Tuesday, April 22

grace upon grace

I just have to share about how I have seen God's hand of grace exhibited in my husband this semester. He has had a huge load on his shoulders these past few months, but God has continually given him grace and strength to keep on keeping on. He has stayed up until after midnight and gotten up between 4 & 5 AM almost every day for 3 months and that in itself is a testament to God's grace. I would have fallen down in a heap if it were me! Yet, he doesn't complain, just says those dreaded phrases..."I have reading to do...I have Hebrew vocab to study...I have a project due..." Anyone who is a seminary wife can probably tell a similiar story of how God has sustained their husbands as well. I am just amazed at how they balance school, work, family, church responsibilities, and everyday life.
This past Sunday our Pastor was out of town, so Andrew was asked to preach in our Sunday service. Then, due to an unforeseen circumstance, ended up having to speak in the PM service as well. Praise God for allowing the time to prepare for these in the midst of finals week. Anyone interested in hearing his message on the book of Ecclesiastes can listen to it here.

My new favorite song comes from the new Sovereign Grace CD Come Weary Saints. These words resonate with me and I think they speak well of how a seminary student or anyone can continue on in the midst of a crazy semester, great trial, or just difficult day.

You have ordained every breath we take
In pleasure or pain, there is no mistake
Gladness and grief, both are in Your hand
And sufferings brief carry out Your plan
And our fleeting sorrows will yield an endless prize
When some bright tomorrow we’ll see You with our eyes,
Grace upon grace flows down, flows down
Grace upon grace flows down, flows down
Through the precious blood of Christ.
Father of lights, Giver of all grace
Your mercies crown our lives all our days.
River of Life, quench our thirsty souls
For no true delight does Your love withhold.
And in every season we are satisfied
For just one reason Christ was crucified,
Grace upon grace flows down, flows down
Grace upon grace flows down, flows down
Through the precious blood of Christ.

© 2008 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)


collavoce said...

I am sorry that it has been so crazy for you, but am thankful and amazed at how you have both kept an eternal perspective. I have known a few wives who became bitter during this phase, and totally resented the ministry in the end. I love you both and am praying for you. One more year!! :)

Jessica said...

I understand exactly what you are talking now. This is our first semester at Seminary in Clarks Summit PA. And Richard has one more week. I too feel the same as you. Thank you for that song!

S&s said...

yea for the end of the semester!!! I totally agree with you Kelly, God has been so good to our husbands--and good to us in giving them to us!!!

Happy Summer! Let's get together soon. . .before recital! I can't believe that it is right around the corner!