Doing Life: Pressed

“The LORD your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.” Zephaniah 3:17, NASB

You never know how good you have it until something’s gone…

Last Friday, my family and I sat smiling around the table at my parent’s home. Friday night dinner at their place has become a tradition this past year, and we thoroughly enjoy it. I was running low on time, so we took frozen pizza and leftover baked ziti. Happily, my parents were pleased with this menu, which also included cake for dessert. Everyone interacted in good spirits, and our time together quickly progressed into a fond memory.

Then my mom fell. This past Sunday, she broke her hip. Our days since then have been filled with hospital visits and today’s relocation to the Rehab Center.

I knew these special Friday dinners were limited. But I didn’t realize until now how it would feel to go from eating together to missing the opportunity to do so. Tomorrow’s Friday … and instead of visiting at my parent’s home, we’ll spend time with Mom at Rehab. I already miss our regular plans.

We’re pressed. Mom can’t care for herself like before, and Dad’s routine has been overloaded with new experiences. My sister and I have been keeping in touch, making sure someone is with Mom as much as possible. Mark and my kids have been troopers, and they’ve given of themselves to cheer Mom in person.

God is SO good. This thought strikes me–if I can re-word my opening statement a bit:

We never know how good GOD is until we’re pressed into desperate need for Him.

I haven’t been able to read the Word much this week or pray like usual. Often while I’m en route I utter sentence prayers, asking God to meet specific needs of the moment. And friends, I cannot tell you how absolutely, perfectly, and wonderfully He has come through Every. Moment.

God’s love and His presence fill us up when we’re empty of all else. He never fails us, and the enormity of His supply is overwhelming. Whether we’re pressed by life’s circumstances or walking in joy, we can’t exhaust the resources God possesses. An awesome God and faithful Father, HE takes tender care of His own.

Much love to each of you in Christ,


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4 thoughts on “Doing Life: Pressed

  1. Emily:
    I am keeping you and your family in my prayers. I completely understand as I faced the same sudden and unexpected circumstances with my mom’s brain stem stroke almost two years ago. As I look back to that experience, I remember how everything came to a screeching halt, and it seemed our lives were turned upside down. I will not lie. It was a scary time. Yet, God has been so faithful to my mom and to us… and I have no doubt He will do the same for all of you. He is a faithful God who never fails us. He knows our every need and holds us together every day, every moment. And, through these times, we see just how BIG of a God He is!

    1. Dear Lisa,

      Thank you ever so much for your thoughts and prayers. What a blessing to visit Mom today and see her the most clear-minded she’s been since her fall. Little things are suddenly more precious after our experiences this past week. God is so faithful and good. I appreciate your love and prayers so very much.

      In Christ’s Love,

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