Being Woven

Every Purpose Under Heaven

 

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I continue to be woven by the hands of God through all of life’s circumstances, events, conversations, precious time spent with my husband.  God is so merciful.  He allows hard, yet quilts it with the downy feathers or soft rabbit fur as for a nest.  He gives us His grace in portions, some small, some huge.  He is so fine and so beautiful.

As many know from my last post, my husband, of almost 25 years, has been diagnosed with Lymphoma.  He has chosen to be under hospice care, and to be ushered into Heaven in God’s perfect timing.  Kenneth served in the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Infantry Division during the Vietnam War.  He was exposed to Agent Orange which could very well be the cause of this cancer.  Life is fragile any day and especially when one fights in a war.  We see affects today with our soldiers coming home from Iraq, Afghanistan, and so many other places these days.  There are prices paid when one serves this country in the Armed Services.

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For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.

I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.

My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;

Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.  Psalm 139:13-16

God created each one of us.  He made these bodies so magnificently…just think about the mechanics of all of the working parts, the symmetry between those parts, and the details of each part…the skin, the heart, the eyes, and all.  We have been built by The Master Craftsman, Architect, Creator….The Master Weaver.

My husband’s already frail body has a cancer.  He has chosen not to fight it for many of his own reasons, but the real reason is God.  He is calling him Home.  Each night, while in the hospital, God came.  He would be there with Kenneth in the quiet, in the dark.  Kenneth knew and waited, listened, believed.  On the surface, Kenneth was there in the hospital waiting for answers from the doctors.  In the depths, the real answers were coming from the LORD.

I saw Christ in Kenneth more clearly each morning when I came to visit.  I was affected dearly by what was happening to my husband.

We have been home from Houston for about six weeks.  Kenneth and I are continuing to feel God’s Peace and, now, His purposes for us.  We have new mornings for which to be grateful.  We share precious time together.

Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.

They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.

“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I hope in Him!”

The LORD is good to those who wait for Him,
To the soul who seeks Him.

It is good that one should hope and wait quietly
For the salvation of the LORD.  Lamentations 3:22-26

We are more in love than when we got married which is hard to imagine.  We were so crazy in love 25 years ago.  We are growing in the LORD each and every day, growing closer to one another too.

Kenneth has begun teaching me things I will need to know when I am a widow.  (Yes, that is hard to write, think, say, yet, unless God has a miracle in store, I am headed that way.) He is working on small projects as he is able so as to make things better for me.  He is so delighted to have these tasks to do, not only for me, but to give him purpose for each day.  He came home to die, yet only God knows the number of days for Kenneth.  To while away the unknown number of days sitting around or lying in bed is not good for the soul…if one can help it.  Purpose of heart, purpose of mind, purpose of being are vitally important for life.  Kenneth is very much alive today.  He is being held by God.  I am in His arms as well.  Each day is a learning experience and one not to be missed.  Our eyes, ears, and hearts are wide open for this time.

To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:

[A time for EVERY PURPOSE under Heaven…we are living this right now…right now on earth…under Heaven.  Thank You, LORD.]

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A time to be born,
And a time to die;
A time to plant,
And a time to pluck what is planted;

A time to kill,
And a time to heal;
A time to break down,
And a time to build up;

A time to weep,
And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
And a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones,
And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace,
And a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to gain,
And a time to lose;
A time to keep,
And a time to throw away;

A time to tear,
And a time to sew; A time to keep silence,
And a time to speak;

A time to love,
And a time to hate;
A time of war,
And a time of peace.  Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Beautiful words to embrace.

Our time together is precious.  We do not know the number of days.  We only know that This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.  [Psalm 118:24]  Today is the day to be God’s creations together.  He is giving us daily gifts.  When Kenneth’s days are up, I will truly be sad; I will miss him so.  He is so good to and for me.  God blessed me with this man.  So we take today.  Today is holy ground.

Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.”  Exodus 3:5

God could also bring a miracle.  And looking at them Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”  Matthew 19:26

Father, I lift my voice: “Hear the voice of my supplications when I cry to You for help,
When I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary.” [Psalm 28:2]  …the innermost place of Your sanctuary.  Father, You have given Kenneth such insight, love, and kindness.  He shares it with me and I am so blessed.  Thank You, LORD.  I pray Your watch-care over him every day, all day.  Hold me close and never let me go.  EVER, Abba Father.  I ask You to guard my heart.  Guide me upon Your path for my life.  I thank You for loving us so.  Thank You for giving us these many years together.  And should there be more, I thank You and praise You now.  As we have been praying all along, LORD, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.  I pray in the Name of Your Son, my Savior and LORD.  Amen.

He has made everything beautiful in its time.  Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.  Ecclesiastes 3:11

 

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27 Comments

  1. (((Linda))) I’m so sorry. Prayers for you and Kenneth. May He give you both strength and peace. xoxo

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  2. Oh Linda, thank you for sharing your vulnerability with us. I can’t even imagine what you must be going through…and with such grace and positivity! You are a light, my friend. I now know how I shall be praying for you!
    “This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” This is the prayer I prayed this morning, over my children as I sent them out the door to school. Everyday is a gift! ❤

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    • How blessed I feel after reading your words to me. Thank you, Rachel.

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  3. sandraj2015

    Linda, I am so touched by your beautiful words. You’ve given us a glimpse of what love looks like in a marriage, of what faith looks like facing a serious illness, of what holding onto God’s promises looks like. Thanks for sharing these glimpses of God’s grace and glimpses of heaven. Praying for you today.

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    • Precious words you have given me this morning. Thank you for touching my heart, Sandra.

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  4. Linda, I too, am typing this through tears. Your witness to the power of God in your lives and the promise of the future He holds for His children is powerful. You are praising Him in the storm and giving Him the glory. Thank you for blessing us with this. I pray God uses it mightily to draw everyone who reads it closer to Him. God bless you!

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    • And you bless me, Deb. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your heart and words with me. Even your tears!

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  5. My sweet, faith filled friend, Linda, I’m so very sorry for what you and your husband are dealing with now. Kenneth’s strength in his faith and love for you is shown in his thoughtful decisions. To know that you are both more in love than the day you married is a wonderful blessing. Wishing you and Kenneth love, happy moments, and blessings tailored to what each of you will need in the days to come. I wish I could be there in person to hug you or help in some way-but you do have someone better with you -Jesus. But you are both in my prayers multiple times throughout the day. Sending you a gentle hug and much love. ❤

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    • Thank you, sweet Kathleen. I love you, ~ linda

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  6. Laura Thomas

    Oh, Linda, I am so incredibly sorry for the heartache and pain you are both experiencing, but so encouraged by your deep commitment to one another and to the Lord’s will and faithfulness through it all. Thank you for sharing, I pray your days will be precious. Stopping by from #CoffeeForYourHeart

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    • Thank you, Laura…yes, “precious” is the word.

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  7. Oh sweet friend! There are no words. Bruce and I will be praying for you daily. LOVE YOU

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    • Thank you, thank you, Lyli. We are so grateful for prayers lifting us up to the Lord.

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  8. nylseesahc

    Linda; I appreciated your honesty. This is sad yet incredibly encouraging. Thankful that God is giving you both what you need at this time.

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  9. What a beautiful love you and Kenneth have, Linda. I’m so sorry for the pain of loss that you’ve already experienced and for the loss yet to come. My dad chose this same path when he had cancer. It’s a choice I can respect and I hear respect in your words for Kenneth. May God bless you both with strength and courage!

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  10. Linda, your words and heart are truly beautiful. I’m blessed to have stopped by from Moments of Grace. Praying for God’s continued shepherding as you walk through this valley with your beloved husband.

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  11. I appreciate your peaceful, yielding heart woven throughout this post. I’m so very sorry and heartbroken that you’re enduring this season. I pray God will continue to give you both the peace that transcends all understanding and that He’ll guard your hearts. I pray for healing, though I know you trust in His will. Love,Amy

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    • Thank you, Amy. God’s will is what we desire…whatever that may be. Our hearts our surrendered to Him.

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  12. Dear Linda,
    This is an incredibly precious journey you & your man are on…one my precious man & I traversed 16 years ago with Glialoblastoma multiform grade 4 (aggressive brain cancer).
    My heart knows the pain, peace, joy & sadness that are mixed into the journey you are on & will continue long after.
    God will carry you Linda, enjoy the sweet intimate moments just between the two of you now…. they will carry you through the times ahead.
    You are welcome to drop by anytime & join me, from one who has traveled this journey.
    Sending sweet blessings,
    Jennifer

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    • Oh, Jennifer…I am so sorry that you went through this with your husband. I am also so grateful for your words of encouragement and tender soothing to me. I will be by. Thank you.

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  13. Cathy Newberry

    Dearest Linda,

    Beautifully articulated as only you can express.

    My heart hurts for you, but my spirit soars in your FAITH in Our Father! Faith put into action each moment by both of you.

    Love and prayers always,

    Cathy

    Sent from Mail for Windows 10

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    • The Holy Spirit wrote this piece in the dark of a recent night with me at the keyboard. Powerful way to write one’s post, I must say! Praising Him for all He is doing, has done, and will do in our lives. Bless you for sharing your thoughts here.

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  14. Dear Linda,
    My eyes filled with tears as I read your beautiful words. I have been praying for you so much dear friend, and thinking of you over these last few weeks. I am so sorry for the pain and heartache that you are having to face now, but yet I am so thankful that the Lord is being so near to you through it all. May He indeed continue to bring His Will alive in your hearts. And may He hold you so closely through every day and every moment. *Hugs*

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    • Oh, Bettie, your words and prayers mean so much. Thank you.

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  15. Beautifully written Linda. Just lovely and your heart is woven throughout. Thank you for sharing your heart. Love to you and Kenneth as you walk this road together.

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