From Pain there is Always Growth

Psalms 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

As I mentioned in my return post 2018 was extremely rough year for my family and I. There is no point of getting into the fine details. But I want to state this before I go any further. I am not speaking on the day to day pain and suffering that some of us might go through.

Here I am speaking of the pain the literally changes our lives forever. A pain that scares our very being that God created us to be.You see at 2018 was trucking along my wife and I were going to sale our house. We have waited at this point 10 years to get to move. (that is another story some other time) Everything was moving fast we got a contract on our house in 6 days. Then at that point everything turned upside down. First was my dog dying after 12 years in our family, which was crushing specially to my oldest daughter. And, with my dogs death everything broke lose so get ready because we had to.The house we had picked out was literally sold out from under us, and the contract on our house was lost. This happened in less than 24 hours of each other. My father has double knee surgery, and we find a house to move into. But still nothing on our house as of yet.

7 days after my fathers surgery he passes away to spend eternity with our father in Heaven. His funeral ends up being the day we would have closed on the house. We were crushed and I will keep it short so I won’t go into details. I ended up preaching his service and grave side. That was and is by far the hardest thing I have ever done.

The day after my fathers funeral we get a call about a showing on the house. Well we agree and 27 days later we finally move to the town we have been wanting to for the last 10 years. Now, as you figured for me and my family (my widowed Mother included) the next few months are a blur. We hit the holidays and honestly still to this day I do not remember them. As the New year gets closer a new light shines, but the light is always the brightest when it is surrounded by the darkest of dark.

Right before Christmas we are out with the family. All of our kids out ice skating have a great time. My wife and I are planning on going to the big game between Texas and Georgia at the Superdome in New Orleans. You see this is a huge game because I am a die hard Longhorns fan and well I have married a Georgia Peach who loves her bull dogs. As we are out she gets a call from her father planning on sending her a ton of new gear specifically for her to wear to the game.

The following morning our lives and specifically my wife’s life forever changed.Just know that it is not my place to tell my wife’s testimony, but there was a horrendous event that occurred and we still deal with the outcome to this day. So we ended our 2018 in complete shock and dismay.Now we looked back at 2018 there was the finger print from God through it all.

He held me up and kept me sober through my dad’s death and funeral. There is no way no way at all that I could not have done that without Christ. How the house that we live in now would only sale to us while in limbo.

How close people are now when darkness was blinding them. But ultimately my faith in Christ is stronger and deeper than I could ever imagine.Then the Lord gave me a vision of 2019. He showed me green fields, I mean beautiful lush green fields. And the spirit told me when you see green fields it is for planting. But as we are planting in the open green fields we are open for attack.

2019 to be continued…

Author: Grace of the King

Recovered addict father and husband. Most say you can't recover from drugs and alcohol but you can with the blood of the Lamb.

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