My head and heart are all over the place today. In the midst of such sadness and grieving for Newtown, CT, I have seen Jesus so clearly over the past couple of days. I want to share my experiences with you.
On Monday, my daughter Emily had a Christmas choir concert. She attends a public school. The concert was held at a nearby church. As I walked into the church, I felt the Lord's presence so greatly. I found a seat and bowed my head and thanked Jesus for various things. I reached for the Bible and opened it to Revelation 21:4. This is one of my favorite Scriptures. It brings me such peace. Prior to the concert starting, a preacher from the church stepped on stage to welcome everyone. He stated that he was going to say a prayer. My heart began to race because I had hoped that a prayer would be said, but I wasn't sure since it was a public school event. As I bowed my head,I felt my eyes fill with tears. I could feel Jesus in that sanctuary. After the prayer ended, people began to applaud. I wanted to stand up and cheer and fall on my face in awe of our Savior at the same time. Our world has just experienced a terrifying event. It brought me hope that the preacher was not afraid to recognize God and that people applaued him. Praise Jesus!
A few weeks ago, the top to my blow dryer fell into the toilet. My husband and I could not get it out. It sank down into the little hole. We called a plumbing company and were told it would probably be pretty expensive to retrieve. We procrastinated setting up an appointment for a few weeks. We have two other toilets, so it was not an emergency. Finally, I called yesterday and the plumber came this morning. We were told that a service call would be around $180. It was believed that the toilet would have to be removed and that would be at least $190 more. The plumber was not in my bathroom more than a couple of minutes when he came out holding the culprit. He said he prayed before he tried and he was able to easily reach it with his special tool. It ended up costing a total of $160. As the plumber was leaving, he shared his testimony with me. I have Scripture hanging in my home so I'm certain he knew that I love Jesus. I am so grateful that he shared his testimony with me. It was amazing. I am reminded how important it is to share Jesus with everyone, not just those we know are lost.
Last night Emily had volleyball practice. As she was playing a game, she turned quickly for a ball and fell. She immediately got up and continued to play. I noticed her favoring her foot for the rest of practice. I truly just assumed her shoe was bugging her. When we got into the car, she began to cry and told me that her foot really hurt. Emily is not a complainer by any means. When she says something hurts, it hurts. Thankfully, Barry is an orthopedic PA, so he knew exactly how to examine her. The bone on the side of her foot was very tender. He told me that I would need to take her for x-rays. He was a bit concerned there was a crack somewhere. He iced it for her and put a brace on it. She was very discouraged because she is quite a serious volleyball player. She doesn't want to lose anytime on the court. When I woke this morning I became worried about her foot. All kinds of scary things entered my brain. I began praying and crying out to Jesus for complete healing of her foot. I pictured Him standing over her as she slept and healing her. I could physically feel Him in our home. When I woke her up, she no longer had a pain AT ALL. The side and top of her foot were tender, but the bone area was fine and there was no swelling. My husband had her wear a brace today. He said she may have a sprain, but this morning he is no longer concerned about a break. Jesus is so very good. My eyes fill with tears knowing that He healed her foot.
Emily had a volleyball tournament last weekend. Her team came in 3rd place out of 52 teams. Such excitement. Here are a few pictures, she is #5.
Lastly, I want to share a wreath with you that my friend made for my family. Talented doesn't begin to describe her. She rocks!!
Have a beautiful week. May you see Jesus all around you. Let's be His lights in His big world. My love to you all.