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Kirkland, Washington, United States
I am a child of God. I am a follower of Jesus. I am a wife, momma, daughter, sister and friend. I love good conversation and hearty laughter. A good cup of coffee is always appreciated. Most of all, I desire to bring others into an experience with Jesus. One that will shape their lives and rock their souls for Him. Geoff is my best friend and amazing husband. Parker is my handsome boy who lives in Heaven. Norah is my bright star and bringer of joy. Tori is my overcomer and peaceful warrior. I live to show Jesus' love to each person He places in my path. I pray this blog strengthens you, comforts you and encourages you and that it MOST OF ALL causes you to want to get to know Jesus in a deeper level.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The Wisdom of Panda Express

Today has been a blessed BLESSED day...so far.

This morning I posted a short blog about my favorite verse, the verse that has helped Geoff and I so much during this time (2 Corinthians 12:9 "But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me" This verse is also on Parker's headstone). In that same blog, I posted the lyrics to one of my favorite Selah songs, You are My Hiding Place. This song, for me, puts into words exactly how I feel these days.

After writing that blog, I decided that I wanted to write a thank you note to Selah, letting them know how much of an encouragement their songs have been for me. When I arrived at their website, Selahonline.com, I saw they had a blog posted. I read through their blog and then stopped dead in my tracks. I could not believe what I had just read. Here it is, "We’ve had some time off, I’m sure most of our fans know the season that Todd and Angie (his wife) have been through this year, as well as Nicol and Greg (her husband) with the loss of their beautiful, precious babies, and God has been so good through all of it." I had to read this several times before grasping what I was understanding. I then went on to read the rest of the blog and saw that they had links to Todd & Angie's blog as well as Nicol & Greg's blog. I immediately went to Todd and Angie's blog first (here's the link: www.audreycaroline.blogspot.com). After reading a few of Angie's blogs I then went to Nicol and Greg's blog (here's the link: www.thelukesponbergfoundation.blogspot.com).

I am so in awe of how God works. His ways are truly mysterious until He sees fit to show us, or until we open our eyes to see. I am blown away by how good God is. I find it pretty awesome that the CD that has helped me the most through this hard time, has two people in their group who have felt the same pain that Geoff and I are feeling now.

I cannot tell you how encouraging it is to see other women and men of God handling such major losses as the loss of a child. I cannot tell you how encouraging it is to know that there are other's out there who are walking a similar journey as Geoff and I are. To see them walking this journey so close to God is the biggest encouragement of all.

Something else that sort of blew me away today was the "fortune" I received in my Panda Express fortune cookie. I love reading these little "fortunes" because they can sometimes be hysterical. However, every now and then I'll get one that hits so profoundly close to home that I cannot help but believe that there may have been some "divine intervention". Here is what my fortune said, "Your road to glory will be rocky, but fulfilling." ...

Sometimes God confuses me. Sometimes I find myself getting frustrated with God. But then there are times, that have happened quite a lot lately, where God totally blows me away. First it was with finding out about Todd and Nicol from Selah. Finding out that the group that has ministered so much to me, is walking the path that I walk. Then to read my fortune and hear God speak directly to me through my Panda Express fortune cookie...I find myself saying, once again, God is good...GOD IS SO GOOD!


bassmanjohnny said...

Rachel, I continue to be deeply touched by your writing. I can see that God has blessed you with a great talent. Thank you for being so translucent and candid about your life and how God is working in it. Your blog has been a blessing to read.

I really think that you should write a book about your experiences. This blog is a GREAT springboard for that.

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Anonymous said...

I totally agree with "bassmanjohnny", your blog is a blessing and inspiration that would only be magnified in book form. :)