Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Hope

this morning was the first morning that leo and i got to rest and just chat and read the bible together ... it was a good morning ... we both got to cry some too ... that was good as well ...

and this morning as i continued reading from billy graham's book "Hope for the Troubled Heart", i was amazed how the words seemed to be tailor made for our situation at this very moment ...

so i'm sharing with you again ... if it blessed my heart - my hope is that it blesses your heart as well ...


all quotes from HOPE FOR THE TROUBLED HEART by Billy Graham


"Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the world as much as adversity has done. Out of pain and problems have come the sweetest songs, the most poignant poems, and the most gripping stories." page 104

"We don't have a magic shield to protect us from problems. Ultimately, it's our attitude that counts - attitude toward ourselves and toward God. We can turn burdens into blessings, or we can let those burdens bury us." page 106

God works in unexpected ways to bring us strength and joy in the midst of suffering." page 109


"Without dark clouds in our lives we would never know the joy of sunshine." page 109

14 comments:

Jammie J. said...

i'm so glad that you were able to have a good morning together. the quotes are very lovely and so true.

i hope my comment in the previous post wasn't cold. i didn't mean it to be. you did understand what i was trying to say about the memories. i also understand what you're saying about closure, and yes, sometimes it seems odd that my dad is gone. there wasn't that finality that comes with a funeral. the mourning together, too. when i visited my aunt, his sister, a few years later, i realized/experienced that part of it with her then.

i'm so truly sorry for the loss you two are experiencing. (hug)

Saija said...

j. ... oh jeanette, i didn't think it was cold - it was just a true gut answer from your own experience ... and what i've found over the years and the passing of family & friends - is that each death affects us differently ... this one was so unexpected and lucille and leo got along so well ... she was our lifeline to his family - who let us know what was going on ... we will miss her earthly presence in many ways ... (hugs)

It's a FLIP-FLOP World said...

Did you stop to think that you were reading this book at just the right time? That God put this book in your hands knowing that you were going to be needing the advice that it would be bringing to you? God has a way of doing just that at the right times. I love the quotes that you put here. They are great. Thanks for sharing them with everyone. I am so glad that you and your husband are able to be together and share this sorrow. It just takes time I know. I am so thinking about you now..Sandy

Saija said...

Sandy ... yes, that is exactly what i told leo ... the Lord knew i would be reading this book, at this time, while my heart was so heavy ... there is no such thing as coincidence when we walk with God ... thank you for your thoughts! ... the older we get, the more goodbyes there are in our lives, don't you find?

Willena said...

Hi Saija. I've just "met" you through Mrs. Diamond's blog, and discovered we have another mutual cyberfriend in Captain Wow. In fact, I had lost her blog link, and just found her again on your sidebar.

I am sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one, and am so glad you are finding Him to be the God of all comfort.

This time of year is a bit of a sad time for me too, because I lost my beloved first husband on July 12/78. I posted a tribute in his memory on my own blog yesterday. But it is a happy time too, for on July 7 and July 10, we celebrate two family birthdays... testimony to the fact that God does indeed give beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. May He fill your heart with comfort and joy as you draw near to Him.

Willena said...

Oh, and may I ask where you live in Canada? i.e. what province? I grew up near Toronto, but have been living in central Alberta since shortly after Bob's death when I attended Prairie Bible Institute... where I met and married Ian a few years later.

Saija said...

willena ... yes, our God is indeed the God of all comfort ... it gives us peace to lean on Him ... ... and we live in southern manitoba ... though i was born in finland and we lived in ontario as well ... also i know some folks from PBI - it is indeed a small world!

Fred said...

Nice words for the situation. I'm glad you two are finding comfort in the readings you're sharing with each other.

Terry said...

Dear Saija...These are such beautiful words and a real comfort!
When we went to the school reunion this weekend, we were saddened to hear that 58 of the teachers and students had passed away in the last 40 years. The organizer made sure that there would be a memorial meeting for them. At this meeting they asked a Pentecostal preacher to take the message. How happy my sister, Betty and I were when the young man not only preached words of comfort but he also preached the pure and simple gospel as how a man or woman can be saved!! These 58 persons more or less were used to make this meeting come about. Even though that exact same audience will never be together again in this world,perhaps some of them will be in heaven because of this chance that the Lord Jesus gave to them to accept the pardon for their sins.
Best deal in the whole wide world, eh Saija? Our sins for His forgiveness!!!...Love Terry

Saija said...

fred ... that's the thing about God's word or shared thoughts about what the bible is saying - they bring comfort to every situation imaginable ... what other "book" could possible do that? blessings to you!

terry ... thank you for sharing that - and yes - salvation is absolutely the best deal in the world! as i get older, i realize over and over and over again - how SHORT this life is ... and when compared to eternity it truly is just like a gentle breeze that comes and then is gone ... i often wonder why folks don't look into what is on the other side of the door of death - the one we ALL MUST go through ... there is no escaping it ... it happens ... doesn't matter how much we may make it all pretty - death is the final stage in this earthly life and common to all of us ... i thank God that i am a simple soul who saw her sin & need of a saving grace - then placed her trust in Jesus ... no turning back, only a desire to see my Saviour's face ...

Badoozie said...

on this subject, i would like to share, that through all of my struggles in school, and having to quit my internship last spring, it put me in an internship now, with 3 ladies whom have been absolutely wonderful in my current situation. they are supportive, and very knowledgeable, pointing me towards things i need to do, and what to do. without my other problem, though at the time, it seemed so awful, i would not be working where I am right now, and i would not have the help i need right now for my current battle. so for ONCE i can see something good come from something bad.

Saija said...

susie ... wow, that is wonderful ... even though God is always working - i agree with you - a lot of times we don't see it ... maybe He's just giving you something to hang onto as you battle on in this next stage of "yucky stuff"...

Peg said...

Hey Girl,

I have missed visiting your blog - just been way too busy. I love the last one - I was just explaining that to my child the other day after we experienced a very small set back the other day - You can see "Ouch" on my blog. Hopefully things will calm down and I can visit more often!

Saija said...

peg ... hope you are all settled into the new home ... at this stage of house-hunting, we are getting estimates for a new, smaller type bungalow??? we'll see what happens ... blessings to you ...