28 & 29 / 52 – Chris and Redemption

28 & 29 / 52 – Chris and Redemption

This is Chrissy – passionate, gracious, real  – and one of people closest to my heart in this world.  That might sound dramatic, but Jesus has allowed us to walk together through a lot of life’s crazy.  One thing I’ve found to be true, if you let them, the fiery trials of this world will forge two people together.  It’s a bond that comes through time, heartache, victory, joy, and pretty much everything in between.  I got to see Chris for the first time in about a year last week!

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  Did I mention she’s Branden’s youngest brother’s wife?  We joke sometimes that the Lord put both our marriages together with our friendship in mind, knowing that she and I would have this relationship :)

Something cool about really being in someone’s life for an extended period of time, is that you end up being with them through entire processes, seasons of life, watching God take them from point A to point B.  Nathan (Branden’s brother) and Chris have been through a lot in the way of having kids/growing a family.  After having two on this earth of their own, difficult days, even years came.


Heartache is heartache, and there are times when it feels like that’s all you have.  You wonder Why? and Why me? and Is there any purpose in this at all?  In the pain, Jesus is always working.  And His answer for so many questions is Redemption.  For this I am grateful.  For a Redeemer who takes the broken things of this world and makes something beautiful.


Part of Nate & Chris’ story is foster care.  What a beautiful thing, a picture of the Father’s heart.  Saying yes to what’s hard, impossible sometimes, what looks broken and finding something worth saving.  Why?  Because that’s what Jesus did for us.


I’m so incredibly blessed by this family!  So thankful I get a front row seat as the Lord works in their lives, drawing them, making them more like Himself.  He is binding up the brokenhearted and exchanging beauty from ashes.  Redemption.

22 / 52 – Safety

22 / 52 – Safety

I can’t get enough of this image – a real reminder that safety is found in the Father’s arms.  No fear, just comfort, rest, enjoyment.


And this song.  Been playing nonstop, singing truth and faith into our hearts, reminding us where true life is found.

I’m running to the secret place, where You are, where You are

I’ll sing to you of all the ways You stole my heart, stole my heart

Better is a moment that I’m here with You than a million other days away

I’m running, I’m running, I’m running to the secret place

19 / 52 – My family

19 / 52 – My family

Family is a funny thing.  It’s like this thread that runs through you, connecting you to people that are each somehow a part of who you are.  Family is where everything begins.  It is possibly the most important, God-given, life shaping force that exists on the planet, besides the Holy Spirit himself.


This thread is a fragile but resilient thing.  Through time and circumstance it may pulled and strained, worn thin, maybe even frayed.  But somehow, it keeps.  This thread is colored at times with pain, with heartache.  Other seasons may bring ease, laughter and strength.  People change, but the bond is not broken.


This is my family.  We have seen seasons of difficulty, times where the Lord taught us how to grow in grace.  Other times have been easy and fun, where we just enjoyed each other and the relationships that tie us together.


The coming year will be a full one for us, lots of change and growth.  I’m excited and thankful.  And though there will be great distance between us, I know this thread will stretch :)


These boys will miss their Lolo and Lola.  And their Lola’s cooking!


And I will miss my mom


It’s been a long time since the five of us were all together, and these pictures will probably be the last ones we will take as a family before we go to the mission field.  We had to celebrate with a few pictures!  I will treasure these images, especially these selfies :)  I sure do love these people!

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