Humbled. And I'm sure there's more of that to come.
"God is at work." Those are the words in an initial e-mail our new dear friend Ben sent us; he is helping us print stickers to put on & in our children's bibles we will be handing out. God is always at work, but this past week He has really opened my eyes to this more, and Ben's words put it perfectly. The last time I posted, I mentioned how Satan was over-powering my thoughts; God has given me so much strength this past week, and with His help I have renewed my mind (Romans 12:2) to focus on all He is doing in our lives. Some things are still being worked out, but He is helping us push onward to get so many things done, as well. As far down as I felt just a couple weeks ago, God has pulled me right back up and back on the journey He has us destined for. Praise God. I feel so humbled and extremely blessed by the way He helps to literally pull me through.
And the race goes on... Yes it's true! On Thursday we got the approval from the city we needed to make May 23rd our official race day for the 1st Annual Let Your Light Shine Family Walk/Run & 5K. All proceeds will go toward the purchase of children's bibles, which we are absolutely thrilled about. We still have some money from Avelyn's memorial funds that we will use to go ahead and buy some children's bibles - so we can start getting these out and allow others to see them before race day; thank you again to all who gave to these funds! Others will be blessed because of this!
We ourselves have been blessed by others these past few days in getting things out and ready to roll. Our registration form is now complete. Thank you dear friend!! We have had our friend change and adjust...and change and adjust...and change and ad... this thing so many times, she may not want to call us friend anymore. :) Yes, I do want the form to be the best it can be - easy to read, easy to fill out, look nice, etc, but in some ways I think as much as I want this race to happen, I am scared as well. Today she finally said in the most gentle way possible, "Let's get this thing out!" and I think that's what I needed to hear. A little push. She probably wanted to give me a big push (over the edge), but she gave me just what I needed. Thank you Amber. :) I don't believe I can attach the form on the caring bridge site, but it is on our website!! Please go to www.letyourlight-shine.com and you will find it under the "Family Walk/Run & 5K" tab. And for those reading this on our blog, the file is attached above! :)
I will never attempt to understand why our 16 day old precious baby girl passed away. That being said, it gives me peace to know God has us on a journey that will hopefully change the lives of others, by getting children's bibles into the hands of as many families and children as possible. I pray His Spirit will continue to lead us and guide us as we continue to embark on our Avelyn SonShine Journey...
Thank you ALL for your prayers these past few days, weeks, months. They continue to get us through. Please keep them coming! We have been humbled & blessed many times over because of each of you. Thank you!!
If you are able to join us on May 23rd to walk/run in memory of Avelyn - and to help raise funds to buy children's bibles, we would - again - be completely humbled AND honored. And equally so, if you are unable to join us for this event but would like to contribute to our ongoing fund to get children's bibles into the hands of others, please go to www.letyourlight-shine.com and click on the 'Donate Now' button for your donation to go directly into The Avelyn SonShine Journey Fund, the fund we set up through The National Christian Foundation.
Thank you, thank you, thank you...and May God Bless each and every one of you. *HUGS*