(try it again if you get access denied)  Thanks to my coworker Liz for this uplifting videos!

Lyrics (from http://www.worshiptogether.com/songs/songdetail.aspx?iid=1846861)

Verse 1
Standing on this mountaintop
Looking just how far we’ve come
Knowing that for every step
You were with us
Verse 2
Kneeling on this battle ground
Seeing just how much You’ve done
Knowing every victory
Is Your power in us
Pre-Chorus
Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Yes, our hearts can say
Chorus 1
Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, You are faithful
Chorus 2
Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, You are faithful
You are faithful, God, You are faithful
Bridge
Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Never once did we ever walk alone
Carried by Your constant grace
Held within Your perfect peace
Never once, no, we never walk alone
Ending Chorus
Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, You are faithful
Every step we are breathing in Your grace
Evermore we’ll be breathing out Your praise
You are faithful, God, You are faithful
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

from a friend – perfect timing:

 

“I am a man who has seen affliction, by the rod of his wrath. He has driven me away and made me walk in darkness rather than light; he has turned his hand against me again and again, all day long. He has made my skin grow old and broken my bones. He has surrounded me with bitterness and hardship. He has made me dwell in darkness like the dead. He has walled me in so I cannot escape; he has weighed me down with chains. Even when I call out or cry for help, he shuts out my prayer. He has barred my way with blocks of stone; he has made my paths crooked.” (Lamentations 3:1-10 NIV)

Jeremiah didn’t mince words. He told God exactly how he felt, and you know what? God is okay with that. He wants you to unload all your frustrations on him. Don’t unload them on your spouse, your kids, your boss or some online blog. Take it all to God, because he can handle it.

God can handle your anger, complaints and frustrations. He wants you to unload on him, because you need to get it all out. It’s cathartic. If you don’t, then here’s what will happen: As I like to say, “When I swallow my emotions and my anger, my stomach keeps score. When I swallow my fear and resentment, my back keeps score.” If you don’t talk things out, you’re going to take them out on your body.

So you need to get it out, and God can take whatever you’ve got. Go ahead, have a temper tantrum with him. God is your Heavenly Father and will still love you, just as a parent loves his or her child even when that child throws a fit.

You can’t see why God allows what he allows in your life, and God doesn’t owe you an explanation, because he’s God and you aren’t. But someday, and it might not be until you get to heaven, you’ll be able to look back and see the big plan. Until that day comes, keep taking your concerns to God.

(Don’t worry -I have more squares to share – but the stuff happening in my life needs a bit of an outlet so I can function! This is first and foremost, my journal to get through my grief – whether it’s from Joshua’s death or the other kids ongoing struggles.)

My friend, Ruth, sent me this email yesterday but I didn’t see it before I saw her last night at Knit Night.  She asked me if I’d seen it, so I looked for it as soon as I got home, which meant it was on my mind as I went to bed.

GOD IS FOR YOU. And if God is for you, who can move against you? God is sovereign, and He rules over everything. Whoever has tried to harm you could only go as far as God let them, and not one inch further. And no matter what they did, no matter how horribly you have been used or abused, God will use it to make you like Jesus. This is His promise.

I love it!  And, I followed the link and found out that this is from a new book by Kay Arthur: “When The Hurt Runs Deep”.  One I think I’m going to need to read.  Hope this quote encourages you as much as it encouraged me!  Thanks Ruth!