Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Good morning prayer warriors! There is a young man named Aaron. He is 16 years old and needs a touch from God’s healing hand. Aaron has bone cancer, his immune system is struggling. Please take a few moments to pray for him today. Put him on your prayer list if you have one. Thank you!
20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
21 unto him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus unto all generations for ever and ever. Amen.
So, I’m sitting in the car at the grocery store waiting for my son and his girlfriend who is due any day carrying my first grandchild. I can’t even tell you how excited I am for baby Carson to arrive. Anyway, I thought while I was sitting here I would tell you about my new job.
I believe it was April 25th or so that I turned in my résumé, the application, and my transcript from school to the admin office of the Union Gospel Mission in my area for a position as a Program Counselor. I honestly didn’t even know if I wanted the job. I have been in school for the last 5 yrs and the last 2 yrs without any breaks. I wanted my Summer off to be able to do whatever I wanted because I am going back at the end of August to start my Masters program.
I thought about applying for a week before I ever acted on it. Then finally I turned in the app. I prayed before i turned in my app and told the Lord I didn’t even know if I wanted the job and if He wanted me to have that job that He would have to change my heart because I didn’t think I wanted to go to work yet. They called me in for an interview on May 2nd. I graduated May 4th with my BS in Psychology and Family Counseling. I was called in for a second interview on May 9th.
NOW, I began to feel hopeful. I decided that maybe I did want to go to work. My heart began to break when I saw homeless women wondering the streets. On the morning of May 11th I received the phone call that told me I got the job. I was so excited and grateful that God had intervened and interrupted my plans for a greater purpose.
I just began my second week and I love my job and I love what God is doing in my heart. I love the women that are in the program and I love the employees I work with. Best of all it is a Christ centered work environment and I am free to testify to the work that God has done in my life.
Also, I have just graduated with a degree in counseling and within two weeks I went to work using the skills and education I earned my degree in. That is also a blessing.
It is with a heavy heart that I write tonight. For the last 5 days I have been listening to news reports of a crazed gunman killing innocent people. First in Portland at Clackamas Town Center, which is less than 50 miles from my home and then yesterday in Newtown, Connecticut @ Sandy Hook Elementary School. My heart breaks for the families of the 20 children and the 6 women that were killed yesterday as well as the man and woman who died in Portland this week at the mall.
I think I’m bothered more by the fact that once the media coverage dies down that those of us who are far removed from these incidents will forget and go on with our lives while those parents and people who have lost someone will never be the same again. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t go on with our lives or that we should live in paralyzing fear but I wish there was some kind of change in people that would come from this. A heart change.
I wish that people would fall on their faces before God and repent of their wicked ways before this Country who was founded on FAITH IN GOD finds itself in much greater torment than it is already in.
America is on the brink of financial disaster, there are people going on killing sprees, children killing there parents and grandparents, parents killing their kids, husbands and wives killing each other not to mention other countries that are just waiting for us to destroy ourselves so they could take over. WAKE UP AMERICA! WAKE UP CHURCH! What is it going to take to bring us to the end of ourselves and on our knees before the Almighty God who rains on the just and the unjust?
I lift my eyes to you, O God, enthroned in Heaven. We keep looking to the Lord our God for his mercy, just as servants keep their eyes on their master, as a slave girl watches her mistress for the slightest signal. Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy, for we have had our fill of contempt. We have had more than our full of the scoffing of the proud and the contempt of the arrogant.
(Lord, comfort the families in Connecticut while they grieve the loss of their loved ones.)
I want to reflect a bit today on what happened 11 yrs. ago. The day that changed America. That day our security was shaken, lives were lost, but our FAITH remained strong!! I remember the strong need to be with my children. They were 9 and 6 years old. Even at that age they understood the tragic events of children losing parents and parents losing children. I am grateful today that I have my family. I am grateful for ALL those who have given up their lives for our BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY and our FREEDOM. For 10 years after the tragedy of 9/11 I quit celebrating my birthday on that day. BUT I AM HAPPY TO SAY THAT TODAY I AM CELEBRATING but also giving HONOR to the MEN, WOMAN, CHILDREN who died on MY BIRTHDAY 11 years ago. I WILL NEVER FORGET!!
So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold…though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.
This spoke particularly to me today. I have been dealing with more than a full plate lately. Taking care of my mom and step-dad and my dad has been a little trying for the last month and a half. All this on top of going to school and being a wife and an internship. It really is a lot for any one person to handle but I am not in this alone. I have a wonderful husband who is handling my being gone a lot like a trooper. Never complaining or putting any pressure on me. He’s awesome! Even more than my wonderful husband, I have a BIG and Gracious Heavenly Father who walks with me every step of the way. I know I could not do everything I am doing without Him. I would be a wreck if the Lord wasn’t so gracious. I have more than I can handle but I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me! Philippians 4:13