Well, let me switch gears and tell you a bit about what’s been on my heart recently.. The Toney family. Chris & Lynn and their 3 awesome kids are the founders of Destination Paradise. Chris is an incredibly passionate, considerate, optimistic, loving man.. and he’s still on a long road to recovery from an accident that some doctors have said should have taken his life or left him paralyzed, but praise the Lord Almighty.. Chris is living, breathing on his own, talking up a storm, meeting with physical therapists to help him regain strength, he was discharged from the hospital today and just an hour ago he returned home! Praise God! His brain was so badly injured in the fall.. there was swelling and internal bleeding and they even had to put him in a medically induced coma, but again we can give glory to God that Chris’ brain is recovering.. swelling is basically gone and they expect a full recovery. God is still restoring Chris’ brain and it’s processes, but every day he shows huge strides of improvement. I ask that you join with me in prayer for his continued and speedy recovery! Also pray for Lynn, Jessie, Josh, and Cam Toney… they need rest, comfort, and assurance! I just adore this family and I thank God for them and their ministry!
Faith. Did you know that it’s not something you just get and keep? No, it should be something constantly growing… being re-revealed to you in new layers of certainty… I’ve never known the Lord this well or had so much faith before! And I’ve had huge God moments in my life prior to DTS, but seriously… there is more, if I could encourage you in any way, it’s that you might reach out with empty hands and open arms.. willing and ready and expectant to receive a generous dose of Faith. Find peace in Christ if you’re put in a position where you have no choice but to rely on the Lords provision, protection, or love! He will meet you in your desperation. And another ah-ha moment for me was to have God teach me that He is sufficient and understanding and able to take all of the extreme thoughts and feelings I have toward him or others or myself.. He KNOWS the thoughts before I think them… He created me with feelings… Who better should I unleash my insides on?? God is not only able to take it, but He is the only one able to restore me and comfort me. It’s spiritual therapy (and a whole lot stinkin cheaper than a shrink I suspect) .. I’ve been learning this through reading the good ole OT. Where better to learn how to cry out to God in desperation and to vent or grieve? I ask hard questions about my faith in God and that’s okay, even healthy to do… Like WHY GOD? Why do you care, Why do I matter, Why don’t you act and stop the bad things from happening over and over again… Well my answer to everything is Jesus - He cares enough & I matter enough to die for, and God has acted against the wrongs by sending his Son and by promising His return not as a humble servant King as before but in Glory and Power this time . We simply aren’t meant to know why children are sold into sex slavery, why people misuse power, why there are over 6 million abortions in the world every year, and why then a couple who happen to be my amazing DTS staff have been trying for years for a child of there own! But I know God cares.. I know every life matters to Him, He is the one who leaves the 99 to go after the wandering one… and I know one day He will restore everything! We must pray God’s Kingdom come God’s will be done on EARTH as it is in heaven. I love that eternity starts right now.. this moment. That means starting right now we walk with Christ alive, dwelling in us, and we will worship God always! It’s about abundant life… Christianity is not merely fire insurance… Live and love and praise Him my friends! Man, I really rambled a lot =) but hey it felt good and now I gotta go.