7.29.2009

WFW: 2 Chronicles and a chapel blessing...

"The eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him."
2 Chronicles 16:9
Now that you all know the wonderful story of how God paved the way to seminary, I can share the wonderful blessings poured out on us by our church family. My heart is overflowing with love for them, and a deep sadness that we will no longer be worshipping together every week.

Last Sunday was our last with them (though we'll be back for many visits). The service started out as usual with announcements and then fantastic worship. Then Chap asked John to come forward and share with everyone the story I shared yesterday. It was so neat to have them all rejoicing with us! Then it was time for the sermon. It was titled "I commend you to God." It was all about us!! Chap shared our story over the last 5 years, with a great focus on our time as foster parents and the way God moved in our lives up to that decision. He shared how we came to the decision of leaving for seminary. Then he read verse after verse after verse exorting us in Christ and commending us into His care. He was speaking some of the words that Paul spoke to Timothy as he looked at my husband with tears filling his eyes. I bawled through the whole thing, of course. Then he had us come to the front and every in chapel came to lay hands on us and pray. It was so powerful! I bawled through that too. The prayers people prayed are too amazing and huge to even begin to write them here... but believe me when I say the Holy Spirit was very very present.

After Chapel we all went to our friends the Baldwin's where they threw us a big lunch. It was so much fun and we had a chance to take pictures with everyone one last time. (I haven't dowloaded them yet, but when I do I will post them). They blessed us even more with cards, montary gifts, and an 8x10 matted and framed picture of us on the parade ground! It's posted on the VMI website here. Watch the photo show on the home page and when you see a smiling couple (I'm blonde, and John is handsome in his army uniform) that's us! We're famous!! On the back of the frame Chap wrote the words "Lord, if it's really you, tell me to come to you on the water. Jesus said, Come." These are the words that confirmed to John that he was to attend seminary. We were blown away by the love shown to us.

The image above is the VMI chapel. I chose the verse form 2 Chronicles because it is to true of chapel. If there ever were a people whose hearts were fully committed to the Lord... you'd find them in that building. We will miss them terribly... it feels as though a vital limb has been taken from my body. But, we know that we will see them again and we are joined through our love for Christ Jesus!


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23 comments:

Denise said...

Wishing Gods sweetest blessings upon you.

~Sandy~ said...

Just stopping by and wanted to say hi! You have a beautiful blog!!!! Thanks for sharing your family & heart with us:)

From the Heart said...

A beautiful picture and a great verse. May God's blessings be upon you and your husband as you enter into the process of learning more about God and service to Him. I'm sure both of you have served Him well since God has called you and your husband into the Ministry.
From the heart,
AliceE.

Laurie said...

I love that Scripture! Oh, how I need His strength! Blessings on your adventure!

Lucy Marie said...

What a blessing to have such a strong support system. I'm sure it's hard leaving them but, by the sounds of it, they will not be far from your hearts or you, theirs!

3 Blessings said...

Just beautiful!

I had my husband read your post from yesterday when he got home last night. He was in awe of God's work in your lives. Thank you for always sharing God's truth trough your life.
Blessings my dear friend,
Amy

Denise @ A Sacred Longing said...

What joy it is to look at the shaping and molding which took place at VMI! The people, the school, the chapel all have played an integral role in God's plan for your lives. You have been given much to draw from. With grace it all was given so you may venture into the days ahead and follow His call to "Come".

Looking forward to seeing how the days unfold!
Shalom,
Denise

strokeofliving said...

Welcome to SITS. I hope that you find this community as embracing and supportive as many of us have. Looking forward to reading more posts on your blog. And sharing it with others.

Amydeanne said...

happy WFW
Amydeanne

Wisdom for Today said...

I love that Scripture! Great WFW:)
Blessings-Beth

MomE said...

It is so neat to see you both depending on God's faithfulness in your lives. Happy WFW!

Lauren said...

I love you, Lauren! I am so so happy that your church family properly and beautifully sent you out to do ministry! I am praying for continued blessings on you two.

Snow White said...

sounds like a beautiful group -- thanks for sharing your blessing with us.

He & Me + 3 said...

I saw the picture of you on the website. So cute! What a blessing from your church. Loved that WFW.

Alicia said...

What an amazing church family you have!!! I can imagine all the emotions that day!

Chelle said...

Happy journey(ing)! :0

Mich said...

Wow! What a blessing.

Kristen Love said...

It is sooo totally awesome that you have such great support!
I love the picture on the VMI website :-)
Congtrats on everything!!!

Kristen said...

you have amazing church family and you both of amazing faith! I am praying for you as you start the next chapter of your lives!

alihsee said...

Blessings as you start out on this new journey together. What a wonderful tribute to your church! Happy WFW!

lori said...

Lauren....
WOW...what a wonderful story and HAPPY ANNIVERSARY...it sounds like the journey has just begun!

LOVE your little spot here, I think it's my first visit...it's nice to meetcha!!

May HE order each and every step!

Peace,
Lori

Jean Stockdale said...

I am just now catching up on some blog hopping to see others posts. You have a great site and I love your picture. Great verse. Thanks for sharing.

I am hosting "5 Things Friday" on my blog at http://jeanstockdale.typepad.com and I hope you will stop by and play along. Blessings.

Hope said...

Hello Lauren,

That is a wonderful verse, and I was just thinking yesterday that I should post it this coming Sunday!

What a wonderful group of people you have, and they love you both so much. I am happy for all the good blessings that you have.

Oh wow, I just watched the VMI video show and that is a GREAT photo of you two!

♥Hope