Saturday, June 20, 2009

GOD is still beautiful in the valley...

  You know, I could write a post and say a lot of great things that make you feel real happy inside.  I can fill you with many positives of life.  There have been several great things happening lately.  We were able to watch as my Japanese friend was saved last Sunday--PRAISE THE LORD!!  Many thai children, living in poverty, filth, etc... were totally blessed when they received gifts from First Baptist Church in Milan, TN---PRAISE THE LORD!!!
  But, the truth is, personally, our family is in the valley, we are going through it big time right now. We NEED You to Pray.  No details, as it would take me a while.  I just want to be honest with you all.  The enemy is attacking our family in a huge way and we need  you to get on your face and pray with us.  Send them up, it is serious, it is hard, and it is not easy to stay on top of life some days.  It is very easy to get weary.  I literally feel as if scripture has to be in front of my face at all times in order to stay strong.  I really don't know what else to say except that it gets hard out here, the enemy is prowling around seeking whom he may devour, and in the name of Jesus it will not be this family.  
  Sometimes I get tired of only hearing how great everything is in everyone's life when I know there are struggles.  Let us be here for one another, let us talk about our lives so that we can walk in the fullness God has for us.  Let us be open and swallow all pride, why paint pictures, why play games, when the body of Christ is to be here for one another.  God gives us each other so that we can make it through the dark times.  The Christian life is not easy, therefore, everyone can't always be so perky, so let's not act like we are in a movie.  Let's not be fakes, let's not act like we are in Hollywood.  Let's not shut our hearts off to one another because of past wounds, insecurities, and the like.  Let's join hands, unite, and fight the enemy.  Find someone to open up to and spill your guts, express your feelings, your pains, and then let them pray for your wounded heart.  We all have been hurt, we all need JESUS.  Let's go for it together!!  
  My prayer is to not offend anyone by being so open, I know it is easier to listen to something sweet and that moves you emotionally for the better.  I BELIEVE that it is better for our health to face the facts and deal with the problems in order that our lives may be lived out in the fullness of joy that Christ intended for us!!!  
  I love you all!!  Thank you for your prayers!!  



  1. I will pray for you and your family Sandy...I'm sorry that you are going through such a hard time. Your honesty is refreshing and I'm glad you feel the liberty to speak what you wish about what's going on...just know you are NOT fighting alone!

  2. Sandy,
    praying for you guys! May the God of Hope fill you today!
    "For i know the plans i have for you declares the Lord, Plans to prosper you and give you hope and a future" Jer 29:11

    May His hope radiate through your entire family today

    love ya

  3. The greater the battle the greater the victory. When you get to the other side of this valley because you are seeking God you will be stronger and more prepared for the next battle and equipped to give encouragement to others as they pass this way too. I love you and I am standing with you to see God move in an astounding way once again. I love you - Gran Jan

  4. Sandy, I have been really praying for your family lately. God has really placed it on my heart to lift your family up in prayer daily. Cooper came home from VBS at FBC Milan (visiting with my sister) and said "We need to pray for miss e aries (that's how he said it) like Mr. John and Mrs. Sandy. Since then, you have been in our prayers everynight...and many times during the day. I promise to up my prayers for you and your family. I know that God is in control and that you know that, too. I can't wait to see the victory that Jesus will bring you when you get through this trial. I heard a speaker say once, "You are either going into a season of trial, in the midst of a season of trial, or just coming out of a season of trial. So rejoice Him in the midst, because you know that He will bring you through it."

    Thank you for your honesty. Life (especially daily life) can get so hard and pressing. I don't know exactly what you are struggling with, but I do want you to know that you are not alone. Please know that we are praying for you in our home.

    With love and prayers, Elizabeth

  5. Hey! I hear you! I love you.... I typed another message, but it wouldn't go thru.... here is the important part...
    Philippians 4:8
    Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things