As many of you may already know, David and Sally Michael’s daughter has been experiencing serious and ongoing medical issues. Here is a wonderful perspective from Sally as their family undergoes this time of suffering and difficult transition.
So how do I feel? Sad, frustrated, helpless, discouraged, grieving...Don't ask me how I feel. Ask me what I know. What I know to be true about God. What I know His Word promises. What I know about our sure and certain hope. What I know is:
Now ask me how I feel. I feel hopeful, expectant, secure, comforted, encouraged, strengthened, trusting, ready to fight the fight of faith...ready to drive (well ride, for the most part) 17 hours, pack up an apartment, encourage a daughter, get that scan, hug grandchildren (and of course their parents), celebrate the resurrected Christ who purchased our salvation, and see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Thank you for your prayers, love and concern. You have been God's encouragement and blessing to us.
I love Sally’s “what I know” list, pointing to precious truths about who God is and what He is like—precious promises from a faithful God to His beloved children. Every “what I KNOW” is from God’s holy Word. Knowledge of God—His character and promises—is meant to shape our feelings in suffering. This is so important to keep in mind in teaching our children. They will experience suffering. Will their response be shaped by God’s Word, or by something else?
One way to help prepare our children is to give them a solid foundation in the character and promises of God. Here are two resources designed to do just that:
Faithful to All His Promises—A Study for Children on the Promises of God(40-lesson curriculum)
God’s Promises(family devotional)