Praise Fest Atlanta

Filed Under (Blogs) by Susan on 30-11-2008

Love Without Reason’s first fundraiser took place in Atlanta on November 29.  I think it was fitting and praiseworthy that LWR’s first fundraiser took place in the Atlanta Christian Assembly, as this was the church where Philip’s testimony was first shared (outside of Chattanooga) years ago.  Amazing, isn’t it, how God works?

We came full circle to the same place, now with a vision,  with a glimpse of what exactly God planned with that seed of Philip’s testimony.  Truly, if we are faithful in the little things, the Lord will open larger doors.  He is so faithful to us.

Speaking of faithfulness, I have to humble myself in front of Nancy and Saj Varghese.  I say humble, because Saj is my facebook fiend, oops I meant friend.  heehee.  Just kidding.  I am in awe of this couple.  I don’t know what exactly they saw in Love Without Reason, in our LWR team, in our vision.  Yet, they believed in the mission and vision of LWR, and donated all proceeds from the Praise Fest dinner to Love Without Reason.  I know that God will bless them for sowing into this ministry.  And we will all reap what we sow.  Love you both and love your young people!  God bless you guys!!!

I have to tell you that on our way back to Chattanooga, we encountered a horrific accident on I-285.  Scattered across the four-lane highway, were at least a half dozen misaligned cars, car parts, and shattered glass.  Few police cars were on the scene, the ambulances were on the way.  We were open-mouthed and staring at the road, when Philip also gasped and said “We should pray for these people.”  He did pray for them, and we moved on our way.  The thought Philip had was just beautiful, I couldn’t help but cry for him as well.  I remembered what a pastor spoke regarding Philip saying that he could see tears running from Philip’s eyes.  The tears were not for himself, but were for others.  May God help Philip to nurture and grow in that gift, to intercede on behalf of others. Please continue to keep us in prayer! 

Susan

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A New Season.. a season of Thanksgiving

Filed Under (Blogs) by Susan on 30-11-2008

Well, it’s that time of year again.  Time to go around the table and ask one another, “What are you thankful for?” 

As I reflect on this year, I have to first give thanks to God, for His faithfulness to me.  I am so unfaithful.  I fall backwards, I doubt things; yet He remains faithful.  The Word of God is true.  Even if the flowers fade, even if heaven and earth pass away, even if your family forsakes or forgets you, God says I have you engraved on my palm, I will never leave you or forsake you. 
 
You know from previous entries that the past few months have been physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually draining months. The unanticipated and shocking results from Philip’s last surgery have opened my eyes to think about and understand and “try” to trust God more than ever before.  I believe that I have done this.  The road has been hard, and I still have much to learn.  I am grateful for Philip’s life.  I talk about Philip to my patients when I get an opportunity, and one lady said “Everything happens for a reason, and God knows what He is doing.”  I had to respond, “I know God knew we needed a Philip in our lives.”  There is a greater purpose to his life.  I think we may be at the tip of the iceberg right now. 
 
I’ve thought a lot about what might have been if an abortion had occurred that day 8 years ago.  How life would have been different for us as a family.  I wonder what my spiritual outlook would have been.  I wonder what would have happened to Love Without Reason.  I guess LWR would not exist, through us, anyway.  That’s amazing, isn’t it?  The impact of one ordinary life.  One life can change so many, so many.  It makes one think about those 4000 little ones whose lives are terminated daily in America.
 
“To the world, you may be one person,  but to one person, you may be the world.” 
 
God bless you with all heavenly blessings in this Thanksgiving season.  

Susan

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Change of Heart

Filed Under (Blogs) by Susan on 20-11-2008

You might have noticed that Love Without Reason now is on Facebook. There is a place to post what the current status of the author is. For instance, “Susan is…..supposed to be working.” My last entry says Susan is…..ashamed. I have actually done a lot of reflecting and examining of my heart these past 2 weeks. Let me start from the beginning.

My problem began two weeks ago when I volunteered to help out with my daughter’s Fall Party. My daughter Sara is a lot like me in the fact that she has a phobia regarding bathrooms. She despises any other bathroom, other than her own in her home. You can imagine my concern over her “holding it” for 8 or more hours during school. Well, she finally has overcome the fear, and uses the school restroom now without difficulty. She was excited and wanted to show off to me. (This is the first time I have actually been able to do anything at her school due to my work schedule).

I hate school restrooms! Walking in there with her brought all sorts of bad memories from my school days. Ugh! The toilet paper, the smells, that horrible stringy soap, the crowded stalls! To top it off, after Sara was settled in her stall, another young girl banged on her door stating that she had to go “right now!” I was like, you have to wait!!!

Well, we finally made our exit, when I heard this voice behind me ask, “Can you tie my shoe?” (It was the stall-banger). All i could envision was dirty shoelaces, dirty floors, snotty-nosed kids, and bacteria. I walked on, and heard the question two more times before I returned Sara to her classroom.

Well, I heard that question and saw that little girl in my mind all the way home. I was convicted. I used to wonder what people meant when they said “think outside the box, or get out of your comfort zone.” I thought I already do this!!! Now, I think one meaning may be, put aside the things that hinder or prevent you from moving forward to your goal. I was so blinded by the fear (of any illness), environment (strange restroom and unfamiliar people), that I could not hear a child asking for help. I berated myself… I mean how can I help my LWR babies if I can’t answer a call to tie a shoe?  May God help me.

My dear, sweet prayer partner sent me a text earlier this week, asking me about the courage I had to move forward to help LWR babies. I told her to watch for this blog. How I need courage! Courage to look past obstacles and press forward in spite of who or what is blocking the goal. I’ve been praying for a change of heart. I have a long way to go, but I am working on this! Please keep me in prayer!

God bless,

Susan

 

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