Thursday, July 31, 2008


The sub-title of this blog states, "trying to live each day for our Lord." That pretty much sums up everything that has happened this week. Remembering that no matter what our God is sovereign and is never surprised by anything. That even if bad things happen, God can turn it into good.

I have been teaching on Joseph the last five weeks in youth group and a major theme is that even when things looked incredibly bleak for Joseph, he still had faith and the Lord was still with him. Even in prison, even in Egypt, even when sold into slavery.

It's been a week of ups and downs. Of craziness and different types of earth shaking events. Even literal earth shaking events (5.4 earthquake on Tuesday). We thought Sam was coming home Saturday, were told that he would be home yesterday, then were told he would be home eventually (but not sure when...) and then he actually got to come home yesterday. Up and down, up and down. Today was the ultimate down. Sam received this email:

If you are receiving this email you are on the Balkans mission and I hope your chain of command has inform you and this is not new to you. Please start preparing and working with your families so they are not the last ones to know.

This throws everything into a tizzy. Sam's graduation plans are put on hold (mine are still going to happen) and I am adjusting to the idea of bringing another child into the world without even having my husband's hand to hold on to. I get to be a single mom with a two and half year old and a newborn. Sam has to put his life on hold once again to do his military duty.

We don't know what the future holds. I am assured of this. I fix my eyes upon Jesus, trusting that no matter what happens this will not all be in vain. My faith will be strengthened even more and when it is all over I will be even more grateful for my amazing husband.


Carol said...

I love the story of Joseph. So much we can learn from his life and experiences.

Melissa said...

I'm sorry your having to deal with your husband leaving in such a time. But God is holding your hand and you are not alone. I

Mamasphere said...

What a stressful way to find out that he has to leave again! I'm so sorry. But as you know, God has a plan, and this must be part of it. Be faithful and true, and you'll see the rewards.

McMommy said...

I can't even believe what I'm reading. Carrie, this may sound crazy...but I'm about to quote from Christopher Robin in a Winnie the Pooh movie: "You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."

I don't know why, but that is the quote that popped into my head when reading your post.


Wacky Weavers said...

My eyes filled with tears. Not due to the fact that you are not strong enough but simply because I know how much you longed for your husband to be there. There is a bunch other things I could say, but simply I'm sorry, and it sucks, and yes God will carry you on. I love you dear friend.