Thursday, July 29, 2010

Broken into Beautiful


The page is turned.

Time for a new chapter!

I now pronounce that summer is over. Well, our summer at least. Matt and I have just made this exciting decision.

We're kinda over it. The summer kinda......stunk. Totally stunk. So we decided to just make it over.

Ah...fall! :) We welcome you!

And, of course:

Can you hear the marching band?! I can...especially the baritones. :)

You may have noticed quite the break in my blogging. My apologies for all of you just sitting there hungering for an entry. ;) ha.ha.ha.

But I haven't been to a point where I could really blog about this summer. And I don't really feel led to write about the details even now, but here is a brief.

This summer my sister, Ruthann, and her fam moved to Pennsylvania. Yea, the Pennsylvania on the other side of America.
The Lings, some of our closests friends out here, moved back to Iowa for med school.
And, we had a miscarriage at 9 weeks of pregnancy.

But through the tears, and in the midst of depression, I heard the voice of my Savior:

"In repentance and rest is your salvation,
in quietness and trust is your strength,"
Isaiah 30:15

This verse is how the Lord asked me to endure the summer 'heat.' In rest. And quietness. And trust. I don't really haven't had a lot to say about those things, and I'm ok with that. I haven't had much to say all summer, which is not like me, at all. I'm so fashioned to talk talk talk and process process process about life's highs and lows. But God led me to quietness for the summer. And, as always, his Word proved to be true.

Because as I have sat in the quietness, the sometimes eery quietness, off in the distance I started seeing hope. As I rested in the Lord, and mourned before HIM, I slowly felt a sense of hope grow inside of my heart. At the beginning the hope was little more than quoting over-spiritual cliches, and now it is a consuming belief that God is good beyond understanding.

Lightening up the situation seems to be quite the medication as well. Matt even bought me a new calendar to signify that we are 'so over' the summer. :)

Take a look at our fall!

No more of this: And a whole lotta this!

Our new church building! Matt is moving into his new office today! And he has 3.5 weeks of school left! Then he will have his masters! I know, a lot of exclamation points! I have so much hope for this new campus and the plans God has for it!

So that's the update.
Maybe later I will revisit the storms of this summer, but for now I want to look ahead in hope.

"Remind me that you take broken things and turn them into beautiful." Britt Nicole


  1. I'm excited for your fall, too, Rebekah! I'm praying that the Word keeps prevailing all else in your life, through the hard times and the joyful. I'm glad He's always been faithful, and will be again!

  2. Thanks for sharing your heart Rebekah...

  3. Hey dear one. Jas and I are so sad to hear about your miscarriage but so thankful to hear that you've walked with God through it:) Jas said..." awe man, I really like them. They are such a great couple.." I am so happy that Matt is almost done, I can't imagine how lucky that church body is to have you both!