Continuing my reading journey toward understanding how to lean into God in the face of mom’s diagnosis lead me to read Steadfast Love by Lauren Chandler. Having spent some time at The Village Church where Lauren’s husband, Matt, is the lead pastor, I knew a little bit of the Chandler’s story. Matt was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor several years ago, and by God’s grace, he is still alive and is an amazing pastor as well. I was curious to see how Lauren was able to lean into God rather than give in to worry and fear as their family walked through this new diagnosis and outlook on life.
Steadfast Love: The Response of God to the Cries of Our Heart
Leaning into scripture to experience God’s steadfast love
Lauren takes you on a journey through Psalm 107. She acknowledges the heaviness of a loved one with a diagnosis of cancer, and the questions one has towards God in the face of all the uncertainty. More than being just a basic overview of the Psalm, this book is a call to deal with those things in your life that are impeding your ability to trust God and build a lasting relationship with Him.
I loved Lauren’s approach to life. She acknowledges that while no one wants to be walking through the desert, we will all experience some desert situations. And it’s more about the way in which we approach the desert situation than the actual event itself. I thought Lauren mixed theology while real life in a way that made her story, and the journey through dark trials and tribulations. Steadfast Love points you back to scripture and reminds you to spend your time pressing into God rather than wallowing in fear and worry. I finished the book with a better picture of what it looks like to press into God in a tragedy type situation, and how to allow that experience to press out of my life some of the things that are unnecessary and holding me back, and how to press into the beautiful life God has planned for me.