Thursday, January 26, 2012

"Losing your Life"

“He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it." Matt.10:39

"Last weekend I called a young woman who wrote to me after losing her firstborn son, who lived two days before dying in her arms. His genetic abnormality is likely to repeat itself in future children she and her husband may have.' I want to be a mother,' she wrote to me. 'I want to have purpose and meaning in my life. I want to move on with whatever God has for me- but I don't know how to do any of these things. How do I mourn the possibility that I will never have a child of my own, when that has been my heart's greatest desire for as long as I can remember?'
'Your son has given you an incredible gift,' I told this grieving mom.'He has given you the gift of being forced to reconsider the very purpose of your life. Those who are sailing through a comfortable life at this point have not yet been forced to carefully consider their lives and surrender their dreams. But because you have been shaken to the core, you see clearly that if you cling to your own plans and desires, you will never discover the freedom and joy found in losing your life for Jesus.'
'Master Jesus, I'm afraid of what may happen and what I may have to surrender if I give up my life for You. Give me eyes of faith to see how beautiful and satisfying my life will be as I die to myself and live for You.'" 
-Taken from "One Year Book of Hope" by Nancy Guthrie


  1. Crystal, I just blogged about how much of an inspiration you and Brad are to me! You gave glory to God in such trial, and I see how God blessed you through it all. He blessed me, too. I just want to give you props for holding on and not straying from God! If you ever have time, I want to share with you a new development in my faith. I miss you!

  2. Whoops - I meant to put 'journaled', not 'blogged'