2.27.2016

Lillian Trasher: Mother of the Nile

Happy Saturday to all my readers!

If you're like me you're looking forward to a nice relaxing spring break this coming week. :D Unfortunately not, but it will still be very fun I'm sure. :)
So, let's get on with the first part of the "Extraordinary People of the Past" series starting with Lillian Trasher who was nicknamed "Nile Mother of Egypt"-



I first read about her many years ago in the book "Lillian Trasher: The Greatest Wonder in Egypt". That is a great book, by the way, if you'd like to read more about her! (And all the other books by Janet and Geoff Benge) I don't actually remember much about her from that book since it was many years ago, but I do remember that she had a remarkable faith in God and that's (part) of the reason I picked her for the first person in my series. Well...the main reason was because one of my readers suggested her. (; But anyway...

Lillian Trasher was born in Jacksonville, Florida, but grew up in Georgia most of her life. (Ok, it will get more interesting than this:) When she was pretty young she briefly went to Bible school and then headed off to North Carolina to serve as a assistant at a orphanage there. She kept asking the Lord for guidance on what she should do with her life. I'm sure like many of us she wasn't sure what she wanted to do with her life, but she knew she wanted to serve her Savior in whatever ways she could, big or small. 

After waiting and praying she thought she had found her answer. A missionary who served in India came to speak and Lillian decided she wanted to serve the Lord in Africa. She asked her fiance to join her there, but he declined and he said they could post-pone there wedding until she came back, thinking this was just a short-term thing. But Lillian new that this was not just a couple months trip, but this is what she wanted to do with her life. I can't imagine how hard it must have been telling him that there wasn't going to be a wedding. But she did it and told her fiance that they needed to cancel their wedding. 

And at last she started to support raise. But nobody wanted to help her! I'm sure this was hard for her thinking that she knew what God wanted her to do...so why wasn't he letting it happen?? After a while she attended a missionary conference where a man spoke who served in Egypt. The pastor invited her to join him serving there when he went back and she decided God was calling her there instead. This is such a great example of how our plans are never our own. We may plan out how we want our life to go, but in the end God is always going to have the final say. I'm certainly guessing this was difficult for her to suddenly tell everyone she wasn't going to Africa, but to Egypt! But she knew that God had His hand in this and He would be with her wherever she went. 

But, she probably was still a little unsure...is this really where God wants me to go? Before she left people said that she should randomly open her Bible and read the first verse she first saw. When she did I imagine she was shocked for it couldn't have been clearer where she should go. The verse said "I have indeed seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their groaning and have come down to set them free. Now come, I will send you back to Egypt." Wow! That is pretty clear. :)

So, she left for Egypt with her sisters in 1910 carrying less than $100 dollars. Soon after arriving a dying woman brought her baby to Lillian and asked her to care for her. About a year later she started an orphanage where she lived entirely by faith. An excerpt from the book that I mentioned above says: 

"Do you mean to say you have no food for tomorrow?" the Egyptian man sputtered. "Well, yes," Lillian replied. The man exclaimed, "How awful! Will you be able to sleep tonight?" One of the orphan girls laughed out loud and said, "Why, Mama never has any food for tomorrow, and she never loses sleep over it!"

That is pretty incredible thinking that she was carrying the weight of feeding probably 25-30 orphans in her care. Doesn't that make us a little ashamed of worrying about things like if we're going to be able to go to that birthday party or go on that trip that we've waited forever for. God is faithful and He was definitely faithful for Lillian Trasher! 

About 8 years after arriving in Egypt she had started an orphanage and had 80 children to care for and feed each day. She also had set up a Bible study and a school. By 1924 she had 300 orphans that she was caring for plus she didn't have her sister to help her because she had left to go back to the United States. She continued to care for the orphans until her death.  

So...what can we learn from Lillian? Well, I would say we can first learn to pray and trust God with our future even when we have no idea what we want to do with it! And expect to do great things for God...but don't think that the little thing's don't matter either. I'm sure changing diapers and feeding little kids in North Carolina wasn't Lillian's idea of doing great thing's for God, but that preparing her for caring for hundreds of children later on. God blesses everything that is done for His honor. Also I think another thing we can learn from Lillian's life is that our life is not our own and we need to trust God that He knows what is best for us and if He is calling us to do something completely different than we think we need to do it! And lastly, I think we can learn that God is faithful...in the big things and in the small things He is always with us and faithful to meet our every need. 

Anyway, thank you for reading this post and I hope you were encouraged, as I was, by the example Lillian Trasher was! 

P.S. Oh! And I do have one clarification to make...in my last post I said I would be posting every Saturday. Which is right, but not on my series every Saturday! I'll probably do a post in my series about once a month or once every other month. :) 

2.23.2016

Introducing My Series: Extraordinary People of the Past


                         
                                                           Hello again to all my readers!

I am going to be starting a new series called "Extraordinary People of the Past" and wanted to give a introduction to it before my first post. I'm really excited to begin writing this series because I think I will learn a lot from writing it and I hope you will learn a lot from reading it! ( : I think there is a tremendous amount of things we can learn from people who have already "fought the fight, finished the race, and kept the faith". Each one has a courage, trust, and faith that is definitely beyond ordinary!

So...who am I going to be writing about? Well, for the most part I'm not going to tell you. :) And to be honest I don't even know who all I'm going to be writing about, but I'm guessing I'll write some posts about people you have heard of and you know the story pretty well (e.g. Corrie Ten Boom, George Muller, Eric Liddel), but I also aim to find people that you haven't heard of (and maybe I haven't heard of until then!). ( : My hope is that your faith and trust in God will be strengthened (and mine as well) as you learn about men and women who have fully surrendered their lives to Jesus Christ!

When will I be posting? I'm going to try to post every Saturday although I may have other random posts throughout the week. Another thing I'm going to be doing is adding links to books and movies about these people at the end of each post so if there is a certain person you would like to learn more about you can do so.

Anyway, that's a little bit about this series and I hope you will enjoy reading it in the weeks to come! Thank you for bearing with me on this incredibly boring posts! :D

If you have read or heard of any "extraordinary" people I would love any recommendations for posts in this series. Comment below!

2.12.2016

True Beauty


Hello Readers!
  

I just wanted to share a short video today by Leslie Ludy that I thought was so encouraging and challenging about True Beauty:

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this video so comment below!


2.11.2016

Deepening Your Relationship With Him




Have you ever really wanted to deepen your relationship with Christ, but not known how? I know I've struggled with wanting a deep, strong relationship with Jesus, but not really known how...in a practical sense...in this post I will share ways I have found for drawing closer to my Savior.

I think a very logical way to look at it is looking at your other relationships...think of a person you have a really strong relationship with and then think what makes it so. I'm certainly guessing that the person you're thinking of is someone who you spend a lot of time with or at least keep in touch with a lot if they don't live near you. This has to be the way we are with Jesus! How are we going to get to know someone and have a deep relationship with them if we never talk to them or keep in touch? It's practically impossible! So to have a strong relationship with Christ we must talk to him through prayer. Prayer is one of the most wonderful ways we can grow closer to our Savior. And I don't just mean a once a day "Lord, forgive me for my sins and help me live a good life" kind of prayer. I'm talking about "praying without ceasing"...continually throughout the day asking God to give you strength, love, and grace in each situation you face. I always find that when I do this I'm so much more at peace and I respond to tough situations in a much better way! So I would really encourage you to make prayer more than something you say quickly right before your day or even not at all. Make it meaningful, pour out your heart to the Lord, pray for others, pray for our country, pray for your future, and trust your Savior that He will hear your prayer and answer it in His timing. And be patient even if He doesn't answer right away although it will be hard as I have found! ( :

Another essential way to gaining a deep, intimate relationship with Him is spending time in His word, the Bible, which is his letter to us. If you've ever gotten a letter from one of your friends what do you do with it? Do you leave it on your desk to gather dust? Of course not! You open it, read it, and respond to it. This is how we need to be with the Bible! Read it daily, memorize it, think about it throughout each day, and obey it! This is another way we can draw closer to Him. It says in the Bible "If you love me you will keep my commandments". So if we truly love our Savior we will obey His word with joy! This is another wonderful way to deepen our relationship with Him!

And the last is difficult and hurts: trial. God gives us trials to test our faith and see if we will turn away from Him when things get hard or run to Him and draw all the closer. Trials are not easy, but if we get through them by drawing closer to Jesus He will reward us greatly and we will find out that our faith has grown and we have a much stronger relationship with Him than ever before! So really to sum it up, deepening our relationship with Him takes 1. Time: praying, reading His word, and obeying it And 2. Trial: persevering in difficulty and drawing all the closer to Him through that.


I hope this helps you as you journey deeper with Him! I would love to hear your thoughts on this post and ways you have grown closer to Jesus!

2.02.2016

A Welcoming Post




Hello and welcome to my blog "Completely For Him"!

I hope you will enjoy reading my posts in the future and checking out my other pages. In this post I am going to share about the meaning of my blog name and what I'll be posting  on it in the future. ( :

So...what is the meaning of the name "Completely For Him" and who is "He"? Well, let me first explain who "He" is. "He" is Jesus Christ! He is my Savior, my Lord, my best friend, and so much more! He gives me breath, He gives me joy, He gives me a reason to live and a purpose...and He can give you that too! The name "Completely For Him" comes from His word, the Bible... It says in Colossians 3: 23-24 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ." So these verses tell us that everything we do should be done--completely for Him. Every breath we breath, every word we say, every thought we have, should be done for Him and His honor and His glory. When we think of it this way it changes everything...we want to please him with our words, our actions, and our thoughts. We don't care what people think or what people say as long as we know it pleases Him! So...this sort of answers the last question of what I'll be posting on here...I'll be posting things that I hope honors Him! But even so I will post fun things like book reviews and recommendations, maybe some of my photography, recipes, and lots of other things as well as posts on living "Completely for Him"! ( :


Thank you for stopping by and I hope you will come back!