Had an action packed day today! Vic and I went to the church to set up for Nancy and Stephen's wedding, then headed to the Thorntons to celebrate Mason's first birthday party and then headed back to church to do last minute setup before the wedding at 3PM. Took lots of pics, some turned out, others didn't. These are the ones I liked :) Sorry, didn't touch them up so may be over/underexposed. Pics of Nancy and Stephen's wedding are on my phone so I'll load them up later. Ok, off to bed to get ready for church tomorrow!
I was listening to a CCF podcast (Trust God: He's in Charge) and a segment of the sermon was Joy Tanchi Mendoza. the pastor's daughter, speaking briefly about how she was able to process being gang-raped at 15. She talked about how, many years later, she heard a song by Ginny Owens called If You Want Me To and how it captured how she felt in the aftermath.
By no means am I comparing myself to her or to other rape victims. I know my problems are small compared to others, but there are times when I feel like my burdens are too much. I am so grateful to be able to call on the God who is bigger than all my problems and who loves me unconditionally. Maybe this will also help remind you when you are going through tough times. We are never alone - God is always with us.
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:20b NIV)
If You Want Me To
The pathway is broken
And the signs are unclear
And I don’t know the reason why You brought me here
But just because You love me the way that You do
I’m gonna walk through the valley
If You want me to
Cause I’m not who I was
When I took my first step
And I’m clinging to the promise You’re not through with me yet
so if all of these trials bring me closer to you
Then I will walk through the fire
If You want me to
It may not be the way I would have chosen
When you lead me through a world that’s not my home
But You never said it would be easy
You only said I’d never go alone
So when the whole world turns against me
And I’m all by myself
And I can’t hear You answer my cries for help
I’ll remember the suffering Your love put You through
And I will go through the valley if You want me to.
Who knew that when my Heavenly Father took my dad to heaven that He would bless me with three more earthly fathers, all wonderful men who have my heart. Thank you Doug, Angus and Mickey.
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Loved by the Savior. Blessed with a wonderful husband, a beautiful daughter and an adorable pup.
I love photography, singing, reading, trying new food, organizing, all things Disney and always looking forward to my next adventure. You can usually find me with a book in my hand or talking about Pentatonix. An unfortunate Amazon.com addict :)
Oh yeah, occasionally, Vic will post too. :)
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