Feb 18, 2010

We finally got out on a date tonight- the first in probably more than two months thanks to sickness and the weather. Longest winter ever on so many levels.

Ian wanted prayer for comfort- he's missing Steve a lot.


Anonymous said...

Larissa please tell Ian I miss Steve so very very much also. I am always comforted when I think of his strong and unique laughter. We loved to laugh together. I know he and Jesus are laughing a lot, we need to also. Love you, Eileen

Anonymous said...

I will be praying!

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you two "snow bunnies" got out finally! We are all happy to get out after this winter. THINK SPRING!! Rene

terry h. said...

I miss him, too.

Anonymous said...

this is such a cute picture of you two. ridiculously so.

ian, you've got our prayers.


Lisa said...

I'm glad you got to have a date night... it must have been special after such a long time without one!

Anonymous said...

Larissa, you don't know me..but I've been reading your blog, praying for you & Ian. I'm sure that Jesus is so pleased w/you in your example to many women..first & foremost your love for our precious Savior..your love & commitment to Ian through sooo many trials... you didn't walk away you walked through..I look forward to meeting you someday... you are one of my heroes!! Cheryl

Anonymous said...

Larissa and Ian,
Some encouraging words concerning perplexing times you have experienced, Steve's passing and hope for the future.
Steve was a God-send to us at the church- i still can clearly see his smile,the sparkle in his eyes and his laugh. We have been the recipient of his care and encouraging Biblical words.
It doesn't seem real at times that he is physically gone. He lives on in his children and the love he demonstrated has remained- evident in your outlook and faith.

This is from the book i was reading and i saw you were reading one day .
A SWEET AND BITTER PROVIDENCE pg 100-101 by John Piper


Life Is a Mountain Road

At one level, the message of the book of Ruth is that the life of the godly is not a straight line to glory, but they do get there. The life of the godly is not an Interstate through Nebraska but a state road through the Blue Ridge Mountains of Tennessee. There are rockslides and precipices and dark mists and bears and slippery curves and hairpin turns that make you go backward in order to go forward. But all along this hazardous, twisted road that doesn’t let you see very far ahead, there are frequent signs that say, "The best is yet to come."

Taken as a whole, the story of Ruth is one of those signs. It was written to give us encouragement and hope that all the perplexing turns in our lives are going somewhere good. They do not lead off a cliff. In all the setbacks of our lives as believers, God is plotting for our joy.

Life is not a straight line leading from one blessing to the next and then finally to heaven. Life is a winding and troubled road. Switchback after switchback. And the point of biblical stories like Joseph and Job and Esther and Ruth is to help us feel in our bones (not just know in our heads) that God is for us in all these strange turns. God is not just showing up after the trouble and cleaning it up. He is plotting the course and managing the troubles with far-reaching purposes for our good and for the glory of Jesus Christ." (John Piper)

take care Joe and Jayne