Saturday, July 13, 2013

Only One Life.

Growing up as a little girl, my Mom would quote often, "Only one life twill soon be past. Only what's done for Christ will last."

It was another early morning.
I was headed to work as I always do.

Everything happened so fast. I lost control of the vehicle, dodged oncoming traffic, (somehow) missed hitting a telephone poll and concrete gasoline line, the vehicle rolled twice, and I hung from my seatbelt - sideways... trapped, waiting for help. The shock brought me to sobs, "Jesus, help me!"

During those moments, it was as if Jesus was right next to me whispering in my ear, "I have set before you life and death!"

A week and a half ago, I was so close to going home to be with Jesus, but the Lord spared my life. A Police Officer simply said, "Lady, you had an Angel holding you. Don't take that for granted."

I walked away from the vehicle and went home with only a scratch on my toe!

The next morning, my entire body was radiating with pain and I would not stop vomiting. The pain was so horrible, all I wanted to do was just DIE. That afternoon, I was admitted into the Emergency Room where they immediately put me on Morphine through an IV to ease the intense pain. The hospital decided to perform a CAT scan and multiple x-rays to look for any concussion or ruptured organs. Praise the Lord, the results came back good! My body was simply reacting to the trauma & stress of a serious car accident.

God was so very good to me in those moments.

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The events that happened in my life as of recently have caused me to pause and reflect on the Sovereignty of God and the shortness of this life.

A week or two prior to my accident, I was going through my (neglected) book collection. I pulled out two identical books I had gotten on my high school graduation day (years ago) titled, "Don't Waste Your Life" by John Piper. One of the books had a "Don't Waste Your Life" sermon tucked in the back of it, and I listened to it that afternoon. I was sobered and reminded of the shortness of life.

The very morning of my accident, I woke up half an hour earlier for "no reason." I never wake up before my alarm! That morning I felt the Lord prompting me to soak in extra promises from His Word. I opened to Philippians 3 where I read, "...Whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake, I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish... that I may gain Christ and be found in Him... that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and may share His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death." In those moments, the Lord reminded me of an old, familiar hymn, "Loved with everlasting love, led by grace that love to know... Oh this full and perfect peace! ... In a love which cannot cease, I am His, and He is mine." It was an hour and half later that I was in the car accident.

The Lord KNEW I would be in the accident that day.
My life was spared.

But what if I had gone home to be with Jesus?
What would have been said of my life?
Would it had been said that I made an eternal impact in others lives and lived for the glory of God?

All of my earthly possessions would have been left behind. It wouldn't have mattered what kind of car I drove, what kind of home decor I decorated with or what my wardrobe looked like. It wouldn't have mattered what kind of income I made or whether I looked like the world's definition of "beauty queen."

One day, the Lord WILL call each one of us home to our eternal destiny when we, most likely, do not expect it. It could be tomorrow.

Don't waste your life.

Only what's done for CHRIST will last.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Leah is Returning to Mexico! // Photography Workshop

In less than 4 weeks, on July 29th, I will boarding an overnight flight to Guadalajara, Mexico!

When I came home from Mexico last October, a man from my church could hear in my voice how much I missed Mexico from the stories I told. He replied frankly, "Well, enjoy your visit here in the Stateside!"

The Lord has opened up a door of opportunity for me to return to Mexico, this time, to teach photography to a few of the Christians down there who are unable to come to the States for further photography education.

I am deeply honored to have been given this responsibility, but I am also challenged to make sure I will deliver the skills properly, so that they can have the necessary tools to be excellent photographers for the glory of God and furtherance of His kingdom.

I would be humbly grateful if you would put a few prayer requests down on your prayer list over the next couple of weeks... Pray that the Lord would give me the right words & tools as I put together photography packets, and that I'd communicate it well to my photography students, and that the Lord will give them the understanding to grasp it. Pray for ministry opportunities for us to be able to use our cameras to minister the gospel to the lost around us in the city of Guadalajara. (Photography for the Christian is not about us. It is a tool for us to use to minister to other people and to magnify the greatness of God!)

After a few days of teaching photography in Guadalajara, I would dearly love to fly back down to Chiapas (where I was last fall) for a visit before returning to the States. Pray that if the Lord wills, I'd be able to purchase a cheap plane ticket from Guadalajara to Tuxtla Gutierrez once I am in Mexico.

I can't tell you how excited I am to be returning to Mexico. Thank you all for your encouragement on this road and the prayers you have offered up before His throne.