“In this world you will have trouble…”

January 21, 2016 | My Jottings

Last night I went out to dinner with my SAGgy friends Pat and Gail. We are at the point in our lives where the rose colored glasses have long come off, and we have occasional glimpses (and also long, sorrowful stares) of what Jesus might have meant when he soberly and lovingly promised, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  (John 16:33)

We sat together and ate Italian food, laughed and cried and shared our hearts about the things that concern us the most, just like we’ve done every single month for almost fourteen years. Gail mentioned a video she thought I should watch, and after viewing it today, I knew I had to share it. I’d never heard of Levi Lusko before, but after seeing him share this message and the nightmare God has brought him and his family through, I was tempted to look at real estate in Montana so I could move there to make his church my home fellowship. 🙂

If you have had any kind of loss or pain in your life, I invite you to watch this. There are really no adequate words to describe the depth of hope and beauty I see in this…

And if you watched, what are your thoughts?


  1. Tauni says:

    Wow, just wow! This really resonated with me. There is so much packed into this 35 minutes! I have had a lot of loss in my life as you well know. While my experiences were very different, I definitely came to the same conclusions. I really love the analogy of “pressing” that he used as that is very much what it feels like to me. There are many people in my life right now that are facing some very heavy burdens and challenges. I wish so much that I can “give” them my faith. And yet, I know that is not the way God wants it. It is through the adversity that our faith grows. I know that because I lived it ~ and continue to do so to this day. As painful as the exercises are I would not trade a day of adversity for ease. It is in the MOST difficult moments that I see God work His BEST miracle ~ my dependence upon Him. Thank you so much for sharing. XXXOOO

  2. Just Julie says:

    You have packed a sermon of encouragement into your comments, Tauni. I’m so glad you were touched by this family’s story too. You’re an amazing woman and a cherished friend…. xoxo

  3. Peggy Johns says:

    Seven years ago, I would have had no idea what Levi was speaking about. Today, I am blessed to know and understand deeply what my terrible sadness has done for me. Thank you for sharing this video, Julie.

  4. Just Julie says:

    I’m so glad his story resonated with you, dear Peggy. I hope a lot of people will read his book — it will bring a comfort and truth much needed for anyone who grieves, or has experienced pain for that matter. Blessings on you today, Peggy. xoxo

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