When we were in the states Lydia did her American 3 year old duty of watching the movie “Tangled” about a zillion times.  So, afterwards she began to say things they said in the movie, for instance, “I will never, ever, ever, come inside. I will play out here forever.”  Somewhat dramatic.  And it leads us to think ahead with fear of what the teenage years will bring for this drama queen.

A few months ago, Paul and I downloaded the song, “Never Once”, by Matt Redman upon the recommendation of another missionary.  It is powerful how much this song hits home.  I think being in a different culture can often feel lonely, but this song reminds us that God never has and never will leave us on our own.  Here are the words to the song:

Standing on this mountaintop
Looking just how far we’ve come
Knowing that for every step
You were with us

Kneeling on this battle ground
Seeing just how much You’ve done
Knowing every victory
Was Your power in us

Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Yes, our hearts can say

Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Never once did we ever walk alone
Carried by Your constant grace
Held within Your perfect peace
Never once, no, we never walk alone

Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

Every step we are breathing in Your grace
Evermore we’ll be breathing out Your praise
You are faithful, God, You are faithful
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

“Never once, did you leave us on our own.” It is a dramatic statement, yet not exaggerated…it is true, God has always and will always be with us.

During our time in Dallas this summer, Paul was asked to preach to our home church.  It was a privilege for him and I know he enjoyed it.  I was away at two friends’ wedding the Sunday he preached, but I was able to listen to the sermon recently.  He preached on “Suffering in the Life of the Believer”.    I admit, I cried most of the way through the sermon, as Paul talked about some very difficult times we have had over the past few years.  But his message is a testimony to God’s faithfulness to us through the years and the fact that He is always with us.

Here is a link to Paul’s message, if you want to download and listen to it.  It is from our home church, Highland Baptist in Dallas, Texas.

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