July 31, 2013

How is it Possible?

Joy in sorrow.  Sustained through intense grief.
Walking the path the LORD calls His people to with
grace and strength and courage.

How is it possible?  

How many times have we wondered at this?
When we think of the martyrs who were tied to the stake
and burned there for their faith, we wonder ~ How?
How could they do it?  How was it that they did not crumble?
Where did their courage and strength come from?
How were they able to sing in the midst of the flames?

The answer?  Supernatural Power.

Given by the God of Heaven and Earth.
From the One who created all things from nothing.
From the One who gives life and sustains it.
He is the One from whom their strength came.
He is the One who gave the grace.

They were bolstered up from within.

By God's Grace.  For His glory.
They were carried.  Met in their need.  
They were given all they required in that moment of time.
And for all the events that followed.
They were sustained by Him ~ just as He promised.

Remember what Stephen saw when he was taken to be stoned?
The LORD allowed him a glimpse into Heaven.
He declared it and boldly proclaimed what he saw. 
How powerful his testimony was ~ how precious!
(See Acts 7:54-60)

I cannot compare the bravery of these ones
with our recent experience of burying our precious son, Austin.
But, I can say that throughout these days and weeks
the LORD has not forsaken us ~ He has carried us.
He has provided much grace and strength and peace in the midst of it all.

There is nothing to compare with the comfort He gives.

It is with bold confidence that I can say ~

He will be Faithful to give grace for the journey.
Whatever it is that He calls His people to ~
 He will meet them in it with all that they will need.

It's only possible with Him.

Anything is possible with Him.

We must not rely on ourselves.

We draw strength from His Word and prayer.
We must continually redirect our attention to His Truth.
We comfort ourselves with the doctrine of His Sovereignty.
And, we look to Him each step of the journey He calls us to.
It really is the only way.  HE is the only Way.

May He grant to you His grace and strength and peace

in whatever He calls you to ~ He is Faithful.

Much Love,

**Photo in this post courtesy of Emma ~

Thank you my love.  XO


Cinnamon said...

What beautiful words. I can see the Lord is there with you, carrying you and I am so glad you have HIM.

{hugs} ~Cinnamon

"The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him." Nahum 1:7

OurCrazyFarm said...

Thinking of you often, and praying for you, too. Yes, God is the One who carries us through.

"Set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed." 1 Peter 1:13

Heather said...

In light of those who have gone before... what truth!

Great photo, Emma! You're a great photographer :)

Dianna said...

He truly is faithful, Camille. Regardless of our need He is ALWAYS faithful.

Patty said...

There is something our Minister of Music likes to say ~ "God is good, all the time. All the time, God is good". Some things are hard to understand but it is an absolute truth. May His goodness surround you!

Maryann said...

"He will be faithful to give grace for the journey. Whatever he calls his people to- he will meet them in it with all they will need" This is such truth...it speaks of grace at the moment of need....we don't have to worry about what the future may hold because we know he will give us grace and will be faithful on whatever journey he calls for us...praying for you
Much love

Farmgirl said...

He is so faithful Camille!
Lovely post.

Camille said...

Cinnamon ~ We could not go forward without Him. Thank you for sharing such a lovely verse. I appreciate you. :)

Our Crazy Farm ~ Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers and for sharing Scripture here. You bless my heart. :)

Heather in Canada ~ Thank you for your kind words of encouragement to Emma...she loves taking photos. Thank you for your sweet friendship. :)

Dianna ~ Yes, my friend...He is ALWAYS faithful!! :)

Patty ~ Yes, truly...it is imperative to fill our minds with Truth! Thank you for pointing me to Him. :)

Maryann ~ Thank you for praying and for encouraging my heart. I appreciate you. :)

Heather on the Farm ~ Love to you, my friend. :)

With Love,

Stephanie said...

Hi Camille,

I am not really sure how I came across your blog - I was clicking on icons and now here I am :) I am thankful the Lord led me here. I just finished reading about your precious son and I am truly in awe of the testimony you and your family are being for Jesus Christ. You are certainly leaning on Him for strength and comfort. My heart was greatly touched by your posts and I am so glad I spent the time to read how our great God is working in your life. I do not know you, but please know that I will be praying for you and your precious family. One beautiful thing about being followers of Jesus Christ is that we are connected around the world by His Holy Spirit.

Love your Sister in Christ,

Camille said...

Welcome here Stephanie! Thank you for your kind words of encouragement and for praying for us. Yes, the LORD's people are amazing...and, it is a wonderful thing to belong to HIS Family. May you know His hand upon you and His blessings in your life.

In His Love,