Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Women's Christmas Gala

Last Saturday evening I attended a Women's Christmas Gala at my sister's church.  It was a lovely evening with dinner, live music and special testimony.  The event was sold out and there were 200+ women there.  The whole evening was a lot of fun, but what made this evening extra special was that my sister was the speaker.  She did an amazing job and God is really using her and continues to use our Abbey's story.  Stacey talked on peace and she used three situations/times in her life where she felt and saw God's peace in a powerful way.  The second story that she talked about was Abbey.  She read several portions of the blog and just talked about the incredible peace that God has given us in this situation since day one.  She gave a very accurate description of me and talked about how anyone that knows me, knows that I would be the last person that could handle something like this.  She explained it much better, but her message was clear that it is only by God's grace and peace that passes understanding, that we are getting through this and still able to have joy through this trial.  At the end of the night, the lady in charge of the night had my sister and I, along with my mom and Stacey's mother in law stand up and we all (all 200+ of us) prayed for Abbey.  It was very powerful and I really felt God's presence there that night.  There were so many women that came up to me and told me that they are praying for us.  It was an encouraging night and I was so proud of my sister for allowing God to use her.  I also once again saw how God is using our baby to bring glory to Himself and know it wasn't an accident that they asked Stacey to be the speaker this year while our family is going through this.  

My sister is in the red and the others at our table were some of our dear friends.  As you can kind of see, it was beautifully decorated and a very relaxing atmosphere.  Men from the church served us and my sister's husband Joey took care of our table.  It was a wonderful evening!


Bethany said...

You look absolutely gorgeous in the photos Shelley. I am so glad to see that you had a fun night out. You definitely deserved that :)

Keri Bush said...

I wish I could have been there. I'm glad you had a wonderful night out. Love you, Keri

Amber said...

Wow, I bet you felt completely engulfed in the Lord when 200+ women were praying for Abbey! God is so good! I'm so glad you had such a wonderful and relaxing evening. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a cancer-free new year.

The Gammons Family said...

I am so glad to read your story again this morning. God truly is most gloried in us when we are most satisfied in Him. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of this for God's glory. I continue to go to God on your behalf.

Thanks for the great comments on our blog.


Greers said...

You look fantastic Shelley--great seeing you on here! So glad you had a night out and had such a refreshing time. We continue to pray for your family! Have a Merry Christmas (and something is FINALLY in the mail!!!)