Updates on the Lee and Crawford Families

Posted By on May 16, 2011

Here are some updates on the Lee and Crawford families who continue to praise the Lord in the midst of devastating loss:

From Kelly Crawford in I am Persuaded:

I cannot even begin to express my gratitude to you, to our church family, to our friends and family abroad, to complete strangers, to friends we haven’t seen in years, to the surrounding churches and communities, to so many people who have embraced us with the sweetest and tenderest of mercies.

When I cry, it’s not because I’ve lost my home and all that is familiar to me.  It is mostly because I know I don’t deserve this kind of love.  And it has been a clear picture of God’s grace to sinners who don’t deserve mercy. Read more

In Why do Bad Things Happen?

Personal trials always push us to answer theological questions–to unpack the character of God and to wrestle with the hard facts.

Is suffering the judgement of God?  Is it meant for me personally, or is it a corporate judgement? Does God allow it or cause it? Is God testing my faith or is suffering purely random and coincidental?

From what we know in Scripture, it can actually be any number of things.  In the OT, we see God often “smite” people with His wrath. Intentional judgement.  We also see God “allow” trials for testing, as in the case of Job, a “perfect and upright man”.  We see him bring suffering to show forth His glory (John 9), that “the works of God may be made manifest in him”.  And often it is a simple law of nature at work in our fallen world that brings disaster and suffering on the just and the unjust alike.

But in all these things, two things are certain:  nothing happens outside the sovereign omniscience of God and He works ALL THINGS together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. Read more

 From Sherry Lee in Thank You Dear Friends:

Words simply cannot express how full of gratitude our hearts are right now. We have been sustained by our loving Heavenly Father’s mighty hand and overwhelmed by the outpouring of love, prayers, and acts of kindness directed our way.

Yes, I have lost my dear husband and best friend of over thirty years, but I know where he is, and I thank God for the wonderful life we had together. I miss him terribly, but I know I will see him again.

Yes, my children have lost their father, but he died as he lived….putting the needs of his wife and children ahead of those of his own and interceding for us.

I want you all to know that we feel our loss, and we grieve, but not as those who have no hope. Read more

In A Prayer Request:

The phone company provided internet service for us today, and I wanted to post a quick update. I haven’t had time or access in recent days, but I have a few minutes to post before doing the next thing. Read more

 From Kathy Brodock in The  Night the Tornado Hit:

I know I need to document our experience with the tornado, but I’m having a hard time mustering up the words. I know I need to write it all down before I forget the details, even though I keep going over it in mind constantly. 

in We are Bound by Blood:

That night was a living nightmare.

Among our friends, three homes were destroyed and one damaged along with one life lost.

We have a large Christian homeschool community here that spans several counties.  Not only are we large in number but we are large in love for our brothers and sisters.

During the sermon Sunday one of our elders retold the series of events that happened since Wednesday night.

  “We are blood family…bound by the blood of Christ. And when one of us suffers, we all suffer. If one of our family loses all that is normal, we all lose what is normal. When I pulled into Shoal Creek and saw the devastation all I could think was ‘I’m not leaving here without my family.” ~Ted Phillips

 From To the Last Ditch: Tornado 2011- The Lord is My Shepherd :

I never would have imagined that I would one day help my best friend pull his father’s body from the rubble of their home.

I never would have imagined that I would be digging through the wreckage of their house with my neighbors, praying with every bone in my body that  everyone would be ok. Read more

About The Author

Jennifer McBride is the blessed wife to Steve and the mother of 8 children, ages 13-2. She is also the editor of the book "Queen of the Home" - currently being revised and updated. In her sparest of spare moments she operates www.noblewomanhood.com, a website dedicated to proclaiming the honor, nobility and power of Biblical womanhood.

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