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This is one of my best friends’ babies. In her hands is a custom order from someone who’s friend lost her son to suicide last week. A son who was this age once. A son who was fiercely loved and valued and squeezed tight. A son who will always be their baby. My heart cannot fathom the overwhelming grief. Our only hope? To lift our eyes to the One who is our help in every season and situation. Jesus, come quickly.
It seems the Lord is teaching me a deeper (more experiential) meaning of what Paul talks about when he describes servants of God as “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10a). • You see, there is so much good happening. So much joy, provision, and depth of community. So many doors opening. So many opportunities to minister and be ministered to. So much love and humility and grace and kindness and care that it has made me—quite literally—cry into a plate of chicken and waffles from the mercy of it all. • These scattered beams can only be explained by the Lord, who is dropping joy bombs and grace explosions all around. • But it’s not all chicken and waffles. • (Link to blog post in profile ❤️)
“All in all, it was a never-to-be forgotten summer—one of those summers which comes seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going—one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends, and delightful doings, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” -L.M. Montgomery
“[It is] as if [David] had said, Separated from God I am nothing, and all that I attempt to do ends in nothing; but when I come to Him, I find an abundant supply of strength. It is highly necessary for us to consider what we are without God; for no man will cast himself wholly upon God, but he who feels himself in a fainting condition, and who despairs of the sufficiency of his own powers. We will seek nothing from God but what we are conscious of wanting in ourselves. ...the reason why God is represented as a portion is, because He alone is abundantly sufficient for us, and because in Him the perfection of our happiness consists.” -John Calvin, on Psalm 73:26

Follow me as I follow Jesus

Updates, Discoveries and Prayer Requests

Updates and discoveries…
  • I’m leaving for the internship on Tuesday. 
  • I’ll be on the East Tour just like we prayed for! The schedule is here if you want to check it out. 12 states. 3 months. Excitement abounds.
  • Packing for three months is really hard.
  • My neighbor, his wife, and their grandson will be at one of the Tour stops competing. (So cool!)
  • Tomorrow is my last day at work, and while the girl replacing me is fantastic, I’m going to miss the easy routine and client interaction.
  • God has the best plans. This isn’t really a discovery because I’ve known for years, but He keeps proving His sovereignty and supreme awesomeness over every detail in my life and am blessed and overwhelmed.
 Prayer Requests…
  • First and foremost that God would protect us (physically, emotionally, spiritually).
  • That He will use this time to minister to me and through me to others. This is a mission experience even if I’m not going to Africa.
  • That I’ll be placed on the East Tour. (Answered prayer!)
  • A laptop with a big HD. I’ll be taking three online classes this summer while we’re on the tour in order to graduate from the community college and go to Murray in the fall, a laptop is a necessity. (Answered prayer!)
  • That the people on the tour will be “good” people, and that there would be at least one true believer.
  • That the online classes will go smoothly and that balance between work, school and free time will come easily.
  • That God would be with my parents and help them through this time of watching their “baby” grow up and leave the home. 
  • Not related to the internship but a prayer request nonetheless, that God will supply the finances for fall tuition (and every semester thereafter) at Murray. I know God wants me there so I know He will provide the means to make it happen. He never fails. (He’s already doing this! Isn’t He awesome?!)
  • Related to that, I pray that God will grant me favor in the eyes of the people selecting the scholarships.
  • Also related to finances in the fall, I pray that God would give me a good job that will work around school/newspaper. 
  • An awesome roommate at Murray. 

I will praise Him if He does all this and I will praise Him if He takes me a completely different way. He has the best plans and I will trust Him with my heart, dreams, and life, come what may. He is worthy of praise despite my feelings and circumstances.

“Many are the plans in the heart of man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.”  – Proverbs 19:21

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