A Better Life is Waiting

There is going to come a day when we will leave this life and enter into eternity [which we’ve been learning all about in our #breakingcamp series at fresh life]. And on that day, for the believer in Jesus, it will be a better day. Actually there isn’t a good enough word to describe that day. Jesus called heaven paradise, which means a place of extreme beauty, delight or happiness, so we’ll be in pure perfection in His presence.
Our daughter Lenya Avery has been in Heaven 142 days and her better life (that we didn’t think would come so soon) is what she is fully enjoying right now.

The song “Better Life” by Paper Route was her (self-proclaimed) favorite song that she kept listening to the week before she went to heaven. I have a very vivid and clear memory of her sitting on the couch, holding my iPad in her sweet little arms listening carefully to this song.  And I can’t help but think that the simplicity of this song prepared her for what she would encounter, and at the same time prepared us for the shock, and the pain and the grief that we were about to experience.

While her death was traumatic and so sudden, it was quick, and she was instantly in God’s very presence because that’s what the Bible says, “to be absent from the body is to present with the Lord.”

While Lenya is experiencing fullness of joy in His presence, we are left rejoicing because of that fact, but also, left in this world of grief and the aching of missing our Lenya Lion, knowing we won’t ever be with her or snuggle her or listen to her beautiful raspy voice again here on earth. And recently realizing the “big” days like birthdays and her graduating and getting married, we’ll never experience. Yet in this pain, the hope of seeing her again – either when God brings us home to heaven or when Jesus comes back for His church – is what holds us.

Our better life is waiting for us. Until then we’re running hard toward heaven and doing all that is within us to tell the world that there is a God who loves them and showed that love through Christ – that those who are stranded in sin would find life and liberty in Christ! We’re going to continue to take what God has given us to do and do it with all our heart.

“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. but if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.” Philippians 1:21-23

A better life is waiting.

  • Kristin Taylor

    Such an absolute encouraging message. We love mr and mrs Lusko!!!

  • Kelly Clark

    Love your so very wise words & love learning from you…very inspiring! Love you guys.

  • Jess Farnum

    Thinking of you fiercely tomorrow.

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  • Jennifer Orr

    Such an amazing testimony, hope, inspiration, and beautiful message to those who relate, and even to those who don’t. Praying for healing over your family, with love from Abq.!

  • Cristina

    You are truly amazing and an inspiration to me in my life. All though I have never met you (but I will at the O2 experience in San Jose) I look up to you and your family not only because of what you have endured lately but also because of the steps of faith you have taken in the past!!! God Bless You Guys!!!!

  • Shaena Crespo

    Jennie! So excited for your blog. Change the world girl!

  • Jayda Jellesed

    Inspiring!! You made my day brighter!! Thank you:)

  • Heather Johnson

    Thanks Jenni, we love you! Btw, you’re daughter has great taste in music!

  • Amy Boheman

    Thank you for this message. My daughter too went to be with the Lord just over 2 months ago. She was 21 years old and had struggled with being a quadriplegic for most of her life. This thought…that she has a better life now…is my grace gift from God. I look forward to listening to this song.

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    Jenni–I so respect yours and Levi’s honesty as you walk through the value of the shadow. It’s so easy to whitewash the pain that we experience as part of just being human. But you guys don’t do that. You’re real. And in that realness I see the incarnational Jesus. Our family continues to pray for you all. –Rebecca

  • Karen

    thank you for sharing your thoughts. i truly admire your family, each one of you.God knows your pain & He is close to the brokenhearted. Psam 46:10. praying for healing & pls continue to be an inspiration. sending love from california