What are your “all things?”

Filed in Charles, Encouragement, faith, Grace, Grief, Life by on May 5, 2017

img_2571.jpgWe got a call on our wedding day that our house alarm was going off. My Houston instincts kicked into high gear but after the sheriff’s department went to check it out, a door had just blown open!

That was good… except that the door kept blowing open for the next 2 weeks until we figured out how to lock the crazy complicated Pella combination doors. During that time, tiny crazy critters called field mice decided to join in the move-in party and make residence with us as well. Ugh! Talk about a mess! After multiple trappings and continual problems it was time to bring in reinforcements.

Some of Soxie’s children :)

So…. we got some cats. Someone brought over a couple of kittens for us. I had never been a cat person as I was raised with dogs but I was told that you just had to feed them and pet them and they would stay. They (Char-less and Soxie – were pre-named before we got them) were sweet and I watched them grow over several weeks as we kept them in the garage for awhile.

One day in the middle of a crazy week – crazy week meaning the entire care staff was sick or on vacation except for one person (I still have no idea how we survived that so early on in our marriage) Charles pulled me aside after we had finished his morning routine. I honestly had no idea what he was going to say because he was so serious. Then with sadness in his voice he said, I am really sorry to tell you this but Char-less was found this morning and he had been hit by car.

My little non-cat loving momma heart was “broken.” I was so sad. Charles knew it was going to make me so sad and that was why he had waited to tell me and had the kitten taken care of before I found out.

I share all of this to say that even so early on in our marriage Charles understood how difficult death was for me. For those close to me, they know how difficult death has always been. I mean it’s hard on everyone and I’m not saying I’m anything special, but in certain ways I have never handled it well even in the most simplest of forms.

The fact that I wake up each morning, throw the covers back (if I actually sleep in the bed) put my feet on the ground and move forward each and every day is a complete testimony to the truth of Philippians 4:13.

And I sincerely do not mean that lightly.

Just a couple of days after Charles died, I distinctly remember standing in the bathroom and saying to myself outloud, “I really believe this is going to destroy me.” And I really believe it could have. But praise God in His unending mercy that it hasn’t.

The truth is that “we CAN do ALL things through Christ who strengthens” us. You, me, all of us. If you are a follower of Christ, a new creation, and He is Lord of your life – this truth is for you too!

Charles talked about this verse a lot. He always talked about what his “all things” were but said that we all have our own “all things.”

For now, my “all things” is walking through life with him no longer by my side.

What are your “all things?”

Because no matter what those “all things” are, Philippians 4:13 is true because it is Christ who gives us the strength.

I have always loved Steven Curtis Chapman’s classic song from years ago, His Strength is Perfect – “His strength is perfect when our strength is gone. He’ll carry us when we can’t carry on. Raised in His power, the weak become strong. His strength is perfect, His strength is perfect.”

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:13‬ ‭

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