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Way to go JHS

The Senior class at Jacksonville High School put together a fundraiser where the high school was able to raise $526.87 last week through Caps for a Cause”. They raised enough money to sponsor a student this summer at Camp Bridges. Camp Bridges provides a summer camp for children who have received an organ transplant. You can find out more about Camp Bridges at http://www.campbridges.org/ . Jennifer and I are very proud of Anna for stepping up to the plate and leading her classmen as they selfishly served others.

Sometimes it’s the smallest things

Not only did the students help raise money to send a student to camp,  several students plan to go volunteer during one of the camps. So many times we don’t look at the big picture, we seem to be focused on the details of the current event. I guess what I’m saying is, for some the fundraiser has been more than just paying a dollar to wear their cap to school or even to raise money to sponsor a student for camp. For  some, this small event may have changed their life. The impact on those who go volunteer at camp this summer is not known at this time. The potential influence very well could be the deciding factor that helps them choose their career. Who knows, maybe we will read one day where an organ was donated and  find out it all started one day back in high school by paying a dollar to wear  a cap to school. Or maybe someone will be a doctor, nurse, social worker, transplant coordinator. Only time will tell, but from what I’m hearing Caps for a Cause was only the beginning for some.

Pressing on ,

Jason

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He shook my heart

The past six months have been quite the journey. I can’t explain the life changing experience that consumed my life. When my mom began to get sick again I couldn’t understand why. I mean, I knew she had recurring kidney problems but the idea that God was allowing her to go through pain and sickness was confusing.  Little did I know God had an unimaginable plan ready to shake the heart and mind of a teenage girl.

He has plans for me

A few days before Christmas my dad got a phone call from our pastor saying he wanted to come over and share something with my mom and dad. That evening my pastor shared with my family that his kidney was a match for my mom. When I heard the news a wave of emotions overwhelmed me. Through my moms illness God drew me closer to Him. I realized that I had made God earth-bound, I let myself forget that nothing in the universe holds Him down.  He proved Himself once again invincible, all-powerful, and uncontainable. He holds my life in the palm of His hand and He knows the paths I will take and the bridges I will cross. “For I know the plans I have for you,’declares the Lord,’ plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future” Jeremiah 29:11.

My senior project

As my mom went through her transplant process, I came to know of a boy named Dylan. Dylan is in the 7th grade at my high school. I had heard through the grape-vine that he was struggling with renal failure like my mom and has recently had a kidney transplant too. Around the same time my dad and I had been brain storming about a project for my senior class. Little did I know once again God was going to blow my mind. This past fall I was elected as my class president, not knowing this would give me and advantage in making an impact in the lives of someone I didn’t even know. Back to the senior project so my dad and I got in touch with people from the Alabama Organ Center who linked us with Camp Bridges. Camp Bridges is a camp for kids and teens that have been sick most of  their whole life and have received an organ transplant. The camp provides a place for kids to experience things they may have missed out on and to teach them how to take care of themselves. Camp Bridges was the answer! Through a series of meetings and a ton of planning my senior class will be putting on a week of fundraising from April 30th  to May 4th to send a child and family to camp bridges this summer. Now how do we raise awareness of kidney disease…Dylan. The fundraiser of the class of 2012 from Jacksonville High School is going to be in the honor of Dylan.

Sitting back and thinking how God has used my moms kidney failure to change my life and give me a chance to impact those around me is mind-boggling. God can change a heart in the blink of an eye.  My faith and relationship with my Lord was strengthened, refreshed, and renewed thanks to His mighty plan involving a beautiful and loving mother. “Jesus Christ is the first and last, author and finisher, beginning and end, alpha and omega, and by Him all other things hold together. He must be the first or nothing. God never comes next!” – Vance Havner

Anna

 

 

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J.R. Tolkien once said “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” I don’t know about you but every time I read that quote I  wonder am I doing  the best with the time God has given me. I seem to be running around like a chicken with my head cut off, and I can’t see any end in sight. I don’t think that God intended on this type of living, and I really hate this is what our lives consist of. Tonight my little family after having dinner went for a walk in our neighborhood, and it was so peaceful. We had nowhere to be or anything to do, so I wonder why we don’t do this kind of thing every night. Now don’t get me wrong I love being busy, and having my children involved in things I just wonder if we are on the right course.

I never thought I would be jealous of Little House on the Prairie, but I find myself feeling that way often. It is so easy for me to get caught up in all the worldly things, and wanting more. My question is where does it end? When did we start buying into the idea of needing more. I want for God to be proud of how I spent my time, and I also want to be proud of myself also. I want to look back at the end of my life and be satisfied with what I was given. One day we will give an account of what we have done with the opportunities God gave us. I really want to be able to stand and say I didn’t waste time and energy on things that didn’t add to the kingdom.

Matthew36-40 says “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me,I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me. Then the righteous will answer will answer him saying , Lord when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick and or in prison and visit you? And the king will answer them,Truly I say to you, as you did to the least of these you did to me.” This scripture is straight out of Jesus mouth, so what can you say to argue with that? I am trying to keep this scripture in my head when it comes to what I do with my time and my resources. Jason and I want to be the ones he can say that statement to,and that we  have spent our days serving others.

I know I have a long way to go, but I hope to get there soon. I know that God has plans for each of us and it’s just up to us whether or not to follow His plan.

live from the crazy farm,

jennifer

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