I apologize for the 2 week gap 🙂 Before I get to the wonderful vacation that was had last week, I have two words that you should imagine me screaming and cheering: “NOT CANCER!!!!!!” I wanted to post about this the day we got the results from my mom’s skin biopsy a few weeks ago, but never go around to it. We are so thankful to have found out the day my grandparents got here that the spot on my mom’s face is not skin cancer! My mom got to fully enjoy the time spent with her parents, brother, and other family the whole time they were here and the entire time at the beach, which was such a treasure for her and the rest of us! While my mom still has cancer in other areas of her body, it is just so sweet to us to hear that she does not have skin cancer to deal with on top of it all. Anyways, just wanted to thank you all so much for the prayers and share those results with you before I wrote any further.
Now on to vacation!! Words seem to fail me in describing how precious this year’s trip to Nags Head was. I feel so refreshed from having a week off that I got to spend with family! The only thing that could have made it better is having my cousin Nicole there with us (we missed her a ton). My mom’s parents and brother got to go with us for the first time which made it extra special and seeing all my family on my dad’s side was such a treat! I love getting to spend time with my family. I know I am biased, but I don’t think there is a family that has as much fun together as all of us do. We spent time swimming, doing water aerobics, sitting in the hot tub, laying on the beach, jet skiing, watching the boats come in at the docks and unload all the fish, going to Grandy’s Farmers Market, playing shuffle board, going out to dinners, eating A LOT, going out for frozen yogurt, laughing at everything, doing dance dares ;), trying to go shopping, watching the olympics, listening to 1/2 of “call me maybe” a hundred times while the US Olympic swim team video kept trying to buffer, doing karaoke, playing round robin ping pong, catching up with old friends, getting to know random people at the pool/in the game room, taking way too many pictures, and so much more! I am so thankful for the time spent with everyone and the memories made; I am beyond grateful for the wonderful family that God has blessed me with!
There are a couple of messages I wanted to share a few notes on since it’s been a few weeks. Last week we went to Summit and JD was back in the pulpit. On the ride home, Lauren, Ashley, and I listened to a sermon together as we were all missing being at church and fellowshipping with the Body. The two sermons were on two different themes, so I will summarize by just bulletting a few things that stood out to me:
- faith is a response to God’s revelation- it believes that God exists and that following Him/obeying Him is worth it
- faith is action- what our life says is our faith…faith is known by our actions. There isn’t a noun for faith in the Hebrew language.
- faith takes a bold dare on the unseen- we base our entire life on Christ and His Word; we hope in what is unseen.
- at the end of my life, I want this to be said of me: apart from faith in Christ, there is no explanation for such a life.
- God is good, God is sovereign, and there is evil in the world. All three of these things are true; not just two.
I remember my affliction and my wandering,
the bitterness and the gall.
I well remember them,
and my soul is downcast within me.
Yet this I call to mind
and therefore I have hope:
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;
it is good to wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.
It is good for a man to bear the yoke
while he is young.