It's been a while since I last posted. Most of my web work has been devoted to redesigning our family's website, so I haven't had the opportunity to do much writing. And frankly, I haven't had the desire to do much of anything I enjoy doing recently. I have kind of slipped into the mode of just plain existing, each day is full with the tasks I need to take care of and the weeks all become the same.
School has started again and this is my senior year, so it's time to finish my required subjects. How thrilling. Well...I should be grateful that there is an end in sight and that I do have the opportunity to learn "exciting" subjects like algebra and health. :) Biology (so far) HAS been pretty interesting, though!
Singing has keep us busy. For the month of October, we have seven concerts and worship services lined up! Tomorrow we will be singing in St. Croix, Wisconsin (our first out of state date) and it will be interesting. Several nights ago, Dad called the contact person just to touch base with her and she had some peculiar info for Dad. She told Dad that they didn't want any "preaching" at their community event, as they were a non-denominational organization and it might "offend" someone. Dad told her that he is not a preacher, but he does talk about Jesus, sin, salvation, etc. throughout our concert time. He also told her that it probably wouldn't work for us to sing for their event because of our message. The lady thought it over and said it should probably be all right, actually. Okay. That's good. Please pray for us as we present the Gospel through word and song!
I have been feeling rather depressed about the departure of my sister Whitney (I won't go into any details, but she left our home on September 25th). The bitterness that I carry inside is eating me away...I feel it as the hurt aches in my heart whenever I think of her. I feel that I failed as a sister when she was here, and now my opportunity to have a relationship with her is lost. Aren't relationships hard? :) When I was talking to a friend of mine about the situation, she encouraged me to never give up hope, God is still working. This brought to mind a song that I at one time claimed to be my "theme" song for my life. I would like to share the words with you of my new song of the month: "There Is Hope".
THERE IS HOPE
As sung by Legacy Five
Sometimes we go through trials that are so hard to bear
We lift our face toward heaven, "God, are You really there?"
But I've asked that same question and I've been down that road
Looking back, I now can tell You, He's always let me know
There is hope so hold on, there is hope
God has sent me here to tell you, there is hope
And He knows just what you're going through and what the future holds
As long as Jesus lives, there is hope
He was bruised for our transgressions and nailed upon a tree
He cried out to the Father, "Why have You forsaken me."
But through this suffering Savior, He brought healing to our pain
And the One Who raised Him from the dead can restore us all again
He promised He would share our sorrows and bear our heavy load
This road that we are traveling will one day turn to gold
Well, though I am slightly depressed and road-weary from this journey of life, I can travel on because I do have the hope of the best destination of all: heaven, my home. And right now, I am surrounded by people who care for me when I am sick at heart, lift me up in prayer when I am down, and encourage me when I need a smile. Yes, I guess I really do have joy in the journey, through it all.
There is Hope!