Oct 31, 2013

the mix

I was telling him my heart, explaining the difficulty I was having in my mind. I wanted something, something that wasn't guaranteed to me in the bible, but something God could very well give us.

I was getting stuck on the mixture of knowing God didn't promise it to me and having faith that He could give it.

"You need to stop worrying about the mixture part," he said. "And focus on the faith."

Perfect. Perfect for my little heart that was trying so hard to sort instead of just believe.

In a few words, he lead me back. Back to faith in the God that saved us from our sins.

So thankful for Ian. So thankful that I'm part of Ian's incredible story. Pray for Ian.


Nelly Erika said...

The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.”Zeph 3:!7

Katy said...

I think Ian has an incredible gift of encouragement and wisdom. I think I need to come talk to him too! :)

Anonymous said...


saw this on buzzfeed. I'm sure you've seen it too :)


Anonymous said...

Dear Ian and Larissa,
I have been reading your blog and praying for Ian for some time now. My life has been touched and my faith strengthened by your journey. I just watched your video, "One Year Later," and I am still drying my tears. Your marriage is a testimony to our Savior and His steadfast love for you both. May He continue to bless, encourage, and strengthen you both. -A friend

Leah said...

Thank you for that truth. I too have had that very same struggle today. Praying for you both.

Jenny - PA said...

Romans 4:18-21 "In hope he believed against hope...He did NOT weaken in faith when he considered his own body or the barreness of Sarah's womb. No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith...
I love this because it reminds me that Abraham still had distrust and looked at his body and Sarah's and lost hope sometimes... but he chose to keep trusting, even when he couldn't see God's plan.

Anonymous said...

Sending you love
and warmth this season
Giving you hope
and prayers for Ian

Luna said...

You are a lovely couple! <3
Be happy, you deserve it!
Kisses from Portugal :)

Kyle Farmer said...

Amazing...my wife and I recently took in her little brother for good, as he had nowhere else to go. We have been struggling (we also have a 1-year-old) with the whole situation, letting it take a toll on our marriage and lives. Thank you for returning some perspective and for renewing our own hope in our Savior. I also blog about our situation: www.choosingkaitlyn.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

L, We are all thankful for Ian. I, for one, would not be where I am in my Faith if it wasn't for him, because of his story and yours. You are both a blessing to so many - I am happy to be one of them. I pray for you both every day and ask Him to bless you, which in turn blesses us.
♥ in Christ, Rene

Melody said...

Such beautiful, simple, powerful truth...I've been having trouble with the mixture as well. Thank you for sharing this.

Anonymous said...

I see only a picture of the love God has shown us through his son Jesus Christ.

Light on a hill cannot be hidden.

Thank you for sharing your life :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Ian and Larissa, for continuing to share with us!
You both are such a blessing!

Still praying!

Mary Ann K.

Lata said...

I have been thinking about this as it is something I struggle with a lot.
I have realised that I have to trust in God's promises, like Abraham did for instance. But while Abraham had a concrete, particular promise for offspring, I do not have that kind of promise, I have a promise that God will save me and it will be all right in the end. But 'the end' may be an awful long way off, and the way He saves me and the way it is all right may not be the way I choose.
But if I am to trust him, I have to trust in the end, in the promise and not what's going on here and now.

Jennifer said...

I'm struggling with this same thing as well. I know without a doubt that God is fully able to give me the desire of my heart - I just don't know if it is within His good and wise plans for me. Please tell Ian "thank you" for his advice to you, passed on to the rest of us. I'm trying to focus on the faith part, but afraid I'm about to be disappointed again which makes it hard to pray with faith and expectation.... .