Friday, May 15, 2009

To God be the Glory

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us," ~Ephesians 3:20

Today the little kids have their end-of-the-year parties at preschool. I just cannot believe how fast this year went by, and how gracious the Lord has been to us this school year, particularly to me. I keep thinking about and meditating on the above verse, and how the Lord has truly shown Himself to me through this verse not only over the course of the school year, but my entire life. He has answered so many prayers, and provided for me in ways that I never could have imagined. God really is so good despite the fact that I am so undeserving of any of His blessings. Let me share just a few of the ways the Lord has blessed and encouraged me:

· Salvation- this in itself is a miracle and you can read my testimony here.

· Meeting TJ- read about our life together here and here.

· Miscarriage- God used my grief for His glory. Read about it here.

· TJ’s salvation- I’ve not yet shared the details of this monumental day on my blog. Second to my own salvation, TJ’s salvation has had the biggest impact on our relationship as a couple, a family, and in our serving the Lord.

· My sister’s life- I was not a good role model for my sister and carried much grief as an adult because of some of the ways she followed in my footsteps. I have been praying for her for a few years, and it is evident the Lord is at work in her life. I could write an entire post on the many ways God has answered both mine and her prayers, especially over the past year. Again, the Lord worked another miracle and He’s not finished yet! Hopefully I can get permission to share some of her testimony, because she has an awesome one!

· School- where do I begin? Over the years I have been in school, particularly at WU, the Lord has provided for our needs financially (we went from a 2 income to 1 income family); convenience of WU ( TJ working at WU & the preschool 2 minutes away) and the availability of classes in the mornings while the kids were in preschool or in the evenings when TJ was home; childcare in the form of preschool (plus all the wonderful teachers there!), TJ’s lunch hour (he spent many lunch breaks watching kids while I was in class), & babysitters to fill in the gaps, especially this past year while I had to attend WU full-time.

· WU faculty- having been at WU for 5 years (to finish up 2 years worth of schooling, LOL!), I really got to know most of the faculty in the College of Education on a personal level, particularly in the Department of Special Education. Relationships with faculty members were fostered and maintained because of TJ working there (he keeps in contact with many of them simply because of his position at WU). The Lord has used those relationships to open up many doors of opportunity for me and allowed me to share my faith with others, especially in this last year.

· Teagan- I don’t mean to list her like she is a blessing and my other kids aren’t, or that she is somehow more “important” than my other kids, so please don’t take it in that way. Rather, I am listing her because of how the Lord has worked through her. She has a developmental delay, and you can read about her progress and God’s divine intervention in her life (& my life) here, here, here, & here.

I could go on, but this post is long enough already. As I look back and reflect on the ways the Lord has worked in my life, in my family’s lives, I am humbled. I am a sinner, not deserving of any of this great work, but because of God’s love, grace, and mercy, I am where I am today. I would be a fool not to acknowledge the hand of the Lord in my life or circumstances, and in all ways and in all things I give praise and rejoice in the Lord (Psalm 57:7; Psalm 106:1; Philippians 4:4; 1 Peter 1:6-7).

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