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The Gift of One Day: Share Your Story

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July 12, 2020
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Pastor Kerry and Chris teach on importance of talking about hurts and seeking support. The miracle is often in the middle of the story.

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The Gift of One Day: Share Your Story

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  • Chris Shook: God usesus to heal other people.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Chris Shook: Hey,welcome, everyone.
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  • Good morning.We are so glad you're here.
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  • It's great to see you, and weare excited about what
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  • we're gonna talk about today.
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  • Kerry Shook: Because thatis a message that concludes our
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  • series, The Gift Of One Day, butit really is just the beginning
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  • of the adventure.
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  • The one day mindset lifestylethat we're really encouraging,
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  • challenging you live.
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  • The gift of one day came aboutbecause of our grandson Jude
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  • Samuel who God gave him the giftof one day on this earth, but
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  • how he unwrapped it just changedthe way we look
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  • at every single day.
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  • And so, today we're gonna talkabout maybe the most powerful
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  • lesson that we learned throughour journey with Jude
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  • and it's the lesson that Godtells every one of us,
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  • don't wait to share your story.
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  • Share your story, evenbefore you know how it ends.
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  • When it comes to a good story,whether it's a good book or a
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  • movie, in the middle ofthe story, usually the main
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  • character is in trouble.
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  • Usually things look bleak forthe main character in the middle
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  • of the story, butit doesn't matter.
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  • It's just themiddle of the story.
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  • All that matters is how it ends,and that's the way it is with
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  • God's story of your life.
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  • You're in the middle but whatmatters is God's still writing
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  • your story andhe's not done yet.
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  • He hasn't come tothe last chapter.
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  • It's not what happens in themiddle that matters,
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  • it's what happens at the end.
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  • And the good news is if you'rea Christ follower,
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  • we win in the end.
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  • And so, we want you to open upyour Bibles to Psalm chapter 13
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  • because here we see David sharehis story with the world before
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  • he knows how it ends,and it's so powerful.
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  • Would you stand in honor ofGod's Word, Woodlands Church,
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  • and just follow along with me?
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  • "O Lord, how longwill you forget me?
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  • Forever?
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  • How long will youlook the other way?
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  • How long must I struggle withanguish in my soul, with sorrow
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  • in my heart every day?
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  • How long will my enemyhave the upper hand?
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  • Turn and answerme, O Lord my God!
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  • Restore the sparkle tomy eyes, or I will die.
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  • Don't let my enemies gloat,saying, 'We have defeated him!'
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  • Don't let themrejoice at my downfall.
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  • But I trust inyour unfailing love.
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  • I will rejoice becauseyou have rescued me.
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  • I will sing to the Lordbecause he is good to me."
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  • You can be seated.
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  • Chris: Well, today we'regoing to talk about three
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  • reasons that you need to shareyour story, even when you don't
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  • know how it ends.
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  • And the first is that themiracle is in the middle.
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  • We want you to know thatthe miracle is in the middle.
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  • Let's look back at ourkey passage for today.
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  • I want you to lookat your notes there.
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  • Look at that verse, andunderline the phrase,
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  • "how long?"anytime you see it.
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  • It starts out, "O Lord,how long will you forget me?
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  • Forever?
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  • How long will youlook the other way?
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  • How long must I struggle withanguish in my soul, with sorrow
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  • in my heart every day?
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  • How long will my enemyhave the upper hand?"
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  • You see, David here iswaiting and he's wondering.
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  • He feels like Godhas forgotten him.
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  • He feels all alone.
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  • Have you ever been in thatplace, that place of
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  • "Lord, how long?
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  • Lord, I'm waiting on you.
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  • I'm waiting for rescue.
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  • How long do I need to wait?
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  • God, I'm still here waiting.
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  • How long is it going to be?"
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  • You see, as we read this, weknow that God rescued David,
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  • and took care of him,and provided for him.
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  • But when David pennedthese words, he had no idea.
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  • All he could see washis horrible condition.
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  • He knew he was in fear.
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  • He felt like he wasstranded all alone.
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  • He's crying out to God.
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  • He doesn't know what'sgoing to happen next.
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  • He doesn't know the great futurethat God has planned for him,
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  • and it's the same way for usbecause it's in the middle of
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  • our stories that we startdoubting God, isn't it?
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  • I mean, it's right in themiddle of our stories we start
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  • thinking, "Wait a minute, God,are you gonna see me through?
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  • How long do I need togo through this, God?
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  • I'm praying for rescue.
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  • How long will it be?"
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  • And maybe you'rethere right now.
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  • You're right in the middle ofyour story where you don't see
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  • any end in sight, andyou're still walking through it.
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  • I am so grateful that Scriptureis so honest, so grateful that
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  • when you look at David, he'swriting, "Lord, how long?"
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  • It shows that these are realpeople who experienced the same
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  • real situations, thereal anguish that we do.
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  • He's saying, "God, how long?"
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  • He's waiting and waiting,and the miracle is actually
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  • happening, even whilewe're still longing for it.
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  • In David's longing for themiracle, but God already is
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  • working in his life.
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  • The miracle is already on itsway, he just can't feel it yet.
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  • He just can't see it.
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  • And the same is true for us.
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  • In this series, The Gift Of OneDay, we've been sharing with you
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  • what our family walked throughthrough
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  • the loss of our grandson Jude.
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  • And we haven't done thatperfectly by any means, but
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  • we've tried to be open andhonest, not because everyone has
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  • the exact same hurt orsituation, but because we know
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  • that everyone has a hidden hurt.
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  • Everyone sitting around you hasa hidden hurt right now, we just
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  • don't usuallyknow what they are.
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  • And one way that God loves toheal our hearts is found in this
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  • next verse, 2 Corinthianschapter 1, verse 4.
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  • "He comes alongside us whenwe go through hard times, and
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  • before you know it, he bringsus alongside someone else who is
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  • going through hard times so thatwe can be there for that person
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  • just as God was there for us."
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  • Wow, God uses us toheal other people.
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  • He uses us.
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  • He doesn't disqualifyus because of our scars.
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  • He doesn't use us in spite ofour scars, the hard stuff
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  • we've been through.
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  • No, he doesn't throw usaside because of that.
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  • He doesn't use us in spiteof our scars, he uses us
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  • because of them, rightin the middle of them.
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  • You see, it's in our hurtingplaces in the toughest spots
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  • of our lives that we are able towalk alongside someone else
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  • and be used of God themost in our whole lives.
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  • We all have scars, we all havehard stuff we've been through.
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  • Our scars are different,but we all have them.
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  • That's because welive in a broken world.
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  • But what if, as Christfollowers, we chose to see our
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  • scars as clues, as a clue to howGod might want to use us
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  • to come alongside someone else?
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  • I think if we started doingthat, then instead of hiding
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  • our scars, instead of pretendingthat, you know,
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  • "I'm good, everything's good.How are you doing?
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  • Great, how are you?Awesome."
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  • And then we both walk onour ways with broken hearts.
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  • Instead, if we were honest andopen and we could say,
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  • "You know what? I'm hurting,"
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  • that we could be open andhonest like David and say,
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  • "You know what?
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  • I've been praying and I don'tsee how God is coming through
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  • here, but I'm praying.
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  • I'm still, I'm still rightthere in the middle of it."
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  • And someone can comealongside you in that.
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  • After our grandson Jude went tobe with the Lord after living
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  • for one day, people startedcoming up to us just on the
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  • side, some we just met, but alot of people that we had known
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  • for a long time, and they wouldsay something like, "You know,
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  • I also lost a child," or "I alsolost a grandchild," or "I have
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  • had a miscarriage and I feelyour pain of losing a child,
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  • I understand," or "I recentlylost a spouse or a loved one,
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  • and I understand what itis to be missing someone,
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  • to be apart from them."
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  • They'd come alongside us, butit was only in seeing our scars
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  • that they felt like they couldstep into that and see our hurt
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  • and speak into that.
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  • And it was so helpful, sohealing for us and that's what
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  • we hope that we're allable to do for each other.
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  • You see, if we wait to find theperfect words and just the right
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  • moment to share our stories witheach other, it'll never come.
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  • The perfect moment withthe perfect words
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  • just doesn't happen.
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  • And if Kerry and I waited untilthe day that we could perfectly
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  • wrap up this story about Judewith a bow and tell you, you
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  • know, this is what happenedand this is all good,
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  • and this is perfect, that daymay never come.
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  • But what we can tell you,and tell you with absolute
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  • certainty, is that God isworking in our hearts and he is
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  • good, and he has not forsakenus, that even in the times that
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  • we have felt forsaken,he has never left us.
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  • And the miracle is that hesustained us throughout
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  • every single dayand he still is.
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  • We're right in themiddle of it still.
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  • We are notfinished with our story.
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  • I'd like to say, oh, letme tell you how we arrived.
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  • We'll tell you howto deal with pain.
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  • No, I'm justsaying, you know what?
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  • We're in pain too.
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  • You're hurting, we'reright there with you today.
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  • And yet, we have a savior,and God is good
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  • and his name is Jesus.
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  • female announcer: Still tocome with Pastor Kerry Shook.
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  • Kerry: So, don't let yourmess make you miss your miracle.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • announcer: Life isfilled with ups and downs.
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  • We can even experience joy andtragedy all in the same day.
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  • So, how do we keep hopefulwhen life is so unpredictable?
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  • That's what Kerry and ChrisShook want to share in their new
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  • book called "The Gift Of OneDay: How To Find Hope
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  • When Life Gets Hard."
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  • From their own lessons learned,the Shooks encourage us that
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  • hope is available to alleven in the most heartbreaking
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  • circumstances.
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  • In "The Gift Of One Day," theyexplore the power of gratitude,
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  • the privilege of prayer, andthe blessing of suffering.
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  • If you or someone you care aboutis going through a hard time,
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  • this book will give them insightinto God's love and the gift
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  • we have in each day.
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  • Be sure to get your copy of "TheGift Of One Day" available to
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  • order now from Amazon, Barnes &Noble, and retailers nationwide.
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  • Chris: All of us have ourstories, and I want to introduce
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  • to you, someone, a couple peoplethat we absolutely love, our
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  • pastor of life groups here atchurch, Kris Van Houten and his
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  • awesome wife, Jess, and they'regonna come and share their story
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  • that they're right inthe middle of with you.
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  • And it takes a lot of courageand vulnerability to share your
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  • story, but they wanted to dothis because they want you to be
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  • able to step intotheir story with them.
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  • And so, that gives us anopportunity to come alongside as
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  • a church and encourage them.
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  • So, would you pleasewait welcome Kris and Jess?
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  • Jessica Van Houten: Thankyou, Pastor Kerry and Chris.
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  • We really are so honored to behere this morning just to share
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  • a little bit ofour story with you.
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  • And I want to say for those ofyou who are foster parents who
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  • have fostered before, thankyou for what you've done and our
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  • hearts are sodeeply connected to you.
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  • For us, adoption has beensomething on our heart and
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  • something we had talked about,but it was also something
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  • that was really scary for us.
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  • There's so many uncertaintiesand what ifs in that journey.
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  • And I remember after Jude hadgone to be with the Lord, we had
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  • talked with Josh and Kelly on afew occasions about foster care.
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  • And we would come home afterthose conversations and we would
  • 00:12:47.015 --> 00:12:50.051
  • talk about the risks, and thescary parts, and the hard things
  • 00:12:50.084 --> 00:12:54.756
  • that could come along in thatjourney because I knew I wanted
  • 00:12:54.789 --> 00:12:58.293
  • to control as much as possiblein, and I wanted
  • 00:12:58.326 --> 00:13:01.329
  • the least amount of pain.
  • 00:13:01.362 --> 00:13:03.665
  • But the more we talked about itand the more we evaluated, it
  • 00:13:03.698 --> 00:13:07.468
  • became clear that was there wasuncertainty with every route
  • 00:13:07.502 --> 00:13:11.372
  • we were considering,there was nothing sure.
  • 00:13:11.406 --> 00:13:15.009
  • And so, we knew that we had totake a step of faith and trust
  • 00:13:15.043 --> 00:13:18.546
  • God with the rest, that wewere gonna choose to not let our
  • 00:13:18.580 --> 00:13:22.116
  • fears hold us back from what wefelt like God was calling us to.
  • 00:13:22.150 --> 00:13:27.522
  • And so, we did and we startedthe process
  • 00:13:27.555 --> 00:13:30.258
  • to become foster parents.
  • 00:13:30.291 --> 00:13:32.026
  • And we took the classes, and wecompleted the interviews,
  • 00:13:32.060 --> 00:13:35.997
  • and we changed our home.
  • 00:13:36.030 --> 00:13:37.732
  • And after our home was licensedin January 8, 2019, we got our
  • 00:13:37.765 --> 00:13:45.073
  • first call that day for a littleboy and we didn't know any of
  • 00:13:45.106 --> 00:13:49.477
  • the information really that wasgoing on, but we excitedly and
  • 00:13:49.510 --> 00:13:54.148
  • very nervously said yes, and itwas a mad dash to get all the
  • 00:13:54.182 --> 00:13:59.454
  • things we needed just to getthrough the night,
  • 00:13:59.487 --> 00:14:01.956
  • just a few of the specifics.
  • 00:14:01.990 --> 00:14:04.659
  • And we had an hour and a halfbefore he showed up at our home.
  • 00:14:04.692 --> 00:14:08.463
  • And I remember that night Ididn't sleep at all, I just
  • 00:14:08.496 --> 00:14:11.466
  • stayed wide awake, staring atthis monitor the whole time
  • 00:14:11.499 --> 00:14:15.003
  • just thinking thatsomething was gonna happen.
  • 00:14:15.036 --> 00:14:16.938
  • And I was excited.
  • 00:14:16.971 --> 00:14:18.873
  • But it was a long night ofjust watching that monitor.
  • 00:14:18.907 --> 00:14:22.510
  • And soon after that, you know,we quickly spread the word to
  • 00:14:22.543 --> 00:14:27.949
  • our friends and our family aboutus having this sweet boy in our
  • 00:14:27.982 --> 00:14:30.952
  • home and also not reallyknowing what we were doing.
  • 00:14:30.985 --> 00:14:35.356
  • We felt very lost.
  • 00:14:35.390 --> 00:14:37.392
  • And there's just a ton oftoddler food out there.
  • 00:14:37.425 --> 00:14:40.728
  • I didn't evenknow where to start.
  • 00:14:40.762 --> 00:14:42.664
  • And the days that followed ourfamily, and our church family,
  • 00:14:42.697 --> 00:14:46.434
  • and our life group showed upwith food, and clothes, and toys
  • 00:14:46.467 --> 00:14:52.140
  • that people just wanted todonate, and it was a huge
  • 00:14:52.173 --> 00:14:55.209
  • blessing to see their love livedout in that way in our lives.
  • 00:14:55.243 --> 00:15:01.049
  • We were justlearning as we went.
  • 00:15:01.082 --> 00:15:02.817
  • We were first-time parents.
  • 00:15:02.850 --> 00:15:04.619
  • We were navigatingthe foster system.
  • 00:15:04.652 --> 00:15:08.423
  • We were trying to understand thetoddler words that he was trying
  • 00:15:08.456 --> 00:15:11.326
  • to say to us that we didn't get.
  • 00:15:11.359 --> 00:15:13.828
  • We were trying to navigate thequestions that he was asking
  • 00:15:13.861 --> 00:15:17.332
  • about his mom, and we were justlearning what he liked
  • 00:15:17.365 --> 00:15:20.401
  • and what he didn't like to eat.
  • 00:15:20.435 --> 00:15:22.403
  • And it was hard, butit was really good.
  • 00:15:22.437 --> 00:15:25.807
  • And as we got further inthe journey, it got harder.
  • 00:15:25.840 --> 00:15:29.677
  • Our little boy struggled toadjust in our home, and we were
  • 00:15:29.711 --> 00:15:34.449
  • battling anxious feelings andworried thoughts
  • 00:15:34.482 --> 00:15:37.018
  • as the case changed.
  • 00:15:37.051 --> 00:15:38.987
  • And at times, we felt like wewere drowning in inadequacy.
  • 00:15:39.020 --> 00:15:42.824
  • And I remember one day, Krislooked at me when I was feeling
  • 00:15:42.857 --> 00:15:46.461
  • really overwhelmed and he said,"We just need to show up today."
  • 00:15:46.494 --> 00:15:50.832
  • And what he meant is we neededto be there in the moment.
  • 00:15:50.865 --> 00:15:54.268
  • We needed to let go of tryingto fix, or solve,
  • 00:15:54.302 --> 00:15:57.505
  • or control anything.
  • 00:15:57.538 --> 00:15:59.307
  • We needed to show up with thelove and the patience that God
  • 00:15:59.340 --> 00:16:02.410
  • had given us important to usthat day, and give that to this
  • 00:16:02.443 --> 00:16:06.547
  • little boy and that we would beletting go and knowing that God
  • 00:16:06.581 --> 00:16:10.218
  • will do great things with whathe's already poured into us.
  • 00:16:10.251 --> 00:16:14.555
  • And so over time, as wecontinued to do that, we showed
  • 00:16:14.589 --> 00:16:17.825
  • up and we got to see some of thefruit that God blessed us with
  • 00:16:17.859 --> 00:16:22.964
  • and produced, and we got toexperience such a deep love from
  • 00:16:22.997 --> 00:16:26.768
  • those hard placesthat we were in.
  • 00:16:26.801 --> 00:16:29.871
  • Kris Van Houten: Yeah, thattheme of showing up continued.
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  • I mean, it was really constant.
  • 00:16:32.740 --> 00:16:34.409
  • We would remind ourselves oftenof this moment
  • 00:16:34.442 --> 00:16:36.611
  • of just keep showing up.
  • 00:16:36.644 --> 00:16:38.513
  • Now, that didn'tremove any of the fears.
  • 00:16:38.546 --> 00:16:41.315
  • There were plenty of momentswhere we just
  • 00:16:41.349 --> 00:16:43.217
  • didn't know what tomorrow held.
  • 00:16:43.251 --> 00:16:45.153
  • And so, we had plenty ofthoughts of what if, or how's
  • 00:16:45.186 --> 00:16:48.056
  • this gonna work, or what's gonnahappen next,
  • 00:16:48.089 --> 00:16:50.224
  • and things like that.
  • 00:16:50.258 --> 00:16:51.626
  • But, you know, one of the thingsthat came out of a conversation
  • 00:16:51.659 --> 00:16:53.227
  • with Josh and Kelly in talkingabout Jude and really something
  • 00:16:53.261 --> 00:16:56.898
  • I feel like Jude taught uswas to pray a
  • 00:16:56.931 --> 00:16:58.633
  • "just for today" prayer.
  • 00:16:58.666 --> 00:17:00.068
  • And so, that, for us, was "Lord,just for today give us the
  • 00:17:00.101 --> 00:17:03.504
  • ability to love this littleboy in such a way that
  • 00:17:03.538 --> 00:17:06.674
  • he will experience your love."
  • 00:17:06.707 --> 00:17:08.643
  • I mean, really none of us aregonna have any sort of guarantee
  • 00:17:08.676 --> 00:17:12.313
  • or promise of tomorrow.
  • 00:17:12.346 --> 00:17:14.515
  • And so, what we wanted to domost was celebrate the miracle
  • 00:17:14.549 --> 00:17:17.985
  • of this little boy inthe moment in the day.
  • 00:17:18.019 --> 00:17:20.988
  • And so, foster caresis incredibly messy and
  • 00:17:21.022 --> 00:17:24.125
  • complicated, and there'sso many things that
  • 00:17:24.158 --> 00:17:26.327
  • you have to do in this process.
  • 00:17:26.360 --> 00:17:28.563
  • And so, it constantly broughtup the same fears over and over
  • 00:17:28.596 --> 00:17:32.700
  • again, but we would continue totell each other, "We showed up
  • 00:17:32.733 --> 00:17:36.204
  • today, keep showing up.
  • 00:17:36.237 --> 00:17:38.106
  • This is important,be in the moment."
  • 00:17:38.139 --> 00:17:39.807
  • And as we were in the moment, aswe continued to really press in
  • 00:17:39.841 --> 00:17:44.312
  • and go past the fears that wehad, I mean, we experienced
  • 00:17:44.345 --> 00:17:48.549
  • so many blessings.
  • 00:17:48.583 --> 00:17:49.951
  • There were plenty of days wherewe were discouraged and hit
  • 00:17:49.984 --> 00:17:51.919
  • moments that were hard, but wekept showing up and as we showed
  • 00:17:51.953 --> 00:17:54.789
  • up, we experienced blessings andprecious moments that we will
  • 00:17:54.822 --> 00:17:58.860
  • forever cherish, I mean thingsthat are I will never forget
  • 00:17:58.893 --> 00:18:02.597
  • because of how good thosemoments were as we loved him,
  • 00:18:02.630 --> 00:18:06.033
  • and really, not only he receivedthat love, but he loved us back.
  • 00:18:06.067 --> 00:18:09.337
  • And it was not something thatwas promised or guaranteed, but
  • 00:18:09.370 --> 00:18:12.673
  • it continued to happen as wewere present each and every day.
  • 00:18:12.707 --> 00:18:17.178
  • You know, at some point in thejourney, he started calling us
  • 00:18:17.211 --> 00:18:19.147
  • mommy and daddy andthat was a huge deal.
  • 00:18:19.180 --> 00:18:22.216
  • We never asked him to do that.
  • 00:18:22.250 --> 00:18:24.118
  • We never told him those words.
  • 00:18:24.152 --> 00:18:25.753
  • But, you know, we referred toourselves honestly as Kris and
  • 00:18:25.786 --> 00:18:28.823
  • Jess in the entire process.
  • 00:18:28.856 --> 00:18:31.659
  • But for him, what he was feelingand what he was experiencing was
  • 00:18:31.692 --> 00:18:35.496
  • the love of parents, and itwas good, and it was right.
  • 00:18:35.530 --> 00:18:39.567
  • And I think for us those kindof moments were the ones
  • 00:18:39.600 --> 00:18:43.070
  • that started to change us.
  • 00:18:43.104 --> 00:18:44.705
  • You know, we knew we were lovinghim in such a way that it was
  • 00:18:44.739 --> 00:18:46.974
  • changing him and then slowly,those were the moments that
  • 00:18:47.008 --> 00:18:49.610
  • really started to changeeven us and our heart.
  • 00:18:49.644 --> 00:18:53.381
  • January 8 of this year of2020, he was reunited with his
  • 00:18:53.414 --> 00:18:57.385
  • biological mom and hewent home to live with her.
  • 00:18:57.418 --> 00:19:00.655
  • That was thehardest moment for us.
  • 00:19:00.688 --> 00:19:03.024
  • I mean, he was in our home forexactly one year to the date,
  • 00:19:03.057 --> 00:19:06.827
  • and there were so manyincredible moments in that year,
  • 00:19:06.861 --> 00:19:09.964
  • so many precious thingsthat we hold tightly to.
  • 00:19:09.997 --> 00:19:13.267
  • And that little boy that cameinto our home as a stranger
  • 00:19:13.301 --> 00:19:15.503
  • truly left as our son.
  • 00:19:15.536 --> 00:19:18.873
  • And we miss him,every day we miss him.
  • 00:19:18.906 --> 00:19:21.776
  • But don't misunderstand our hurtin this moment that it was not
  • 00:19:21.809 --> 00:19:25.346
  • something in which, youknow, we have no regrets.
  • 00:19:25.379 --> 00:19:29.684
  • We have no, you know,maybe that wasn't worth it.
  • 00:19:29.717 --> 00:19:33.187
  • It was absolutely worth it.
  • 00:19:33.221 --> 00:19:34.755
  • And it is so rightthat he is with his mom.
  • 00:19:34.789 --> 00:19:37.458
  • Don't miss that either.
  • 00:19:37.491 --> 00:19:38.793
  • It is so good that he hasbeen reunited with her.
  • 00:19:38.826 --> 00:19:41.529
  • But our hurt comes from a placeof you love greatly and you risk
  • 00:19:41.562 --> 00:19:44.599
  • greatly, and then we misshim and we long for him.
  • 00:19:44.632 --> 00:19:47.935
  • But I know it was good.
  • 00:19:47.969 --> 00:19:49.537
  • And one of the things that Godhas done since then is really
  • 00:19:49.570 --> 00:19:53.074
  • overwhelmed us with his peacebecause in our understanding
  • 00:19:53.107 --> 00:19:56.811
  • of this moment, itdoesn't make sense.
  • 00:19:56.844 --> 00:19:59.447
  • Thankfully it doesn't have to.
  • 00:19:59.480 --> 00:20:00.881
  • In Philippians 4:7 it saysthat God's peace surpasses all
  • 00:20:00.915 --> 00:20:05.119
  • understanding and guards ourhearts and minds, and that's
  • 00:20:05.152 --> 00:20:07.855
  • what's happened in the lastcouple months is God's truly
  • 00:20:07.888 --> 00:20:11.926
  • guarded our hearts and our mindsin a way in which his peace
  • 00:20:11.959 --> 00:20:15.062
  • has overwhelmed us.
  • 00:20:15.096 --> 00:20:17.131
  • This season has been reallyhard, but hard
  • 00:20:17.164 --> 00:20:19.233
  • is not the opposite of good.
  • 00:20:19.267 --> 00:20:20.968
  • It has been so goodand it was so right.
  • 00:20:21.002 --> 00:20:23.137
  • And I know he's better for it,and I know we're better for it.
  • 00:20:23.170 --> 00:20:26.474
  • We are so much better today interms of what it means to love
  • 00:20:26.507 --> 00:20:30.411
  • boldly and to risk greatlybecause we did it every day.
  • 00:20:30.444 --> 00:20:35.449
  • It's not over.
  • 00:20:35.483 --> 00:20:36.784
  • We're not--ourseason isn't done.
  • 00:20:36.817 --> 00:20:38.452
  • I mean, I think more thananything,
  • 00:20:38.486 --> 00:20:39.787
  • God is still writing our story.
  • 00:20:39.820 --> 00:20:41.956
  • And so, we have theresponsibility now to live in
  • 00:20:41.989 --> 00:20:44.825
  • each moment, to live ineach day, and to be just as
  • 00:20:44.859 --> 00:20:47.662
  • intentional as we werewhen he was with us.
  • 00:20:47.695 --> 00:20:51.365
  • And so, you know, whether thisconnects with you in a way of
  • 00:20:51.399 --> 00:20:55.436
  • maybe you have a calling on yourheart to be a foster parent,
  • 00:20:55.469 --> 00:20:58.406
  • let me tell you something,don't run from that moment.
  • 00:20:58.439 --> 00:21:00.841
  • Don't fear that.It is so good.
  • 00:21:00.875 --> 00:21:02.576
  • It is so right.It is worth it.
  • 00:21:02.610 --> 00:21:04.845
  • So, if you have any sort of,man, this is something God's put
  • 00:21:04.879 --> 00:21:08.316
  • on your heart, go pursue that.
  • 00:21:08.349 --> 00:21:10.551
  • Be obedient.Step into that boldness.
  • 00:21:10.584 --> 00:21:12.420
  • But for everyone else in here,not everyone's gonna
  • 00:21:12.453 --> 00:21:14.088
  • be a foster parent.
  • 00:21:14.121 --> 00:21:15.656
  • But let me tell you, you stillhave a responsibility to love
  • 00:21:15.690 --> 00:21:18.793
  • greatly, to love intentionally,to be in the moment,
  • 00:21:18.826 --> 00:21:22.096
  • to love your kids today.
  • 00:21:22.129 --> 00:21:24.432
  • Don't put off moments thatare like "Well, this is hard."
  • 00:21:24.465 --> 00:21:26.500
  • It is hard, but it is also good.
  • 00:21:26.534 --> 00:21:29.603
  • And so, when you love greatlyand risk greatly, whether that's
  • 00:21:29.637 --> 00:21:33.240
  • with your kids, whether it'swith your spouse, whether it's a
  • 00:21:33.274 --> 00:21:35.343
  • neighbor, a co-worker, you haveto choose to be intentional.
  • 00:21:35.376 --> 00:21:39.513
  • And one of the things I feellike in this process we were
  • 00:21:39.547 --> 00:21:42.383
  • taught was Jesus telling us"That's what I've asked him
  • 00:21:42.416 --> 00:21:46.087
  • to do the whole time."
  • 00:21:46.120 --> 00:21:47.722
  • There are no guarantees, there'sno promise that that's gonna
  • 00:21:47.755 --> 00:21:49.790
  • work out in every moment.
  • 00:21:49.824 --> 00:21:51.125
  • You may love greatlyand risk rejection.
  • 00:21:51.158 --> 00:21:54.261
  • You may experience hurtand pain in that process.
  • 00:21:54.295 --> 00:21:56.897
  • But let me tell you something,it is so worth it to love in the
  • 00:21:56.931 --> 00:22:00.167
  • way in which Jesus has loved us.
  • 00:22:00.201 --> 00:22:02.770
  • And what he calls us to isto love intentionally, love
  • 00:22:02.803 --> 00:22:05.439
  • unconditionally, and whathappens from there is God's
  • 00:22:05.473 --> 00:22:08.376
  • peace, his grace, and his mercy.
  • 00:22:08.409 --> 00:22:10.945
  • Fill in the rest.
  • 00:22:10.978 --> 00:22:12.446
  • Thank you.
  • 00:22:12.480 --> 00:22:21.856
  • Kerry: So, themiracle is in the middle.
  • 00:22:21.889 --> 00:22:23.891
  • But secondly, themiracle is in the mess.
  • 00:22:23.924 --> 00:22:26.861
  • Don't ever forget that.
  • 00:22:26.894 --> 00:22:28.396
  • The biggest fake news story ofall time has been circulated by
  • 00:22:28.429 --> 00:22:32.199
  • Satan for centuries and theheadline reads, "You're the only
  • 00:22:32.233 --> 00:22:36.270
  • one going through whatyou're going through.
  • 00:22:36.303 --> 00:22:40.107
  • Everyone else is happy.
  • 00:22:40.141 --> 00:22:42.476
  • Things are goinggreat for everyone else.
  • 00:22:42.510 --> 00:22:44.078
  • This is a happy church.
  • 00:22:44.111 --> 00:22:45.579
  • Everybody's so happy.
  • 00:22:45.613 --> 00:22:47.748
  • You're the onlyone who's hurting.
  • 00:22:47.782 --> 00:22:50.284
  • You're the only onewho's struggling.
  • 00:22:50.317 --> 00:22:52.620
  • You're the only one who'sgoing through depression.
  • 00:22:52.653 --> 00:22:55.823
  • You're the only onewho's lost a loved one.
  • 00:22:55.856 --> 00:22:58.092
  • You're the only one who's goingthrough the pain of divorce.
  • 00:22:58.125 --> 00:23:01.429
  • You're the only one who'sstruggling
  • 00:23:01.462 --> 00:23:03.464
  • in your marriage relationship.
  • 00:23:03.497 --> 00:23:05.099
  • You're the only one who can'tbreak free from that addiction.
  • 00:23:05.132 --> 00:23:09.170
  • You're the only one who'sgoing through
  • 00:23:09.203 --> 00:23:12.006
  • what you're going through."
  • 00:23:12.039 --> 00:23:14.275
  • And it's a lie from Satan andwhen we believe that lie,
  • 00:23:14.308 --> 00:23:17.278
  • we try to hide our mess.
  • 00:23:17.311 --> 00:23:18.913
  • We try to hide our struggles.
  • 00:23:18.946 --> 00:23:20.481
  • We don't share them, we put on asmile, and we put on a fake-news
  • 00:23:20.514 --> 00:23:25.853
  • face and act like we've got itall together, when God wants us
  • 00:23:25.886 --> 00:23:30.591
  • to reveal our hurt, toreveal our wounds, to reveal our
  • 00:23:30.624 --> 00:23:34.295
  • struggle, to reveal themess that we're going through.
  • 00:23:34.328 --> 00:23:38.132
  • I want you to see what Davidsaid in Psalm 13, verse 3.
  • 00:23:38.165 --> 00:23:41.235
  • He said, "Look on me and answerme, Lord my God, and give light
  • 00:23:41.268 --> 00:23:44.905
  • to my eyes or I will sleep indeath and my enemy will say, I
  • 00:23:44.939 --> 00:23:48.509
  • have overcome him, and myfoes will rejoice when I fall."
  • 00:23:48.542 --> 00:23:52.012
  • And David is so honestabout the mess he's in.
  • 00:23:52.046 --> 00:23:54.014
  • He's saying, "God, if youdon't come through, I'm dead.
  • 00:23:54.048 --> 00:23:56.650
  • This is how serious it is.
  • 00:23:56.684 --> 00:23:58.018
  • God, if you don't come throughand write the rest of my story,
  • 00:23:58.052 --> 00:24:01.322
  • then there's no hope for me."
  • 00:24:01.355 --> 00:24:03.757
  • I mean he's just so honest aboutthe mess that he's in, and he's
  • 00:24:03.791 --> 00:24:07.194
  • expressing it awkwardly to Godand he lets us in on it because
  • 00:24:07.228 --> 00:24:12.099
  • he turned it into a psalm.
  • 00:24:12.132 --> 00:24:14.902
  • So, don't let your messmake you miss your miracle.
  • 00:24:14.935 --> 00:24:19.273
  • God's doing a miracle right inthe middle of the mess,
  • 00:24:19.306 --> 00:24:21.308
  • right in the middle of thehurt and be like David,
  • 00:24:21.342 --> 00:24:23.511
  • just be honest with them.
  • 00:24:23.544 --> 00:24:25.145
  • Be honest with God.Be honest with others.
  • 00:24:25.179 --> 00:24:27.281
  • You can let your guard downso you can experience healing.
  • 00:24:27.314 --> 00:24:31.919
  • Chris: And the third thingwe want you to see is that
  • 00:24:31.952 --> 00:24:34.054
  • the miracle is in the making.
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  • Let's look back at our keypassage and see how it finishes
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  • up because after David expresseshonestly his doubt, and his
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  • fear, and his feeling ofdesperation, he says this, "But
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  • I trust in your unfailing love.
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  • I will rejoice becauseyou have rescued me.
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  • I will sing to the Lordbecause he is good to me."
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  • See, David makes the choice.
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  • He chooses to praise God, toworship him, to rely on him, to
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  • lean hard on his goodness, evenwhen he doesn't feel like it.
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  • Even when his feelings sayeverything is wrong,
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  • he makes the choice.
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  • He isn't led by his feelings.
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  • He's led by his decisions andsays that, "you are good to me."
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  • And over and over and over andover in our own lives, we get to
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  • make that same choice.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Chris Shook: We're so glad thatyou joined us for the message
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  • today, hope that itimpacts your life all week long.
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  • Kerry: And Chris, I know thatthere's many out there who have
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  • never received Christ and allyou have to do is just pray
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  • and ask for his salvation andsay, "Jesus Christ, forgive me
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  • of all my sins, come into mylife, be the Lord of my life.
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  • I accept your free gift ofsalvation and heaven one day.
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  • And if you prayed that prayer,Christ will come into your life,
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  • and he'll never leave you.
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  • Chris Shook: Our grandson, JudeSamuel, lived for one day.
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  • But the way he lived that oneday has taught us how to live
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  • our years.
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  • And one way that we are ableto look back and see what God
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  • has done is to start keepinga journal.
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  • We started calling itthe miracle book.
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  • It's just a little blank bookthat we started writing down all
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  • the miracles, big and small,that God would do in our lives
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  • every day.
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  • We opened our eyes to bewatching for what he did,
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  • and sure enough, he alwaysworked.
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  • And so, we want you to havea miracle book so you can keep
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  • track of what God is doingin your life.
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  • Kerry Shook: We really do wantyou to learn how to unwrap
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  • the gift of one day, because itcan change your entire life.
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  • We want you to have the miraclebooks so that you can write
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  • down the miracles of Godin your life.
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  • So you can keep trackof the goodness of God.
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  • So that the goodness of God isnot up for grabs in your life
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  • when you're goingthrough difficult days.
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  • So call us right now or goto kerryshook.org and request
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  • the miracle book for a donationof any amount.
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  • We want to get it to you.
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  • ♪♪♪
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