The word surprise keeps turning over and over in my mind because I continue to be amazed! The dictionary defines surprise in its noun form as
“an unexpected or astonishing event, fact, or thing.”
As a verb surprise means
“to cause to feel wonder or amazement because of being unexpected”
In January, Justin and Tiffany Whited surprised us by saying they wanted to host a Gala as a fundraiser for Desperately Dependent Community. Really??? Someone wants to volunteer for all that work and planning??? Wow!!!
On July 7, 2015 we signed a lease for DDCCenter! Oh my!!! We now have a ministry Center!!! What a responsibility!!! What has God accomplished?!?!?! What will God accomplish???
At the first annual Gala for DDC on October 10, 2015 we were astounded by all the friends from around the country that joined to launch this amazing ministry. As they came through the door one by one my heart leaped for joy with each loving embrace and all the warm words of encouragement! My mind reeled with many reminders of the astonishing testimonies of God’s grace and spiritual growth that has been accomplished in so many lives!
And then I was flabbergasted when my Dad and Mom from Stuart, Florida walked through the door!!! Seriously??? These two seniors in their 80s drove over 700 miles to surprise us??? What??? Two dozen roses too?!?!?!
Days after the Gala as we were still trying to assimilate all the surprises of the days before, representatives gathered to announce the totals of the financial support given and pledged at the Gala. We were stunned! Or is the word shocked? Probably both and so much more!!! Our hearts welled with praise and gratitude for all God is giving through His people to help us help Christian leaders help you!!!
How can it be that this year has passed so quickly??? Are you surprised that we are already in the last quarter of the year??? Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner!!! We would LOVE to share our gratitude with you at the DDCCenter Open House Saturday, November 21st! Watch the Events page of our website and Desperate Dependency facebook page for upcoming details.
When I was pondering on surprises I kept thinking about the surprise of the shepherds as the angels announced the birth of Jesus. Luke 2:13-14 is delightfully designed and available as a digital file in our Etsy shop along with other great NEW DesignVerses for your holiday creations! Be sure to visit the shop and surprise us with your comments!!!
Especially as we have been planning the Gala and preparing DDCCenter, the Ministry Team has been surprised by many details that God brought together and the power that worked in us. While we hoped for special favor on our endeavors, we still praise God for His unexpected blessings. Repeatedly we were reminded of Ephesians 3:20–21 (NASB):
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.
HOW DOES THIS APPLY TO ME?
Are we surprised by God? Should we be? What do you think? We would LOVE to hear your comments!
Lord, I must admit, I am surprised at the fiery trials we go through, as if something strange were happening to us. Please keep reminding me and help me to be very glad—for these trials make me partners with You in Your suffering, so that we will have the wonderful joy of seeing Your glory when it is revealed to all the world.
Lord, when we are insulted because we bear Your name, we are blessed, for Your glorious Spirit rests upon us! I praise You for the privilege of being called by Your name! Whether we are enjoying blessings or are suffering in a manner that pleases You, please enable us to keep on doing what is right. We trust our lives to You because You created us. Thank You, that You will never fail us! . . .(1 Peter 4:12–19)
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