The Refining Fire – How Are You?


“How are you?” This is the question I get most. And of course because our friends/family want to know how we are doing. I can answer that question today on December 3, 2013. And what I will say is It is well with my soul. I am doing well.

I’m walking through the process of grieving. However in the midst of the grieving, I’m finding joy in the little things. I’m thankful it’s Christmas because this took the pressure off me for decorating downstairs. I just flooded everything with Christmas decor. And it’s very warm now!

But, how am doing has a lot to do with the friends and family that surround me…

I have amazing friends. Friends that will search your Twitter and Facebook feed for pictures, print them, and then make personalized ornaments. Friends that will spend the last almost 2 months working to restore some non-replaceable items that were salvageable. Friends that still check in and see what we need. Friends that simply drop off needed items on our doorstep like kid’s medicine. Friends that think about us while hanging up their sentimental ornaments and then take the time to pray for us.

And then there’s family. They have been incredible as well. Family that searches all over eBay for a kit to make a homemade stocking that was lost. Family that helps us out by spending the day with their grandchildren. Family that prays, understands, and just loves us through this season.

For the last couple of weeks – everyday uncovers something else we lost. I am taking the time to grieve that item and find some way to replace it. Some things can’t be replaced. And that is ok. The memory can never be lost. So I thank God and try to move on.

God is so good. He is my true comforter. He is how I am walking through this.

Yesterday I read this in a new devotional I started and it really encourages me. I pray it encourages you as well:

“The great objective of this life is character, for it is the only thing we can carry with us into eternity. And gaining as much of the highest character possible is the purpose of our trials.” Austin Phelps

Just to sum things up. As I said before – I am well because it is well with my soul. Below are the lyrics of that song. I’m so grateful for a Savior who cares for lil’ ole me!

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,

when sorrows like sea billows roll;

whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,

It is well, it is well with my soul.


It is well with my soul,it is well, it is well with my soul.


Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,

let this blest assurance control,

that Christ has regarded my helpless estate,

and hath shed his own blood for my soul.


It is well with my soul,it is well, it is well with my soul.


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