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This is one of my best friends’ babies. In her hands is a custom order from someone who’s friend lost her son to suicide last week. A son who was this age once. A son who was fiercely loved and valued and squeezed tight. A son who will always be their baby. My heart cannot fathom the overwhelming grief. Our only hope? To lift our eyes to the One who is our help in every season and situation. Jesus, come quickly.
It seems the Lord is teaching me a deeper (more experiential) meaning of what Paul talks about when he describes servants of God as “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10a). • You see, there is so much good happening. So much joy, provision, and depth of community. So many doors opening. So many opportunities to minister and be ministered to. So much love and humility and grace and kindness and care that it has made me—quite literally—cry into a plate of chicken and waffles from the mercy of it all. • These scattered beams can only be explained by the Lord, who is dropping joy bombs and grace explosions all around. • But it’s not all chicken and waffles. • (Link to blog post in profile ❤️)
“All in all, it was a never-to-be forgotten summer—one of those summers which comes seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going—one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends, and delightful doings, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” -L.M. Montgomery
“[It is] as if [David] had said, Separated from God I am nothing, and all that I attempt to do ends in nothing; but when I come to Him, I find an abundant supply of strength. It is highly necessary for us to consider what we are without God; for no man will cast himself wholly upon God, but he who feels himself in a fainting condition, and who despairs of the sufficiency of his own powers. We will seek nothing from God but what we are conscious of wanting in ourselves. ...the reason why God is represented as a portion is, because He alone is abundantly sufficient for us, and because in Him the perfection of our happiness consists.” -John Calvin, on Psalm 73:26

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Missing It

IMG_1312Yesterday as we drove three hours from Iasi to Vatra Dornei, I felt as if my heart could burst from  the excitement of our trip but also from something else…


I love fall.

It’s undoubtedly my favorite season and right now Romania is hosting the most beautiful fall I’ve ever seen.

I mean, just look at this beauty.

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After telling myself I wouldn’t take as many pictures on this trip as I did in April, I took more than 100 photos on the morning drive alone. The scenery was just stunning.

The trees here are drenched in golds and reds, rusty oranges and light browns. The green rolling hills are dotted with those colorful trees and some of the adorable homes have a fine puff of smoke escaping from the chimney, making the countryside even more picturesque.

Halfway through the drive I began browsing the pictures just taken, deleting the ones that showed too much motion or was unfocused, and loving the way the photos turned out.

Then it hit me.

I was missing it.

My mind and heart were so caught up in the pictures previously captured that I was missing the beauty around me at that very moment.

Isn’t that the way it is in life sometimes?


We get so caught up in the past—which can mean reveling in it or despising it, wallowing in mistakes or glorying in past victories—while the present is breezing by and we end up missing what God has for us in this moment.

We can also miss the present by looking to the future. We can become overloaded mentally and emotionally by anticipating, dreaming, hoping and imagining the future and thereby miss what God has for this day, this season of our life.

“Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” –Colossians 3:17 

  • Can we really say we’re dwelling in the past in the name of the Lord Jesus?
  • Can we say we’re dreaming and making scenario after possible scenario for our future in the name of the Lord Jesus?
  • Single women, can we say we’re obsessing over our future wedding and marriage, what our future husband will be like and how great our lives will become when he finds us, in the name of the Lord Jesus?

Absolutely not. That’s ridiculous.

We must learn to embrace the current season of our life and the opportunity this season brings. 

It is a gift. And it is good.

May we receive it as such.

2 comments on “Missing It

  1. Velda Rikel says:

    Oh Sophie, you have reminded me of so many truths! Are we searching for the pot and missing the rainbow? Shame on us! God has given us this day, this moment! Let us keep our eyes open to God’s blessings, but also how we shall be God’s blessing to others! I love you so much! Velda

    1. Yes! Praise the Lord. It is for this moment we are now responsible. We must use it wisely. I love you too, so much!!!

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