Tuesday, April 15, 2008

God Is Good

Oh friends... what a great week this is! I have several pieces of exciting news to share with you!

All of you bloggy friends know how you can meet someone in the blosgosphere and feel like you already know them. You just connect and know that person has a heart after Jesus. Well, I have a friend I met through blogging who I feel just that way about.

Her name is Kimberly, or you might know her as kmom3 at A Planting of the Lord. I had never met Kimberly in person... until last night. We had a great "girl-friends" night last night.

My friend Carol from Sheep to the Right, and I went down to SC to my old church, Edwards Road Baptist, in Greenville. We attended their Ladie's First Choice event which featured Carol Kent as the speaker. I had invited Kimberly to join us and to my pleasure... she did.

It was so great to put a face with her name. She was an absolute joy to meet. And.. her sweet, sweet spirit that comes through in her writing on her blog is so evident in her personality. She was a true joy and blessing. (And she even brought gifts :-) I was honored and excited to get to spend some time with her.

I also got to see one of my best real life friends Janet from Living Oak Ministries. I wish all of you could meet Janet in person. She is one of the funniest, most talented, seeking after Christ people I know. She holds me accountable and encourages me in so many ways. I always treasure the time we get to spend together, which is limited now since we both moved in opposite directions. Make sure you keep your eye out for her because she is about to complete her first CD project and it is going to be wonderful. I fully expect to hear her on the radio soon :-)

And Carol and I got to spend some great time visiting in the car on the way to SC and back. We actually got to have conversations that were not interrupted by two 4 year olds little girls in the back seat. Carol is tons of fun to be with and is always looking to see the hand of the Lord in everything. We had such great conversations about what God is doing in our lives right now. It's so great to have friends you can talk to who love the Lord as much as you do.

Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

Ecclesiastes 4:10 If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!

I also got to visit with a lot of my old friends from ERBC, whom I miss and love dearly... and I got to see my sister and mother in love Judy and Liz. BTW... today is Liz's Birthday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIZ!! I miss them and love them very much, and it was great to see and fellowship with them too.

I am so blessed to have godly friends and family!

As if all this wonderful girlfriend time wasn't enough... we got to hear Carol Kent Speak. She is incredible. If you have never heard her testimony, I encourage you go buy her books "When I Lay My Isaac Down" and "A New Kind of Normal." They are both wonderful. And she and her husband Gene were so nice. They stayed until almost 10pm, making sure to sign everyone's books and taking time to speak to each person individually. They poured out hope and love on everyone there.

Wow... just when you think God is so good and you couldn't imagine Him doing more for you, He goes and "blows your socks off" again, as my friend Carol would say.

Yes... I have even more exciting news to share!

If you have been reading my posts for very long... you may remember this post about one of Spencer's seizures. In this post, I talked about deciding to apply for a seizure response dog and leaving the rest in God's hands.

Well... we did apply. And we prayed. And we got a phone call a few days later. And guess what?!

If you can't read this... it says... On April 16, Spencer is getting a new best friend!

God is so good! He always meets us right at our point of need. I can hardly contain my excitement. We are flying to Chicago today for a press conference tomorrow about Spencer being selected to receive a seizure response dog from UCB and Canine Assistants.

We will actually receive our dog hopefully this summer when we attend a two week training camp. I will post more details soon. Just know that whatever your need is... take it to Jesus. He is sure to meet it.

Now that I have told you all about my friends and Spencer's new friend... I'm off. I've got to catch a flight. I will try to post more tomorrow but if I don't get to post, be sure to visit me at Writer Interrupted tomorrow for Midweek Motivation.

Sweet Blessings to you!



Michelle said...

I am so happy to hear Spencer is getting a new best friend. God is so good! Have a great trip to Chicago! Sounds like a wonderful time in S.C. Blessings!

kmom3 said...

I am SOOOO excited you guys are getting the dog! How awesome!
And thank you so much for your sweet words! I had such a wonderful time! Thank you, Amy!

I look forward to seeing you again!
Love and Blessings,

Stephanie (Ocean Mommy) said...

I love our God!!!! I can't wait to hear more about the new family member! This is such an answer to prayer. So cool....

Cheri said...

So happy that you all got to meet each other!

How wonderful that Spencer is getting a seizure dog..I bet he is sooo excited he can hardly sit still!!I will be praying for all of you through this transition!

Jai said...

Oh Amy! Praise God for the rescue dog! Yeah!

Looks like you had a great time. I LOVE Carol Kent. I have only heard her speak on television, but she has ONE amazing testimony!

Looks like you had so much fun! I wish I could have been there. I miss my girlfriend time.

You all look so cute together! Good friends ARE hard to find. Praise God for these ladies.

Jenny said...

That is all great news, especially the part about Spencer and his new dog! I bet he is so excited!


Carol said...

Thanks for the sweet words. You are my gift from God! I love you, girl! It was such a fun night. And God just doesn't ever rest. When he finishes pouring out one bucket of blessings, he reaches down to grab another and the pouring continues. I am praying for you as you travel. I am so excited for Spencer!

Cindy Swanson said...

Carol Kent is amazing! I had the privilege of interviewing her a while back, about her book "When I Lay My Isaac Down."

That's so cool that you were able to meet up with your bloggy friend! :)

I enjoyed my visit to your blog...hope you'll stop by mine when you get a moment!

Janet Roller said...

I'm so excited for your family. This is such an opportunity.
It was great seeing you Monday - can't wait to hear about the press conference.

elizabeth embracing life said...

Amy, what a great update. I am really happy that you get to have the dog. You were chosen?! How cool is that. Meeting up with so many old and new friends is a blessing. Sounds like you are keeping yourself inspired and busy. Blessings!

Andrea said...

That is great news!! And, wasn't Carol Kent an amazing speaker! I heard her last year at a ladies retreat and loved every minute of it! I loved her book, "When I lay my Isaac Down" and referred to that biblical story a lot during the medical stuff with Andon.

I'm so happy about Spencer's new best friend too! And, while I've been reading your blog for a while I failed to mention that my younger sister has horrible seizures too (actually one caused her to become mentally handicapped). I always dealt with the seizures as a small child, trying to help her through them. And, when we got a lab, he would sense the "aura" come over her before one would take over her body and would lay beside her. It was really strange but he was always there beside her.

Laura said...

Awesome, awesome post! I feel the same way about those type of meetings. I've had the priviledge of meeting 4 ladies so far and we connected as though we had know each other for many, many years. One I spoke of yesterday. She didn't blog, but we got connected through a friend of hers that did. God IS so good!!
Have a wonderful weekend,

Anonymous said...

so cool, so cool!!! I'm just now catching up with your blog and I'm so excited about all of your news!!!