Thursday, January 31, 2013

Beautiful Things

the first time i heard this song was a few weeks after my first miscarriage and after hearing a series of teachings from Ecclesiastes from a pastor at graceway in kc. this was the first time in my life when i truly understood that crappy CRAPPY circumstances could be--in fact, were--beautiful. Ecclesiastes has since become one of my favorite books in the Bible; i can't believe i used to think of it as a pessimist's view on life "under the sun." instead, it is a reminder to enjoy life we've been given and understand that God isn't surprised by anything, and He surely makes all things beautiful in His time. Heartache was one way He brought us to adoption...that's beautiful.

now, after a crazy adoption, a premature birth, and a second miscarriage, i am going back to it. He keeps teaching me that, although i don't know his purposes, this is beautiful. (and He is adding to our story to bring glory to His name. we would be pretty boring people if not for the "adventures" we've had in the last three years! how exciting that we get to be a part of sharing good news through our crazy lives!! more on this to come...)

rough day? rough week, month, year? God says He will make it beautiful.

the NIV version of two of my favorite verses:

"He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live." Ecclesiastes 3:11-12

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