The other day I blogged a post entitled Girl Interrupted. Today, I will continue with that same train of thought. Yesterday we took a closer look at the likes of Mary, Esther and Katie Davis. But today, I want to introduce you to a few of my personal friends.
The first example is the lovely Amy. She spoke at Women’s Retreat numerous years ago. She shared about how she was going to be a missionary for the Lord, even a martyr if He required. But God had other plans for her life. She is now married and is the mother of three teenagers. And while she loves her family deeply, she shared how in some ways it might have been easier to give her life once for Christ, instead of a hundred times every day. She gives up her life as she serves Christ, by loving and serving her husband and family; she dies to herself as she pours out her life on their behalf. Amy’s testimony has stuck with me. God interrupted her life, her path, and grew her in ways she never would have envisioned. Although her life may seem more ordinary than she planned, it is a life with an important mission; living for the Lord within her home and community for His glory.
Now, I want to introduce you to Jeannette. She is a friend of mine from college. She is a wife and mother of four who loves the Lord. She is creative, committed to health, and a loyal friend. A few months ago, right before her 37th birthday, Jeannette was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer. You can imagine the shock. Her life was completely interrupted with this news, as well as her family’s lives. Her oldest daughter, Gabby used this interruption to do an amazing thing. I can’t think of a better, modern-day, example than this…a life, a family, that God interrupted, and despite the pain and the questions, they are using this interruption to exalt His name and broadcast His love.
Here is an excerpt from the Pierce Family’s story:
“When I was first diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer (it has metastasized and is in my bones, is incurable by doctors but treatable) at the end of October/early November 2013 ,
Gabby asked me, “Mom, what happens if you have to go to Heaven soon? I
don’t want you to leave us yet.” With tears in my eyes, I replied, “I
don’t want to leave yet either but if I do, then God will help Daddy
take care of you guys and provide for all of you. God is always here to
provide for your needs.” She paused sadly for a minute & then asked
sweetly, “Is it okay if I pray for Jesus to come back & get us all
for his Second Coming, the Rapture, so we can be together?” I replied
with, “Of course, but you do realize that God doesn’t want to send Jesus
back for those that have asked Jesus into their hearts (are saved)
until EVERYONE has had a chance to hear about Jesus and decide for
themselves? So you need to do your part to share the gospel with as
many people as possible” Our shy girl simply responded with, “oh, okay.”
Please head on over to Jeannette’s blog to read all about it and see a special video Gabby made. Please consider sharing sweet Gabby’s video with your sphere of influence, and with the world. Her desire is that as many people as possible can view it and come to the Lord, for their own sake and for her family’s sake.
1. God can interrupt our lives with good and bad news. But regardless, we must remember that He can use it for good. Trust the One who is good as you walk through hard things. Consider memorizing Romans 8:28.
2. Take a moment to watch this encouraging song:
3. Share Gabby’s video on facebook, via e-mail, or your blog. Thank you!