July 16, 2017. One year later.
If you were to ask me why I believed in God, I could give you reasons all day. I've claimed to be a Christian my whole life, and I've seen God in so many things throughout my life, but i have struggled to live the life Christ has called me to. It wasn't until exactly a year ago today I TRULY started trusting in God like I should've from the beginning. When you wake up to a phone call at 8 AM telling you your cousin has been shot in the head and might not live to see another day, you have no choice. You forget everything else you think you know, and you put your faith and trust in the Lord and you pray-- Psalm 56:3. What do you pray for? I couldn't tell you what I prayed for after I hung up the phone. But I can tell you it wasn't a pretty prayer, it was full of tears, confusion, some doubt, and a little resentment. God had taken so much from my family in the year prior... for what? And why? It was not until later He showed me what for and why. He was saving his miracle for my cousin. ••• 6 weeks. That's all it took for God to heal Kelly. God heard our prayers, and answered them. Our family and friends prayed continually for those weeks that Kelly would be healed-- 1 Thessalonians 5:17. My prayer, combined with everyone else's, moved a mountain-- Matthew 17:20. Our prayers were answered. My cousin is not only very much alive, but living, loving, and testifying to what the Lord has done. I thank God everyday for his never failing love. I learned to trust in the Lord through my cousin and my prayer family. Kelly, along with my Aunt Lisa, will forever be the people I look up to and strive to be. For being strong, Christian women who live to proclaim God's word and love no matter what. Although we may never understand God's reasoning, we trusted in Him and He didn't fail us-- Psalm 37:5. And He isn't finished-- Philippians 1:6.
God is good, y'all. Forever and ever. Amen.