Through this journey and from the very start all the way back in Dec. 06, we have shared and talked of our faith. Just because I have been reading of so many out here in the blog world that speak of a "faith" as well, I just wanted for the record to bring to light of the ONLY TRUE FAITH. Some seem to think as it says in I Cor. 8:5, For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many) Some say they have a "faith" in good works, that in what they do it will qualify them for eternity, but how do you know when you have done enough? Some have "faith" in things unseen and then even in the seen, faith in people, men that seemingly did extraordinary things, some think they will enter heaven because they are just "good folks," there are so many so called "faiths" out there but the Holy Bible, God's infallible word tells us there is ONLY ONE Way, to heaven, being with Him and our loved ones for eternity. John 14:6, Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. And the verse that comes right after the one I wrote In I Cor. says, But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ by whom are all things, and we by him. My faith, our families faith is in God, Jesus Christ Incarnate, Christ crucified (I Cor.1:23) our faith is in the power of God, that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God, I Cor. 2:5, our faith is in Christ, fully God, fully man, yet without sin, that was born of a virgin, lived on this earth, preached repentance, was then mocked, scourged, nailed to the cross, buried in a tomb, that rose three days later, appeared to witnesses, ascended to heaven and now is at the right hand of the Father, and we that are faith believers, a work of the Spirit of Christ enabling us to believe, (as faith is a gift of God) who have repented of our sin because the Bible says "all have sinned and come short of the glory of God," await our redemption by the trumpet sound or through death which is our gate of victory and life eternal forever with the Almighty God of Creation and with those whom have gone before us. So this is why I know that I know I will see my Joel again!! May the Lord work a work in those that might hap across this and be not deceived any longer and trust in the ONE and ONLY True God, Jesus, the Christ!!
I share all that as a burden for many that are deceived. Also if you think about it would you pray for a woman that has given birth to a baby boy at 23 weeks and weighs 15 ounces I met her as we went through our situation with Joel, she came to the hospital several times, they also had another baby girl, about 4 years ago, and is doing great, she was born about the same gestational time, what an incredible journey that was for them, and now here they are again. They live out of state now, but the Lord has them pegged, He knows!!!
The guys are working away today, we are here without a vehicle( truck still sick) but do not really have a need to go anywhere so we are fine. Bethany's goat is still at the vet with the toxemia and they are going to induce her, its 17 days early and too early really, but prayers for a goat is even heard. If the babies are does they could be worth $1000 or more so it is sad on the part our farm endeavors as this is what we are seeking to do, to raise show goats to sell. So Bethany's buddies out there.....pray!!!!
As far as the grieving journey goes, I still cry everyday, I miss Joel, I miss the twosome stuff, I still have times where I feel like I just drop to a real low, but it does not seem to last too long, I catch myself at times getting sad with the Lord, actually leaning too much on mine own understanding, I just get sad......and then there are days that I feel so light , hopeful, anticipating the reunion. Terry told a thought he had one day as he was outside to our church fellowship as he was teaching one Sunday and I love to think about it, Terry was outside one day a few weeks ago and he was looking out a certain way and he said it felt like a day in Dec., cold and all, he was talking to the Lord and even asking Him "why?" he had to take Joel and that it hurt so bad, and then Terry said he was not telling God anything He did not know, as He too knew the separation with His Son, and then Terry thought of what it would be like to enter heaven and have Joel come up to him, so full of joy and happiness and say" look daddy, I can walk!!!!!!" I just try to picture that in my mind and it brings a fullness, a hope, a looking forward to, and its like I tell myself to hang on....someday it will happen, but for now live, laugh and love the family that I am so blessed with here!!!
*******On a happy mommy heart note, this morning I was praying and asking the Lord to continue to allow Joel's story to go forth......and about an hour later I received an e-mail from a woman that would like to show the DVD at her church for a group of ladies as they have a banquet with the the theme, God is Faithful. I was so very thankful for this unexpected blessing!!!**********
Its a bit cold to day, got the wood stove going, Mercy girl is taking a nap, some are outside and now I better go and do something useful, like figure out what to fix for dinner.