Great Expectations for 2011

From So Young:

Hello 2011!

I have great expectations from my mighty God this year. I think God has given me a bigger faith and allowed me to grow through this experience. He has brought me through a faith journey to understand him better. He is taking me on this journey to better understand him and his heart for all believers and the lost.

I want to live all of 2011 not looking too far ahead but being thankful for everybody God has put in my life and the small things of daily life. Even though it is going to be hard, God is going to give our family the ability to do that. I don’t know what he has in store: if he is going to restore my sight and shrink this tumor so that I can do what every mom should be able to do for her kids. I have to walk by faith and not by sight — literally.

You hear all the time how the Spirit resides in people, but when you actually see his people moved to compassion — not just for other people but for you and your family — it is overwhelming. In the beginning, I said, “God is good, all the me.” I still believe that. If I wasn’t a believer when this all started, I would be now, because this kind of  love is amazing. If everyone could treat each other the way we’ve been treated, this world would be so much better for the hurting, the lonely, the unloved, the rejected, and the ashamed.

I don’t know why God has decided to pour out his blessing and protection on my family and me, but I am very strengthened and thankful. That’s how I want to choose to live 2011 — waking up thanking God because he worthy of all my thanks and praises and glorifying him any way I can, because his name is above all names. Some day, every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord. It is by that name that people are fasting and praying for me. It is his name and faith in him that is going to take this immoveable mountain and move it.

“[Jesus] replied, ‘Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, “Move from here to there” and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you'” (Matthew 17:20).

I’m going to live my life expecting great things because God is great. I believe that I will  able to tell this tumor to shrink, and it will. We are all looking expectantly at him — that he will do it if he wants to. God wants us to confess to him that we believe. Well, I do believe.

I just want to live each day for God and have a good attitude and a right heart. My resolution is to get back to doing the normal things I used to do. I want to continue running and sign up for the Marine Corps Historic Half. (If any of you want to sign up, that’s the one I’m signing up for.)

I feel such gratitude for all the people who have come out and done so much for our family, especially fasting and praying. I do feel the power of your prayers. If we were to list all the kind things people have been doing — our church, neighbors, friends, family, coworkers, etc. — you would be astounded to hear it.

Thank you and we love you! Happy New Year!


7 Responses

  1. Just thought I would say that you and your family are continually thought about. I hope 2011 finds smiles and laughter surrounding you as your journey continues.

  2. Done. MCHH here we come… Just let me know when you are ready and we will start working on those long runs (hey at least we don’t have to do a 20 miler) Love ya.

  3. Happy 2011, glad to hear you’re signing up for the MCHH. I’m hoping for a PR for you in 2011. (Actually I’m hoping for one of those for me as well. ;-))

  4. We continue to pray and think of you. Happy 2011!

  5. So Young, you know that I love you, but you may not know that I learn from you and your witness. Our family is richly blessed because you (as well as all of the Parks and their families).

    I am thankful for your friends, neighbors, and our children’s educators that clearly demonstrate their love and concern in the most generous, loving ways. I rejoice in the demonstration of Christ’s love that Ambassador Bible Church has clearly demonstrated to our entire family.

    I am also grateful to my friends that graciously ignore my mess ups and continure to pray for you and our family while helping us in unexpected ways.

    Thanks everyone. Happy New Year!


  6. Hi So Young,
    I think I need to pay you a visit soon so we could spend some quality time. On Sundays you are bombarded with people who want to encourage you or be encouraged by your strength and eternal outlook on everything. You truly are an amazing women and I see God’s beauty radiate from your heart in such a transparent and powerful way. Thank you for sharing your journey with us and giving many of us strength and encouragement.

    Love You!

  7. We continue to pray for you and your family and wish the best for ya’ll in 2011.

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