“God is with us through it all.” Becki Crain

20 years ago, in March of 2000, my friend Becki Crain died.   

I met Becki in 1992.  We were in a mom’s bible study, that had 5 women in it.  We all brought our children to the study. At the time, I just had one child, and Becki had 2. Eight years later, I would have 4 children, and Becki –5 children.

As time went on—Becki and I became close friends.  We shared our lives with each other.  We prayed together.  We encouraged each other in our faith.  We were both stay at home moms, and we were trusting God to take care of our families financially and in every way.  Becki used to be a teacher and she taught me how to teach my oldest son how to read.  We started our homeschooling journey together. 

  Becki and I laughed together.   At the end of her life, we were still laughing together.  If she were still alive during this time, I guarantee, we would be laughing together.

I learned so much from Becki.  She believed that God’s word was truer than how she felt, truer than anything.  She believed in God’s love and goodness, even when her life was being taken from her.

She found out she had cancer when she was 5 months pregnant.  The doctors wanted her to start on chemotherapy while she was pregnant, but Becki didn’t think they had enough research –and she wouldn’t risk the baby’s health. 

She died 5 months after her baby was born.   She went over to Germany when her baby was 3 ½ months old for experimental treatments.  They did not work.  She flew back home, saw her baby again, and her family and friends.  I saw her again, and within 24 hours, she was gone.

During the time of her cancer, I got to see the Body of Christ at work in a way I never had before.  I was in a mom’s bible study and the women in it helped me with bringing meals to Becki and her family, and cleaning her house. Becki was not in this Bible Study and these women did not know her.

These women helped me raise money for Becki’s medical expenses, by having a huge garage sale.  The local Christian radio station let us advertise the sale on their radio program.   Hundreds of people donated things to sell at the garage sale.  Hundreds more came to the sale. 

My local church allowed us to have the sale at the church.  This was not Becki’s church.  But I learned—that “We” are all the church.  The church is not a building.

People who did not know Becki sent money.   I saw so many, many, many people show their love and care.  

This outpouring of love, helped me so much when God took Becki home. 

God is love.  God is love.  I got to see this love working through His people.  I literally got to see God’s love. 

 Becki is seeing that love, and feeling that love, all the time now.   Becki was the one who told me when she was fighting cancer, “When you face the thing you fear the most, you realize you have nothing to fear, for God is with you through it all.”

When my son died, I remembered her words, and I thought of how true they were.  God was with me through it all.

As we go through this time in our world history, I want us to remember those words.  They are true words—and we can cling to them.

Perhaps, you know someone who has this virus.  Perhaps you are grieving someone who has died of this virus.  Perhaps you have this virus. 

You do not have to fear — God is with us through it all.  God is love.  He cares for you.  Death cannot separate us from His love.  Nothing can separate us from His love.

So Be Encouraged!!

Faith and Fear

This is a short, less than 5 minute video, of Jeff Struecker, the soldier who lived through the events featured in the movie, “Black Hawk Down”, talking about “Faith and Fear”. In this time of Panic–facing the unknowns– this is worth watching!!

There is no reason to Panic — Is there?

Today my husband took my daughter shopping and my daughter came back all a buzz about how the stores were sold out of toilet paper, and other basic supplies.   It seems that 2 cases of the coronavirus, in our state, is cause of major panic, colleges and schools closing, and stores being wiped of supplies right off the shelves.

Friends and family are posting articles on facebook on how to prevent getting this virus.  People are panicking because they don’t know much about this virus.

This is what I find curious about us as human beings.  We live on a ball that is hurtling through space, we live with people dying all the time, with the threats of tornadoes, or hurricanes, or earthquakes.   The flu season just killed thousands and thousands more than this Corona virus is expected to kill.

All of us literally face death, every single day.  But most of us, are oblivious to this.  We go about our lives, going to school, or work, or whatever, acting like we are going to live forever.

We don’t think, “I am going to die.  It could be today.”

But below the surface—it is there—the knowledge is there.

So– it should not be surprising to see people react and panic when something – like the uncertainty of the Corona-Virus brings that knowledge to the surface – that we are all going to die,—and that day could be coming sooner rather than later.

I hope that as people are faced with this truth, that they will consider these truths as well:

God loves us.  Jesus came to earth to die for us, so we could live with Him forever.  He did this because God wants us to know Him, and our sin was stopping that from happening. When Jesus died, He died for humanity’s sins, one perfect divine death to pay the penalty for all our sins and give us the gift of a relationship with God.   This gift needs to be accepted by each person individually, for that person to experience God’s love and forgiveness and experience a relationship with Him.

“For as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to be called, children of God….” John 1: 12

“The testimony is this, God has given us eternal life, this life is in His Son, he who has the Son, has eternal life…..” 1 John 5: 11,12

“This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent. ” John 17:3

If you would like to receive Jesus, you can do so by expressing your faith through prayer. 

“Lord Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins.  I open the door of my life and receive you as my Savior and Lord.   Please make me into the person You created me to be.  Thank you for this gift of a relationship with You.  Help me to listen to You and Your word and to follow You.”  Amen

Once you have made this decision, Jesus will come into your life as He promises:  “Behold, I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him…..” Revelations 3:20

He will never leave you.  “…I will never desert you nor will I ever forsake you.”  Hebrews 13:5

You will have eternal life.  “For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Knowing that we are God’s and He is ours, will make a difference in our lives.   No reason for panic.  No reason for distress.  But also, no reason to go back to being oblivious.  We can be aware of what others are going through.  We can reach out and help in our spheres of influence. 

We can be unafraid!! 

So Be Encouraged!!

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