Will You Believe This Today?

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Today is Sunday, July 14.  My mom died on Sunday, July 14 in 1991.  I did a little calendar investigating this morning and discovered that July 14 has only fallen on a Sunday two other times since the year of her death…1996 and 2002.

I’m not sure why I felt the need to know that fact this morning, but I did. I took a moment to think about how I would sum up what my life looked like back on those two Sundays in time.

1996:  My life was a mess…an ugly mess. And, although I didn’t know it then, the choices I was making were going to lead from a bad situation to a whole lot worse situation. I was standing on the brink. There was still an opportunity for me to turn around and walk a different direction…had fear not been dictating my choices,  But, I didn’t. I stubbornly kept moving forward.

2002:  My life was a mess…a beautiful mess.  I was facing and dealing with the repercussions of 10 years of running in the wrong direction. I had stopped and turned around. I was done letting fear tell me which way to move. I was free from a toxic relationship. I was free from a dependency on alcohol. And, although I didn’t know it then, God had a plan to use all those years running away to bring glory to Him.

2013: My life is beautiful.  It’s not perfect…but I serve a God who is!  SUNDAY, July 14.  It’s hard to even fathom that 22 years ago today as I sat by mom’s side before she went home to be with the Lord that God knew the journey ahead for me. He knew the roads I would travel down to get to where I am now. He knew. He saw every wrong turn, every bad choice, and yet pursued and loved me through all of them.

I don’t know what season you are in right now.  I don’t know if you are on the run today. I don’t know if you feel as if there is no way out.  But, I do know that God has NOT given up on you.  I do know that His grace covers all of it.  Will you believe that today?  Today, Sunday, July 14, 2013.

 

20 thoughts on “Will You Believe This Today?

  1. Debra

    Amen. Today is a great day to praise His Holy Name. The keeper of all things including our tears and heart break. But He loves you and wants nothing but the best for you You mother was a wonderful woman who raised a wonderful daughter who gives glory to the Father in all He does and will do. You are His beautiful daughter and He will NOT forget to be with you today and continue to strengthen and comfort you.

    Debi

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    1. Eileen Post author

      Thank you Debi, it’s been a beautiful day! And, I love that “the keeper of all things”

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  2. Carol Peterson

    What a sweet post, Eileen. I completely love your line that your life is not perfect but you serve a God who is.

    That may have to go up on the place of importance in my house: my refrigerator.

    Thank you for your thoughts today.

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  3. Chris Monahan

    Terrific. Short but powerful. Wish I lived a bit closer to you, so I could give you a hug. For you AND for me.
    Great job sharing that. Blessings.

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  4. Tracy Steel

    Oh my friend! Celebrating with you over all the God has done in your life, and praising God for allowing us both to be with our mothers when they entered Heaven. We are so blessed. Love you sister.

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  5. mike gothard

    Eileen, I’ve read this post several times over the last couple of days and each time I’ve intended to jot a note to you to thank you for sharing your story and heart but each time I’ve been reduced to a blithering mess by the time I got to the end. So last night I tricked myself by not reading the post again but writing and saving this note before going to bed so that I could say, “Thank you,” in the morning after reading it again in spite of my tears. I wish I had known your mom. I’m grateful I know you.

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