I Knew I Met Him For A Reason

“God, I know You put us both on this team and you wanted us to meet for a reason…we might not know why, but there’s a reason. …”

During one of our group devos in Guatemala, they asked us to pray with someone we really didn’t know on our team. I automatically got up and walked over to Austin, whom I had never met before this trip. When it was my turn to pray, those were some of the words I said. At the time, I didn’t think it was a big deal that we were together on this team, but little did I know, he would become a huge “lifesaver” this school year.

Last year I rode the bus home in the afternoons. I was the last stop and it was not a good environment. My mom and I tried everything we could to find me another way of transportation home from school for this year. It was the day before school started and we were at orientation. At this point, I still could not find a ride home. While I was in line to get my school picture taken, someone came up to us, who happened to be from our church and it was my friend Sarah’s mom. She had heard I needed school transportation and said her son Austin had offered to do it. I soon remembered those words I prayed back in Guatemala. Austin and I had met for a reason. He lived close to me for a reason. This was such a good feeling knowing I wouldn’t have to ride the bus.

I’m very thankful for Austin and am so glad I met him in Guatemala!

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A Letter From India

I’ve always enjoyed working along side Samaritan’s Purse and packing Operation Christmas Child Boxes. It’s one of my favorite things to do in the holidays. Every year I pack a box for a girl in the same age group as me, which tends to be the oldest group. I imagine getting one of these boxes and opening it up. It’s hard to do. When I pack shoe boxes, I always put a picture of myself and a letter. I always put in my address just in case I was able to ever get a letter back. And to my surprise, I did!

One day I was checking the mail, as usual. There was a piece of mail with my name, but it was no American envelope. I showed my mom, and to my surprise she said it was from India. As I read the letter, I soon learned this wads from the mother of the child who received my shoe box. This was such a blessing. It put into perspective the reality of the boxes.

I will be forever grateful of this letter, the money it took them to send it, and the family who would be forever close in my heart.

God’s Help and Habakkuk 3:17-19

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.The Sovereign Lord is my strength he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights. (Habakkuk 3:17-19 NIV)

This may just very well be one of my favorite bible passages of all time. I was reminded this at an emotional night at church. I’m getting ahead of myself though, you need the back story first.

One May day, I called my step-dad, Chris, after I got home from school. This was an everyday thing, just trying to find out when he’d be home from work. No answer. Now, I didn’t think much of this knowing he’d call back in no time. But, after about 45 minutes, there was no response. So I attempted again, and still no answer. Around 5:00, my mom came home eager to tell Chris and I about her new “dream job” offer. Come to find out, no Chris was not home to hear the excitement. Frantic, my mom went to search for him. She went to his work, gym, and local grocery store. He was nowhere to be found.

To make a long story short, after four hours at the police station, worrying, searching, searching, and more searching, Chris’ truck was found in one of his favorite hunting spots. Now what you need to know is, Chris might just have been the happiest man in the world, except for the days prior. Chris had not been himself. How did we not see it, we asked ourselves quite frequently.

About an hour later, family friends who had been searching all day long walked in our house. I could tell something was wrong. Then I knew it. I knew the awful fact I would be hearing very soon. I burst into tears on my best friend’s mom. Chris had died. I would come to find out, Chris had killed himself. Shocking.

At Chris’ funeral, we used the bible passage Habakkuk 3:17-19. In days to come, these verses would keep me going. They would be my hope and my life story. YET. Yet, I will rejoice in the Lord. With all that had happened all we could do was praise God, and trust his plan for us.

After church last night, I remembered how much these verses meant to me, and how much God has loved me through all the hurt I’ve been through.

I love and miss you Chris.

 

 

 

 

10 Things I’m Thankful For

Well, with Thanksgiving around the corner I decided to focus in on some things I’m thankful for!

1. My Salvation in Jesus Christ! He is my Savior and I really don’t know what I would do without him!

2. My Mom! We’ve been through so much together! She’s always been a rock I can lean on.

3. School. Yes, I’m thankful for school, many people aren’t. I saw kids in Guatemala not going to school because they are caring for their family. I couldn’t imagine caring for a family at the age of 15, let alone younger.

4. My Best Friend! We might live in different states, but that doesn’t matter! She’s always been there for me, and I’m excited to go to Uganda with her!

5. My Family. They are crazy, and will admit it. There is always there when you need a good laugh though.

6. My Church. I would say I’m pretty lucky to have such a great church with a WONDERFUL student ministry. Not a lot of churches have this. I’m thankful for student ministry staff that takes us on camps, mission trips, and lets us come over to their house whenever!

7. Friends. They are there for a shoulder to cry on, or just to laugh at you. Either way, I have some of the most amazing friends!

8. Technology. Many people think this is a distraction for society. But, without technology I wouldn’t be able to Skype my best friend, call my family, text my friends, or even tweet what I’m doing!

9. My Country. I couldn’t imagine living in a third world country. Living off of less than a dollar a day. Or, not having clean drinking water. Not having the freedom as I do. When many complain about the upcoming election, I’m thanking God I live in a free country, with necessities at any access!

10. The Cross. I am thankful for a God who would send his son to die on the cross for me even though I’m unworthy of it!