, May 6, 2013

It Isn't Fair!

Yes, we have cried.  Yes, we hurt.  Yes, it has been hard.  It is hard.  There are times when we doubt, fear and frankly, when we even feel angry.  Our emotions are real and mixed.  They change from one moment to the next.  Sometimes we feel strong, confident, hopeful.  Other times we …..  well, you know.  They are the same feelings you are experiencing.  You see we are just like you.  We are not some super spiritually gifted family with this super picture perfect faith.  We too struggle with living out our faith and belief in the midst of life's circumstances and tragic events.

Guess what? Life isn’t fair.  It is hard.  No matter who you are.  There are  reasons, but they are the ones we  don't want to hear: genes, physics, biology, natural selection, being in the wrong place at the wrong time, the choices we make, and the choices others make. The universe is quite indifferent to our plight. But there is one who does care, who hears and who is big enough to handle all of emotions and feelings..  In fact He is the one who gave us those feelings and emotions.
Mandisa puts it this way.

You don't need to run
You don't need to speak
Baby take some time
Let those prayers roll down your cheek
It maybe tomorrow
You'll be past the sorrow
But tonight it's alright

Just cry
Just cry

It doesn't mean you don't trust Him
It doesn't mean you don't believe
It doesn't mean you don't know
He's redeeming everything.
Our feelings and emotions are the very things that help us understand our need for Him.  And when we give Him our emotions, our feelings, our heart and soul He redeems us and everything we experience in our life. He turns even the most difficult circumstances into something positive.  

This blog is proof.  It has been viewed over 34,000 times all over the world including Russia, France, Germany, England, Australia, Austria, Canada, Italy, and South Korea.  Never would we have ever had the opportunity to share with so many our faith, hope and belief in the one true living God.  I don't know how people get through life without God.  He is our strength, our confidence, our peace in the middle of the storm.  And HE is our unwavering hope! We continue to pray and believe in healing and we walk confidentially forward in trust knowing that even this God is redeeming.   

10 Give ear to me, O Lord, and have mercy on me: Lord, be my helper.
11 By you my sorrow is turned into dancing; you have taken away my clothing of grief, and given me robes of joy; 12 So that my glory may make songs of praise to you and not be quiet. O Lord my God,
 I will give you praise for ever.
Psalm 30:10-12 (BBE)

In His Peace,


  1. praying for all. i will not stop praying. i love each of you.

  2. Praying for you and your family.

  3. continuing to pray for Jessica and all of you. I know that Jessica is the main focus here is well she should be but I just wanted to ask how her to precious little girls are doing? I know that also has to be taking a toll on Jessica thinking of her girls and being away from them. Our hearts go out to each of you and we keep you all in our prayers.

    1. The girls are doing well. They are happy and loved. Jessica and Jason have always been so good to share them with others that they have adjusted but miss their mommy and daddy lots.

  4. Praying that Jessica will be able to go back to the condo soon. I know that would help all of you. So many prayers are going up for Jessica and the entire family.

  5. thanks for your courageous witness even in the midst of the pain.

  6. Praying for you and Jason. Know that your entire family is in our thoughts and prayers. I pray for a pain free day ! We will see you soon. Love Paul, Suzy, Cody and Csaey

  7. Charlotte JacksonMay 7, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    I will praise Him in the storms and trust that His time is perfect. He has an amazing plan for you and your loved ones. We will not quit praying for His grace to ease your pain.

  8. Jessica and her family are in my daily prayers. God is good!

  9. We are praying for y'all everyday. We love you!
    Valeri, Kirk, Skyler, Maddie & Tanner

  10. Praying for you from Florence, Alabama tonight. My childhood best friend goes to church with you in Newnan, Marsha Goodrum. Praying for God's mercy to come to you and your family.

    Sarah Haggstrom