I haven't put a verse on in three months so here is what I did today:
"I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you may have trouble but take heart. I have overcome the world." John 16:33
"The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; He is their stronghold in times of trouble." Psalm 37:39
"The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results." James 5:16
I'll be honest...it's hard to put chains up right now. We are sixteen months in. And if the numbers tell a truthful story (which is never certain) we're not halfway. And yet.
We truly have come a long way. We started at 71. We are currently 42. We have moved pretty far, actually. And there's so far to go.
We were explaining to some new friends that we have this room. Full of toys and a chain link and books and heck, there's even an unassembled crib. Those pieces together are hard.
Then there's this present life. The one where we had dinner with said friends last night on a whim and didn't get home til 7:30. The one where we are headed to Justin Timberlake in Chicago because we can do things like that. The one where I'm writing this at 7 p.m. and dinner isn't finished and we are leisurely enjoying our evening. And I remember it's all a gift. All of it.
And of course, we are already certain the after.
We are so thankful for our present circumstances. We wouldn't have planned it this way. And that's when I remember I'm so thankful for a God who aligns my every step and doesn't withhold any good thing.