Reminded I Still Need Jesus…

The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me, your love, O Lord, endures forever- do not abandon the works of your hands.  Psalm 138:8

Why are you downcast, O my soul?  Why so disturbed within me?  Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.  Psalm 42:5

Mother’s Day…Year 2

I was reminded that I still need Jesus.   I still need your prayers and encouragement.

It was a  day that took a bit more strength to face than other days.  It was bitter and sweet all at the same time.

There was laughter and joy as well as quiet tears because of the brokenness that has made it’s home in my heart.

I was loved well by Grace and Bill (I have the best daughter in the whole wide world!!!) She made the cutest pancakes for breakfast!

I greatly appreciated the text messages sent with such tender thoughtfulness.

I thought of Warren and missed him so much.

God’s glorious grace, once again, brought unexplainable comfort.

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Mother’s Day 2016

It’s Not Over

One of the hardest things about this journey is how disappointing it can be to wake up after Mother’s Day (or any hard day), only to realize I have to do this all over again next year.  Not only that, but every other “difficult” day in between.  It’s never over.  I don’t get to wake up with a sigh of relief or a sense of accomplishment.  I wake… immediately realizing another day of living with the heartbreak of Warren’s death, is in front of me.

I don’t know anything about how the brain works, from a medical point of view, but I do know from personal experience, that somehow you can ‘manipulate’ your thoughts.  I’ve often wondered how in the world someone without the hope of Christ lives through the death of a child (or any kind of suffering).  I’m guessing (maybe) that with some learned tools, over time, you can manage and learn to live with this type of pain (without faith).  I am certainly thankful for the ‘tools’ I am learning in counseling which help me to work through my “grief”…

However, it is ONLY my faith and trust in Jesus Christ helping me to do MORE than manipulate my thoughts and ‘survive’ another day.  In Christ, I am believing that there is more purpose to my pain than just surviving it.  If it was simply surviving, I might have already given up that fight…But because of the abounding grace God has lavished upon me, I know that I am being strengthened every day for His assignment on my life. I wish it were different and some days I don’t feel up for the task.  Oh, how…I wish it were different.  Yet, in my weakness…on my hardest day, His grace is sufficient.  His power is made perfect in me.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.

These Days

I’m no expert on grief, loss, or dealing with pain and sadness.  Half the time, I’m not even sure what direction I’m headed 😉  The other day I was trying to get some cards in the mail and realized I had put the stamps in the left hand corner instead of the right.  I can wander around a store and not remember why I came.  I can hold back my tears sometimes, and sometimes I can’t.  I know there are steps to healing…but I think I’m writing my own!  I often feel like I can’t put into words how I’m feeling or how things are going.   This can be frustrating and hard especially on those around me, I know.

I miss Warren and my heart still aches.

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I know that God is protecting my family and keeping us close to Himself and each other..I am so grateful for that.  I know that God is working and that He loves me.  I know that He will fulfill His purpose in me.  (Psalm 138:8)

Like everyone else, we are wrapping up another school year.  These weeks are always so full of activity and very busy.  I find myself thinking about the summer and even wondering what it will be like as Grace begins her 8th grade year in the fall.  What will it be like when she turns 14.  Warren will always be her older brother, but since he died at age 13, in the middle of his 8th grade year…I just wonder…

I Still Believe

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I still believe that God will keep providing the strength we need. I believe that He is still very much enough. I still believe that Heaven is better and the best is yet to come!! I believe His work in my life & Warren’s life is greater than I can even imagine.  I will trust Him because I still believe He is good.

I love this picture of Warren. It reminds me to be strong and courageous. It reminds me to be brave like Esther. Thank you buddy for pointing me to Jesus. I love you so very much!

8 thoughts on “Reminded I Still Need Jesus…

  1. denisemoliphant May 11, 2016 / 1:45 pm

    Thank you, dear Julie, for continuing to share… Your thoughts, words, these amazing photos… and your heart. Thankful to you and Warren both for pointing us all to Jesus.Your posts are as authentic and beautiful as can be… With hugs and all my love, Denise

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  2. CS May 11, 2016 / 7:39 pm

    I saw your blog a while back through someone else’s Facebook but have never commented – I just wanted to thank you for sharing your journey. I have never grieved a child but I am no stranger to a traumatic loss. Reading about others who are grieving but still clinging to the hope of Christ is so inspiring! I did not know your son Warren but I help with the youth at my church and many of our students knew him from school. His life and legacy lives on – they all were impacted by his faith. I have been reminded of the power of God through your family and your words on this blog. Your precious son’s life is being used for the kingdom! May God bless you on this journey and I know you will keep clinging to Him!

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  3. Kendall May 11, 2016 / 7:51 pm

    Julie, thank you for writing with such honesty and vulnerability. You and your family are beautiful inside and out. You honor Jesus.

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  4. julie May 12, 2016 / 10:59 am

    Thank you! I cannot imagine this road without believing God’s plan and purpose is bigger than I can see or understand. God continues to be faithful. I am so thankful for people like you, who will not stop praying for our family. I know what I know is true, but my heart misses that ‘wonderful grin’ every single day. Love you.

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  5. julie May 12, 2016 / 11:01 am

    I am grateful for your encouraging words and to know that God is still using all of this for His glory and eternal purpose! We miss him like crazy, and appreciate so very much your prayers for our family.

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  6. julie May 12, 2016 / 11:02 am

    I love you…

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  7. Shelley Barron May 13, 2016 / 10:47 am

    Such a courageous journey and testimony to an awesome God from an awesome woman of faith. Thank you for sharing.,

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  8. julie May 16, 2016 / 9:42 am

    An awesome God He is!

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