there was a party in heaven!
"We cannot keep quiet about what we have seen and heard." --Acts 4:20 (CEV)
On April 11th, our best friend made the very important (and exciting!) decision to turn his life over to Christ. Praise the Lord!! We enjoyed an evening of conversation, tears, hugs & prayer together. Two things are incredibly humbling to us in this situation: witnessing our prayers being answered and recognizing that we've played a role in God's plan.
It's so encouraging—and truly inspiring—to experience God orchestrating all of the details of our lives so carefully. If we're not careful, we can easily miss those little details & overlook them. Looking back over the years, months, weeks and days of these "little" events that led all three of us to our living room on that particular Sunday evening, we realized at once that there were SO many overlapping paths and "random" occurrences that got us there—together. Sure, call it irony…call it luck. From our perspective, the impossibility of these things could only have ONE possible explanation: God knew what He was doing. (See Romans 8:28.)
"Or imagine a woman who has ten coins and loses one. Won't she light a lamp and scour the house, looking in every nook and cranny until she finds it? And when she finds it you can be sure she'll call her friends and neighbors: 'Celebrate with me! I found my lost coin!' Count on it—that's the kind of party God's angels throw every time one lost soul turns to God." --Luke 15:8-10 (The Message)
We also know it doesn't end there & that we have a responsibility…
"You used to be far from God. Your thoughts made you his enemies, and you did evil things. But his Son became a human and died. So God made peace with you, and now he lets you stand in his presence as people who are holy and faultless and innocent. But you must stay deeply rooted and firm in your faith. You must not give up the hope you received when you heard the good news. It was preached to everyone on Earth, and I myself have became a servant of this message." --Colossians 1:21-23 (CEV)
We are so excited to encourage each other in our faith & life now, as friends. Our friendship will only run deeper now than it ever has. (See Ecclesiastes 4:9-12.) Can't wait to see what else God has up his sleeve for us! We hope you are encouraged in reading these words. Never forget that God is in control and that He loves us deeply.