I’ve been a little MIA around here lately, and there’s many reasons for that. One BIG, exciting reason is that I finally launched my stationery and gift shop! So far all that is on the site is my new collection of wedding invitations but I will be adding much more in the coming weeks so stay tuned!
I’ve been feeling a little out of sorts lately otherwise, to be honest. I’ve got so many wonderful and sweet friends who are going through some tough situations and I’ve felt really powerless to help. I think it’s natural to wonder why some things happen and sometimes it’s really hard to trust that tragedy and pain can be used for a greater purpose. It’s difficult to see people I love hurting, and it’s been challenging to remain in that space of gratitude in all situations. I know I’m not perfect and I have alot of work to do in terms of letting go of my need to feel like I’m in control and fully trust that God is working in and through our lives every day. I continually seek ways to remind myself to have a heart of gratitude– to be thankful for the blessings and the burdens in my life and the lives of those I care about. This verse from James really struck a chord with me, because it is a direct instruction to be joyful in the trials and pain.
When I start to wonder WHY God has orchestrated certain events I am always quick to dig into scripture to search for answers. When my faith is tested I seek the truth. It gives me a spark to pursue Jesus even more, to abide in Him and take refuge. I wish I didn’t need hard times to push me further towards Him but I’m only human, after all. I will continue to pray for healing, peace, comfort and joy for all of my sweet friends who are going through trials, knowing God in His infinite wisdom has a plan for each and every one of them.