Sanctuary

26 Aug

I made it to His House yesterday and it felt good to enter a sacred place. I had the privilege to take in songs and a message about how He will never leave or forsake. This truth I have embraced. The pastor that lead us in His teaching, is the man I can thank for “leading” my dad to Jesus. His influence on my dads life has passed on a lineage of Christ Followers. It was good to be in His Sanctuary with my family.

I look in the mirror and see nothing familiar, the disease is working its own, raging way. I have had good days. Kids start school tomorrow, I’m thankful to be a part. We continue to take a day at a time, thanking Him for each new morning.

27 Responses to “Sanctuary”

  1. jean August 26, 2013 at 10:16 pm #

    Allie, I got this devotion in my email today. I wanted to share it with you…m
    What Jesus is Doing Right NowJames MacDonald – Senior Pastor – Harvest Bible ChapelThe former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever.Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. —Hebrews 7:23-25Scripture assures us that Jesus Himself is praying for you and me—this minute. Hebrews 7:25 makes the following amazing statement: “Consequently, [Jesus] is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.”Jesus lives to intercede for you. He can and will completely save those who trust in Him for salvation. What He accomplished on the cross He continues to apply to your life as He talks to His Father about you. Amazing!The word intercede includes the sense of pleading—Jesus is continuously and persuasively presenting you before His Father! Before you ever kneel down to pour out your heart to God, Jesus Christ has already called out to His Father on your behalf. Even before you ask, He knows from firsthand contact what you need—because He’s with you.Much of Hebrews focuses on the uniqueness of Christ. Among His special roles is the mantle of priest that He carries out as no one else can. Throughout the history of Israel, priests were part of daily life and a crucial aspect of anyone’s relationship with God. But priests were always as human as those they served. Only Christ became the priest who could do perfectly what every other priest could only do in part.One of the indelible pictures of Jesus in the Gospels occurs at the end of the Last Supper. In John 17, when Jesus offered what we call His High Priestly Prayer, we’re given a good idea of how Jesus intercedes for us. Not only did He pray for the disciples who were with Him, but He also prayed for ustoday when He called us“those who will believe in me through their word” (v.20). Before He returned to His Father and long before we were ever born, Jesus was already interceding for us. Once He accomplished His mission to provide us with salvation, He took on the task of preservation, keeping us in prayer continuously.Here’s a challenge: If you could hear the Lord praying for you in the next room, you would not fear a thousand enemies. So right now, think of the Lord Jesus in the next room, on His knees in front of a couch or chair. His nail-pierced hands are held out and He’s lifting you and your need to His Father. He knows your exact situation. He’s asking His Father to give you strength, wisdom, and patience. He knows you will crash and burn on your own, so He is praying for your faith to overcome your fear. Remember Jesus’ words to Peter before Peter’s biggest failure: “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers”(Luke 22:31–32). Jesus doesn’t let your inevitable stumbles and falls keep Him from praying for you. So don’t let your failures keep you from Him.Because it’s an incredible assertion in Scripture that Jesus Christ is not only withyou, but ”he always lives to make intercession for [you].” 

  2. Elizabeth August 26, 2013 at 11:26 pm #

    Lamentations 3:22-23

    22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
    23 they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.

  3. Jeff Brown August 26, 2013 at 11:31 pm #

    It was a distinct privilege to join you and your family in worship yesterday at the Chapel. Pastor Burnham was a true blessing as he brought words of encouragement and truth. I am in awe of your faith and steadfastness. Jamie and I continue to pray for you constantly.

  4. Angie August 27, 2013 at 12:05 am #

    So happy you were able to join in on the things your heart loves!!

  5. margie stoller August 27, 2013 at 12:22 am #

    Allie
    So many people have written you about how you have inspired them in their faith. Up till now, I have remained silent. But I too have a story to tell about how you have influenced my life. I knew through Renee that you are a special person and of course, I witnessed that so many times during your Taylor years and beyond.
    But Allie, through your transparent sharing on your blog, about both your challenges from “the beast” and your steadfast faith, you have changed me. You have changed how I look at Christianity and my own walk with Christ. We’ve been attending a new church while up north this summer and during the last few sermons, I have thought “I see that in Allie” or “that’s what Allie is doing”… and I realized that you, friend of my daughter, have been an example of living in Christ like none I have seen before. I thank you for that.

    In August, we attended two different churches. Coincidently (?) at each, we sang the song “Cornerstone”. I thought “oh how I need to hear this right now” and it reminded me of you and how you have been facing your challenges. I see you in that song.

    I’m sure you know the song but I will print its lyrics below.
    Allie, you are an example-of faith, of hope and of living in trust and clinging to the Lord.
    Thank you for that.
    I continue to pray for you… so glad Renee was able to visit with you last weekend.

    CORNERSTONE

    My hope is built on nothing less, Than Jesus blood and righteousness
    I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly trust in Jesus name

    My hope is built on nothing less, Than Jesus blood and righteousness
    I dare not trust the sweetest frame,But wholly trust in Jesus name

    Christ alone; cornerstone, Weak made strong; in the Saviour’s love
    Through the storm, He is Lord, Lord of all

    When Darkness seems to hide His face, I rest on His unchanging grace
    In every high and stormy gale, My anchor holds within the veil
    My anchor holds within the veil

    Christ alone; cornerstone, Weak made strong; in the Saviour’s love
    Through the storm, He is Lord, Lord of all
    He is Lord, Lord of all

    Christ alone, Christ alone; cornerstone
    Weak made strong; in the Saviour’s love
    Through the storm, He is Lord, Lord of all

    When He shall come with trumpet sound, Oh, may I then in Him be found;
    Dressed in His righteousness alone, Faultless stand before the throne.

  6. Terry Miltner August 27, 2013 at 5:59 am #

    Allie,

    “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal.” Isaiah 26:3

    Thank you for entrusting Paige and now Hayleigh to me as their kindergarten teacher. I have a special place in my heart for Paige and I am confident Hayleigh will be just as special. I am so looking forward to having her in my class. Please know I have been praying for you and your family without ceasing. You have been in my thoughts and heart daily.

  7. Theresa August 27, 2013 at 7:46 am #

    Beautiful Allie,
    I can’t get enough of your example of living Christ.
    Praying, praying, praying for you and your family.
    Much love,
    Theresa

  8. Lindsay Atkinson August 27, 2013 at 8:56 am #

    Dear Allie,
    I’m so glad you were able to go to church! What a blessing! We are thinking of you always and praying continually.

    Love you!
    Linds

  9. Erin Sparks August 27, 2013 at 9:24 am #

    You are a special lady, Allison Armstrong!! Praying your girls have wonderful first days of school!! Love you! air

  10. Aunt Sue August 27, 2013 at 10:18 am #

    I am amazed every time I see you – you may not recognize anything in the mirror but what I see is a woman of strength, a woman of determination, a woman who still has her sense of humor and a woman who still loves her God.

  11. Allison Rockwell August 27, 2013 at 10:20 am #

    Happy First Day of School to your precious girls!! I had a tough time yesterday, as James started Kindergarten. I’m sure today will be just as emotional for you as it was for me. :/ Praying for all of you as they start this new year…
    xoxo

  12. Sherry Lyons August 27, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    Just wanted to say hi and let you know i am thinking of you and praying for you Allie!!

  13. Tiffany Toms August 27, 2013 at 11:44 am #

    Your beauty and grace shines through this disease. Praying without ceasing.

  14. Jeanie August 27, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

    Oh, Allie!

    I so agree with your Aunt Sue! It was so nice to see you having breakfast with your family after church. I admire your strength, your perseverance, and your love for God (it still shines through). I was so grateful that you were able to attend church on Sunday.

    I continue to pray for you and your family.

  15. Tami August 27, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

    As AML took over my mom’s body-I looked into her beautiful eyes and my heart was filled with her love. Her beauty ever present. Her faith never shaken-her longing to be a mother never ended. Although Mom was 63- we hoped for a little more time. Perhaps some time free of that horrible disease? To wake up one day without pain. With HAIR! Without the constant reminder. No worries about counts, transfusions and germs!! I understand “the mirror”. What am annoying reminder, huh?

    Allie, I have thanked you privately for your love and support while Mom was at G111. But I will share the story with others who know your Faith,love and kindness.

    I felt a cold may be on the horizon. So I had to “evacuate” G111. I got home and called the nurses desk. “Please ask Allie to call me” I tearfully said. And left my phone number. My phone rang and it was Allie. Tearfully, I explained that I had to leave and asked Allie to check up on Mom…that I didn’t want her to be alone. “We are never alone” Allie said to me :) but she understood. Almost a stranger (but a sister in Christ) Allie sat with my mother…all the while a PATIENT herself. What an amazing woman…of course Allie checked up on mom often and would visit us when at the clinic! Thank you Lord, for bringing her into our lives!

    How blessed I am to have you in my life Allie!!!! I love you.

  16. Sarah August 27, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

    Love you Allie!

  17. megan williams August 27, 2013 at 8:36 pm #

    Oh how I bet the girls loved being able to come home and talk nonstop to their mom about the first day. They have so many stories to tell, its so special. You have a beautiful soul, the mirror doesn’t do justice!! Continue to soak up the love that surrounds you.

  18. Chuck Gough August 27, 2013 at 9:47 pm #

    Aunt Sue says it all. Well said Aunt Sue!

  19. Heather Holody August 27, 2013 at 9:50 pm #

    You are still the beautiful girl we all know & love. It’s beyond what meets the eye which defines us all!! Thank you for continuing to inspire Allie:) xoxo

  20. Dee Benson August 27, 2013 at 9:52 pm #

    Love you, Allie.

  21. Polly Lott August 27, 2013 at 10:04 pm #

    Allie, in my memory you are strong, kind and beautiful – as you were when I last saw you at Aspen Grove Community Church before you left Denver. I don’t believe any of that has changed much at all – if anything, you are stronger, kinder, more beautiful. I remember how we all enjoyed watching Tucker and Paige as toddlers and buddies, and imagined that perhaps they should grow up and marry each other some day. I still think it’s a darn good idea.

    Much love to you, my young friend. Our prayers continue. Your smile is ingrained in my memory.

  22. Kate Sitler August 27, 2013 at 10:35 pm #

    Allie you are truly a piece of heaven on earth! Your outer appearance may be changing but your inner strength in Christ has remained the same! I pray for you and your family daily, and am in awe of the way you have positively touched peoples lives as you battle this “beast”… including my own. Praising God for you Allie!!

  23. Lesa and family August 27, 2013 at 10:51 pm #

    “For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.”

    His eyes have found you and yours.

    I love you!

  24. Vicki Rhodes August 28, 2013 at 9:35 am #

    Thankful you were able to go to worship to be blessed and to be a blessing. Continuing to pray for you and your family.

  25. Lynee and Mark Phelps August 28, 2013 at 10:41 am #

    How wonder-full that you were able to worship in your home church, surrounded by family and friends! We pray that you have more good days than bad days, and that you continue to feel the love of Jesus surround you. You are such a blessing to everyone who knows you. I keep remembering the last time we saw you when Simone was born, and you brought those delicious butternut burritos. We snarfed them up, but we also feasted our eyes on you and your lovely, lovely family . You are one AMAZING lady, inside and out, through and through.

  26. Bill Knepp August 29, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    Allie- You are such an inspiration. We love you so much. So blessed to be a part of your life. You have such a beautiful family. You are in my heart and mind always. We continue to pray for you and the family. May God’s blessing be with you all.

  27. Morgan Lydic September 2, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

    I love you Allie! I’m Praying for you always.

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