Wednesday, September 22, 2010

300 Days.

Exactly 300 days ago, life as we knew it was forever changed.

300 days ago, I wasn't sure how many more days I would have with my husband.

300 days ago, I wasn't sure of the quality of those remaining days.

300 days later, my healthy, whole husband and I are boarding a plane for the other side of the world.

300 days later, we are preparing our hearts to refresh the saints and shine the light of the gospel in Sudan.

300 days ago, God was good and did good.

300 days later, God is good and does good.

May He be forever praised!

36 comments:

LayGuy said...

Awesome post!! Hope you guys have a safe, productive and fun trip in Africa!

The Mac Fam said...

Amazing. You and Matt are an inspiration to thousands. May you be blessed as you serve the people of Sudan and be refreshed yourselves.
Rachel

Marni said...

Amen! Praise God!

Ann Hastings said...

Amen!

Catherine said...

What a blessing you and Matt have been to my life and the lives of my family. We love you all and pray for you. God has blessed you both with a beautiful family.

Kim said...

amen!!! praying for your trip.

Cassie said...

what a crazy 300 days it has been. good to know that it's only been crazy from our perspective. our Sovereign God knows just what He is doing...and you're right...He is good and does good. Praying for Sudan and their hearts today!

Kacie Paige said...

Beautiful post!

Shopoff Family said...

Powerful post...God is good!

Bina said...

Praising God with you! Praying for a fruitful and blessed trip. It is going to be amazing for all, I am sure. God bless!

emily said...

praise the Lord!!
I've been following your journey through twitter and this blog. Am so blessed to see you and Matt facing this trial with faith and confidence. God has and is so good!

Tiffani said...

What an amazing poem - I haven't seen you since Freshman year of college but you and Matt continue to bless my life - especially more recently as a loved one has melanoma - thank you for your testimony and ministry - God is so good.

rachel said...

Amen!

Erin said...

Love this post and love Jesus! Awesome!!!!!

Leslie D. said...

YES!! :-) A ll I can do is smile about this right now!! And praise the Lord, of course!

sln said...

That really is wonderful news! And I humbly ask a question: Is God still good if things turned out differently 300 days later?

Brooke said...

I am so excited that you guys have reached an important milestone! My husband was diagnosed with leukemia in 2006 and we are now 3.5 yrs cancer-free! It is amazing to look back, see where you were, and know where God is taking you. Have fun in Sudan!

Abby said...

Hello Lauren, I just wanted to say thank you for how you are choosing to trust and learn from God so much during this difficult time in your life.

I say thank you because from your pictures to your vlogs i see Gods grace and mercy in your countenance and its so sweet to see Him there... it gives me hope he can do the same in me.


I'm so happy you look like your fully enjoying Him even in your 'valley'... thanks again Mrs. Chandler.

mairi alexopoulou said...

Beautiful!

Laura Hayes said...

It hasn't been 300 days, but only 2days ago that my husband and father of 3 grown girls was diagnosed with Lung Cancer. His name is Richard Hayes and as I sit here writing this to you, I am scared to death that I don't know how much longer I will have with my husband or our daughters with their father. I'm scared of the treatments, I'm scared that he will be sick and fragile and he will suffer greatly, I'm afraid that our finances will be ruined and I guess I'm just scared to even breatht. I wish I felt as strong as everyone thinks I am, but I don't right now. I know God is in control but I feel so out of control. I am inspired by your posts and the courage that you have displayed. I only hope that I can be too. Safe travels to your family.

Dionna said...

God is so good. Just think of all the little things He does for us that we don't even notice at all? How worthy He is of our praise.

Karla said...

What a privilege it has been to pray for you over these past 300 days, led by our own life-changing experience of the past 23 months. May God bless the ministry you do in Sudan for His glory!

http://pastormikeevans.wordpress.com/

The Unterburgers said...

Praise God. We pray for you daily in Tasmania Australia. Dear Sweet Chandler family. Praise God

The Unterburgers said...

Praise God. We pray for your family/church/ministry everyday here in Tasmania Australia. God bless you all. Praise God.

TexQueenie said...

Here's to many more "300 days" and the blessing you all continue to pour out on others. May your family continue to be blessed as well!

David Kuo said...

Beyond beautiful. Praying for you all.

Adrian Warnock said...

We are so glad that you and Matt chose to spend a few of those precious 300 days here in London with us. The blessings reverberate.

Adrian Warnock said...

We are so glad that you and Matt chose to spend a few of those precious 300 days here in London with us. The blessings reverberate.

cal+claire said...

Amen!

Lisa writes... said...

Rejoicing in the Lord's faithfulness with you!

New Cov Youth pastor said...

I heard your husband speak at the advance 09 conference. I was about to give up on ministry. God used his sermon to lift my heart. 300 days ago God used his response to this trial to change my heart in such a way that my ministry has never been the same. I love listening to your husband preach because God works a miracle on my heart every time I do. Tell him a youth pastor from Greenville, SC says ,"thank you for loving and trusting God the way you do. It"s epic!"

New Cov Youth pastor said...

I heard your husband speak at the advance 09 conference. I was about to give up on ministry. God used his sermon to lift my heart. 300 days ago God used his response to this trial to change my heart in such a way that my ministry has never been the same. I love listening to your husband preach because God works a miracle on my heart every time I do. Tell him a youth pastor from Greenville, SC says ,"thank you for loving and trusting God the way you do. It"s epic!"

Anonymous said...

May the Lord be with you as you give of Jesus in Sudan.
~

A. Ann
http://resolved2worship.xanga.com/

Deonza Melton said...

Great post! Beautiful family!! May God continue to bless each of you tirelessly and abundantly!!!

Fish with Trish said...

"May He forever be praised"

Amen, sis!

Oksana Kipko said...

Wow! God is so good! Thank you for sharing with the world your journey. It is such an encouragement to read.