Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Tonight, my younger cousin, Jazzmine, and I attended Maranatha Chapel's Wednesday night service. After the great service, we shared what God has been teaching us lately, discussed the questions we had, and exchanged encouraging verses to apply to our current struggles... all while partaking in some delicious froyo! PTL for sisters and brothers in Christ who contribute to Christ-centered conversations and provide encouragement during rough times. -Melody
This morning I was feeling discouraged about whether or not my two jobs were worth all the hassle. In my mind I kept thinking, "I've been feeling like a welcome mat lately with what I do for my bosses and my co-workers. Sure I can tell that my example is kind of enlightening to them, especially because they know that I'm Christian and have, lately, been asking me lots of questions. But that could happen anywhere. Maybe it's time to move on?" Then the next thing I know, my boss gives me my paycheck and says, "Oh just so you know, for the next paycheck you'll be making .75 cents more." 

"WHAT?" Haha, and it may not seem like a lot, but trust me. It really is. PTL for God using other people to show his appreciation of our hard work and telling us when to just stick it out. -Aarika
While packing up my life, I've been reminiscing a lot about how great this past year has been. God's given me the chance to really reestablish a relationship with my parents, and to build close bonds with my brothers, who were incredibly young when I left for college. While sifting through my old things, it's so clear how much God has changed my life since high school, for the better! He's blessed me & my loved ones with amazing people and amazing opportunities. I'm inexplicably nervous about moving across the country tomorrow, but I know that God will take care of us. PTL. -Elaine

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Lately things haven't been going according to our plans. We had to reschedule a meeting with someone regarding buying a house, we didn't get to donate the clothes we had in our car to goodwill, and we are being forced to move to another place. With all these unscheduled things happening and of course at that time things that seemed annoying...God had his plan and it was totally for our good. PTL. - Geneyem

Monday, August 24, 2009

Last Saturday I was at Silverwood Park in Idaho with some of my family. As we were headed back to our motorhome for lunch, we noticed a lady who appeared to be sleeping in her car. I wouldn't have given it a second thought, except for the way she looked. Sitting in the drivers seat, she was humped over the steering wheel with her hair hanging down in her face. Still, not wanting to be intrusive, we passed her by.

After a short while passed though, my father-in-law & a family friend went over to investigate further. The driver's side window was rolled down, so they tapped her & called out to her but got no response. They could tell something was just not right. `To be on the safe side they called 911.

The park security/EMTs or whatever they were showed up shortly & started trying to wake her up, but to no avail. We watched as they continued to try to assess her condition, and as things unfolded everyone was wondering if she was in a diabetic coma. She seemed mostly unconscious, except she did manage to tell the EMTs her name.

Her oxygen stats dropped from 94 to 74 in just a few minutes. They knew something was very wrong but couldn't tell what. An ambulance arrived after a few more minutes & they were still working on her when we left.

As I replayed the whole scenario in my mind, I realized that she may have been there in that condition for a while. The parking lot was huge, so it's hard to tell how many people would have ended up in that particular section of the lot while she was laying there possibly struggling for life. I'm so thankful to God that he put us there at that particular time, and that my father-in-law had the foresight to call 911 and not just assume she was sleeping. It could have saved her life. Thank you Jesus for always looking out for us. PTL!