October 23, 2018
You should always make the best out of every situation… You never know when it may be your last opportunity.
Last weekend was homecoming weekend for Morgan. This is our 3rd homecoming at Pitt State University. During Morgan’s freshman year, Michael was able to see his baby girl for her college band experience during family weekend and for homecoming in 2016. During that homecoming weekend we had our challenges with Michael’s (we now know) failing health. He had gotten sick at the stadium. Then after recovering from that incident we went to eat after the game. Although, he was not feeling his best he wanted to celebrate with Morgan, but he had gotten sick again. Then when we returned back to our hotel Michael so exhausted that he could not make it to the room on his own and we had to find a wheelchair.
The reason why I went into a little detail regarding Michael’s first and last homecoming weekend with us, because regardless of the challenges, we made the best out of our situation.
NO, it was not the perfect weekend that we planned but it was a filled with love, promise, and hope. This past weekend was also filled with love, promise, and hope.
Love- because love is family and family is love. I told myself, when Michael passed, that I was not going to miss anything that Morgan needed me to attend, if I could help it. If Michael were still with us, he would not have missed a thing! He may have showed up at an event to surprise him and left me at home.
God loves us unconditionally!
Even with all of the mess in our lives, HE has undying love for us that is Agape Love (unconditional LOVE). Nothing! NO, NOT ONE THING can separate us from God’s Love for all. “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39)
Promise- because of His unconditional love for us he continues to rain down his promise on us. Before I experienced some of my darkest days God always promised me, HE would never leave me or forsake me. HE promised me that He would not with hold any good thing from me. HE promised that would always love me. He wants to see me succeed and all that HE has me to do!
The promises of God are many and HE has promised them to all who believe and give their lives to Him. He has promised us a future and hope. HE loves us and HE will never hurt us. “Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord works righteousness” (Psalms 100 2-5)
Hope- Our hope in GOD is our Faith in GOD. To hope for something you have to have some faith in it. Thank GOD, when we put our hope in HIM it activates our Faith. If life seems hopeless…I need you to dig deeper within yourself and reactivate your hope in GOD. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is the LORD.” (Jeremiah 17:7)
Now, with all that being said… sometimes what we hope for is not GOD has for our lives or for the life of our loved ones. I stated in the beginning, even though our weekend did not turn out the way we wanted. I can look back on it with a smile pass all the things that did not go our way and remember the smile that Michael had on his face when he saw his baby girl perform with the her college band and how she enjoyed it. How Michael and the girls spend the evening laughing at me because I tried to hold the elevator in a comical position, “NO, they never let me live that one down!” The pictures do not show the pain, weariness, sadness, worry, or being uncomfortable. The enemy gets no glory here!
The pictures show God in the midst of everything. They show smiles, laughing, happiness, love, faith, and hope. Just like this weekend.
We are moving forward pass anything the enemy tried to hold over our heads. We are no longer operating from a place of sadness and sorrow. Yes, there is still sadness and sorrow but we choose not to operate from those emotions. We have chosen to dig deep into ourselves for the JOY/FAITH/HOPE/LOVE that God has deposited into all of us.
I love you all!
Have an amazing day!!