Such an emotional week has left me feeling pretty drained. I am so thankful that I had the privilege of keeping my daughters 4 sweet children for a good part of this week while she was busy giving birth to little Titus. They were a much needed balm for my aching heart. The Lord knew just what I would need at this time to soothe my spirit and to keep my mind occupied. On Monday evening, I wasn't sure I would make it through that night much less through the next several nights, but God is good and He is faithful and He carried me through those days as if I were on eagles wings. For that I am grateful.
My heart is still broken for my sister and my soul is hurting so deeply. But the Lord has ministered to me these past 4 days and renewed my strength. He has reminded me time and time again to put my hope and my trust in Him. He has shown me His goodness and His mercy. He has whispered in my ear sweet words of encouragement just when I needed them. I have received such comfort from the precious Word of God this week. I love to open the Holy Scriptures and just let the words minister to my wounded spirit. There is nothing like the Word of God to cover and protect those deep crevices of hurt. God has shown me that indeed He is love. He has revealed love to me in so many places and I am so thankful for a God who truly cares about me. Oh, friends, we serve a good God. We serve a faithful God. Even when things seem dark and dim, He is a light unto our path.
My youngest daughter and her family drove home from Illinois for the funeral of a dear friend. They were only home about 24 hours total but her kids were so glad to see their cousins even just for a few hours.
Mercie and Bryton - cousins and best friends.
Eli and Bryton - best buds...
Silas wasn't too sure he wanted his little cousin Laylah Beth in his car with him, but let her stay for just a little while.
Mikaela enjoyed loving on Laylah Beth - she has missed that little girl so much!
My little Sawyer just kinda hangs out by himself. He likes to make his own rules!
Bryton (5) and Sawyer (3) got to spend the night at Nana and Papa's. We had a blast!
Laylah and mommy came later - sleepy little girl and her bottle.
It must be excited to watch Eli play Lego Batman on his DSIXL
Mercie holding 4 hour old Titus - she was so excited.
Eli and his new baby brother - that smile says it all.
Mikaela was totally enraptured by the newest addition to their family. She is such a little mama.
Mercie, Mikaela and Eli with Titus. Silas didn't want any part of him at this point - haha!
A tired Nana with her precious new little grandson - it's hard work watching your daughter go through labor and delivery!
Sweet Titus - 4 days old and such a cutie!
Silas finally got close and decided to read him a book. So precious.
Thank you Lord for the outpouring of your love this week. Amid the trials of this life and the storms that rage around us, we can rest in the assurance of your goodness. You are the one that enables us to have unspeakable peace. For that we give you glory and honor and praise.