Wednesday, November 19, 2008

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Last night, Jay's Hope Foundation provided supper for us families staying at RMH. Jay Gaskins battled cancer for 2 1/2 years and passed away almost three years ago. Jay's parents Cindy and Jason Gaskins founded Jay's Hope to provide support to families who have children with cancer.

Cindy shared a verse with us during prayer and devotion after supper.
The verse really touched me, so I thought I would share it.

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all
circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

I Thessalonians 5:16-18

I have thanked God many times for the past six weeks and all that He has taught me during this time. I do realize that there are so many who have a road much longer and more difficult than ours, and I pray for God to give them strength. I hope that I will always be reminded to be thankful in all circumstances.

4 comments:

Eunice Andrews said...

Ashlee, there is always a connection. I had never heard of Jay's Hope before this school year, but our school had a "Jay's Hope Day". The students could pay a dollar and wear a hat. All money raised went to Jay's Hope. I am proud of our students as they support efforts like this.

We continue to pray for everyone!

Eunice

Mel, Jojo and Boo said...

Ash,
Thanks for sharing. We all are blessed in so many ways. Life is so much better when we focus on the positive & all the many blessings that God has given us rather than the all of the negative.

How awesome for you to have had the opportunity to meet such a wonderful and inspiring family.The scripture is the best!

We continue to pray every day for Blair and you. Call us sometime when you have some free time - we would love to come up and visit.

Thinking of you,
Melissa

Jennifer said...

Ashlee,
This is one of the MANY scriptures Joe and I have clung to so tightly in the past seven (almost eight) weeks. It's amazing how the Holy Spirit guides us to the same verses in very different times of need.
You are right. There are others whose roads might be longer, or might not have such a hopeful destination. Your road has been difficult to travel nonetheless. This journey has changed your life forever, and, on the other side, I can guarantee this will be one of those circumstances you wouldn't change even if you could because of the difference it is making in your walk with Christ. You have been so faithful to praise God in all of this, and He will reward your faithfulness.
WE LOVE YOU!!!
Give Baby Blair some sugar for us.
Love,
Joe, Jennifer, Osjha, Juliana, Breeleigh and Samuel

Marie said...

That is a beautiful way to view this situation! Remain thankful for that beautiful baby girl! I wanted to tell you that last week we went to the NICU reunion. It has already been one year since Max was there! Seeing the kids of all ages, who are thriving, and hearing their stories was amazing! God is faithful and ever present. I have my fingers crossed and pray daily that Blair will be home soon!
Love, Marie