Encouragement for the days ahead

This past Friday, we celebrated the life of my PawPaw, LS Hollinger.  The service was so special and sentimental.  Today, I just want to thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers.  They have been the perfect source of comfort during this hard time.  Below, I have included more pictures and some of the verses that were read during his funeral and graveside services.  I hope that you will find just as much encouragement from them as my family and I have and will continue to find through them in the days to come.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,

who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to

comfort those who are in any affliction,

with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings,

so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.”

2 Corinthians 1:3-5

“So we are always of good courage.

We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord,

for we walk by faith, not by sight.

Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body

and at home with the Lord.

So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.”

2 Corinthians 5:6-9

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!

Serve the Lord with gladness!

Come into his presence with singing!

Know that the Lord, he is God!

It is he who made us, and we are his,

we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,

and his courts with praise!

Give thanks to him; bless his name!

For the Lord is good;

his steadfast love endures forever,

and his faithfulness to all generations.”

Psalm 100


Walking Billboard in Everything

If you read my last post, you may remember that I am on a quest to do something out-of-the-box everyday in order to experience God.  To rise up to this challenge, I grabbed my camera, jumped on my bike with near flat tires (oops!…not a good idea), and hit the roads around campus.  At last, I arrived at the bookstore, and knowing me, I became super excited.

Averting my eyes from all the books on shelves around me–after all, there was just too much temptation to buy even more–I went straight upstairs to the area with greeting cards.  There among many, one card in particular stood out.  “I wanted to do something, anything, but I didn’t know what to do.  So I did this.  This is my something.”

I read the card, and I began to wonder, What is my something?

Do you ever wonder what your “something” is?

God has given each one of us different skills and passions that give us a special place in His body.  But here’s where we can sometimes be wrong in our belief as Christians…Sometimes, we let ourselves become passive in participating in the Body of Christ.  I know this from experience because I have definitely been one to even use “God’s will is what will happen, so just don’t worry!” as an excuse to, in essence, be lazy.

While I certainly believe that God’s will truly will be what happens, I also believe that Paul spoke the truth in saying that we are ambassadors for Christ! (2 Corinthians 5:20).  Think about it… We, in essence, are walking billboards for Christ!

No matter where you going or what you are doing, be aware that not just your “something” but your “everything” is always advertising how we are changed from the inside out whenever Christ’s love lives inside of us.

So go out into the world filled with encouragement.  Be a walking billboard for Christ in all that you do!