Sunday, January 31, 2010

Wanna Smile...

Today, as I look outside my windows, these pictures show what I see. This says to me... God is with me, God is all around me, God loves me and shows his power and his love in so many ways. This morning the sun is shining, it's very cold, but the sun makes the trees just glisten from their ice coated branches. Everything is white and pure. God's love is pure. Even the blue in the sky seems more of a vibrant blue today against the white blanket on the ground. In the south, this beauty and this picture is not to common. When we are blessed with these beautiful pictures, it is usually here today and gone tomorrow. We just enjoy it and take pictures when we can to help up remember it. Unlike the snow, God's love for us is here today, and it will be here tomorrow. I want to share some words from Max Lucado, "Mark it down: God loves you with an unearthly love You can't win it by being winsome. You can't lose it by being a loser. God will not let you go. He has handcuffed himself to you in love. And he owns the only key. You need not win his love. You already have it. And, since you can't win it, you can't lose it. Others demote you. God claims you. Let the definitive voice of the universe say, "You're still a part of my plan."

I think, that so many times in life we get down. We get down on ourselves and we get down from the things happening around us. This is normal. Some are going through illness, some have recently had surgeries, some have recently lost loved ones...these things make our hearts hurt and some can get us down to the point that we feel we can't "do this" or can't "take anymore of this". I remind you, God is here with each one of us. With Him, we can get through ANYTHING!!! Look around you, you may not be looking at a beautiful snow fall out of your window today, but you are looking at God and His works. Stay strong, cherish God's love and His power to heal your body and your soul. Don't ignore Him or push HIm away. HE WILL LIFT YOU UP, always has and always will. His love is unconditional for us. Love those around you with that same unconditional love.

Today is ^Mallerie's^ 18th birthday. She is celebrating it in heaven with all of our sweet St Jude angels. I was talking to her mom earlier today and she said "Mallerie is really shining down on her Birthday and sparkling with the snow!" I agree with her 100%! I actually told her that I thought Mal had sent us the snow. Please say a prayer for Brad, Tina, Heath and the rest of the family today as they celebrate this day for Mal.

How can this sweet face not bring a HUGE smile to your face????

This is Jack, playing in the ice/snow at Target house earlier today. He is showing off his New York hat we brought back to him from NY. This child is totally amazing and will keep you in stitches!!! His treatments are working, so your prayers are being heard and answered. Keep the prayers going up, praying for a cancer free Jack for many many years to come!!!

Praying for all the kiddo's fighting the beast today. There are several traveling to St Jude this week for check ups and treatments. Keep them in your hearts and in your prayers. Remember to keep praying for good pathology reports for Ariel. They hope to have these results back in the next day or two. Keep this sweet family in your prayers this week and also pray for the doctors to make the best decisions regarding her treatment to ensure this beast stays away from her body forever.

I love you all with the love of the Lord!


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