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28 Jul

PopPop and I…this past Christmas

his mansion is almost ready.

He’s been sick for so long, and yet he never complains.

From heart problems resulting in a bypass and pacemaker to cancer and then dementia, he has faced each trial with patience and grace.

A man of few words, but clearly a man of strong faith.

She’s stood by his side for fifty eight years, caring for him like no one else. Even though his memory has faded, he still knows her, his bride.

Please pray that the Lord would ease his pain and make his final days peaceful. Pray that He would comfort my grandmother, my Mama and her siblings as they prepare to say goodbye to their husband and father as only He can.

The passing of a loved one is never fun for those left to mourn, but praise God for the Christian death is not final!

Heaven is waiting for the saved because of the Hope found in Jesus.

Pop Pop only gets to go a little earlier than the rest of us. We’ll join him before too long, and spend eternity together!

“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”

2 Corinthians 5:8

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The hospice nurse says that based on the signs he’s showing he will probably go within the week. We will head to Maryland tomorrow after church. Thank you for your prayers!

Sleeping or Seeking?

4 Apr

After sharing what He said would be their final meal together, their hearts were broken.

Betray their Master?

Surely none of them would do something so horrible.

Shed His blood?

He promised to deliver them, now He’s saying He’s going to die.

The heaviness that hung over the group of disciples that evening was thick.

As was the heaviness in the heart of their Beloved Jesus.

Kneeling down to pray, his passion was clear“Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” (Luke 22:42)

He knew what was coming. He knew that soon His body would be broken and his closest friends would turn their backs on Him as He hung bleeding.

“And being in agony He prayed more earnestly…” (v.44)

Meanwhile He left his heavy hearted disciples a stone’s throw away trying to make sense of it all. As He approached the group of men He’d spent so much time ministering with, “He found them sleeping for sorrow.” (v.45)

Until today I’d never really thought that much about those slumbering students of the Savior, after all it was getting late wasn’t it? But as I studied this passage, the Lord spoke.

The disciples were sleeping because the sorrow was too much for their human hearts to take and often I find myself doing the same thing. When facing a trial or frustrated with circumstances, I’ve chosen sleep over seeking. While sleeping, you can forget about the crisis at hand and that’s just what they were attempting to do. They wanted to pretend that last supper never happened so maybe sleeping would do the trick.

Relating with the disciples reaction the Lord challenged me further by His reaction to the hardest trial He would ever face.

“And being in agony He prayed more earnestly.” (v.44)

Only hours from His arrest, Jesus was seeking strength through prayer.

Will I choose to cast my care upon Him or crash into bed so I can sleep my cares away?

Sleeping is definitely the easy way out, but when we wake up in the morning our problems remain.

Seeking takes work, prayer takes patience but the result is so worth it.

So which will it be, sleeping like the twelve or seeking like my Savior?

 

“Pray without ceasing.”

1 Thessalonians 5:17

Kate

15 Aug

Over two years ago, I posted about a little girl named Kate. She had just been diagnosed with cancer and her family was facing an uncertain future. They were heartbroken and hurting for their daughter and sister.

Just this week, sweet Kate started first grade. She continues to fight, and God continues to be faithful.

I receive email updates and wanted to remind you that you can, too. Simply click here to read the latest update from Kate’s mom and sign up to follow their journey.

Our God is the Great Physician. He is beyond capable of “healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.” Matthew 4:23

Keep praying for this precious little one and for a healing only Jesus can give.

Dear Alexis,

20 Nov

I’m praying for you!

About a month ago, I got an email from a girl who had been reading my blog and wanted to let me know she was blessed by what she read. Since then we have emailed back and forth, finding out that we have a lot in common, primarily a love for our Lord and a desire to live for Him! I am so grateful for her friendship though it has only been by way of email and Twitter! It has been such a blessing since I don’t have many good friends who are close to my age! Leave it to the Lord to introduce us by way of technology. 🙂

Alexis and her husband have an adorable little boy and were planning for the arrival of their second little blessing in a few months.  However, due to some complications it seems that their baby boy will arrive much sooner than anticipated. (You can read more about the circumstance on her blog.)

 I have been thinking of their family all day today and wanted to share this prayer request with you. Please pray that our Heavenly Father would grant peace in this uncertain time.

In Psalm 29:11, He promises He will.

  “The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.”

A few years ago, when a storm surrounded our family, He gave me the words to this song. Assuring me that He picked the storm specifically and would give peace in the midst of it! On the other side of that storm, we have found Him faithful to His Word!

I know He’ll do the same for Alexis and her family!

All of a sudden, I felt strong winds blowing

Rain pouring down, like a river flowing

Fear is gripping, as the tide begins to rise

Trusting in the One who knows where it came from and why it came

I’ll take this storm, lay it before Him, calling on His name

 

Because He knows why and He knows how long.

He sent this storm to make me strong.

Though winds are blowing, rain pouring down,

In my soul, peace can be found.

 

Soaking wet from the rain,

deafened by the thunder,

But I know I’m in His hands and I’m not going under,

He’s in control, as the tide begins to rise,

Life is fierce, my troubles and trials are demanding,

But I’ll take this storm, praise Him for peace beyond my understanding.

 

Because He knows why and He knows how long.

He sent this storm to make me strong.

Though winds are blowing, rain pouring down,

In my soul, peace can be found.

Peace found because He is faithful even through the fear!

Thank you in advance for lifting this sweet family to the Lord!

  “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:7