Thursday, March 29, 2012

"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen..."

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body.... because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

-2 Corinthians 4:7-18

Friday, March 16, 2012

36 Weeks!

I can't believe that I am 36 weeks! Timothy will be here so soon! Keep praying for God to prepare Warren and I for that day. I am still so excited to hold him and yet so scared to loose him. We continue to pray that if possible God will heal Timothy, yet not what we will but what He wills. We find comfort in the fact that ultimately no matter what happens God will heal Timothy. He will heal Timothy's earthly body or He will give him a new perfect and whole heavenly body. I love the following verses in 2 Corinthians that talk about favor being granted by the prayers of many. Keep praying! Your prayers mean the world to us right now!

"We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we dispaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God....On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many."
                                                                                        - 2 Corinthians 1: 9-11

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Sibling Weekend 2012!

Last weekend I was blessed with such a special treat! My two sisters and nephew flew in from Colorado, my brother drove up from College Station, and my other sister drove up from DBU. Thus, we had all the McClellan siblings at our house for the weekend! The girls got pedicures on Thursday afternoon and watched a girlie movie on Thursday night, since the boys weren't home yet. Friday we enjoyed sleeping in late, a long walk on the trail by our house in the sunny 65 degree weather, snow cones from Bahama Bucks, and On The Border for dinner. Saturday we got to show the Coloradans the DBU campus and then spent the afternoon at White Rock Lake. We enjoyed a wonderful picnic lunch, frisbee throwing, sunbathing on a blanket in the grass, and walk/runs around the lake. It was a glorious day! Saturday evening we feasted on pot roast and mash potatoes and then played a competitive card game after dinner. It wouldn't be a McClellan Family reunion without at least one card game being played! Sunday we went to church and then enjoyed the beautiful sunny weather again by eating lunch out on our deck, and then we said our goodbyes later that afternoon.

My family means the world to me! We have walked through so much together in the past and I know that we will always be there for each other to walk through what lies ahead in the future. Friends often come and go as we move from place to place and walk through different stages of life, but family remains constant no matter where you live or what stage of life you are in. I laugh now at all the fights we had as kids and I thank the Lord that he has brought all of us so close together!

 Kristin, Lauren, Michelle, and John David....I am so truly thankful the Lord put each one of you in my life! I am thankful for all the memories we have made together and all the love and encouragement you have given me over the last 29 years of my life. And I am especially thankful for your love, your hugs, your tears, your phone calls, your prayers, and your texts as you have all walked through the last three tough months with me. I am so blessed to call you my siblings! Thanks for blessing me with such an encouraging, joyful, and special sibling weekend! I love you guys!