Dena Johnson Martin Christian Blog and Commentary

When Life Happens

Father to the fatherless, defender of widows -- this is God, whose dwelling is holy. God places the lonely in families… Psalm 68:5-6a

I have been working on a blog post with plans to update yesterday, just like always.

And then life happened.

I really am not ready to share details here, but I am certain that it will come out in the near future.

But, I would like to simply ask for prayer. These are difficult, painful days. A new journey. An opportunity to see my God be faithful. A chance to see my Great I Am meet our every need. He will bind up our wounds and heal our broken hearts because that’s the God I serve.

You know, when my life fell apart 7-8 years ago, I didn’t do a very good job of running to God. Today, when I learned devastating news, I immediately began to think about my Savior, His love for me and my kids.

He is a father to the fatherless, a defender of widows. He is near the broken hearted. He uses our pain as an opportunity to bandage our wounds and heal our injuries. He is God, and He is faithful.

I feel like I am just rambling…probably am. After all, it’s 4:30 in the morning. I’ve been up for over an hour, unable to sleep, mourning. My mind is running non-stop. I can’t find words to pray.

But He is here. I see His hand of protection all around me and my children. He is with us through the family and friends that dropped everything and came to us. He was with me through the amazing words of advice from friends who have walked this road. He is here. Always. Forever.

More than anything, I’m here asking for prayer. As a body of believers, I humbly ask you to lift my children and me to the throne of heaven. I ask you to intercede on our behalf as I find myself too shocked and hurt to pray myself.

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:26-28

Thank you for your friendship, for joining me on this crazy—and often painful—journey called life. Thank you for your prayers. Thank you.