Be Not Consumed….

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There are so many things that I could say about grief… Things I couldn’t say before Dennis Died. Grief is something that changes you, changes the world you live in. Grief brings God forward and You backwards. Grief can tell no time, it spares no heartache, it will make you think you are going crazy at times. There is no time period for the grief process, there is no “Okay, it’s been a year, snap out of it” like most people think.
As our community heard the tragic news yesterday of this young man ( JK Robinson) my heart was crushed… I felt sick inside and instant hurt for this wife, their children and all the family involved. Having lost my father at a young age, I do know the pain and the misunderstandings that can sometimes come from that. I pray that these children will become Casey’s anchor in this journey and that God will show up and show out. There are no words to really say….. there is ONLY GOD when Grief strikes.
Grief is a journey all it’s own. It can be consuming…. If you dig deep enough in the process you will find greater things about GOD, more than you ever hoped to learn about your self and truth is you will learn a lot of things about others. This Jesus Calling devotional this morning came at just the perfect time. Thinking upon the Robinson family as they face this journey and thinking on my own journey as I continue mine. Grief can be consuming….In this devotional it highlights the scriptures in Lamentations 3:22-24. Not Consumed are the important words here. As you can see by the photos of my newest T-shirt they mean something to me.
Be Not Consumed………

Jesus Calling
Though I bring grief, I will show compassion. So do not despair when hard times come your way, and do not try to escape them prematurely. Timing is My prerogative! There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven. Grief is a season, and I use it for your good.
Unlike the four seasons of the year, the seasons of your life are not orderly or predictable. When you are grieving, you may feel as if sorrow will accompany you the rest of your days. But remember that I have promised to show compassion. So great is My unfailing Love for you!
When you are suffering, search for signs of My merciful Presence. Even during your darkest days, streaks of Light break through the storm clouds-providing hope and comfort. My unfailing Love shines upon you always. Look up to Me and see My Face shining down upon you. I never run out of compassions. They are new every morning.
Though [the Lord] brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. -Lamentations 3:32
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven. -Ecclesiastes 3:1
The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you. -Numbers 6:25 nkjv
Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, says my soul, therefore I hope in Him! -Lamentations 3:22-24