Life (With Joy) & News, News, News

Not to us, LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory
because of your faithful love, because of your truth.
(Psalm 115:1 CSB

Sometimes life goes in directions we have planned and provided for; other times it takes us places no one could have ever imagined.

One day we laugh; the next we cry.
One day we are surrounded by those we love; the next is lonely.
One day we are on top of the world; the next we are in a deep dark valley.
One day we are the champion of all we survey; the next we lose.

Sometimes it isn’t just a matter of a day or even a week. Often it is comprised of seasons–seasons of triumph, defeat, challenge, and grief.

From one season to the next, we ride the waves of opportunity; we struggle through the stormy seas. It is an amazing thing to live, especially live well among the good and bad this life has to offer.

Over the last four years, I have written about my struggles with grief, doubt, and faith. I have shared my desperation. I have written from a place of pain. I have shouted from a place of joy.

There will be more days of struggle in the future. That is the nature of life.

There will be more days of joy. That too is the nature of life.

The fact is, even in our pain, joy is possible if we look for it.

My life and the life of my family will forever be marked/ scarred by the events of October 10, 2011. However, that day will not define who we are, where we go, or what we do.

To the contrary, we choose hope.
We choose peace.
We choose joy.
We choose the God who gives them.
We choose life!

Somedays it will be easy; other days it won’t, but I choose life!

Speaking of life, I’d like to share something joyous from mine…

Last Tuesday (April 18th), I signed a very important document. I have been waiting and hoping for a long time to say these exact words: I am under contract with Leafwood Publishers!

What does that mean? My book is happening!

There is still work to do. There will be an editing and reshaping process. The name may even change. But, I expect to have copies in my hand late spring/ early summer of 2018.

Over the past several years, so many–God, Becki, family, friends, and church family– have walked with me through dark days and hard seasons. I am thankful for your encouragement and support.

We may yet face dimly lit days ahead, but the Son still shines!

Choose life ( you’ll be glad you did)! Never quit dreaming!

Les, Jr.

 

8 thoughts on “Life (With Joy) & News, News, News

  1. I’m so excited about the book. I’m in line for one of the first copies (autographed of course!) While no one in their right mind would ever choose for their worst enemy the pain your family has endured, I thank God that by His grace He has walked with you through the valley and given you the clarity of words to record the journey. Your transparent walk through this dark season has given hope to many of us that have, are, or will be walking through our own seasons of despair. Thank you, my precious brother. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

  2. Les ,we share your excitement with you. You are one of those special people God has blessed us with. Looking forward to reading your book.

  3. Jesus said that He came to give us abundant life. He also said that we would have troubles in this world. Everything is for our good, we just need to accept it. Above all we have hope for the change that will come when we step into heaven for eternity with Jesus. Congratulations on your contract signing for your book. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I so look forward to this book. Please make sure we know when it is out. Love and miss you. Glad God is working in and through you.

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