I haven’t written in a while. Summer is always a busy and chaotic around here!
I also switched jobs. Now I work part time as a barista at a Target Starbucks. Honestly, the job I’ve wanted for a long time. I love Target and I love Starbucks! I also love getting a discount, yay! My friend snapped this on my first day.
My husband’s brother and his family visited for the first time from Virginia a little over a week ago. It was incredibly special. We had a blast, hanging out and doing tourist-ey things with them.
Tomorrow is a big milestone for me. I’ll be turning 30. I’m kind of sad to leave my 20’s behind, but older = wiser, right?
I watched the movie ‘Miracles from Heaven’ a few nights ago. At about 20 minutes in I started crying and couldn’t stop. It just touched so many nerves for me. The child in pain, the mom losing hope- it’s definitely been where I’ve been at for a long time.
My 7 year old son, Gabriel, has had severe eczema for years now. It has been so tough for him. Lately we haven’t been letting him play outside because he reacts so strongly to the allergens. His eyes are always bright red lately. There’s times where he can’t sleep because the itching or pain is so intense. And all of this with daily anti-histamines and steroids and expensive lotions. It feels like a never ending nightmare.
Watching him suffer, day after day, had really hardened my heart towards God. Gabe had asked me, “why did God let me get eczema?” and I’m at a loss for words.
No, it isn’t as serious as what the Mother was facing in the Miracles movie. But his condition has been devastating for him. To the point that when we went to meet his cousins (in 90 degree heat) he cried because he wanted to wear a sweatshirt to cover up all the redness, bumps, and open sores. He is also limited in his daily ability to just be a kid because the itching and allergies make him so miserable.
We’re still going through it. There’s no end in site.
I think most (if not all) Christians face a make or break trial. Something devastatingly hard, something that never seems to end, something that hits home. Those times test what we know to be true.
God was speaking to me through that movie. I realized I’ve been ‘under’ the trial and the devil was running roughshod through my life. In my pain and sadness I was distancing myself from God, my power source, and leaving myself very weak and vulnerable to attacks from the enemy.
“Now if we are children, we are heirs- heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” Romans 8:17
I have resolved to hold tighter onto Christ through this. I believe in miracles. Especially the quiet ones, where God uses tough circumstances to do an incredible work in us.
My sweet boy, with his Daddy….