Saturday, May 29, 2010


I have four amazing friends who are currently in the midst of a very difficult waiting period of their lives. It is, honestly, an inspiration to me. I am amazed by the strength they are showing in this chaotic and occasionally heart-wrenching period of their lives.

Two of them are waiting together for God's timing in their lives together. They are dealing with family struggles, school decisions, and other complications. However, the strength that they are showing together is amazing to me. There have been tears shed, plans rearranged, and finally, lives surrendered to the will of God. That is true love.

One of them is struggling with a major hardship in her own personal her words, "[has] a love-hate relationship with the one thing [she] needs to survive." After a lot of prayer, tears, and frustration, she has made a hard decision. She is taking a massive step that will change her life forever; it won't be easy, and it won't be a swift process. However, the strength and faith in her Savior that she is showing to the rest of the world is incredible. That is true endurance.

Another is working through personal confusion and life decisions. Where does God want him to go; what does He want him to do? Love seems to be ellusive, work and school decisions are stretching him in so many different directions. The ghosts of his past are still pursuing him with a vengeance. And yet, he is still relying on God to direct his path and lead his future. That is true manhood.

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

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