"My peace is the treasure of treasures: the pearl of great price. It is an exquisitely costly gift, both for the Giver and the receiver. I purchased this peace for you with My blood. You receive this fight by trusting Me in the middle of life's storms. If you have the world's peace- everything going your way- you don't seek My unfathomable Peace. Thank me when things do not go your way, because spiritual blessings come wrapped in trials. Adverse circumstances are normal in a fallen world. Except them each day. Rejoice in the face of hardship, for I have overcome the world."
- Jesus Calling
"I have told you these things, so that in me you have peace. In this world you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world." James 16:33
I am clinging to this promise right now. I got home from Little Rock, walked in the door to our apartment and was overwhelmed with emotion. I flash backed to this time last week and was overcome with fear and sadness. I am so grateful, thankful and humbled by the Lord's compassion and sovereignty through all of this but I also for some reason have been so overwhelmed the last few days. God is drawing me near through all of this and has used this to shape and strengthen both Andrew and I. Thank you Lord for your teaching moments even when these moments feel hard.Β 
I will rejoice in the face of hardship because God has overcome the world. God is good, Sawyer is okay and we will heal and be joyful for what He has done through this last week.