Light at the end of the tunnel…

*Phew* This week has been a whirlwind!

If you have been following along over on Facebook or Instagram, the week before Christmas, my hubby was rushed to the hospital for a gallstone induced, pancreatitis attack. From there we found a mass on his pancreas that required a biopsy (which came back benign!), and we have been in and out of the emergency room, never knowing when the next gallbladder attack would happen.

This last time, he was in the worst pain of all of the hospital visits, and even got to the point to where the morphine they gave him in the ER was giving very little relief. We had been working to schedule a gallbladder surgery with the hospital for the last several weeks, but because of the severe pain, they went ahead and scheduled the emergency surgery right there.

It was a long day, but because we have been through so much the last several months, knowing that we were finally getting to take care of the root of the problem was a welcome relief. To be honest, I got more rest waiting in the post surgery room, watching cartoons with the little man, then I have in a really long time.

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I think back on everything that has happened and it feels like such a blur, but one thing that has really stuck out to me is the grace God has given my family to get through these tiring, stressful times. It’s amazing how much God can use difficult seasons to prove His love for us. Wether it was how He used people to miraculously provide for our initial medical needs, friends coming up alongside of us to make sure we had meals and childcare, and the daily grace He has given me to get through the overwhelm of getting ready for popup shows, a wedding, and the never knowing when we would be in the hospital next.

He is so good to care enough to work out the details of our lives, isn’t He? ?

II Corinthians 12:9

Do I love God’s word?

Love God's Word
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This last week I had the unique opportunity of getting to meet someone who has recently come to know Jesus as their Savior. As they asked questions and had them answered with verses from the God’s Word, they clung to every word, wrote in the margins so they wouldn’t forget what they learned, and asked what other passages they could read to learn more.

Guys, I’m grateful that I can freely open my Bible, pray, and attend church, but I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t love it with the same passion and fervor that this person does. I can’t say that God’s Word is so sweet to me that it’s sweeter than honey. But can you imagine if it was? It would no longer be just part of our morning routine. It would no longer be something we made ourselves do, just because we know we should.


Can you imagine if we loved His word and got excited the same way we love to get a sweet note in our mailbox from a friend? I can only imagine my attitude towards other things would change! I wonder if I would stop seeing opportunities God puts into my life as “have to’s” and start seeing them “wow, this is so awesome’s”! 

Here’s to seeing the Scriptures with fresh eyes and a loving heart starting today. ?

 

Seeing this person’s new love for Jesus and the Bible went further than just convicting me… it blessed and encouraged me. In fact, there has been a little bit of a shift in focus. Maybe not even a shift, but more of a sharpening of focus. If you are on Instagram, be sure to follow along with my #devoswithjulie hashtag to see what God has been teaching me!