Saturday, May 26, 2012

Mourning Into Gladness

Sometimes, we have days that are just hard. Seven days ago, a friend of mine passed away. He was one of the truest, most genuine, godly young men I've ever met in my life. He always had a smile on his face, despite everything he had to deal with and he could always boost anyone's day. I don't know of a single person who didn't get along with him. Everyone should have a friend like him.

He had been battling pain, medications, and treatments and visiting doctors and hospitals for quite some time. But not anymore. Now, he is in the presence of his Savior. Pain-free. With all the joy he could possibly imagine and then some. No more worries. It brings a smile to my face when I imagine him worshipping his King.

Tomorrow is the celebration of life for this young man, and I ask that you join me in prayer for his family, girlfriend, and close friends. It's going to be tough, and I know that they all appreciate prayers for comfort right now. Despite the sadness we feel now, we rejoice in the knowledge that we will see him again.

Jeremiah 31:13b NIV
I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.

Monday, May 14, 2012


This morning, I was about to write another annoying post about how much I'm over school and how ready for summer I am, but then I realized that my last three posts were along those lines. So I need to switch it up. Then I thought, why not dedicate a post to my mother?

Yesterday was Mother's day, and I absolutely love my mom. We had a little bit of an unplanned mother/daughter date. After Church, we went to lunch (as we do) with a couple other families. When that was done, we decided to join them in seeing the Avengers. I don't think that was my mom's favorite part of the day,  but she still enjoyed it...I think. From there we went to Target where she felt the need to find a chick flick to make up for watching such an action movie. I found it humorous. And then we went and got fro-yo. We like fro-yo.

The only downside to the day was that my dad couldn't go, due to not feeling well. But in all, it was a wonderful day. I love spending time with my mom. We don't get to hang out and spend the day together too often, so when we do, I treasure it. A mom's job is so often overlooked and thankless, and yet it borderlines being a superpower. So here is a shout out to my mom and all moms everywhere: You guys are awesome! You're truly are amazing for everything that you do, and for being so selfless. You are the BEST!

Proverbs 31:28-29 ESV
Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: "Most women have done excellently, but you surpass them all".