Always Remember. Never Forget.

12 years ago….life as we knew it changed in the blink of an eye…

12 years ago…America was brutally attacked by terrorists…

12 years ago…innocent people lost their lives…

12 years ago…I was a 10 year old little girl on vacation at Disney World. 

I distinctively remember every single detail of that morning. What I was wearing. The anticipation I had about spending the day with my family and Mickey Mouse. The carefree breakfast table with my siblings.

But that all changed when my father received a phone call from a co-worker telling him to turn on the TV. Our family huddled around as we watched the first plane crash into the World Trade Center. There was speculation that it was an accident, but once the second plane hit, we all knew that we had been attacked.

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My 10 year old brain couldn’t grasp what was going on. I sat frozen in front of the TV paralyzed with fear. Never before had I experienced the emotions that were running through my little body. Our family decided to leave vacation early and drive home to North Carolina.

 

Beloved, I don’t know what your story is on that day…

That is the kind of day that you never forget where you were, what you were doing, who you were with, etc. Even though each one of us has a different story, the fact remains that our lives were forever changed that day. The terrorists that attacked us on the September morning would like us to cower in fear.

 

But as Christians, that should not be the case. There is great reason for us to have hope, even in the midst of great tragedy….

 

“Out of my distress I called on the LORD; the LORD answered me and set me free. What can man do to me? The LORD is on my side as my helper; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.”

– Psalm 118:5-7

I placed my faith and trust in Christ many years ago.

If today was my last day on earth, I know that I would be with my Father in heaven. If you don’t know Christ as your personal Savior, I urge you to give your life over to Him. Not so that you have “fire insurance” if today was your last day, but so that you can be forgiven of your sins, and experience a personal relationship with the creator of the universe!

 

Today we remember…

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The innocent men and women who lost their lives.

 

The heroes that willingly gave up their lives to save others.

 

The fact that America experiences the most freedom on the planet.

 

That even though enemies try to put fear in our hearts, our true hope is in Christ.

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“In the face of all this evil, we remain strong and united, ‘One Nation Under God.'” -George W. Bush

 

Sujo John was in one of the Twin Towers on 9/11 and is a Christian! His story displays the power of the Lord!

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Never forgotten…

This morning started off like most mornings for me. I got out of bed and headed straight for the coffeemaker. As soon as my coffee started brewing, I wiped the sleep out of my eyes, slashed cold water on my face, picked up my Bible and a pen and headed straight for my favorite spot in my quad. With a large cup of coffee beside me (black of course!) I began my regular routine. Before I open  the word of God, I always pray Psalm 119:18…

Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.

As I uttered those words to the Lord halfheartedly and our of routine, my shoulders slumped and I hung my head and instead of reading the Word, I just began to speak to the Lord. Dear readers, may I let you in on a secret about my relationship with the Lord? I am very honest before Him. We have been through so much together; He’s been by my side through an unimaginable circumstance and has sustained and guided me. He has never left my side, and I trust Him, so I opened up my heart and was vulnerable before Him.

Lord, I get frustrated sometimes. I desperately want to look like You, and I spend time with you in the mornings, but most days, my life doesn’t often reflect you very well. When I look at my life, I see huge obstacles. To be honest, I’m terrified of the future. I’m scared of what the next few years have in store for me. I’m scared that my pain through certain circumstances will be in vain and that You won’t use it. Lord, I hate to voice these things to you, but I’m scared, and in my fear, I end up becoming paralyzed instead of moving forward and reflecting You to a lost and dying world.

…then I heard my Father speak these words into my heart. It was not an audible voice, but it may as well have been, I know this was from the Lord.

My child, I have not forgotten you!

Such a simple truth, but exactly what my soul needed to hear. In the midst of my business, I lost sight of that truth. Beloved, if you are reading these words, take heart! You are not alone. No matter how hard life may seem at the moment, the Lord remembers you! This morning, my King graciously spoke into my heart and reminded me that He is taking good care of me. Even though I don’t see His plans all the time, even though I have no idea what my future holds, even though I’m not sure how He’s going to use the pain that my heart has experienced for His glory. I can cling to the fact that He has not forgotten His child, nor will He ever ever ever forget His own. Someone (I wish I could remember, so I could give proper credit) once told me this, and it has stuck with me ever since…

When you can’t see the hand of God, you can always truth the heart of God.

The Lord hasn’t revealed the next 5 years of my life to me, in fact, I have no idea what tomorrow will hold, but I can tell you one thing…my God is good and He is trustworthy!!