Saturday, September 20, 2008

The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful

I tend to post mostly about the good stuff. And why not? It's no fun dwelling on the bad long enough to write it. And who wants to read it? Unless...the bad isn't really bad.

For the last 9 months God has been taking my husband and me on a journey that has pushed us and tested us in ways we have never experienced. By default our kids are included in this journey. What they are learning is something our words could never teach them. What we are learning is that God can be trusted. When we are without gas money for the next day and our 11 year old finds $100 on the porch step with a note, "To the Stephenses from Jesus." his eyes have just seen what his ears have only heard. You can't really call that bad.

In our desperation and dependence, we are driven to pray together and trust and abide. That is not a bad thing. We are finding that God in that place of desperation waiting to meet us. Often times we are forced to lean into things we cannot get out of. During this leaning, we learn something new about ourselves and God's faithfulness. As Andy Stanley says, "When our faith intersects with God's faithfulness..."

So even though some days feel really bad, they are working something beautiful that remains unknown to me. Isaiah 28:28 "Bread flour must be ground; therefore he does not thresh it forever,"


Ruthie said...

I happened on your blog tonight and hope you don't mind me leaving a comment. My husband and I have been married for 27 years and this last year has been one of the hardest in our marriage. The Refiner's fire has been HOT, but as you shared, He has been ever so faithful to us as He melts us together in to what He has planned for us. We are more committed to Jesus and to our marriage because of the difficulties we have been working through. Every time I get discouraged God gives me a little love that carries me through and reminds me how faithfully He has directed our paths in the last 27 years.
I am excited about the next 27 years with my best friend, husband, Keith.

Anonymous said...

Look at those beutiful children!!! I love this picture.

Love you all.


amy said...

as always, you inspire me! i am honored to be in your circle!

Cindy said...

Thank you, Amy!

Candy Pearson said...

The only reason I'm saying this is because I know you would find this funny..but you mispelled your last name...heehee (I love you!)

Cindy said...

Yeah, Noah pointed that out too. And I am his teacher! Yikes!!!

Anonymous said...

Spelled your last name wrong? I didn't even notice that and I happen to have the same last name.

Nana Stephens

Candy Pearson said...

I only noticed because Chad had spelled your last name wrong on our blog so now I am super aware of how your last name is spelled. haha