well, hello, october

so we moved. in the pouring rain, i had a fever and tyler had to do all of the work. except his mom and dad did help. and we hired movers. and my mom and dad had our boys. and my sister and brother in law came to help us, too. and brought coffee from jubala. … still y’all, it was alot.

and this is the wednesday after the sunday and monday we were in the hospital with grafton, the same monday on which we closed on our house, tyler bringing the papers from the lawyer to the hospital for me to sign my part. and then, let’s not forget tuesday… we tried to catch our breath, come up for air, whatever; instead we spent a few more hours at the pediatrician with breathing treatments trying NOT to go back to the hospital. and that day we celebrated my sister’s birthday and i caught a fever. or something. some say the 24-hour flu. i call it exhaustion.

so wednesday it rained and we hauled our stuff out of one house and into the next, blessing literally pouring over our heads and down our back and getting tracked onto our new-to-us house’s wooden floors.

thursday we lived together in our house, boxes and newspaper wrapped around less and less of our belongings.

then friday morning before the sun came up, we left for georgia with tyler and the matt papa band.

somewhere in there i’m pretty sure i took a shower, whether or not i looked like it.

and somewhere in there, my mom did my laundry, my sister swept my floor and cloroxed the tubs; tyler’s dad fixed our washing machine, and everyone around us prayed us through.

And we arrived back home late late late sunday evening, to our new home and a new week, and the Lord’s great grace all over again.

Now it’s Wednesday. And we’ve lived a whole’nother week and we’re only half way through. and by the way, it’s October. and my brother’s birthday, hallelujah we’ve made it.

Y’all, for real. I am not making this stuff up. And honestly though it’s all a big deal, it’s also all common to man, and on top of that we have a great salvation in the great Lord and He sustains up right up on through it all.

One thing in this season of stretching and stressing, of pressing in and seeking the Lord that He has taught me is this — don’t make too much of your suffering, look to the Cross…your Savior suffered the most. and at the same time, don’t make too little of your suffering, look to the Cross… your great High Priest sympathizes and even works the suffering out for your good and His glory. again, look to the Cross.

And there’s a lot to ask the Lord questions about and there’s so much more to praise Him through and to praise Him for. and He’s big enough for it all.

I’ve been in a bible study for the last month, one that will take me throughout the year, one in Hebrews, with the theme of running your race, keeping the faith, fixing your eyes on Jesus. the message my soul and my legs need to hear. Walk the walk, little rachel.

In the study we read through Matthew 11:28-29 which is where Jesus says “Come to me, all who work and are weary and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest…. you will find rest for your souls.”

… what is true in the good times is true in the hard times and what the Lord was teaching me yesterday in the ease of the summer is proving true over and over in the stretching transition between summer and autumn.

He is our Come-through God. We are to come under, to submit. We are to come to Jesus, to sit. He is coming.

And in this truth, in the Truth, is where I am sitting down today. Sitting in the lap and arms enveloped by Truth Himself, the one who calls me, calls you, Come. I am coming. I AM Coming.

3 thoughts on “well, hello, october

  1. This struck me so deeply: “don’t make too much of your suffering, look to the Cross…your Savior suffered the most. and at the same time, don’t make too little of your suffering, look to the Cross… your great High Priest sympathizes and even works the suffering out for your good and His glory. again, look to the Cross.” Yes. Love you sister.

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