I am completely overwhelmed that my blog was voted as one of the top 100 Christian Women's blogs in 2008 and 2009. I am so honored that God chooses to use me to reach others and bring them closer to Him.
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God has provided me with some perspective this weekend.
have a good friend, Mark, from Indiana. Mark attended our church there and was in Steve's morning bible study. I also had the pleasure of serving along side Mark in St. Lucia. He has come and visited us most every year
since we moved to Arkansas. Mark has a servants heart and each time he comes, he
spends time helping us fix something at our house. He spends most of his vacations working and ministering somewhere...New Orleans, Florida, Honduras. He has an amazing heart for people.
Last year, when he
was here, he had what he thought was a bad sinus infection. He just couldn't get rid of it. But when he returned home, he found out it was more than an infection....it was a cancerous tumor in his sinuses. After a very radical
surgery last June and then chemo and radiation, he was pronounced cancer
free....only to find out a few months later that the cancer had spread. The doctors have told him it is terminal. He started
chemo again and for now the chemo is keeping the cancer
from growing. He will be on chemo until it
cures the cancer or it no longer works.
Mark is in between treatments for 3 weeks. He was
feeling pretty good so he hopped in his car and decided to travel to the
west coast to stick his feet in the ocean, then to Florida and back visiting people he
loves along the way. We have been blessed, and honored, to be on his travel docket.
Mark arrived Friday and honestly it was a bit of a shock to see him. He has lost
so much weight, bald, his face somewhat disfigured.......and yet, the sparkle that I love was still there in his eyes!
can't tell you what his visit and his friendship means to me.
That he would want to visit
us on this trip touches my heart. But also to get to see his spirit and God working in
him is....a gift. His focus is still on Christ and serving others. He is at peace.
I have spent the last week stewing over several things and several people. Being angry and hurt. I have spent quiet time pouring my heart out to God about things out of my control, things that cause me fear. I have been worn out and overwhelmed and felt I just needed a break. I have spent lots of hours worrying about our ministry.
Oh my word, how did I
lose sight of what is important?
These relationships are what is
important. Reaching others for Christ..being part of their lives is important. Giving of ourselves so that others can experience Joy.....that's important.
know what? It doesn't matter what happens with all these things I was worrying about. People can
choose to do what they want, God is still in control and will take care
of us. I just need to keep reaching out to people, being His hands and
feet, giving of myself and hopefully bringing others into the presence of
the One that can bring Peace.
I have been very humbled this weekend.
And I am so thankful that I serve a God who brings me perspective when I need it. One that brings us incredible Peace in times of terrific trial and One who desires to use me to reach those He loves.