Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a lovely time enjoying the weekend and celebrating Mother’s Day. I know I posted yesterday about Mother’s Day but I didn’t get to give you a full update on our weekend and all of the blessings it entailed.
Saturday afternoon Bryan and I drove down to Monticello, KY, where my grandparents live, to attend a “Think Pink. Wear Blue” benefit. My Mae-ma, with the help of Pae-pa, of course, my great-aunt Betty, and the whole community in Wayne County, put together an amazing fundraiser! For several weeks now, Mae-ma has been advertising the benefit on the radio, TV, and by spreading the word through all of the churches they are connected with, and wow, was it a success. Many of the church members there are family to us, or feel like family, and they all came together to be there for Bryan and I in our time of need.
Before we arrived in Monticello, we knew there were going to be a lot of people there but when we pulled in to the church and saw all of the cars… we knew God had once again provided for us through our family and His body. The benefit was a chili dinner, an auction, and a lot of fun! We walked in to a room full of the faces of people I had grown up with seeing every time we visited Mae-ma and Pae-pa, and then there were many people I had never seen who still came out to support us.
I was immediately sent into receiving hug after hug, smile after smile, and person after person telling us how much they’ve heard about our story from my grandparents and how they’ve all been praying for us. What a blessing!! I know sometimes people don’t know what to say to Bryan and me and they don’t want to say something we’ve heard a thousand times already, but every smile, hug, and handshake meant something. Whether we’d heard it before or not, God spoke to us through the whole event and reminded us, once again, that we are not alone.
Aside from being with friends and family, there were a few other things that made the benefit so wonderful. First, I ate chili!!!!!! Real, spicy, homemade, full of beans chili! Man oh man, and it was good! I admit, I had let myself eat chili in the past but I always felt awful afterwards, so to eat a whole bowl with no worries was a great experience. In addition to that, I also had the privilege of finally meeting Mr. Coger Ramsey. I have been listening to Mr. Ramsey on the radio at my grandparents for as long as I can remember. You see, he does the auctions on the radio that we always have turned on when we visit. I thought he sounded impressive on the radio but as I listened to him in person I was even more baffled at how someone can talk that fast! I have many a memory of my family sitting around and listening to the auction and now I have the memory of Mr. Ramsey at my very own auction. He was such a blessing and made the even a lot of fun, and for that I am so thankful.
I want to also say thank you to everyone who donated items for the auction! From the dozens of cakes, baked goods, products, and services, I was blown away by the generosity of my family and the community. I stopped numerous times during the whole thing and just looked around at everyone. I looked at the room full of people who love and have supported us through this battle and I could see Jesus in everything. I know I have said it before, but seeing people actually putting into work what God has called us to do and seeing them be Jesus to me is such a powerful thing.
I want to say a special thank you to my grandparents. All of those people showing up was certainly proof of their love for God and supporting my battle, but even more than that, it is a testament to my grandparents and who they are. My Mae-ma and Pae-pa have dedicated their entire lives to following God and being Jesus to everyone they meet. Many married couples would be happy to leave behind them a family who loves each other and loves the Lord but my grandparents didn’t stop there. From preaching in churches, to attending funerals, to singing at many functions, to hospital visits, to just stopping in the grocery to say hello, my grandparents have loved their community and ministered to everyone they come across in daily life. They understand their purpose in this world and they live every day for the glory of God. The success of the benefit was a huge testament of God’s faithfulness but it also showed the faithfulness to God that my grandparents have never let falter. They are amazing people and I cannot thank them enough for Saturday and for all they have been to me in my life.
Isaiah 50:10 says, “…Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God.” Sometimes on my journey it feels like I am in the middle of the dark and have no light to see what is coming next, but trusting in God and relying on Him has NEVER ONCE let me down. Through trial after trial He has steadied my path and proven that if I just trust in Him, no matter what I can see, He will always provide. And He always does. Amen.