Blessing in the Storm

The Truth shall set you free.


Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:

 A time to be born,
And a time to die;
A time to plant,
And a time to pluck what is planted;
A time to kill,
And a time to heal;
A time to break down,
And a time to build up;
 A time to weep,
And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
And a time to dance;
 A time to cast away stones,
And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace,
And a time to refrain from embracing;
 A time to gain,
And a time to lose;
A time to keep,
And a time to throw away;
 A time to tear,
And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence,
And a time to speak;
 A time to love,
And a time to hate;
A time of war,
And a time of peace.

No matter what season we are in there is one Truth. Jesus said He is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

I have experienced some incredible highs in my life when I am singing, dancing and rejoicing in the love of our Lord. On the contrary I have been through some doozy trials and tragedies still to find, singing, dancing and rejoicing in the love of our Lord.

Paul says, “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say Rejoice.” There was a time when I looked at that and thought. What if I was faced with a devastating trial? Is Rejoice the right word?

Well, I’m here to tell you, yes, Rejoice in the Lord always. God is only good.three girls

While spinning through the disappearance and death of my sister I asked for clarity. He gave it (mind you, I had to ask often, I spun and spun). Tragedy and death of someone dear to you brings out emotions and thoughts you never imagined. God was faithful from beginning to end. He is. Romans 12:2 be transformed by the renewing of your mind. This isn’t just once, this is constant. Our mind thinks crazy thoughts, we constantly have to renew it to keep our imaginations and arguments captive to the obedience of God (2 Cor 10:5).

There is a song by Kirk Franklin that says, “There’s a blessing in the storm, just help me see it.” Well, the midst of the storm that was my sister Mary’s death, our family saw blessings and miracles unfold right before our eyes. Our lives are changed. And we saw and continue to see the generosity and compassion of people who love us and know us well as well as complete strangers and acquaintances.

God is good and His mercy endures forever!

I’m so thankful I can see through faith eyes when my own are clouded with despair.

Loving the Truth ~ Susie


  • Julie O'Dell

    April 29, 2013


  • Audrey Merritt

    April 29, 2013

    Absolutely true! And beautiful to me that you are able to “rejoice” in the midst of the harshest of storms! I know very well that kind of storm, as I have two sisters who were taken too soon and are now with the Father.
    I love you, Susan! Wish I could hug you tight right now.

    ~Audrey M.

  • Debi Whelan

    April 29, 2013

    Sometimes life just plain sucks, but His beauty will always remain. His goodness knows no boundaries, so even in the darkest times He cannot help but show Himself beautiful. Such a paradox. Some day we will understand.

  • Samantha

    April 29, 2013

    Well put mommy! Xoxox

  • Juls

    April 29, 2013

    amen…and HIS “TRUST” ME Arms just keep on coming. TRUST is so huge. Love you sis. HE is GOD…and always is, will be. And, amazing, in all of this…HE “showing” US all….”I HAVE her, I have “this”, and I have you all”. HE is GOD. and still…..processing change, and the fact that “ALL THINGS” are now NEW. wow. this is awesome Suz….Love you angel


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