"Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God." - Corrie Ten Boom

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

And

The older I get, the more I realize how many sentences, thoughts, and steps we take are incomplete... without an "and"... and what an injustice we do to ourselves, those around us, and the truth itself (Himself) to leave off the and that completes a bigger picture.

Peter jumped out of a boat to do something he didn't know how to do and wasn't capable of doing... and he trusted Jesus... and he kept his eyes on Jesus...
AND SO... Peter got to walk on the water.
 Sometimes paths are different and uncertain... and its because there is somewhere we need to go... and God already knows where, and the right way to get there, and how we can receive the fullness out of every step of the journey. It means it's not all about us... it's far more wonderful...and He allows us the privilege of purpose... and peace. AND no matter where the path goes, we are never alone.

 "and" means never alone.
 Pirate patches... and joy and laughter.
 and silliness.


 and special friends who like to hang out on the path with you.

Every statement we can make has an and ... its' a promise from God... AND His character is the answer to our every circumstance... and safety... joy... and peace and abundant life. And means nothing to be afraid of. 
The and far surpasses anything else. And means the privilege of standing on promises.
"And" means never alone.

"Rejoice in the Lord [because who He is, is big enough to handle your concerns] and again I say, Rejoice!" Philippians 4:4
He works everything together for good... and He makes all things beautiful.
What a wonderful Savior.

12 comments:

Tressia said...

How wonderful! Thank you for posting these pictures! I love all the pirate patches. Those two teachers are so wonderful AND so is our God!

Childress Family said...

Wonderful. I cried. :) Love you, love you all!!

Bekah Hamrick Martin said...

<3

Drew & Kari said...

God is so good... And i loved the eye patches.... And i love your kids... Because they reflect Gods unconditional love

Chris Petersen said...

This made me cry! God is so amazing. You never are alone with Him. I love the way He uses others to bless us and give us strength. Love you all :)

Joyce Coburn said...

How wonderful the teachers thought to have the patches! I just cried in realizing how God plans ahead and makes provisions for our insecurities. Thanks for sharing. You are an amazing woman with amazing children. Love you.

Monika McCall said...

AND...you are wonderful, beautiful, amazing! AND... so are your children! AND...so I thank you, love you, AND Praise my GOD for you ALL!

Naomi said...

That's pretty fun :) How come Jacob's doctors didn't give him a patch with a skull and crossbones on it? That should be pretty standard, don't ya think?

Kathy Bonham said...

AND you are pretty wonderful AND God has great plans for you and your family AND you will not walk this path alone!

Terrie said...

Thanks for sharing these thoughts and especially these pictures! I needed to see Jacob and those "pirate" friends of his! Please know of our continuing prayers for all of you!

5ALLENZ said...

love the eye patches.. and the love among friends, and family. praying for you guys.

Judy said...

Mary, you are such a blessing. I'm amazed at your obvious loved for our Lord. It was good to see you yesterday. Praying for you and your family.