I'm so glad you posted this. I saw it the other day & the verse you shared really blessed me — couldn't remember the reference, though. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for sharing this, Lauren. You are an encouragement : ) Praying for you and your family.
You don't know me. I've never met you. My husband is a youth pastor at lifechurch.tv in Oklahoma City. I just want you to know that I needed your vlog message tonight. It was a firm reminder of how I need to place my stability in my Lord. I am hard on myself sometimes, probably harder than I deserve. And, I'm unstable depending on the happenings of my days, or the mood I'm in, or if my kids are cranky or whiny. I needed to have this "slap in the face moment". From one mommy to another...Thank you so much for sharing what you've learned in Isaiah! We are continuing to pray for your sweet family!
Thanks for the update and your honesty. Keeping your family in my prayers. Having been through depression, I know what it is like to have to talk yourself out of bed. But I can honestly say depression drew me closer to Him as He was clearly what carried me through. This was a verse that comforted me:Even to your old age I am he,and to gray hairs I will carry you.I have made, and I will bear;I will carry and will save. (Isaiah 46:4)I am very thankful for the example of your family and have been encouraged by many of Matt's sermons.
Lauren! You were great! Thank you for sharing your heart with us. Your heart's struggles are definitely ones that I think we all experience at some point. But, what a great reminder of the Solid Rock we have to stand on in the Lord.Aaron and I are praying incessantly for your family and especially for Matt's comfort through his treatment and relief from the depression he's been experiencing lately (if that is His will, of course...). We love you all so very much, and continue to be blessed by your faithfulness to the Church (and not just The Village).Lauren, you are an inspiration as a wife. Thanks for your words. They are so encouraging.
You did amazing! Thank you for sharing. Praying for you and yours.
Thank you, we are praying for your precious family. The way you are walking through this trial has very much encouraged my faith. I see the worthiness of the God who is sustaining you with His grace, peace, faith, and provision as you engage with Him moment by moment, day by day, and just as you are. Hebrews 4:16 "Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need."
It was great to see and hear you, Lauren. I know what you mean when you said God is helping you understand your own heart more through this. He's been doing the same to me (on a much smaller scale, yet still some battlefields in my life). I am thankful to Him for that and hope that we both can become stronger warriors and more empathetic to the pain of others because of it.
God bless you both. Thank you for sharing this with us. Your family remains in our prayers.
How good to hear that you are "knocking" out the chemo treatments, Matt and I know you are feeling the side effects of depression - but you still reflect the same Matt Chandler we knew of years ago at Metro. So keep your head up, stay strong and know that you are prayed for by many!Lauren, I'm so encouraged by your scripture and what the Lord has shown you this week. Too often in times of trials (or Blessings!) we don't feel the "urge" to seek our Father. I'm so glad that you are being driven to know Him more during this time and pray for that continued zeal!
Matt and Lauren, Both of you have been such an inspiration and encouragement to me. I do not know you personally but I to am dealing with a life threatening disease. In fact I just got out of the hospital where I stayed a month. I pray for your family daily. You have taught me so much especially how to suffer well and bring God glory. Thank you and God Bless.
Very well done. Vlogging is fun huh!
I know this post is old, and I doubt you will even read this, but I just wanted to say, in case that I really need to hear that. "The Lord is my stability!" What a refreshing and amazing word, brought tears to my eyes, you have no idea how bad I needed that reminder. So thank you. Praying for your family as well.
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