Three Years

Three years ago today our family was shell-shocked. We were scared, confused, abandoned, hurt. We felt fearful, heart-broken and lost. 

Today, Stephen preached at a friend’s church and during the service, they called all of us to the front and prayed over us. People left their pews, circled around us, laid their hands on us, and prayed. I couldn’t help but think how far we’ve come. 
Three years ago we received so many sweet words, prayers, notes, gifts, visits, and even offers to beat up a few Baptist deacons and their wives! Those things got us through some rocky months. But more than anything, the comfort we received from the Lord reassured us that we were loved and cared for by Him. He saw our pain, He knew our pain, and He loved us. 
Jesus redeemed our lostness, our pain, our worry, and our sadness. One of Samuel’s favorite songs when we was a toddler said, “I’m trading my sorrow, I’m trading my shame, I’m trading them all for the joy of the Lord.” Oh people, we have done that! We have traded all of the happenings that day for all the goodness of the Lord. 
I’m not saying we are where we want to be. We’re not. I’m not saying we are perfectly content and happy all the time. We’re not. But we are working hard at doing what the Lord wants for us. 
Time does help heal wounds, but the Lord does quite an awesome job at it too!

Published by Abby Lee

Celebrating and decorating with purpose is my favorite thing to do. When I am not filling a tree with ornaments or throwing a birthday party for my golden doodle, I am being mom to a super cool tween son, the wife to a fine blue eyed man and selling real estate. I call northeast Arkansas home and when I am not loving on my people or celebrating in our space, I am using words to express myself here or on my podcast. Be sure to follow me! I am the co-author of a blog called Life with My Sister and have a podcast called Abby As-Is. You can also follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube.

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