Some of you already know about the website we have started to try to continue to honor our precious daughter--we pray by God's grace we are able to do this. Our goal is to encourage others to "Let Your Light Shine" on this earth, with Christ's strength and help. We want to do what we can to help others hear Avelyn's story; we know God has a plan for all this...we cling to the hope that it is something big, and we want to do our part--as least as much as we can--to be a part of it. We encourage you to check out our website and share any ideas you may have to try to help our cause. We would really appreciate your help!!
We have already printed bookmarks with our logo, which also tell a bit about Avelyn's story; we designed these with the help of a friend. If you would like a bookmark, please let us know and we can try to get you a couple. If you already have one and would like a few more, let us know, and we can try to do that, as well. We want to share with others--as many people as possible--so that by God's grace others may come to know Christ--that don't know Him already--and all will also be encouraged to "Let Your Light Shine."
The past few days have been a struggle for me at times. I think it's because maybe reality is setting in even more. As I think about our sweet daughter and how I will miss her GROWING UP--smiling for the first time, laughing for the first time, sitting up, crawling, walking, riding a bike, going on trips with us, getting on the bus for the first day of school, graduating from high school, etc, etc, etc, I am extremely saddened and at times angry. I am ashamed to admit, at times I don't care about any other things, I only long to be with my sweet daughter again. As I think about these things, I wonder, "maybe God has given us this theme, this logo, for ME."--He has put me on this earth for a purpose, and while I am here, awaiting Jesus' return, I MYSELF need to "Let MY Light Shine." I know this will be hard for me--or anyone--for that matter, to do ALL the time, but by God's grace, I need to find my strength in Him to try to do this as much as possible.--I need to keep my eyes on Him...I need to get my strength from Him, so that I may better Shine my Light...God's Light through me.
A few weeks ago after Avelyn's memorial service, Josh & I were discussing a 'theme' or a 'message' that we wanted to share with others to honor our precious daughter and keep her story alive, and "we" came up with "Let Your Light Shine." As we were searching in the Bible for a verse that might match this theme, we came across those exact words in Matthew 5:16, which made it apparent that GOD literally GAVE us the theme, gave us those words. Matthew 5:16 says: "In the same way, LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." As I think about how I might struggle in the next few days, weeks, months, and even years, I feel this message will be for me. I know I won't struggle every minute of every day, but when I do, these words will hopefully help me to keep my eyes looking up, know who I get my strength from, and encourage me to hang on and let my light SHINE. Our hope, if even just in the smallest way possible, is that we--through God's grace--may encourage you to Let Your Light Shine, as well...and our hope is that we can continue to do this on an ongoing basis for you and others.
This is why it becomes so important that you share any ideas you may have in helping us do this!! There is a section on the website under 'Comments.' One thing we would love to do is, in addition to our bookmarks, print additional items with our logo, as well. Maybe t-shirts, notepads, front license plates... We shall see where the Lord leads us. I pray He will guide us and give us ideas that we may touch as many lives as possible, with His help. So...if you have ideas, PLEASE share!
As Avelyn shines her light on me every day, I pray I may do the same--for her, for my God, and for others--as I live my life here on earth...