Sunday, May 27, 2012

sometimes life is hard. REAL hard.



My hometown is reeling after such tragedy yesterday... 5 boys passed away. I didn't know any of these boys too personally, but it breaks my heart to know that their families and friends (including my little brother) are experiencing such deep pains from losing a loved one. My heart aches for them, but at the same time I feel comforted in the fact that these boys are in a much better place! I know that they are surrounded with love in Heaven right now.
It is in these times of tragedy that we can choose to question all that we thought we knew to be true- or we can choose to take comfort in what we know to be true. I have questioned everything I'd ever believed about life and death, and I came out with a stronger belief in everything I'd learned.
1. I believe that we were given the choice to come to earth and learn.... We were aware of the heart ache and trials that would accompany life on earth, and we still chose to come. It is the only way that we can learn and grow.
2. I believe that families are forever. Death is so tragic but it truly helps my sadness to know that death is not the end. Our loved ones that have passed on are in a happy place, surrounded by love, and we will be in their arms again! This knowledge brings me such comfort!
3. God is good. He is not cruel. Miracles are born everyday as babies come straight from Heaven! What a perfect reminder of how much God loves us as he sends us sweet spirits each day. We would not be able to fully experience the joy of life, without experiencing the tragedy of losing life. I wish it wasn't so, but the heartache teaches us to love harder and more deeply.
(I realize that not everyone will agree with what I'm saying, and that's ok! I have come to know in my heart that these things are true. I believe it all. But this knowledge is something that each of us must search and yearn for. We must figure it out for ourselves.)
I will be spending this Memorial Day holiday remembering those that have sacrificed for our country, I will remember to not take our freedom for granted, and I will be praying for those who need comfort and love during this sad time. I will also hold my husband a little closer, and tell my family how much I love them. I guess we need times like this to remember how precious life is, and to realize how truly blessed we are.

 I am so grateful for this guy and our life together. So blessed!

30 comments:

Meg Arnold said...

Such a wonderful post for a Sunday, thank you! Have a good day :)
xo Meg

tifsong said...

you're great court.
this is just so sad.

Amanda said...

how awful :( what in the world happened!? Great perspective to have.. God is faithful & Jesus walked this earth so we might live with Him one day! I hope your weekend gets better. By the way.. super cute picture of you and hubs! Your hair always looks perfect.. I'm envious :)
xo

Alyssa said...

I am so sorry that you're having to deal with this. Life is definitely not easy but it's great to know that the Lord walks with us through these hard times.

Alyx said...

I'm so sorry for everyone's loss - things like that are always a tragedy.
I do love this post though - it's so true! How could we ever know true happiness without knowing the pain that comes with true sadness?

Shaylynn... I blahwg It's True. said...

They mentioned the boys in church, the families, etc.. and I thought of you, this town in so connected I assumed you would somehow be linked.

It does make you think of life.. and how short and brief it really is. I too am thankful to know what I know.

I love your stinkin' face, I'll see you Saturday.

Vivi K said...

I think that the most reasurring thought when any loved one passes away is that we will be with them again in heaven, for eternity! My prayers go out for those families!

Carlie said...

It is such a blessing to know all that! Tragedies are still hard, but it definitely lightens the burden! I'll keep your little brother and his friends' families in my prayers!

Katrin said...

I am so sorry! This is such a tragedy!

Mandy@ a sorta fairytale said...

Such a lovely, and TRUE post!!! Thank you for the reminder today! xoxo

m&msmommy said...

Beautiful post and so very true!

Love and prayers to you (and Eric :)) for a great rest of your weekend!

Jessi said...

Court, what happened?? Which is your hometown? Is there a link to a newspaper article or something? I am so sorry, this is always awful. But your words are true and comforting!
Jessi

kimberly rae said...

Terrible! Ohmygosh, so sorry to hear this! But in times like these it's so good to have your faith to hold onto.

Megan said...

How sad. What an awful tragedy. I just have to stop and remember that God doesn't create/do/perform evil. The world is evil...and it was human choice. That's why bad things happen. And then God tries to make good come of it.

Tiffany said...

Yes, God is good, and even though death is not caused by Him, it can still be used for the good of those who love Him. It is always so important to remember that Satan is the author of death, but God is the author of LIFE, and that life lasts FOREVER! Great insight here.

Sensaatio said...

So sad, but in rough times faith can give you comfort! Tragedies give us perspective!

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Sakuranko said...

God Bless you sweetie, yeah the life is really hard, but God always find to the way to the bless!

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Keri said...

What a wonderful testimony, Courtney! Thank you for sharing. (I'm interested in learning more about your #1 - I've never heard that before!)

Gaby said...

That is very sad, I'm sorry to hear this. Thinking of your town x

Ashley {hudson's happenings} said...

Life is so hard to understand sometimes. Especially during times of tragedy. :( I'm not sure what is going on, but I pray for comfort for all of those touched by what happened.

Courtney, just like you, your WORDS are beautiful. Such a testament to what a kind and caring soul you have. I thank God that I have you as a long distance friend and inspiration.

Lots of love. xoxo

Kristen Seuberling said...

I am so sorry that your friends and family are enduring such a hardship right now. It's hardest to lose younger people, because it's almost always so sudden. Thank you for sharing your heart.

Laura Darling said...

So tragic. I just found out that a high school classmate died this weekend in an ATV accident. Some things just don't make sense.

nahal said...

i appreciate your honestly.

sorry for the hard times.

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Vivian said...

Families are forever indeed. Loved your post Courtney. No better read after been off from blogland for a while ;)

Savannah said...

What a tragic turn of events! Keeping you and your hometown in my thoughts.

Karm said...

I have felt the same way.

I prayed for your hometown and your family and neighbors during this sad time.

I am still excited of your new news (:

Happy Memorial Day Weekend. You can now eat everything and not feel like you can only have small portions... (:

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

How awful for them, their families and your hometown. Sending good thoughts your way!

Laura and Kaden said...

This is absolutely perfect. Thank you for sharing your beliefs Courtney! In the past few years my small town has suffered it's share of losses. Each one seeming to leave people questioning more than the last. What a wonderful thong it is though to grow and learn from experiences like these though and strengthen and reaffirm your faith in God rather than lose site of his plan.

That Girl said...

My thoughts go out to their families.