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To See the Lord Everywhere

As you know, the past few weeks have been hard.  We have spent more time in Greensboro than in Boone this April. I wouldn’t change any of it for the world; I got to spend such good quality time with my grandfather. I got to see him during his last really good time, listening to gospel music. I even got to play him the song from this post, and hear him say he loved it. It might’ve taken all the energy he had, but nothing can ever replace that time. It was priceless, or, as he put it, “a treasure.”

And while it was hard, it was something that leaves a gape in your heart, it was also some of the most encouraging, most Christ-centered times of my life. I felt God everywhere. And friends, that is such a beautiful thing.

You see, my grandparents love the Lord. They seek him and sing his praises with their every breath. My mother lives her life to glorify him. And I know that can sound insincere or like she would have a “holier-than-thou” persona but that isn’t it. It’s a humility that I don’t even know how to possess, a state of servanthood that becomes habit more so than decision, as natural as breathing.

So the past few weeks? They have shown me that I can search for God so much more than I do. He is more present in the world around me than I could ever guess, and I, living my self-absorbed and technology fueled life, fail way too often at noticing him.

Since my grandfather passed, we have been overwhelmed with signs of God’s love and assurances of his hand on the situation. Throughout the hardships my grandparents have faced this year (starting with this post) they have done nothing short of proclaim his name to everyone they see.

While their deep love is the biggest inspiration I could ask for, it also makes me ashamed at the ways in which I choose to share the love of my Lord. Why don’t I live like that? Why do I have reservations at sharing what the Lord has done to me? Why don’t I shout it from the rooftops, the way a love like that so greatly deserves?

I think it starts in failing to recognize it for what it truly is worth. Failing to recognize him. Failing to see him in my day-to-day occurrences, failing to appreciate blessings and baby-steps he grants me.

But friends, is he ever there. Gah, he is everywhere. Be it in the beauty he graces us with, in the conversations we get to have, in the emotions we feel or in the gestures we receive. They are indicators of his love. Of his power and the hand ever-present on us. I challenge you, and I challenge myself, open your eyes to them. See him. In the coincidences, in the small gifts of relief. In your friendships and circumstances, be them difficult or simple. See him everywhere. Because that’s exactly where he is.

Grandma, Mom, know that you inspire me daily. I may have a public platform for my faith, but your simple gestures and quiet reminders do more to proclaim his name than you will ever know. I cannot express in words how grateful I am.

This was one of the gospel songs my grandmother, mother and I listened to with my grandfather, and ohhhh does it capture how I feel. Skip ahead to 7:45 for the song itself:).

 

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  • This was so beautifully written and it really touched my heart. It also reminded me too, that the lord is truly everywhere. Sometimes I forget, for the same reasons you mentioned. Sometimes, I’m so caught up in my own pain, I begin to think he’s left me, but he has never, ever left my side. Thank you for this beautiful reminder and sweet message. Your grandparents would be so proud of you.

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  • Shruthi R. Parker

    This is beautiful. I love how you share your faith on your platform and honestly, I think anyone with a saving faith should! It’s encouraging to see and I hope that the next few weeks are sweeter than the rest. Are you from Boone? Do you happen to know the Purpero family? (long shot haha)

  • Kristin Kruse

    You have such a way with words! Your ability to look for the positivity and Godliness in such hard times is inspiring. Your mom, grandma and grandpa all sound like fantastic role models. Sending you lots of love!

    xox,
    Kristin

  • Julie

    Very inspiring! hope you have a wonderful weekend!
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  • Such an inspiration post, thanks for sharing! xx

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  • Very inspirational, have a good weekend lovely
    xo
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  • Shan

    This is so beautiful Emily and you’re so strong. I am so sorry for your loss

    Shan xxx

  • Dara Linn

    You are a powerful witness for our faith. May God bless you mightily as you continue writing and living your faith.

  • Thank you for the beautiful words and sharing your heart. God is truly using you in an incredible way. It is so wonderful that you have such wonderful role models in you life. I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that God continues to reveal himself to you in new and even more wonderful ways.

    Cheers, J
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  • Amy Michelle

    Your words are so powerful! Thanks so much for sharing, Emily! 🙂

    xoxo,
    Amy

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  • Fash-n-Curious

    How beautiful. Sending you a ginormous warm hug and squeeze.

  • What a sweet tribute darling. So sorry for your loss and sending all the warmth your way.

    xoxo,
    Andi

  • Sending a big hug your way! Thank you for sharing!

  • Megan

    I love that you see and feel God’s love everywhere too. It’s just this indescribable blessing, just knowing he loves us enough to create beautiful sunrises for us and make birds to sing for us. Oh how I wish to live as boldly as your grandparents (and mine!) To shout of God’s love wherever I go (if not literally then at least in my actions and spirit.)

  • So sorry for your loss 🙁 This was a beautifully written post and a lovely tribute to your grandfather. May God bless you and your family as your come together and heal <3