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Updated: Jun 27, 2022

Sevens years of marriage have taught me a lot about myself, Tyler, and God. One of the most precious truths I learned about God is that he is our SUSTAINER.

A couple of months ago, I stumbled upon a poem by John Piper that summarized beautifully everything I’ve learned.

God’s Sustaining Grace:

“Not grace to bar what is not bliss,

Nor flight from all distress, but this:

The grace that orders our trouble and pain,

And then, in the darkness, is there to sustain.”

When I said, “I do,” I was not promised that every day would be blissful. Over the past seven years, there have been days and extended seasons of distress, trouble, and pain. Some were so dark, like I’d fallen into a pit with no way out. It was during those dark times that I began to learn about and experience God’s extraordinary, all-sufficient grace that is there to sustain.

Isaiah 46:4 was one of the promises I clung to when I felt myself sink into a pit of despair.

And the promise to us is this:

“Even to your old age and gray hairs I am

he, I am he who will sustain you. I have

made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”

Whenever my spirit was crushed, and my body felt weak, God’s grace, which is a gift, was there to hold me together and help me sing through the night. So today, I praise God for his sustaining grace. My heart overflows with gratitude because he has been so faithful to us in the highest highs and the lowest lows!

I hope this encourages you if you or someone you love is walking through a difficult season.

God is with you.

God is for you.

God will SUSTAIN you.

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