Quieting the Overwhelming “Whys” — 19 Comments

  1. I would say both your friend who stopped by and your fellow blogger friend had perfect timing, but we know it was God’s timing! Blessings to you.

  2. Hi Janis,

    Thank you for this post and also for your prayers for me and my family.

    I can so relate to so much of your post. Being a depressive and a “What If” person.

    I too find that people seem to have perfect timing to do and say things to me, but as CM said we know it is God’s timing.

    God Bless – Nita

  3. sometimes even knowing the answer of why, wouldn’t satisfy our disappointment, our longing, or whatever burden our heart is carrying. the better question would be “what?” Lord, what would you have me do with this that you have given me?

    i love your photo up there. it reminds me of that Footprints in the Sand poem… and reminds me that God alone carries me through rough waters and smooth seas.

  4. Beautifully written and wonderfully transparent, Janis. Your honesty brought tears to my because it struck a chord in my heart. I can totally relate. Thank you for sharing your heart. I always look forward to reading your post.

  5. Thanks for sharing your heart, Janis. God is so faithful and I like the thought that we probably wouldn’t get it even if He told us why. There are some things best just left to be a mystery to us. It sure makes us dependent on Him. Celebrating your blog success! I can see why! 🙂

  6. I know why I found your post today. Sorrow, as a result of circumstances,has tried to steal my joy. This morning I requested that a brother sing “Because He lives”. That songs speaks to me especially when depression attacks my soul. Thanks to our Father, we receive gifts of encouragement sometimes when we least expect it but most need it.

  7. Putting the feet in a question mark – awesome idea!

    God’s blessings and reminders of his love comes in so many forms, just like you shared… just keep seeking him, and he’ll keep being found! One day, you’ll get to the other side!

  8. One thing that is nice about an uplifting e-mail is – – that you can keep your jammies on and who cares? Those devotionals and e-mails that come at just the right time are ordered of the Lord.

  9. Hi Janis. Thanks for your encouraging post, telling how God met you right where you were, in the trenches. He’s been ministering to me this week, too.

    The past couple weeks we’ve had trips to the ER with both my folks, Mom had a heart attack then surgery, Dad had infection in both feet, I’ve dealt with intense backaches, and I was asking the Lord, “Where is joy?”

    Then last week I got into the book of Ruth for our Bible study. Naomi felt like God had turned His back on her. Problems, problems. She couldn’t see that He was working. She didn’t know that joy was just around the corner. How cool that the book ends with Naomi cuddling a grandchild, with joy, hope, and faith restored.

    Even when it is hard to see the evidence, as a believer, I know God is working behind the scenes. I know His invisible presence is right beside me. I know His plans for me and for those I care about are good plans, loving plans. And I know God is faithful. Blessings. – Carol

  10. Love how God comes in and reassures us of His presence regardless of our questions and uncertainties! Visiting your blog after reading Pam’s blog.

  11. Beautiful and exciting to see the Lord demonstrate His reality in our lives and how much He knows our heart and all we are going through. What a huge encouragement of that fellow blogger and her design especially for you. How awesome that she doesn’t know you but her emblem of your blog name fits you perfectly! How great is our God!! Love you friend. I ate alllll of my taffy! Yum


  12. Oh Janis. How I identify with those “jammie” days. Been having a few of those lately, too. That creeping sense of sadness and fatigue is just so insidious – your word picture of insects crawling inside was so right on! I have lately been talking to the Lord, too – wondering why this wave of depression arrives and rolls over me at the most unexpected times.

    And yet – He’s there. I love how He reminded you of that with a precious *blog blessing*. And you know, He loves us so very much – even in our jammies!


    (You used the great photo! I feel privileged that I got to preview it! 🙂

  13. Friends are such a gift from God. I’m glad Pam’s email helped your day. I found your blog through her’s. I love your photos and soup recipe (yum).

    I’m lifting you up in prayer.

  14. Hi Janis,

    God’s perfect timing is such a miracle and blessing; He came to your rescue by sending you loving friends to strengthen and uplift you. 🙂 I pray that your spirits and burdens are lifted by His healing touch, and that you have cast all your cares on Him who loves you! 🙂

    “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you, with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

    Blessings and hugs,

  15. I love it when God uses so many different ways to surprise us and brighten our day. Thank you for sharing this beautiful post with us. I always enjoy what you share.