Lauren Scruggs's Journal
One year ago today.......A Journey of Hope......
Written Dec 3, 2012 8:26am by CHERYL SCRUGGSOne year ago today, our lives changed in an instant.......
But God.....but God....in His Sovereignty.....continued to give us all LIFE!! We thank Him boldly and humbly for saving Lauren's life, and giving her, and us, a chance to glorify Him through it all.
What a reminder of how He controls all of our lives, huh?
It is hard to express our gratitude in words to Jesus, and to all of you (thousands we don't even know!!), for walking alongside us this past year. You will never know the impact you have made......
I awoke this morning to Jesus whispering in my ear, "Continue to trust and walk this Faith walk with Me. I will continue to give you Peace and Healing." He gave me a picture this morning of big white angels with huge beautiful wings slowly moving back and forth; standing still; calm; serene; no noise. They are guarding and protecting us all.....covering all of us no matter what comes our way.
We are also reminded in Isaiah 53 of the suffering Jesus endured for US.....for YOU!!Read through this slowly....meditate on what Jesus did for YOU on the cross.It was God's Will (vs 10) that Jesus died for us.Isaiah 53:3-12
"He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their face,
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
4 Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
for the transgression of my people he was punished.
9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
11 After he has suffered,
he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,
and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
because he poured out his life unto death,
and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors."
"Thank you God fro carrying us, not just through this year, but through our lives. May we be ever grateful for your Faithfulness, Protection, Compassion and Grace. Amen"
A Season of Gratitude.....
Written Nov 10, 2012 12:07pm by CHERYL SCRUGGS
It's been almost a year......
December 3, 2011, our lives changed in an instant.
Our daughter, Lauren, came close to losing her life.
What a year it's been....................
Sometimes it feels like yesterday; sometimes it feels like forever ago. Life moves on. New norms being established.
The holiday season is upon us. Chill is in the air. Pumpkins crowd our porches. Christmas around the bend.
The East coast just hit by "Sandy". People scrambling. Power out. Homes lost. Lives changed in an instant.....
And I sit here............ thinking and contemplating, entering this holiday season with GRATITUDE.........
I don't know what's gone in your world this past year, but how about if we look to God with gratitude and thanksgiving no matter what we have experienced...........and ask Him to remind us of what to be thankful for.
Make a list...........write it down........remind yourself....
Here I sit........contemplating, thinking, thanking and penning a Gratitude list, and am reminded that:
Jesus was born and died on the cross to save us from our sins in order that we would have eternal life.....(John 3:16)
We have the living and active Word of God, the Bible, to mold, shape, guide and transform us.....(Hebrews 4:12)
We have the ability to see things from an eternal perspective....
We have meaningful conversations.....
It is God who carries us.......
Our daughter, Lauren........lived. God spared her life, and has blessed her with deeper insight into this temporal life...
God, never once, has left us on our own... He never leaves us or forsakes us.
Brittany and Shaun, have past their two year mark of being in a Jesus-centered marriage........
Our marriage is stronger, more profound, and richer than ever.....
We enjoy a cup of coffee.....
We have incredible friends we do life share the joys and the struggles....
We get to love and serve others.
God restored our marriage 13 years ago....after 7 years of divorce...
We do our best to focus on the positives, not the negatives......
We have a home, food on our table, water to drink and peaceful surroundings....
We have faith, hope and love, and the greatest of these is love.............
May I suggest you write a Gratitude list?
9 Months later........
Written Aug 26, 2012 5:01pm by CHERYL SCRUGGSIt is hard to believe it has been almost 9 months since Lauren's accident. Sometimes it feels like 5 years ago, and other times it feels like yesterday.
Oh, but God, ......has been faithful, providential, and gracious through every aspect of this circumstance.
Jeff and I had the blessing to hear Steve Farrar, well-known speaker and writer, deliver a message this morning on the guardrails God provides for us in this life. One of the guardrails he referenced was taken from 2 Kings 3:18 which reads:2 Kings 3:18
"18 This is an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord....."Wow, what an amazing word of encouragement! As we sat there, Jeff and I looked at each other and our hearts rested. Peace overwhelmed our spirits. Tears came to our eyes as we were reminded of the Hope we have in Him, and that to Him this is an easy thing. We were again reminded that He is our Refuge, and our Strength. And He is who holds us in the palm of His hand, to carry us through life's journey.
Many of you face hardships, but lift your head high and be reminded as we were today that " This is an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord....." 2 Kings 3:18
Many of you continue to ask about and pray for Lauren. Thank you for your continued care and concern.
She recently was able to speak and share her heart in an interview with Savannah Guthrie:
May His love be upon you,