Friday, October 29, 2010

It Was in the Mailbox

On several occasions, I have heard those testimonies of people who did not have money to buy groceries for their next meal and someone showed up on their doorstep that night with a bag of groceries.
Or another person had a bill coming due and did not have the finances to cover it and there waiting in the mailbox that night was the check with that exact amount.

We have done our best to carefully spend our money and put some back for emergencies.  So I cannot say we were on our last dollar or were hurting for groceries, but God has again proven himself true by providing in a way we did not expect.

Did you ever have one of those weeks....

  • Car trouble
  • A cavity ... of course the dentist visit could not be uneventful!
  • The heat won't come on
  • The fan keeps blowing in the house, and when it gets chilly at night and there is no heat...
  • You find out the fan is easy to fix, but the cost is outrageous due to the specific model of your HVAC unit
  • The kitchen faucet starts leaking, and it is a steady stream
  • The piece you need to fix the faucet cannot be purchased at any store in town
  • You find the piece for the faucet online, but it costs $45-$87.  So you buy a new faucet
  • Can't get the old faucet out
  • A sweet little friend is at the same hospital Audrey was at, that being the first time we were back since May
I guess that was about what our last few weeks have been like and I am chuckling as I write this because, although it was frustrating that one thing after another kept coming up, we (with God's help!) have been able to take care of each issue.  

On the other hand, did you ever have one of those weeks and make a list of how God intervened and provided?

  • There were no injuries to Ella or me as a result of our van mishap
  • We have dental insurance! 
  • It wasn't so cold that we were miserable at night, and there was nothing wrong with the heat
  • We were able to get our HVAC unit fixed at no cost except for the part we had to buy
  • The old faucet eventually came out and thanks to many phone calls to my brother in the past, I can replace a faucet myself
  • And then there is an anonymous gift, the exact amount to cover the part we needed for the HVAC unit.  
  • God's grace and peace overwhelmed us during those visits to the hospital
The verse open here at my desk is this:  "And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus."  Philippians 4:19

While God has more than provided for our needs, I am thankful that He will be there to get us through the excruciating times as well as the small problems.  

He hasn't failed me yet.  And He promises He never will.


Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Satan is desperate and will use whatever he can to get people to follow him.  Even believers.  And then he succeeds and is able to convince someone they are doing OK so he leaves them alone.  After all, if we feel OK then why would we need to change?

Is Satan leaving you alone?  If so, do you wonder why?

Mark 4:14-15 Says Satan comes and immediately takes away the Word of God that was just sown.  This verse is speaking of salvation, but it can also be applied to someone who is giving into Satan's lies...perhaps even a believer!
Sometimes I wonder how people can sit through messages and leave without giving the Word that was just spoken a second thought. Now I see why, Satan is powerful!

1 Peter 5:8 Satan is like a lion seeking whom he may devour.  What is he trying to bring into your life...temptation? Discouragement? Peace (not peace from God, but peace that you are fine as you are)?

Remember how Satan works:
Genesis 3:13 Deception
2 Corinthians 11:14 Disguised as a messenger of light
2 Thessalonians 2:9 Appears to be powerful, and lures the world to him (more deceiving)

We have the answers from God, His promises and His truths.  But I have found myself giving into Satan's stories lately.  And all that he tells me are lies.  He has had a great time using my grief to enhance what he wants in my life.  I have to constantly turn back to God and remember what He is telling me instead of what Satan is saying.  Satan may have power over me, but he will never be bigger than my God.

It is my choice in whom I put my trust.

Remember, they are both talking.  Who are you going to heed?


Pumpkin Farm

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


The surgery went very well and Kylie is sleeping in her mommy's arms as I write this.  Please continue to pray for her recovery.


Kylie Hope

Please keep Kylie in your prayers today, she is in surgery at Vanderbilt.  You can read more about the surgery at Jennifer's Blog.

Thank you!


Out of Focus

I have noticed lately that I am healing and able to remember things, I can make my "to do" list for the day and actually complete it.  Life has started to take on a new enjoyment, and in the midst of my thoughts and longing for Audrey I have found ways to enjoy life again.
Those hard moments still come, sometimes even the hard days, but for some reason the peace that passes all understanding is still...well, doing that.  I still do not understand how I could have such peace, but I do.

And then as I get busy with all the things of life that surround me, I start to put of my time with God.  I remember back in the think of this trial we are experiencing that God's Word was the one and only thing that I wanted at certain times, and I never want that to change.  We are such a self and earthly focused society that it is easy to start putting God off and even lose that desire to keep learning.  I am so glad I have not lost that desire, but I hope this is a reminder to me that whether things are good, bad, or OK, I still need Christ, every day.  And not only that, but I need to focus on the real meaning of us being here.  And that is to spread the gospel and prepare for eternity with our Lord.

Sometimes my mind goes to the awesome reality of heaven and Audrey being there, and then I start thinking about who she knows.  Of course my first thoughts go to those I know who have died, but then I start to fathom the realness that she knows the thief who was on the cross beside Jesus!  She knows all those people we study and learn about in God's Word, and possibly more who were not even mentioned.
And she knows Jesus Christ!

God has left me here and I believe it is for a reason, but I am looking for the day when He is ready for us all to be together again.  I am very ready to know my daughter, and even more ready to see Jesus.

Just think of stepping on shore, and finding it heaven!
Of touching a hand, and finding it God's.
Of breathing new air, and finding it celestial,
Of waking up in Glory, and finding it HOME.


Monday, October 11, 2010

Close Calls ~ Divine Intervention

Many of you know my husband is a police officer, and about a month ago he was in a very close call as he made a traffic stop on I-24.  If a police officer is pulling you over, please pull to the right, do not pull next to the retainer wall or median in the middle of the road if you don't have to!!!
Well, this has happened to many other officers, but the car he pulled over pulled next to the retainer wall right in the middle of traffic going both ways.  Chad was walking back to his patrol car, his trainee still sitting inside, and he noticed a car coming toward them spinning completely out of control and headed for his 70 mph!  Chad jumped onto the retainer wall, his car was smashed, and he and his trainee both walked away totally fine.  {chills}
Here is the T-DOT photo

Ella and I took a trip to Ohio to see my Mom and Dad and other family, had a safe trip there and home, but only by God's grace.  Around Louisville I started noticing a lot of tire noise and scraping in my front driver's side tire.  I stopped, looked at it, talked with a couple people who thought it was OK as long as I still had control and brakes.  So I got back on I-65.  I was able to steer normally and my brakes worked fine, but every 10 minutes that passed seemed to get worse, I was only going about 60 mph and I knew I needed to get off again.  I watched for the next exit, but quickly realized I needed to pull to the side of the road because I started to lose steering control.
I turned on my hazard lights because I knew someone was behind me.
The white care went around me.
The tire flew off.
I remember a lot of thumping.
And the next thing I knew I was on the side of the road next to a guardrail.
I don't really remember what I did or how we got there without flipping or rolling, but we did.
I told Chad it was almost like someOne reached down, held the van in his hands and just moved us off the side of the road.
And not only that, but the tire that flew off went the other way across 3 more lanes of traffic as well as the northbound lanes and did not hit anyone.  All I could think about is what should have happened....or how that tire could have gone through someone's windshield causing more damage than I even want to think about.

But it didn't, and Ella and I walked away from the van.

God's Timing was perfect.
Dad said he preached about that last night...ironic?  No! Divine.

I am so thankful for a God who has me in the palm of His hand, and who has a plan for me.  It was another reminder that He has more for me to do here.  He's still working on me!  Am I going to let Him?

And it was 10-10-10. The 5-month anniversary of Audrey's death.
What a day!