24 01 2008

Anthony shared this today:

The more I rest, the more real it becomes. The more I rest, the more it hurts.
Oh! To rest solely in Him, like the great hymn writer:

Jesus, I am resting, resting,
In the joy of what Thou art;
I am finding out the greatness
Of Thy loving heart.
Thou hast bid me gaze upon Thee,
And Thy beauty fills my soul,
For by Thy transforming power,
Thou hast made me whole.

O, how great Thy loving kindness,
Vaster, broader than the sea!
O, how marvelous Thy goodness,
Lavished all on me!
Yes, I rest in Thee, Belovèd,
Know what wealth of grace is Thine,
Know Thy certainty of promise,
And have made it mine.

Simply trusting Thee, Lord Jesus,
I behold Thee as Thou art,
And Thy love, so pure, so changeless,
Satisfies my heart;
Satisfies its deepest longings,
Meets, supplies its every need,
Compasseth me round with blessings:
Thine is love indeed!

Ever lift Thy face upon me
As I work and wait for Thee;
Resting ’neath Thy smile, Lord Jesus,
Earth’s dark shadows flee.
Brightness of my Father’s glory,
Sunshine of my Father’s face,
Keep me ever trusting, resting,
Fill me with Thy grace.

Jesus, I am resting, resting,
In the joy of what Thou art;
I am finding out the greatness
Of Thy loving heart.




One response

24 01 2008

From Amanda Lemonds ( a close friend of Amber’s )

Hello friends,
I know this finds you very saddened and troubled at heart, as mine is. I must confess this is one of the hardest things that I have ever gone through in my entire life. The death of Amber stills seems like a sick joke or a horrible dream that I will soon wake up from. Each day that passes brings me closer and closer to reality where I am having to deal with the fact that my best friend will not be back. My heart is broken for the entire family, but Anthony and Ellie especially. My heartbreak multiplied probably doesn’t even come close to what they must feel. Even with a heavy heart, we must rejoice in the fact that no doubt Amber is at the throne of grace, singing praises to our Heavenly Father. I can just see the grin on her face now! You know, I was reminded the other day that “we are all in a race to see the Father’s face” and we can be satisfied to know that Amber beat us there. Amber would want me all to tell you to not be sad but to use this as a lesson that life is a gift and each day we live, the Lord is sustaining us for His glory. As I prayed with Amber the day before she passed, she prayed that exact thing. She thanked the Lord for sustaining us another day for His glory and for the gift of life. WOW! I am claiming Psalms 116:15 which says, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” It is PRECIOUS that Amber is with the Father!

Please pray hard for this family. More than anything they need you to pray. As many of you know, Amber’s father is not a believer and is taking this pretty hard. The Lord has a plan in all this and hopefully her father’s salvation is in that plan. Amber would tell you that it is all worth it! Pray for the Lord to give the family strength, compassion and comfort that we know only He can give.

The family wanted me to let everyone know that they do not prefer flowers or food. Instead, they would prefer you to send monetary donations to Christ Community Church in New Albany, MS. This is the church where they receive their support. You can also send gift cards from Walmart, Target, or Babies R’Us so that they can provide for the kids, Ellie age 4, and Isaac, 6 months. As you know they are missionaries to Ethiopia and are living off of total support and money/donations/gift cards would be much appreciated. Amber’s mom’s address is: 5501 Shipp Road, Millington, TN 38053.

The arrangements for Amber are as follows:
Viewing- Friday night from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Munford Funeral Home-Millington chapel located on Raleigh-Millington Rd south of HWY 385
Funeral- Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Millington

Please continue to look at Anthony’s blog to get updated information:

Here is a link to the article about the crash:

Please forward to anyone who might not have gotten this information.

With Love,
Amanda Nason Lemonds

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