Running into your Arms of Love


Last week Jeremy’s dad went to meet His savior. Just writing that brings tears to my eyes. The one Person, the One Thing that He lived for, the only Hope we all have— he got to finally see Him face to face!

I just wanted to quickly share a little bit about how I've seen Jesus through all of this... (there's a lot of ways, but here's a little glimpse).

The funeral was hands down the sweetest, most Christ-centered ceremonies I’ve ever seen. Jeremy’s sister talked about how her Daddy was an Oak of righteousness, with deep roots that weren’t swayed by the wind and the storm. (please read it here and be blessed!!) 

Jeremy talked about the 3 things his dad taught him— He shared that he was always loved and accepted by him no matter what—whether he had a polo and trim hair cut or mowhalk and tongue ring— his dad loved him the same. He taught him to give everything to people—he watched his dad serve and pour out his life for people in such a selfless way. And lastly, that Jesus is not just something you talk about, but something that defines your life.

I guarantee there was not one man in there that wasn’t choked-up and challenged to be a better father.


Everyone that spoke shared about his evident love for Jesus, how he lived out the gospel in such a relational way, and his laugh. His laugh was contagious and his smile was so sincere. What a legacy he left!!

If God has taught me one thing from this, He’s shown me what a selfless, faithful, never give up, never stop hoping, never stop praying, never stop trusting the Lord woman looks like in Jeremy's mother. Her quiet strength was one that could only come from the Lord.

She selflessly poured herself out in complete sacrifice as she cared for her husband—never once complaining. She’d stay up all hours of the night just praying by his side and caring for his every need. We hear and talk a lot about having faith and trusting the Lord, but this woman, she lived it and felt it and believed her Heavenly Father and pulled from His supernatural strength in a way that brings tears to my eyes. I feel so honored to be a part of a family, a legacy of faith and love for Jesus.

For those of you who have walked along side us during this season, we thank you for your love and support. I can say that in this season, the Lord has shown us what true community looks like more and more as friends have surrounded us in a way that I think God intended. What a sweet blessing.

I wanted to share the song I will forever remember. You know the songs that remind you of that one person, or one moment, or season in your life—the ones you hear and get a little teary-eyed. This song was played as the family recessed from the church after the ceremony. While 8 men carried their father and friend out to be buried, we heard the words that made you want to jump and sing and celebrate that he was running into the Arms of Love. Glory!! (lyrics below).




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Blessings to you, Friends!

Click here to listen to Rend Collective's album—its kind of become my fave (and then you can get a little teary-eyed yourself…)

Joy
Rend Collective

We're choosing celebration
Breaking into freedom
You're the song
You're the song
Of our hearts

We cast aside our shadows
Trust You with our sorrows
You're the song
You're the song
Of our hearts

We're dancing to the rhythm of Your heart
We're rising from the ashes to the stars

You're the joy joy joy lighting my soul
The joy joy joy making me whole
Though I'm broken, I am running
Into Your arms of love

The pain will not define us
Joy will reignite us
You're the song
You're the song
Of our hearts

The dark is just a canvas
For Your grace and brightness
You're the song
You're the song
Of our hearts

We're dancing to the rhythm of Your heart
We're rising from the ashes to the stars

You're the joy
The song in my heart
The hope of my soul

In the shadows
In the sorrows
In the desert
When the pain hits
You are constant
Ever-present
You're the song of my heart

You're the joy joy joy lighting my soul
The joy joy joy making me whole
Though I'm broken, I am running
Into Your arms of love

1 comment

  1. Really sweet blog Lauren...Jeremy's dad sounds like one truly amazing servant of the Lord! We can all learn something from this incredible man....love you!

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