Monday, November 23

Thankfulness

Thankfulness..even through the storms of life God commands us to Praise Him and give thanks unto the Lord!

Psalm 100

Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing,
Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and

not we ourselves;
We are His people and the
sheep of His pasture.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise,

Be thankful to Him, and bless
His name.
For the Lord is good
His mercy is everlasting,

And His truth endures to all generations.

Thanksgiving is my favorite Holiday..I love spending time with my family and being all together. I know that we should be thankful every day of the year but I love that when Fall rolls around and everyone starts to get excited for Christmas, we can slow down from the craziness of life and just be, thankful.

Top 10 things I am Thankful for:

1. My Savior and King, and that He gave us His Word to study and learn
2. The blessings that each one of my family members has given me, even though they may not know it.
3. God's unending mercy and grace, He has truly poured it upon me.
4. All the "little" people in my life, they bring me so much joy.
5. The time in Texas God has blessed me with, allowing me to be with my family here and meet such encouraging and uplifting people at Church.
6. A boyfriend that may be far away, but is safe and healthy.
7. For each day of Sunshine
8. That even though I complain, legs and feet that allow me to walk each day.
9. For ONLINE classes. I never thought I would be thankful for those but if it wasn't for technology I would not be able to be in Texas.
10. God's all surpassing Peace and the Truth He holds in His Promises.

I could make a list of 100 things but those are just a few that I have been thankful for these last couple of months.
I only have 35 short days left in Texas and I can't believe how fast the time has just flown by. In two weeks I will be finished with my third semester in college, I'll be headed back home, and then we will enter in to 2010. It never amazes me how fast life can change, even though I say it a hundred times it just never seems to make it any more believable when suddenly you wonder where the time has gone.

I have had many blessings in 2009 and though it wasn't always the most pleasant of changes, God has brought beautiful things from them.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone.
I am truly Thankful for you.....

Wednesday, November 18

Hug someone you love today!

Three weeks ago two 17 year old boys got in a serious car accident. The driver failed to stop at a stop sign causing them to hit a 46 year old man in a truck. The driver died instantly, leaving a family short one member and a high school missing their friend. My good friend Jordan was flown to the hospital with critical injuries. This terrible accident has been a testimony to me to how quickly life can change. Through these last 3 weeks I have watched as God has worked in the lives of everyone around and in this horrible situation, He has been our light. Jordan has laid in the hospital bed fighting for his life while a family of believers have come together to support the Lysaghts. What a family we have in Christ! God has used this time to remind me that all we have is Him, our Lord and Savior. What a blessing to have our brothers and sisters in Christ lifting us in prayer. My heart is breaking as this family walks through such a dark storm but how encouraged I've been to watch how special our "family" is. It has been such a blessing to see how amazing it will be to spend an eternity with my "family" in Christ.
Jordan has touched many lives and he will be amazed with all the support he's been getting.
If God chooses to take him home, he will be greatly missed. But, we have great hope and comfort in the fact that we will see him again. He will stand before God and hear, "Welcome home good and faithful servant"!! I love you Jordan Marshal Lysaght! And either here on earth or in Heaven, we will see each other again!

Life can change in an instant and it's sad that it takes losing a friend and a bad accident for us to look at life differently. To all my "family": I love you! And I look forward to the day when we can spend an Eternity With Jesus Together!

For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.
Romans 15:4 and 5

Wednesday, November 11

The Everlasting God

Isaiah 40: 28-31
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary. And his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.


As I sit here pondering life, my mind is a million places. I’ve been repeating this verse over in my head for many hours praying to my Father in Heaven. We went to the hospital yesterday and my friend who was in the serious car accident is in critical condition. His injuries are severe and the doctors aren’t expecting him to make it. At this point it would take a miracle to have my friend up and healthy again. My faith in God knows that He can produce such a miracle, I have no doubt that all things are in the hand of God and He takes care of His children. Though this calms my spirit, it sadly doesn’t stop my flesh from hurting. The Lysaghts are dear friends and have had a big part in helping me become the woman I am today. My heart breaks for them, and it is times like these where life doesn’t make sense and all we can do is trust and have faith. This is so much easier said than done.
It’s hard not to ask why? Of course we know the answer is sometimes simple, we live in a sinful world and we will always face adversities. As I watch my friends go through such a difficult time in their life I can only count down the days till we can all be in Heaven some day. No more tears, no more car accidents, no more pain. At this time in my life, this day seems not only beautiful, but it gives me hope. We will always face pain and heartache on this earth, because we are not yet with our Father but one day, we will kneel at the feet of Jesus and feel full and complete joy. All I can do now is to keep praying, to remember that MY GOD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of earth and if I put my hope in Him I will be able to make it through one more day. Jordan is lying in a hospital bed right now and his family is facing some of the deepest pain they may ever feel but I can still rejoice knowing that MY GOD will comfort them and carry them through this time. God will renew their strength and even through this painful time they will soar on wings like eagles.

“We should not only understand the importance of our waiting on God but also realize something even more wonderful- The Lord waits on us. And the very thought of His waiting on us will give us a renewed motivation and inspiration to "wait for Him". It also should provide inexpressible confidence that our waiting will NEVER be in VAIN! “

-I wrote that many months ago and found in it in my journal. Though the waiting can be painful,
I am full of hope knowing that our waiting is never in vain and that our Lord is waiting to take care of us.

Thank you Lord for such promises, your love endures forever.

Monday, November 2

Tomorrow is a New Day!

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Cor. 12: 9 and 10

I have posted this verse before but these last couple days it has had SO much meaning. As most of you know, I drove from Texas to Wisconsin with Kevin last week to surprise my family and friends. It was a great reunion and I LOVED seeing so many people I'm close too. It was also bittersweet because on Sat. night I said goodbye to Kevin. He will be gone for many months and it was heartbreaking to see him pull out of my driveway. Then I began a crazy week, one I didn't see coming. Wednesday night I started to feel very ill, my body ached and I had the chills. When Thursday rolled around I was feeling pretty down but I was hoping it was just a cold. By late Thursday night I was starting to realize that I was VERY wrong, I spent most of the night in the bathroom and by that morning felt like I had been hit by a MACK truck. My entire body was overwhelmed with pain and that was the beginning of three miserable days in bed. I was treated for the H1N1 virus and after being sick for 5 days I'm sure that's what I had. It is now Monday and I can praise the Father in Heaven because I finally feel a little better. I still slept for most of the day but my body and mind feel much better.
During all of this time, Kevin flew out to Kuwait, and my good friend was in a horrible car accident killing a young boy and putting my in the hospital. These horrible string of events shook my world a little and the world of others around me. My dear friend is still in critical condition as they have him in a self-induced coma to help his body heal. During these last couple days I've learned once again how desperately we need Jesus in our lives. How thankful I am for His grace and how incredible Him dying on the cross really is, for without it we would be just lost sinners walking the world blind with no answer. Now we can be free, and have the Word to rely on. So even in this hard time of my life, and the hard time of my friends, and my boyfriend. I know that His grace is sufficient. I have this verse posted all over my blog but I don't think you can ever read it enough.
Thank-you God for sending your son to die for me.

I'm not sure when I'll be going back to Texas, I'm hoping this upcoming weekend I'll be well enough to travel again. I'm missing everyone in the South and praying they are staying well. :)

I love you all. Hug your family a little longer tonight, you never know what God has in store.
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