Welcome friends. I know the blog has been heavy lately, and to those who have been so faithful in reading the baby rescue stories, thank you.
But I want to make sure you know, it’s not all tears.
Life is beautiful.
Even when death and pain and sickness and hunger are so close and so real, so too is the joy. As one of my fellow travelers described, “it is the human condition.”
I’m sure each girl has a story. Of course she does. Possibly, probably, a painful one; a sad, unfair, unjust story.
Yet, here, pure delight.
Not contrived or concocted. Not even, necessarily, a facade to cover up the truth of the story.
Just real joy. Like every human being knows, no matter how hard her story.
Just the genuine, contagious giggles of schoolgirls.
It’s not all tears.
Those the LORD has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away. (Isaiah 51:11)
by grace alone,
Heart + Home Link Up
Each week we gather here to encourage each other in creating home & cultivating faith.
Here are some of the features from last week’s link up:
Barb at Second Chance to Dream – Give Thanks Fall Mantel
The Purposeful Mom – Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal-Flax Chocolate Chip Cookies
Leslie @ Simply Better shares a simple but super helpful tip related to fall decorations. Hop over there to see!
The featured heart story from last week’s link up… well, I have to be honest, I really didn’t want to click on it. I imagined it would be heavy and didn’t know if I felt up to another hard story. But I’m glad I clicked through. Lori‘s post, He Murdered My Uncle, is painful, but it’s grace-ful, too. I hope you’ll find encouragement in this powerful redemption story.
If you’d like to link up your posts, please note that there are TWO SECTIONS (one for heart, one for home), so try to link up in the right one if ya can. Link as many as you like!
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Please take a moment to visit at least two other links and encourage another lovely blogger in creating home + cultivating faith!