On Sunday, I started the book Choosing to See by Mary Beth Chapman. I'm sure everyone knows this but a couple years ago (3, I think), Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman's daughter, Maria, was hit by a car (driven by their son, Will) in their driveway. This book is their story. It's an amazing book - truly, truly amazing - and it points to God all throughout. It's a quick read. I'm almost done and have had a hard time putting it down. I highly recommend it. Very encouraging and hope-filled.
I'll share more from it more later, but these are just some quotes and a verse that I have found so helpful and so comforting. You know how I love my quotes. I hope they will be as comforting and as encouraging to you as they are to me:
A person who lives in faith must proceed on incomplete evidence, trusting in advance what will only make sense in reverse.
~ Philip Yancey
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
~ 2 Corinthians 1: 3 & 4
Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory.
~ William Barclay
Christianity doesn't deny the reality of suffering and evil... Our hope... is not based on the idea that we are going to be free of pain and suffering. Rather, it is based on the conviction that we will triumph over suffering.
~ Brennan Manning
Shattered dreams are never random. They are always a piece in a larger puzzle, a chapter in a larger story. The Holy Spirit uses the pain of shattered dreams to help us discover our desire for God, to help us begin dreaming the highest dream. They are ordained opportunities for the Spirit to awaken, then to satisfy our highest dream.
~ Larry Crabb
See, just SEE the glory of God today.