The Importance of Being Present Jul15

I just got back from the hospital.  One of the young women I mentored several years ago just had a baby boy who was diagnosed with Trisomy 13 during the second trimester of pregnancy.  I’ve watched her walk through the difficult days of pregnancy, trying to prepare as much as possible for his birth and the reality that this baby might not live more than a few minutes, hours, or days.  Then today, I was there when he was struggling to breathe and they were holding on to him; willing him to live longer, not sure if they were losing him at that moment.

What a humbling experience to be invited into her pain, to pray for her, her husband and this sweet baby; to read scripture, to just be the arms of Jesus.  I could not take away the pain, I could not keep her from the having to walk through these immensely difficult road; but I could remind her of God’s great love for her and her family.  No, I’ve never lost a child, but our Heavenly Father has.

For you see, not only did I get to invest in her life over the last ten years, but I was privileged to watch God grow her into the woman of God she is today; who is now leaning hard into Him, trusting her sweet baby into His care.  There are no words of wisdom to share during these times, but I believe our presence speaks that they are valuable and that they are loved.  During our ten years together, we’ve been talking a lot about trusting the Lord, spending time in His Word and allowing His truths to be written on our heart.  So you see, together we’ve been building our house on the Rock; so that when the storms come, we’ll be able to stand firm, rooted and built up in Him.

There are times in life when we don’t have answers; we can’t provide a way of escape from the hurts of this world . . . but we can be present.  Not just our presence, but the presence of Jesus; as He lives in and through our lives.  As you walk with younger women, you’re investing in their future – preparing them for whatever the Lord allows, by pointing them to Him all the time.  You also get the privilege of being PRESENT when the need arises!

“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”  Hebrews 4:16

 

For His glory and the next generation,

Regina

The Importance of Being Present Jul15

I just got back from the hospital.  One of the young women I mentored several years ago just had a baby boy who was diagnosed with Trisomy 13 during the second trimester of pregnancy.  I’ve watched her walk through the difficult days of pregnancy, trying to prepare as much as possible for his birth and the reality that this baby might not live more than a few minutes, hours, or days.  Then today, I was there when he was struggling to breathe and they were holding on to him; willing him to live longer, not sure if they were losing him at that moment.

What a humbling experience to be invited into her pain, to pray for her, her husband and this sweet baby; to read scripture, to just be the arms of Jesus.  I could not take away the pain, I could not keep her from the having to walk through these immensely difficult road; but I could remind her of God’s great love for her and her family.  No, I’ve never lost a child, but our Heavenly Father has.

For you see, not only did I get to invest in her life over the last ten years, but I was privileged to watch God grow her into the woman of God she is today; who is now leaning hard into Him, trusting her sweet baby into His care.  There are no words of wisdom to share during these times, but I believe our presence speaks that they are valuable and that they are loved.  During our ten years together, we’ve been talking a lot about trusting the Lord, spending time in His Word and allowing His truths to be written on our heart.  So you see, together we’ve been building our house on the Rock; so that when the storms come, we’ll be able to stand firm, rooted and built up in Him.

There are times in life when we don’t have answers; we can’t provide a way of escape from the hurts of this world . . . but we can be present.  Not just our presence, but the presence of Jesus; as He lives in and through our lives.  As you walk with younger women, you’re investing in their future – preparing them for whatever the Lord allows, by pointing them to Him all the time.  You also get the privilege of being PRESENT when the need arises!

“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”  Hebrews 4:16

 

For His glory and the next generation,

Regina

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