This morning I was sitting in a quaint church with some new friends that I have made, and The Lord spoke to me like I have never heard before..
I truly believe everyone was given gifts and talents by the Lord, but for some reason, I had it in my mind that I did not know what mine was. I could name everyone else’s gifts, but when it came to mine, I would draw a blank.
In church today, we read in Matthew chapter 7 and it was like the words jumped out of the page. Don’t you love when this happens?
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the open who knocks, the door will be opened.”
This is such a simple concept, but why do we make it so hard? I know I am 100% guilty of making things WAY WAY harder than they need to be, and the Lord’s hand is in it the entire time!!
The Lord will always give us what He considers is good. Every single gift from the Lord is so good. Every single one of them.
The pastor at church today said how sometimes we only look out of our windshield and see what is in front of us. But as time passes, we will be able to see clearly through our rear view mirror how everything, and I mean everything, connected so perfectly. The Lord’s plan is full of so much goodness.
Yall. Our Lord is so INTENTIONAL. He has everything perfectly in place. His timing is good. His gifts are good. He is good. He can take the most tragic event and turn it into something good.
I have seen the Lord work even more while I am in the hospital setting working with families that are going through life’s most challenging events. It is amazing to see the strength family’s have whenever going through the loss of a loved one or a child being diagnosed with cancer. The Lord’s hand has been on these families and they see it.
It has been such a humbling experience to be working with these families, and I have grown in more ways than I could. I went into this field so selfishly expecting that I was going to help all of them and shed some light and hope to them, but THEY ARE DOING THIS TO ME! Every day I am blown away by the faith, love, and spirit these families have. They have changed my life more than I could ever imagine changing theirs.
One patient that had cancer told me she had it easy compared to others because her chemo has not made her as sick. She has it easy???!!! NO I HAVE IT EASY!! As I sit and complain about having to drive to Shreveport every weekend for events, she is telling me how she has it easy because she is not getting physically sick from her treatment. WOW. That takes one humble human being to say that. This patient is just one example of how selfless these kids are. And they are only kids!! Imagine what God is going to do in their hearts and how many lives they will change. Their story is going to change the world, one heart at a time. And I can already tell ya, they have changed mine.
They may be tiny humans, but they do not have tiny hearts. And boy do they have some gifts from the Lord!! Patience, tenderness, humor, love, kindness, gentleness, the list could go on and on.
Here’s an update on some fun stuff we have been doing:
God has for sure given me a gift…the ability to use Pinterest!! What did people ever do without it?!?
You know something really cool? God doesn’t always give us what we ask for and thank goodness for that!! He knows best. Not us. [To be honest, I probably would not have picked nearly half of the major decisions I’ve had to make correctly, so thank goodness He did it his way or who knows how much I would have missed.]
The Lord is always pursuing us. He is always pursuing for the good even when it is so foggy for us to see at the time. I am so thankful for persistence and unending grace.
To be honest again, I have not been pursuing the Lord nearly as much as He has been pursuing me. Being away from friends and family has given me a lot of time to grow in my relationship with Him, and I have not taken advantage of my time with Him nearly enough. I never thought I would say this, but I needed to learn to be alone. I needed to learn to ultimately depend on him. I needed to learn that I NEED Him. We all do. Every single day.
One verse that is so important to remember, I am currently trying to remember this as well, is Romans 8:28…
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”
God’s got you. He has whatever situation you have going on in your life under control. He’s going to keep giving you good gifts to make it through. Keep on pursuing and trusting him! I challenge all of us, including myself, to really think about it.. What are your gifts?
Thankful for you friends.
P.S. Prayers got out to all the families that have lost a loved one during this tragic time in our world. Praying for unity and that we can all love just as the Lord loves on us every single day, despite all of our many sins.
P.S.S. Halfway done through my internship already-wow! Message me if any of you child life people have any questions. I would love to be of any assistance possible!
P.S.S. 104 DAYS AND I WILL BE A LITTLE!!