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Tomorrow is never promised.

November 15, 2009

James and Lauren Rutledge. Photo courtsey of J.A. Laub Photography. http://www.jalaubphotography.com

 

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. Psalm 34:18 (NLT)

This was a verse tweeted by someone from Southland Christian Church Saturday.

This week has been an emotional week for me and especially for several friends of mine from our old church. A friend who got married just less than a month ago lost his wife this week.

As the old saying goes, James and Lauren was a match made in heaven. Some couples you can just tell by the looks on their faces that they are in love and this was James and Lauren. I have known James for about 5 years now through the production department at Southland Christian Church where he works. During the first couple of years, James was always one of the happiest people I have ever met. Always a smile and nothing was ever wrong. He was always positive.

But once Lauren entered his life, he got even happier. You could tell just by the smile on his face and what he would post on his facebook page about her and for her. I wish I could have gotten to know Lauren before God called her home but I know I will see her once my time here is done.

This past week has had me thinking a lot. Since summer I have tried to refocus my thoughts and energy on my family and my marriage. Tomorrow is never promised. You never know what will happen.  I have learned this week that I need to cherish each moment I have with Misty and my boys.

One thing I have learned this week is the importance of a church family. Seeing James’ friends all gather around him during his time of grieving has been an amazing display of Acts 2. I feel blessed just to know these people. This week has been a major learning experience and a major eye opener. There is so much I need to work on in my life and this week has been has shown my areas that I already know I need to work on but hadn’t. I need to really push myself in these areas but sometimes I just don’t think I can.

Am I quitter? Can I do what needs to be done? I know I can’t do this myself. I can only put my faith in God let Him take me through this. God has a plan for me and I so need to shut up and listen and just do what He wants me to do. I have some big decisions soon and only God can help me with. He has the answers that I need. I just need to get in tune with Him and get the answers.