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The Rest of the Story

Yesterday, I told you about my daughter’s miscarriage. That happened in 2009. Thankfully, that was not the end of the story. I love knowing that when we are facing the darkest night, we can be assured we’ve not yet seen all God has in store.

I’m grateful we have reminders of God’s faithfulness, not only throughout Scripture, but in the many moments woven into the fabric of our daily lives.

[box]“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” (James 1:17)[/box]

A year after her miscarriage, God gave the gift of a precious granddaughter. Exactly two weeks before her due date, and two days before we were planning to leave for the nine-hour trek to their home for Christmas, my daughter called to tell me early labor had begun! Although we drove through the night only stopping briefly for fuel, our little one entered the world while we were in route. Our Christmas gift came a little early!

I look forward to seeing all the good things the Father has in store for this little one.

Not every miscarriage follows with a healthy baby. Not every prayer for the young mom with cancer is answered with recovery. Not every “gift” is one that is wanted. But in all that the Father gives, we can be assured it is a gift from Him with good purpose.

Today you may be waiting for an answer. Your heart may be weighed down with grief. You may feel all alone and without hope for the future. Please be assured the Father of lights is the provider of every perfect gift.

Cling to Him, the unchanging faithful One. He cares for you.

Originally posted at True Woman

3 Comments

  • Debbie S

    Dear Kimberly,
    God’s answers to our prayers aren’t always what we want or expect but we can be confident that He loves us beyond measure and that His answer is ultimately for our best.
    We have just received an answer to our prayers and must cling to the hope we have in His love and wisdom. Having seen the results of my latest CT scan performed last week we were told that at this stage of my cancer that I qualify for hospice care.
    We signed the papers last night. I’m now under hospice care as the doctor has given a prognosis of six months.
    Only the Lord knows when He will call me home, but until then I am confident in His continuing care and rejoice in the prospect of being cancer free when His healing is complete.
    To God be the glory.

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Dearest Debbie,

    I read your comment this morning, in the midst of a crowded house of family visiting from out of state, little ones in my lap and at my feet, and I knew I needed to wait until the quiet to send you a reply. You have been on my heart and in my prayers all day.

    My heart is torn. I’m heavy for your family, I know they will lose a shining light when you step through eternity’s doorway. In the short time I’ve come to know you through this website, you’ve already touched my life (and the readers here as well, I’m sure). I feel you are my kindred sister and friend.

    I love reading your notes and hearing your perspective, I am always blessed and encouraged. I am thankful for the way you are bringing glory to God through the greatest challenge you’ve ever faced. Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us. Truly, it is a brief day we all have here . . . and there will be no greater joy than to be in His manifest presence continually.

    “The LORD is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble, And He knows those who take refuge in Him.” (Nahum 1:7)

    May each day be filled with the awareness of His abiding care and goodness.

    You are in my heart and in my prayers dear friend ~

  • Debbie S

    Thanks so much for your kind words and especially for your prayers. I, too have been greatly blessed by you in the short time we’ve known each other.
    Although there are hard times ahead for us all I truly believe that the best is yet to come.