Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Faith is sending your baby girl on a week long mission trip to Kansas City and she does not have her cell phone so you can check in with her every day!

Faith is trusting God with our youth and trusting some dedicated adults to lead and guide these young lives!

Faith is trusting in a God who would bring this boy from 2 lbs. 3 oz. to a "praising God" singer!!!

And faith is his twin brother, who weighed just ounces more, now a healthy, happy 4 year old, enjoying bible school and looking forward to preschool in the fall.

I recently re-shared my story of 5 years ago with a friend. Now that I am on the other side, renewed, accepting, marveling, praising, it doesn't seem so traumatic. I was held by a cloud of overwhelming sadness, sorrow, loss, inescapable darkness. I did not think about it at the time, but I know that God walked that dark path with me. As I went through surgery, sadness, weight gain, health concerns, some more sadness and sorrow, He walked right beside me, carrying me at times, coaxing me to get back up, to keep going, to keep looking up. That is faith, friends. When I lost my faith, He did not leave me. When I lost my faith, my amazing friends kept it up for me. I thank God for my friends, my family, and for His amazing love and grace that can see us through just about anything. Faith is surviving the loss of the world's finest mama and friend. Faith is knowing that she is well, free from pain, singing with the angels, rocking all kinds of babies, and knowing I will see her again one day.
Of course there is a song for everything in my world. This bible school series has some amazing songs, and, as usual, I can be heard singing most any time of the day (or night).
God is always with us
We can trust Him
You are worthy of my praise
Everlasting God
I will not be afraid
This little light of mine.
How amazing to put these songs in the hearts and on the lips of our babies!!!!

I am praising God for our church, Seeds of Faith, and for our amazing teachers and even more amazing KIDS!

I am thanking God for the wonderful friends at Bethlehem and Our Saviors Lutheran Church as we could work together to provide a wonderful bible school for the kids in our community!

Beautiful Lauryn

Hebrews 11:1 Faith - a favorite song from Crocodile Dock

Seems like there's so much to hope for

So many dreams I wish they call come come true.

But when I think about Your ways Lord,

(wonderful to see my Daughter in law reeling in Paul Lee's net)

it gives me so much faith in all that You do.

Faith to see beyond what I can see-

(Beth and Bob's Beauties)
Faith to know that You will do great things.

I will trust You Lord, I'll always believe,

As I hold on to my faith, Jesus, You are holding on to me.

A little one, AJ, took this picture. Sorry, Calvin got cut off, but hopefully you can see how happy I am to be filled with this wonderful week of music! Thank you God for Your gifts of song!

How Can I Keep From Singing?


Sunshine Mama said...

Beautiful shots. I like the picture for your header and new blog background. Your words of praise and faith are encouraging.

Billy Coffey said...

Beautiful pictures, Joy. A church is only as healthy as the joy of the children in it. That is one healthy church!

Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace said...

Beautiful Carol...looks like you guys had fun and did a great job!