The Bad News and the Good News

It has been a heavy week. Some good friends of ours found out that they are out of a job. It was a big shock to them as he just took this job in the last few months. They are homeschoolers with really only the one main income. We are praying for them, and my heart is heavy for them.
Then I found out Wednesday that an extended family member has a one year old little girl that has been diagnosed with an aggressive cancer.
Several online friends are going through difficult things I have been praying for.
The economy is bad in general, and though we are extremely thankful that Jason has a job, times are hard all around.

At times it weighs heavy on my heart. I know in my head that we are going to suffer on this earth. But to constantly face it is heavy.

In the midst of this, I read out of Matthew 14 for Bible for the kids yesterday.

28″Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

29″Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

We were talking about why Peter sank and the fact that he took his eyes off of Jesus and got distracted and overwhelmed by the storm around him. As I was saying it, the thought struck me that that is one reason I felt so burdened about the hard things happening around me. I, like Peter, get caught up in looking at the storm, and I take my eyes off of Jesus.

I have confessed that to the Lord. I am still sad for my friends that are struggling and still tired of the struggle we will continue to go through here on earth, but my eyes on on the Lord Who is in control of the storm.

Today, I checked in with The Homeschool Lounge Bible reading accountability group and this was the worship video posted. I wanted to share it here to encourage anyone else who is feeling heavy of heart. Because the good news is,ultimately, It Is Well With My Soul.

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