Inspirational stories come from the writers heart and soul. God put His "heart" in you. He didn't just create you. He invested Himself in you. You are the inspirational story that emerged from the heart and soul of the Father. Who you are is a person worth knowing well.
A friend of mine started a blog post called Memorial Box Monday's a little less then a year ago. It is a blog post that you post each Monday about something God has done for you that you want to remember! Along with the post she has a memorial box that she keeps little trinkets in to help her and her family remember what God has done for them! I have decided that I am going to start doing this as well. Although I do not have a memorial box yet (I am looking for one) :)! I think that we all need to be reminded of the amazing things God has done in our lives! If you would like to read more about what Memorial Box's are all about clickhere!
Now for my First Official Memorial Box Story: (My Car Betty)
In May of 2004 I graduated from high school which is a huge mile stone in any one's life! My dad had died the month before so life really wasn't the same. I was basically just living life to get by. I had been telling my parents that I really wanted a car for graduation because the one that I had was giving me lots of problems. I was not sure what I wanted to do in the future but I did know that I needed a reliable car to see my dreams come true. My parents never said no we can't get that for you they just told me to pray for it so that is what I did. I started to pray that God would provide me with a reliable car. I didn't really care what type, color, or year just a good car.
As I continued to pray all of the stuff with my dad and family happened. I thought there is not way now that I will get a car in a month when I graduate. However I continued to pray. I knew that God was my provider not my dad. As the month went on I had no clue what to expect. I was so excited to graduate and start the next phase of my life.
Graduation day came and my friend Krissie came to pick me up for graduation practice. As she drove up to my front door she was in a brand new black car. It was beautiful and she was so excited. We drove to practice in her car and had a blast while I continued to trust God. I even said Lord if I don't get a car today I pray that in your timing I will. I trust you Lord.
After the practice Krissie dropped me off at my house so that we both could get ready for our graduation party which we had a joined one. Once I was ready I went upstairs and people started to show up. My dad's parents and my youth pastors from Lubbock both came just to celebrate with me, which made me feel really special. A little while into the party they all came to me and said can we go out back to take pictures. I was so bugged cause I was like all these people are here to see me and you want me to leave them and come take pictures with you. I was so confused and bugged however I did it. I can remember trying to hurry them up so that I could get out and see everyone.
Finally my mom came out to the back deck and said Jinny there is someone here to see you. So of course I followed her outside thinking that there was someone there to see me lol. But instead of a person there was a little "WHITE FORD FOCUS" wanting for me, with a big red bow on the top. :) I was shocked to say the least. At first I didn't think it was for me till my mom handed me the keys. I screamed so loud that I think all of Skyridge heard me! :) My older brother came over and asked me if I wanted to take a drive. Which of course I did so we got in and I started up my beautiful little car. Which I have named Betty! :) When I got in there was a brand new CD player which my brother had bought me for my graduation. We drove around skyridge as I was in shock! It was so amazing! :) Then I found out that it was not just my mom who had bought me my car it was about 10 other families who helped pay for it. Man did that bless my socks off. It may not be the most up to date car and no it does not have POWER windows but it is my little buddy that I am so thankful for. :)
This was such an amazing testimony to me that no matter how stupid I might think the thing I am praying for is that to God it is very important.
There are so many things to be praying for so I decided to start PRAYERFUL FRIDAYS! Each week I am going to let you, my blogging friends know about something big that I am praying to God for and I will ask you to pray along with me! :) Then in turn if you would like to make a post about something big you are praying for I will pray along with you! :) Sounds like fun huh? :) Lets begin to be prayer partners for each other, and watch our mountain moving God work on our behalf's! Let the prayers begin.
A dear family who I am close to are in the process of adopting a little girl they have named Jubilee from Ch*na. They have been in the process for over a year now, got the approval for the adoption and this week where told that Ch*na had withdrawn their approval for them to be Jubilee's parents. This family has 6 adopted children who live in their home right now! They are amazing parents who love every single one of their 9 (soon to be 10) children. Jubilee is a sweet little girl who is waiting for her mommy and daddy to come and hold her in their arms and take her HOME FOREVER. As I sit here and read this tears fill my eyes to think of this sweet, precious, miracle big girl who is sitting over in Ch*na wondering when her family is going to come!
So this is my question for you.... Will you please join me in praying for Jubilee. Pray that God will change the hearts of the Ch*nese government and that Jubilee will get to come home to her family soon. Pray that God will touch Jubilees heart and give her peace in knowing that God is working the night shift on her behalf and that He has an amazing family coming to get her soon. Pray that this amazing family will continue to stand strong and believe in Gods might hands that can move mountains. Pray that God will continue to bring their hearts and Jubilees heart together and that His Will, will be done!
This Thursday I am Thankful for so many things! :)
I am thankful for my cute little house, it might be small and it doesn't have a full on kitchen but it is just perfect for me :)
I am thankful for my job! Man it is so awesome how God works everything out! I love my job and I love the little boy that I watch! :) Noah Patrick you are such a blessing in my life! :) It is also good practice for when I am a mommy myself! :) I am thankful for new friends like my other pea to my pod Brenda! It is so awesome how God brings people into your life at just the right time! :) I am thankful for the opprotunity to minister to kids on a weekly basis! :) It is such an honor to share the love of Jesus to little ones! :)
I am thankful for the opprotuinty to invest in teenage girls! They are so much fun to hang out with and get to know! :) It is awesome to see how God is working in their lives! What are you Thankful for this Thursday?
For the last four and a half years I worked at a christian preschool here in Durango. I loved my job and I loved the kids that I taught! However last January things had gotten bad, there was a lot of stuff going on that I did not agree with or believe in so it was getting really difficult to work there. I loved the kids and I did not want to just leave and not finish out the school year! I prayed for months about what to do... should I leave, should I stay, should I start looking for a new job, what should I do Lord? I stuck it out through the school year and continued to pray about what to do. I prayed that God would open the doors that where suppose to be open and close the doors that where suppose to be closed. I didn't know what God had for my future but I continued to trust that He would lead me in the right direction.I was not only working 40+ hours a week, I was also very involved in the Children's Ministry at my church! Actually I still am very involved and I was also praying about what to do when it came to Children's Ministry as well. I love working with the amazing teachers and with the kids. I seriously love it more then my job so I was just praying that God would show me what I was suppose to do. It was hard because I was working full time on top of working on Children's Ministry stuff at least 20 hours a week. I knew that I could not do that again because it was just way to much! However I seriously would give up my job before I would stepped down from Children's Ministry! It has my heart and I love every minute of it! :)So as I continued to pray that God would show me with a "neon sign" what I was suppose to do. On the last day of school we had a huge ice social to say good bye to all the kids. It was very sad because I seriously LOVE my kids. And since I worked with the 4 year old's they won't be coming back next year. It was a very emotional day that I will never forget. I left the school ready and excited for a long girls weekend with Heather. We had a blast! :) The last night that we where there I got a phone call from a friend that I work with informing me that when she went in to set up her classroom that there was another lady in my classroom. So to make a long story short I found out through my co teacher that I was fired! It was a very hard thing to take because I did love the kids however I knew that I had been praying that God would open and shut doors as he saw fit.I will admit that I was freaking out because I was worried about finances and trying to find a job but Only My God will provided! Not even a week later a friend of mine called and said hey Rachel and Brian are looking for a nanny for their little boy Noah you should call and talk to them. So I did and low and behold they asked me to become their nanny! :) I was so thrilled! :) Now as I said earlier I did not want to give up on Children's Ministry so what did God do?? He gave me a job where I work 3 days a week 10 hour days for 2 dollars more an hour then I was making at the preschool! How amazing is that... So now I can nanny on top of doing everything that I wanted to to for Children's Ministry! :) So something that I thought was going to be not so good turned out to be perfect! :) ONLY MY GOD! :)