Saving grace

My connection to God is my saving grace…

My quiet time with Him gives me strength to make it through another day. God wants to be a priority in our lives. How often do we say “I will have my quiet time later”…I know I have said it and I know when I ‘put it off’ by the way I feel.  I find myself looking to friends or family for comfort and support and still feel empty because only God can give me the support that fills the deep void in my life. If we don’t take the time, we will all find ourselves missing the blessing of His presence.

My friend Melanie and I had a nice chat yesterday. We were talking about how when people ask “how are you?” the typical response is “fine” mostly because most people don’t really want to know or have time to hear how you are really doing. It is so comforting to know that God really wants you to tell Him how you’re feeling. He already knows so you may as well pour out your heart. He is never too busy to listen. He is never distracted by texting on His iphone. He is always interested. Always present. “God is our refuge and strength…” ~Psalm 46:1.

Thanksgiving is approaching. I find myself thinking of holidays and all they represent and all that will be missing this year for our famly. Nevertheless, we are so very blessed and thankful we had our sweet Zack here on this Earth for over 12 years. How blessed we are that God chose us as his parents! We cherish every moment we had with Zack here and try hard to focus on that instead of the pit of despair – which by the way is very easy to fall into some days. The good news is that I have been to the bottom of that pit and discovered that the bottom is solid and God can pull me out.

I took a walk on the beach yesterday and found a beautiful heart shaped rock. It made me think of my sweet boy and how much better he made my life and how his death has changed me forever.  God has a plan for all of us. We have to trust that His plan is better than ours.

Nick is doing very well – thank you to all who message and email me to ask about him. He still grieves as a 7 year old – one minute sad, the next minute playing and laughing with his friends. We continue to pray for restful sleep for him as night time still is the most difficult time for him.  He loves going to Parsley Elementary (“Bubbies school”) and loves his teacher, Lisa Traflet! Yesterday they made a cool turkey in class. Last night he insisted on duplicating it because Zack needed one too. They are both proudly displayed now – see pic – with wings touching because they had to be “holding wings”….love that sweet boy!

Thank you for always praying and believing with us as we take each day a moment at a time…

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11 thoughts on “Saving grace

  1. Love you Wendy…. love you and Ernie and Zack and Nick. You bring glory to God everyday and I thank you for that and for sharing with us.

    Sincerely,

    Anna

  2. We continue to pray for you all! Thank you so much for the reminder to stop and have quiet time with the Lord. SO important! May God continue to be your Rock and Strength. In HIS love! Betsy :)

  3. I am from Wallace and have followed you from the beginning until now. I know Dona, Denny, Wright and Hill. You have been so strong in your faith and each time you leave a message, it brings me closed to God. He is surely our way of life and so wonderful to know he never leaves our side. I so admire your family and also the Laniers. As I think of you in the days ahead, what a joy it is to know that God never leaves nor will never forsake you. You have made me stronger in my faith and I look forward each day to see if you have given us an update. Please continue letting us hear from you and it is OK to pour your heart out. Never met you, but love you and your family.

  4. Hi Wendy,

    My name is Lisa and I’ve followed your blog (and Zack’s) from the beginning, but I don’t think I’ve ever commented. This morning during my quiet time I had a lot of questions for God about His plan for my life. I haven’t liked it lately and have been quite angry with Him! In the end, after all of the questions and wrestling, I realized that it was a matter of trust. I had to trust that His plan was the best one. Your blog post reiterated what He was already speaking to me. Thank you!

  5. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Wendy. You continue to inspire me to live my life fully dependent on God and His saving Grace. Like you say there is nowhere else to turn that can give us exactly what we need. Many prayers for your precious family and the upcoming trials that each day will bring. I know you will make it.because you are……” F.R.O.G”…..fully relying on God.

  6. I love the turkeys. I haven’t written in awhile. I do keep up with the site. I am happy to hear Nick is doing better, and loving school. Sounds like he has some really good friends also. I pray for you all everyday, that God will continue to heal your hearts and ease your pain. With the holidays coming, I know it is going to be hard. You know God is with you and he will bring you thru this. One day at a time. Wendy, you are still an inspiration to everyone. You are an amazing person as Zack was also. Hope Ernie is doing ok. My heart and prayers go out to you and all your family. I hope you have a Blessed Thanksgiving. Remember that Zack is with you always and keep your faith strong.

  7. It’s good to hear from you, Wendy. I continue to pray for you, your family, and friends daily. Love the turkeys!! Maybe Zach sent you the heart shaped rock. He is with you. Hope you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving!! Continue to lean on God… Love, Nancy Stroble

  8. Wendy,

    I have thought of your family often as these holidays are approaching, and I pray for God’s peace and comfort for you all. I am so glad that Nick is doing well – I see Nick sometimes when I’m volunteering at Parsley (my daughter is in Mrs. Radford’s class) and he is always smiling! I hope he knows how much he is loved by all of us. God bless you all!

  9. Thank you for this wonderful post. Nick sounds much like my grandson who is 7. Very caring nd looks out for his sisters and cousin, and friends… His mom lost a baby at 5 months of pregnancy 4 years ago. He knew there was a baby and knows that baby is in heaven. The baby was named Henry James.. Our sweet 7 year old never draws a family picture without his brother in it. And on the funny side, one day he said he sure wished Henry was here so he had a boy and not just 2 sisters so things would be equal –his cousin is a female too.. Prayers for your recovery.