Hey everyone. I want to thank all of you for the wonderful support you have given me and this blog. I want to apologize for how little I have been posting the past year. It is crazy how one can get busy.
But I want to get back into consistently posting on here. I know I owe you all that, as well as God since he has definitely given me this opportunity.
So I am starting with this post…
The past year has been a full one for me. With starting up classes again at my local JC, doing my best to get adjusted to my new area (been here almost 2 years now!), as well as finding a good church home. My beautiful niece was born, and many other big things.
I had a wonderful summer; I had the amazing experience of leading worship with a dear friend of mine, Maggie Quiroz. She had a voice like an angel, and a heart like a saint, and was my biggest role model in learning how to worship God, not just in song, but with a Life. I say “had” because Maggie has since gone home to be with the Lord…she had been battling breast cancer since late 2006.
My heart was definitely broken by the loss all who knew had…but was also left with the encouragement of knowing that she is at the throne of God, worshiping him like she was created for.
Now I am sharing this with you because of the stirring in my heart that was prompted by Maggie’s life. At the young age of 31, she did leave this world, but she did not leave it unchanged. With her LIFE she worshiped God. She genuinely impacted the life of everyone who met her. Even when she was in the hospital the week before she passed, she was praying for the doctors who she came in contact with…
So this my conviction:
When I look at Maggie, I do see a glimpse of Jesus. When people look at me…do they see a glimpse of Jesus? If my life were to end at 31 years of age, will I have made a difference in peoples lives?
This is my resolve:
The life I live in the body, I will strive to no longer live for me. I will live it for the one who loved me and gave Himself for me. I will press on toward the goal to win the prize in which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. I will do my best to remember that everything is a loss compared to knowing Christ. I Will Live For Jesus.
I pray that you may be encouraged by Maggie. She has shown me that it is possible to live how we are all called to live. May we all strive to live a life that leaves a glimpse of Jesus in it’s wake.
In God’s Love and Grace,
Here is a wonderful worship song that Maggie wrote in late 2009: