I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all for you, I will always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident until that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:1,
How fitting it is for me today to be preparing to teach on Philippians this coming month. Paul has learned how to change his focus. He sees all circumstances through the lenses of the kingdom of God. He sees every trial and every joy as a benefit to the kingdom of God. He sees it as an opportunity to draw closer to Christ Jesus, to bring glory and praise to God. Philippians 1 begins by giving thanks to God for those Paul loved, to those that were bonded to him because of their faith in Christ Jesus. Paul loved deeply and never forgot the people who loved him through his hard times and those that walked beside him in his faith. What a blessing!
Today marks 23 years since we lost my Father. I have learned so much about my Christian walk and how to live out my salvation from the 18 years I was blessed to watch my Father live his life for Jesus. He was an incredible man, funny, loyal, loving, strong and passionate but above all, he loved Jesus. He and my mom worked hard to raise us with intentional living in every thing that we do but to above all, love Jesus and follow him. I am so thankful of the legacy that he left, because
leaving a legacy that is all about Jesus, ensures the legacy never dies.
The page is not large enough to name each person that prayed with us and walked beside us in some really dark and tragic days but nonetheless, I thank God for you every day. You were a huge support and strength for us as you partnered with us to keep turning our heads to Jesus Christ always “confident that He who began a good work in us will be faithful to carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Thank you to each and every one of you for loving us and for being the hands and feet of Christ to the “fatherless and the widow’. God has blessed us greatly with friends and a very special extended family.
My prayer today, 23 years later, is that through it all I can say “12, Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel.” May I live our my days, whatever may come, to advance the gospel.