Our refuge and strength

May 14th, 2016

“So how are you all liking your new space?”

“Oh my goodness, it has made such a difference, words cannot describe!  It’s incredible how smoothly our logistics are working now!  It reminds me of how the household ran when we had only four or five children!”

Not long ago, a friend and I were chatting.  She’s a close friend and older sister in the faith who is walking closely with the Lord through hard places.  So I confided in her, “Life seems too easy now.  It’s so easy that I know the next challenge is coming soon!  He didn’t provide this upgrade just to make things all comfy and convenient for us.  He gave it to us because He knew we’d need it to be ready for something we couldn’t handle without it.  I don’t know which direction it’s coming from, but it’s coming!”

Two days later…oh boy, it came.

Now, this time I can’t tell you all about it, because it involves information that needs to be confidential for the sake of other people, but I still want to attest to the faithfulness and love of the Lord towards us.  Over the past week and a half (appropriately enough), I have needed to do some of the most intense mothering I’ve ever done in my life.  As our family weathered a storm that would have terrified us a dozen years ago if someone had described it to us, Joe and I have marveled to see Him ministering through us, pouring out abundant rivers of His grace through our neediness, His strength through our exhaustion and our pathetic weakness, and His healing through our brokenness.  What He is doing is marvelous in our eyes and we praise Him!

And yes, the household logistics passed the test.  We’re even caught up on the laundry.  What do You have for us next, Lord?  As long as You are in the midst of us, we will not be moved.


“…our home is not a projection of our image but a space in which we work to display the image of Christ.  Home…points to the fact that the Lord is our refuge.”

~Gloria Furman, Missional Motherhood

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4 Responses to “Our refuge and strength”

  1. Debbie McDonald says:

    Susanna I pray for Annie and if I share the link will it share a picture? If not can I copy the one on your page? Last ? Can I please copy and paste the quote from your last blog? I would like to use it
    it speaks to me I would like to make some kind of poster or picture with it for Father’s Day! My husband would love it because it is how we feel about our home too. I have posted here before but might have used my other email. I sure wish there was time for an auction I would buy something small.

  2. Susanna says:

    Debbie, the link is for the Carpenters’ YouCaring page, which has a photo of Annie on it, but if you would also like to use the photo of Annie that I posted, please feel free. Thank you so much for taking this small step that can have such a big impact!

    I took the quote from one of the books I’m reading right now, titled “Missional Motherhood,” by Gloria Furman. For a poster in your own home, it would be fine to use her quote, but if you quote her on social media, the author should be identified.

    Another blog reader has offered a few things for sale, and I have a couple to add as well, with the proceeds to go to the Carpenters. Hopefully we can get those out there over the next week.

    Thank you again!!

  3. Rachel says:

    I’m proud of you, Susanna! Even without knowing details. :-)

  4. Susanna says:

    Rachel, you are such a sweet person, and I hope we get to sit down and have a good long conversation someday!

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