As we sat with Olivia Wednesday evening (my post from yesterday) and listened to her questions about God’s presence in difficult times and as I held her in bed as she cried, I reminded her of the beautiful dream she had experienced just days after Nick had passed away and of the experience she had had in the hallway at her school about five months after Nick passed away. I wanted Olivia to know that I truly believe Nick was telling her that he was doing great and that he would always be with her, cheering her on and loving her, as she walked through life without one of her big brothers.
It occurred to me that I had planned to give away three copies of the newest Chicken Soup for the Soul: Messages from Heaven today, and that the story of Olivia and Nick at school is included in this anthology. I wondered if perhaps the power of her story and this book is so great and so encouraging to others who have faced loss that Olivia was enduring some type of spiritual warfare as the book is being released.
I know that there are many verses in the Bible that seem mysterious and difficult to grasp, but I do believe the Words contained in this Book are true and accurate. So, as we sat with Olivia, I was reminded of Ephesians 6:11-13 which says,
Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities,
against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes,
you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
Today, if you find yourself struggling with God and with the events of your life, I encourage you to pull out a Bible and read some of God’s promises. Read all of Ephesians 6 and find out what it means to “put on the full armor of God.” I definitely do not have all the answers for the pain we endure in this life, but I do know that one day our faith will be turned into sight and all the pain and sadness here will be washed away.
I cling to verses like Psalm 126:5-6,
Those who sow in tears
will reap with songs of joy.
He who goes out weeping,
carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy,
carrying sheaves with him.
If you would like to be entered to win one of three copies of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Messages from Heaven, please leave your name and email address in a comment box by clicking on the words “precious comments” at the bottom of this post. (Olivia and Nick’s story is on page 74.)
I love you all so much. I will announce winners next week on Wednesday evening!
Praying for you today as I get ready for school,