What a blessing it is to see another year. I have always LOVED birthdays and celebrating life. That love only magnified after my life-saving liver transplant in 2014.

I have seen many people post that birthdays during quarantine were not what they expected. Isn’t that life always? Six years ago when I was 25 years old anticipating turning 26… I would have never expected to be a liver transplant recipient and in transplant clinic learning about what would be my new life at age 26. I never expected having a hysterectomy at 28 and this year I never would have expected to be the Mama of two beautiful boys from Burundi, Africa at age 32.

Life is full of the unexpected. Life is full of struggles and valleys. Life is full of joy and mountaintops.

One thing that we will always be guaranteed in this life is trials. Not one of us is immune to the suffering and trials that this life can bring.

When I have been blessed to have the opportunity to share our testimony, I love sharing 1 Peter 5:10-11

  • And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

After you have suffered a little while, that little while means a lifetime. We are guaranteed suffering in this life. And we WILL have suffering, until Christ returns.

But the God of ALL grace, promises us that he will restore, strengthen, and confirm us on firm foundation in eternity.

Our sufferings ultimately lead us towards an unimaginable Glory that is awaiting us.

We must believe these promises as we go into the suffering that He has called us into because they will sustain us through the hardest of times.

We are promised, that through our sufferings, we can carry HOPE because of the miracle of Christ. The miracle that we celebrate as we are walking into Holy Week this week of Easter…Christ dying on the cross to forgive us of our sins and make a way for an eternity with Him. The miracle we have all been given to accept freely. A promise that as Christians, allows us to suffer differently.

A promise that we will see that loved one again, we will not loose the health battle anymore, we will no longer be weak from our sufferings taking away our strength.

So, in your suffering, remember the miracle of our salvation. Trusting and knowing the beauty of the miracle of eternity that is awaiting us. We must LIVE EXPECTANT OF THIS MIRACLE!

During this season, may we find peace in knowing that our richest fellowship with Jesus is not in our days of comfort. In these days of suffering is when we can feel God’s presence the greatest.

Yes, these days and celebrations may not be what we expected but what a GIFT to be able to carry HOPE and celebrate the greatest gift that will ever be given to us.

As I turn 32, my daily prayer is that I remember…

His past faithfulness demands my present trust.

He is sovereign and the HOPE that I can carry in the midst of my sufferings daily is the most beautiful gift!

Praying for you today and during this season!

Love, Lisa