Sunday, December 20, 2009

My heart is heavy...

I haven't really felt like blogging this has been a hard week. Today I felt it pressed upon my heart to share with my blog friends about two situations that need to be covered in prayer.

Last Saturday, I received the horrible news that my younger cousin took his own life...

...he was just married a month ago and has a baby on the way...please keep his parents, sisters, new wife and unborn baby in your prayers. It is truly a heartbreaking situation. Click here to read more.

The other family that NEEDS prayer RIGHT NOW is the Battle family. Back in April of this year, my friend's husband survived kidney cancer. A few days ago, he was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer...inoperable. They have two precious baby girls. PLEASE pray for a MIRACLE for the Battle family!

In the midst of all of the saddness, there has also been joy & hope as we celebrate the birth of our Saviour...
We have made lots of cookies
and we have eaten A LOT of cookies...
I found this picture when I uploaded pics...not sure what is going on here, but it has daddy written all over it...
Last Saturday, we attened a party at our first adoption agency. We got the call about my cousin as we were leaving the party. Life is so fragile. Enjoy every minute.
Rudolph the red nose reindeer and white nose reindeer at a Christmas party...
Another visit with Santa...the little girls wanted no part of this :o)

I don't know why bad things happen, but I am thankful for God's promise to us in Romans 8:28...
"And we know that all things work together for good to those that love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose"
I know one day we will understand...for now I choose to trust.

This morning in church, we sang "In Christ Alone." I have heard this song hundreds of times before and I have always liked it. However today, it spoke to me on a different gave me so much peace. I am so thankful that I serve a compassionate God.

In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand

In Christ alone, who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
'Till on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ

No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life's first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
'Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand


Faith said...


The Garners said...

Oh, Amy--I am so sorry to hear of these sad situations. Praying for both.

Precious precious pictures of J in the red swing!

Lisa said...

Thinking about your sweet family and praying for peace and healing.

Sparkz said...

So sorry to hear it. Keeping you and all of your family in our prayers.

On another note I haven't got to check blogs in so long. Your girls are BEAUTIFUL. It is fun to see all three of them together. I love the pictures. They are fun! I hope you can have a Merry Christmas and that a wonderful NEW year lies in store for you! Again sorry to hear about your loss. May you feel the comfort that only Jesus gives!

Journey of Joy said...

I'm so sorry to hear about all that's happened right here at Christmas time, Amy. I am reminded that, for those who love the Lord, this place is not our home. And what waits ahead is full and complete joy: no more sin, no more sorrow. I'm praying for your extended family.

Thank you for sharing so many pictures of your sweet family. What a blessing!

Merry Christmas!

Kelly said...


I'm so sorry about your cousin and your friend. I appreciate all your help in getting me information so that the law school community could be a part of the services. While I didn't know him, I learned that he was highly thought of by his professors and classmates. I'm so glad you have your family and faith to help you through this rough time.

Renee said...

My prayers are with you and all of the families and friends involved. I'm so sorry....