But God?!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 Posted by Lisa Arnold

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The words sat on my desktop for most of 2013 because I needed them like air to breathe and I still cry every time I read them as I remember how my loving Father carried me through the mourning.
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Is 43:19)

  • I had to give up a ministry I loved, dearly. But God knew what He was doing when He completely severed me from it.
  • A dear girlfriend “broke up” with me without any explanation.  I was left questioning every tender moment we had spent together. I mourned the loss of her friendship. It was like a death to me but God comforted.
  • My husband and I experienced a traumatizing weekend that almost shattered our marriage. The battle was absolutely debilitating but God was present and brought us through it.
  • My best friend, whom I did life with, moved away because her husband was relocated to a different state. It was a terribly painful separation and I still grieve her physical absence but God gave them an incredible ministry.
  • Had a horrendous misunderstanding with family where ugly, hurtful accusations were flung my way. Doors were slammed. Tears were shed. It took months to see each other again but God unraveled the mess we had woven.
  • During the summer months we faced devastating losses to our Monarch Butterfly conservation efforts due to the actions of our neighbor. One day I cried all afternoon but God provided an unprecedented second crop.
  • We lost precious pictures and videos of our children. I wept bitterly at the thought of never being able to see those memories ever again but God rushed in and settled my spirit.
  • A financial blow took every penny of the money I was saving to pay for my birth instructor certification but God showed how He was providing.


And the list goes on. 2013 was unkind but God provided every victory because "in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us."

Overwhelmed and thankful.



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