Here is my awesome family as of April 28th, 2019! Our previous family picture was taken 2 years ago just before we lost our son, Clayton, on April 19th 2017. In this recent photo we have our newest blessing. Our baby Faith is a few weeks old. There is nothing like a new baby in the house! And how special that she was born in April. God is good!
Below is our family photo taken two weeks before our son Clayton's accident. We had no clue what was soon to happen. But God has a way of preparing us for what we can't see coming, and is always there with us in the midst of the storms. He is our anchor. Our refuge and strength. To read all the blog posts since our son's death click here.
Thank you for following my blog. I hope it has been an encouragement and blessing to you. And please share with your friends. I would love to reach as many people as I can with hope and encouragement.
In Him, Mae
Tragedies bring spiritual growth
Two years has gone by since the passing of our son, Clayton, on April 19th, 2017. Clayton died instantly in a tragic quad accident at the young age of 14. ( For the complete story of that day see this blog post. April 19, 2017 )
I have been writing here on my blog, Grieving With Hope, about the new journey we are on. And I have been able to be an encouragement and inspiration to my blog readers over these last 2 years with all that God is doing and has done in our lives, and from the comfort we have been given.
I love seeing how God uses bad things for good and for His glory! God always wins! And God knows how to make sense out of the tragedies and traumas of life. God puts to use what He allows us to go through if we will only place it in His hands. He will make something beautiful out of it. He turns our tragedies into triumphs.
Time has a good way of healing our hurting and broken hearts. But the missing of our son is still there. There is a constant void in our hearts and in our home. We will never feel complete as a family this side of heaven.
I've been praying for more opportunities to share my message of hope and encouragement that God has given me, either through writing or speaking. I would love to be able to share some of my writings through various women's ministries and organizations.
I want to be an inspiration to others that are going through similar things. To let them know there is hope and there is healing after something as tragic as this. And help them to see these times of difficulty for what they really are -- seasons of growth and shaping. We can live an abundant life after our loss. God restores and heals. He is near to the brokenhearted. ( see Psalm 34: 18 ) And God blesses those who grieve. ( see Matthew 5:4 )
May we keep in mind that the opposition and tribulations we go through in life can produce some of the greatest fruit in us. They can cause us to face things and do things we could not have done had we not had that opposition, tragedies, or tribulations. These things will make us go running to God. They will make us pray. And make us to increase our faith. We often view opposition as a bad thing, and it can certainly feel that way. But these things can be an opportunity. An opportunity for more of God's blessing in our lives. And an opportunity for our growth, and to be an out reach and blessing in someone else's life.
Even in the unbearable seasons of life, He is nearer than we often think. He promises to never leave us nor for sale us. So let's keep praising. Keep worshiping. Keep believing. Keep Loving. Keep trusting.
In Him Mae
Romans 5:3-5 (KJV)
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Here is the latest book I am reading. It has been very encouraging to me, and some of the inspiration for this blog post was from this book. I highly recommend this book, Restart Your Heart by Jetezen Franklin, to anyone who has been hurt by things in life.
I have yet to read Jentezen Franklin's book, Love Like You've Never Been Hurt. Jentezen refers to that book many times in this one, as well has excerpts from that book. So I would recommend both books.
Acronym for Purposeful Mothering
I am a wife to my wonderful husband, Paul, of over 22 years. Mommy to 9 blessings, ages 21 to 3 years. Our 2nd oldest son, at age 14, has gone on to be with the Lord on April 19th, 2017. I share about that new road we are on here on my blog.
My first 7 years of blogging.
Great inspirational reading!
"I believe a greater intimacy with God leads us to an inner peace, unquenchable joy, & an ever-lasting hope regardless of what we go through in life." Mae