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Grateful Heart.

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I found out last week that Edie lost her home in a fire.
My heart is so grateful that her entire family escaped safely.
And, at the same time, my heart breaks for the tragic loss that they are now walking through together.
It didn’t surprise me in the least that Edie’s first post after her tragedy was a prayer to the Lord.
She thanked him for his mercy in rescuing them from near death.
She cried out to him for peace and mercy and grace.
And, she is trusting in Him for everything that they will need to get through this.
As I’ve described Edie to my family and friends,
these are the words that I’ve used to describe her….
faithful.
strong.
reliable.
trust-worthy.
smart.
passionate.
She gives credit to everything that she has become to the Lord.
She knows with every fiber of her being that all that is hers belongs to him.
Edie has encouraged me so many times with her strong faith and her love for God’s word.

Even still, loss is devastating.
The stuff that we collect in our homes over the course of our lives is important to us.

I haven’t experienced loss like she is right now, but I’ve experienced it, and it turned me inside-out.
 People crying with me and letting me feel what I wanted to feel seemed vital.
Friends cooking meals for us and allowing us into their homes brought comfort.
But, there was only one thing that sustained us in the middle of it, and that was the truth of God’s promise
…to pour out his grace and mercy on us in the midst of suffering,
  to bring something good out of the pain,
and to make himself known to us in the questions.
 Psalms 34: 18
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Isaiah 41:10
Do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

My mind has perfect peace knowing that Edie will cling to God’s word in these months that will follow.
He will give her strength and grace and mercy to walk through this, and she will know that
He is with her.

LuLu - I’m feeling so shocked about hearing this news. I still remember finding her blog for the first time and was hooked… her family has made their home so much their life, their schooling etc.. all took place in their beloved home and their big move to the lake house. My heart is heavy tonight.
xo,
LuLu

DustyLu - God Bless them! I am so sorry for there terrible loss. Thank God know one was hurt! Lulu

Traci - I don’t know Edie, but I will be praying for her and her family. I’m so happy she has her faith to get her through. Her family is safe! THANK GOD!!

Lisa - My heart has been so heavy thinking about Edie and her family. I only know her through her blog, but I read it faithfully, I find solace in her words about her faith, and I am encouraged by her spirit. I too am so thankful for the safety of her family but am saddened at their loss and hope they will feel all the support and love in the blogging community. Gives us all perspective on what is important doesn’t it? Tara, your thoughts about your faith also cause me to pause and reflect and I thank you for writing from the heart!

Michele - Good reminder, praying for her and her family. God is good and very close the broken hearted. On another note, LOVE the new header!

A Life In Focus Photography - sad to hear this…

Janie Fox - You introduced me to her blog just a while ago. I am praying for her and her family.

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia - My heart is broken for them, this is horrible, I can’t imagine.

On a very differen’t note, merry Christmas to you!!!
Take care
XO
Kristin

GLENDA CHILDERS - What a sweet way to honor your friend who is going through this loss. And a sweet way to honor the goodness of the Lord, to sustain us in loss.

The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. . . blessed be the name of the Lord.

Praying for peace and provision for your friends.

Fondly,
Glenda

edie - dear sweet tara,
everywhere i turn, i am humbled by love and mercy. your words (His words) this week have been a refuge for me. you are a dear friend, bearing my burdens with me with a heavy heart. it may seem like a little thing to you but it is a lifeline to me right now. it makes these sleepless nights a little less lonely.
may his grace and peace surround us all as we cling to his cross, where his suffering brings life and forgiveness.
love you,
xo,
edie

Rachel - It is a miracle everyone escaped injury.Her and her family are in my prayers~Hugs~Rachel

*French Farmhouse 425*

Tiffini - praying for them..thanks for your heart in sharing and that they are in hands that heal….

paige - loved seeing edie’s note to you.
she is an angel, i’m certain

xo

Theresa - I don’t know Edie but thank God that she and her family are okay!

These Are The Days - Beautifully said Tara. I finally found the words to post about dear Edie today. You couldn’t have said it better! Love her!!

Megan - Hi Tara, I am just now catching up on my favorite blogs after being away for much of the last week or so. I follow Edie’s blog and am in shock to read what has happened to their family home. I will join you and others to pray for such an amazing woman and family. I just can’t imagine…

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