I normally don’t read books. I usually just stick to thumbing through a few magazines when I’m by the pool. I hate to admit this, but I literally never read a book in High School or College. I got by with reading a little here and there, and by using Cliff’s Notes. I didn’t really start reading until I was an adult and found a few books that peaked my interest.
A couple weeks ago, I was given ‘I Will Carry You’ by my friend LB. I’ve heard great things about the book, but was reluctant to get it for two reasons – 1.) I don’t like to read, and 2.) I wasn’t looking forward to reliving some of the feelings of grief and baby loss.
Despite my hesitation, I decided to give it a try. The first time I picked it up, I read over half the book. I couldn’t put it down! I can’t get Angie’s amazing story out of my head and I can’t stop thinking about sweet Audrey.
Angie was able to express her feelings in a way that I could never put into words. So many of the things she wrote really spoke to me, so I wanted to share some of those excerpts with you…
“His ways are not our ways and we must believe even when we can’t see the way out.”
I love this saying. I posted it on Facebook the second I read it. Its hard to accept, but so true. We cannot even begin to understand why God does the things he does.
“[In her prayer] May we each learn how to walk in confidence of what You have planned for our lives and rest in that as the only truth.” (page 185)
Yes, that is quite the challenge. My hope is that I continue to grow in that direction and not drift further from this as time passes…
“It is a decision we must make, many times even in a day, to choose to believe that our Father is good. That sentence may be hard for you to read depending on where you are because we don’t understand many of the ways the Lord works on our behalf.” (page 185)
I love the way Angie describes her faith throughout this book. It never waivers.
“In the moment the Lord took her from our arms into His. Right before our eyes, she passed from this world to the next, and all she had ever known was love.” (page 87)
What an indescribable moment that is. So well said.
This one quote from the book sparked so many emotions. I think I’ll elaborate on this more in a separate post.
“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” - 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
What a powerful verse this is. I need to read this verse often to keep me in check during my weak moments.
“Eagerly awaiting the day when You will redeem what we have lost.” (page 154)
Amen to that.
Its so helpful for me to re-read these quotes to remind myself that God has a plan and that there is better to come. Did you read this book? Did you have any favorite quotes or verses from it? Please share; I’d love to hear your thoughts and what spoke to you.