Faith and Blessings

I was laying in bed last night and asking the Lord what He wanted me to share.  Having 2 sick kiddos the last three days, it seemed like parenting was screaming at me.  But when I sat down to do my devos He lead me in another direction.  It may seem redundant…but there seems to be so many people dealing with trials that have lost hope, or are having a hard time finding it.  They want peace but they just can’t quite get there.  Once you have felt that huge abundance of God peace in the darkest hours…you want everyone to be able to experience it!  So again I share on placing 100% faith in God and receiving his faithfulness in return.

Let me start by saying I am no theologian.  I went to Northwestern Bible College in the Twin Cities (best experience ever!) where you end up majoring in Bible as well as your other major.  So I had to take some pretty deep classes.  I am a student, school came pretty easy to me…but for some reason those Bible classes were the hardest classes I had to take.  Ironic isn’t it??  My dad actually just brought my transcripts, he was going through his files, and my Bible classes were the lowest grades…once I started in my major, Elementary Ed, it was all A’s.  (sorry, bragging alert:)  Here’s what I’m saying.  I have always had a blind faith in God.  I put 100% belief in him at a young age an never looked back.  I didn’t need to study deep into theology to test my beliefs, I just believed.  I really look up to pastors, teachers, Bible study leaders that can look at one verse and can come up with an hour long message on it.  I can not.  I have also seen though how some people think too much, are too analytical, and don’t have enough faith to simply”believe.”  And lets be honest, it takes faith in the Christian religion.  If you didn’t have faith you would think it crazy that someone could speak the world into existence, walk on water, part the seas and bring people back to life.

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.  ~Hebrews 11:1

Blind faith.

Faith that God is good.

Faith He will take care of us.

Faith that this is not our home yet.

Faith that He says who He is and does what He says!

So this was my devo this morning that spoke to me from the book “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young.

Give up the illusion that you deserve  problem-free life.  Part of you is still hungering for the resolution of all difficulties.  This is a false hope!  As I told My disciples, in the world you will have trouble.  Link your hope not to problem solving in this life but to the promise of an eternity of problem-free life in heaven.  Instead of seeking Me: the Perfect One.

It is possible to enjoy Me and glorify Me in the midst of adverse circumstances   In fact, My Light shines MOST BRIGHTLY (my caps!:) through believers who trust Me in the dark.  That kind of trust is supernatural: a production of My indwelling Spirit   When things seem all wrong, trust Me anyway.  I am much less interested in right circumstances than in right responses to whatever comes your way.

He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.  ~Psalm 112:7

So there’s my sermon for the day.  And here’s my testimony.  I truly believe that because Ryan and I chose, because it is a choice, to thank God in the darkest hours, and to trust He is good, all the time….he BLESSED us!  Did we get our little girl back….no.  Not yet, we will some day:)  But we were blessed with relationships, with peace, indescribable peace, with Jesus love from so many others.  We were blessed financially and taken care of.  And one that spoke the loudest to us is how we were blessed by God’s people.  We truly do believe that God uses people to love on us as well!  There are too many amazing things we have received, and messages we’ve been sent to share them all, but I did want to share just a couple of things that truly touched my heart.

I received an email from a girl I had never met that wanted a picture of Jules for a project she was working on.  It was around Christmas so I thought possibly an ornament or something of the sort.  And then one day I got the cutest package in the mail.

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I had never heard of Jewel Kade, so I opened it…

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Cute packaging isn’t it?? And I found the most gorgeous necklace!

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A sparkly “J” for Jules, and a pretty pink Jewel:)

And when I flipped it over it took my breath away!

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My little sweetie!

I wore it to a birthday party awhile back and it was so fun to be able to share Jules story with people who didn’t know her.  I was able to turn it around and show them and they said they got goosebumps.  I love keeping her close:)

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Super bad i phone pic but I took it to send to a friend that night:)

Thank you Nicole so much for this amazing gift!  I will cherish it always!  Jewel Kade is an awesome company and I’d love to add pieces to this necklace some day…if you wanna check it out you should chat with Nicole.  You can find her site here.

The other amazingly thoughtful gift we got (among many) was this beautiful photo album.

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It’s gorgeous linen personalized just for Ju Ju.

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It’s so great to have a purposeful place to put Jules’ pictures, so we can remember her always.

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and it’s full to the max:)

I got this sweet gift from the 2 sisters I nannied for.  They became like family to me and this was beyond special!  Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness Erika and Gretchen!!

I show you these gifts because I would describe them as extravagant.  Above and beyond.  And I know that people gave them to us, but to me it was an amazing reminder of how extravagant our God is, when we choose to trust Him.  How he takes care of us and goes the extra mile to show His love for us.  I pray you can feel God’s extravagant love today as well!

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10 thoughts on “Faith and Blessings”

  1. Thank you for sharing your unwaivering faith in God. It speaks volumes to my heart – a heart that is less fearful today because of you.God bless you Allie. I look forward to reading your blogs. :)

  2. I purchased Sarah Young’s devotional after you had mentioned it in a past post & started it this year. Her writing speaks volumes to me. She puts things in such a way that I feel as if God is speaking directly to me through her. I remember this passage well as I remember vividly thinking of your family as I read it. You are a true example of what it means to trust Jesus in our darkest hours!! You’ve been such an inspiration to me as my family & I journey down our own path of darkness & uncertainty. One of my favorite devotions so far is the one in which she asks us to say the words, “Jesus, I trust in you.” It seems like such a simple thing to do, but it has been so powerful for me. I instantly find His peace!!

  3. I have read your post on this website/blog for about a year. God has spoke to me and ministered to me so
    much through your words as you give me a glimpse of your life. You are the real deal. I have been blessed by you Allie. The way you write and share your fleeting thoughts and doubts, that are real to life, yet also share your unwavered faith in God, has truly been some of the best encouragement for me. Though you are a stranger, you are a Sister. May God bless you and His face shine upon you. Love, Christi

  4. Thank you for sharing. I recently became a jewel kade stylist and also have some tough trials of my own with a son who has cancer. I joined jewel kade not only because it has beautiful products that are personal but i can manage it with my odd schedule due to my son’s situation. I have great faith and determined hope due to God’s grace. Love your blog. :)

  5. I went to Northwestern as well! What a wonderful place that God used to grow my faith!

    I have been following your beautiful story over the past many months – God bless you for sharing Juliet with us!

  6. Allie – you’re a gift to others, too….what you share touches hearts…thank you for touching my heart with your insights and reflections. God is good! ~ Wendy

  7. Allie, Thank you for your continued sharing! I love learning from you and today’s was a tremendous learn for me! Thank you so much!

    I absolutely love the necklace and the photo album. You are so blessed!

    Tammy

  8. I LOVE this post. Up until a few months ago when I started experiencing my own tough trials, I would read your blog and just be blown away that you could share about being so peaceful and full of hope during what was such a hard time in your life. Now I get it(!) because God has brought me that same strength and hope during my darkest days.

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