“Those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint”
As I reflect on our marriage and celebrate today God has taken the verse that Chuck claimed to teach me a deeper trust in His ways are Always best. Proverbs 3:5-6:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths!”
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Chuck had wanted to share God's goodness and His faithfulness throughout his illness with all and that is my goal this summer as our guests come to visit. We also received sweet donations to build a Memorial Garden for Chuck here along Anvil Lake and hope to have it ready to show you and share how God has worked!
Lastly we have decided to downsize... even before Chuck's passing, and I am trying to sell our four 4-bedroom chalets. I believe God wants me to keep The Lodge and share it with larger families, meaning our big family can also enjoy it 9 months of the year and rent it during the summer to others.
God is now my Husband and He promises to love me even better than Chuck did as I stay close to Him. He is passionate in His love and even though it is hard to imagine anyone who could be as passionate and loving as Chuck was, I am claiming that God's ways are ALWAYS the best ways and better than we can imagine. I pray each of you know how much our God loves us!
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor your ways My ways,” says the Lord, “for as the heavens are higher than the earth, so My ways are higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts!” Isaiah 55:8-9
You are a part of this journey for you took time to pray and to support us in various ways.
THANK YOU! Please understand how much your prayers mean and still mean as we move forward!
Here is the link to the service in case any of you were not able to watch it. (copyright laws took the music away from the slide shows but everything else is there).
God is working in our family as we all miss Chuck so much. There is an empty place that we will continue to claim his spirit and feel his presence with us. He is still with us in so many ways!
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus…. Hebrews 12:1-2. We believe Chuck is part of that cloud of witnesses! He wants us to move forward and keep loving.. keep living... "Work hard and play hard".... "If a job is worth doing, do it right!".... His last verse claimed: “This is the day the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it!” Psalm 118:24
As I say goodbye to all of you, my friends through Caring Bridge, please hear me when I say you have been a part of this journey and we thank you! Chuck would want to invite you to come and share our Northwoods Paradise with us! Please contact me and let me know if you want to visit. Share your involvement here with me and your interaction in this journey. Your prayers are now holding me as I move forward.. God is carrying us and He is a faithful God!
Sarah Young says this in her book, Jesus Lives: "Recognize that you are on the threshold of a new adventure, and that I will be with you each step of the way. As we venture out together cling tightly to My Hand. The more you abandon yourself to Me, the more exuberantly you can experience My Love" Chuck's amazing love for me is what I miss so much, but God has promised to love me more!
“There is no greater love than this: that a person (Jesus) lays down his life for his friends!” John 15:13