Monday, April 26, 2010

Doing a new thing!!!!

Y'all are such an encouragement to me. Flat out need to tell ya that. What a blessing the blog community is.....regardless of how many people read, comment, or read and move on....this is where community is and I thank you for being such a huge blessing in my life.

Ok, let me just say that GOD IS HUGE. Well, duh, but He is.

I've got me a nice little past that pretty much involves anything you could think of....except for robbing a bank or something. And let me also say that none of this "past" occurs after I met my AMAZING man. This is a nice chunk of time between the ages of 14 and lets say 21 or 22.

Sometimes God allows events in our lives to be used later in life to bring His Name honor and glory. The Creator of the universe and the One Who saved my life multiple times always has a plan....HE FINALLY SAW FIT THE TIME AND PLACE TO USE THAT MESS OF A PAST OF MINE.

So, what is it?

I'm so excited and clapping my hands over it. Day one is over and never in all my life have I been more at peace over something.

I was given the opportunity to work with the West TN Coalition for anti-drug use and underage drinking.

What in the world is that you ask?

We bring education and awareness to our county in regards to underage drinking and drug use.

THIS MAKES ME SO STINKIN' HAPPY!!!

This makes my heart beat. This is a platform that fortunately, but unfortunately I know a smidget about.

He will take our messes, our disappointments, and our struggles and allow us to use them for some good in Jesus Name.

This is phenomenal y'all. This is all God. This makes me thrilled to have endured years of junk so that I can speak, plan, and develop an awareness for our community and make a difference in the lives of others.

You amaze me Lord. I can never thank you enough for saving me from myself.

Love you all. Thank you for celebrating this time of "full circle" with me!
Hugs and blessings~
Fran

24 comments:

3girlsmom said...

Just straight up happiness.

That is all.

Wait. I love you, PAS.

Now that is all.

beckyjomama said...

LOVE how He works ... so, so, so very good!

Holly said...

I am bawling...flat out bawling with joy. What beauty!! What Christ-likeness I see in you, Fran. I love you and am praying for God to bless you and protect you in every way.

Love,
Holly

Little Steps Of Faith said...

Amazing Grace...

Dori said...

How in the world could anyone not love them some Fran Thomas after reading this??

You are it, girl - the real deal! I love you dearly.

You know what you are, Fran Thomas?

You are a secUre woman - UPENDED BY GRACE!!!!

Oh, yes you are!!!!

Love,
Dori

Cheryl said...

WOO-HOO!!
SO excited for you.
Glad I got to see you this weekend!

Barbie said...

God will always take what we see as ugly in our life and turn it into something beautiful. May He use you mightily and for His glory1

Jenifer said...

Isn't it awesome when God can use even our broken pasts for His glory! Can't wait to see how God uses you!

Jen said...

Of all the things we discussed this weekend... how the heck did this never come up?!

How amazing that the Lord is using your story to help guide someone else's story. LOVE IT.

LOVE YOU.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

I am always blessed by your blog...just don't comment enough....A great post and one I could so identify with....

boomama said...

LOVE IT, Fran - so happy for you!

willblogforshoes said...

Awesome. Just awesome.

Lisa GARDINER said...

What a wonderful God we have ! So happy for you and all the people you will be able to help =)

HisTreasuredPossession said...

THRILLING!!!!

Fran, you so encourage me to look for was to redeem my past too =) I love you to pieces and can NOT wait to see/hear what going to happen next!!
love,
rachel

HIS Child said...

Frannie,

This is so awesome, you Rock girl.
He will never leave you or fail you, do the thing and bring Him glory. Yes and Amen.

Love you hugh,
Celeste

Shelley said...

That is SO wonderful! I love it when God allows us to have full circle moments. Absolutely Amazing! Congrats Fran!

beyond this moment said...

God is so awesome to take our "shame" and turn it into a tool for His kingdom. May God continue to bless you as He redeems the dark places in your life!

Kelly S. said...

I love this!! Praise the Lord!! You truly are an "Exceptional" woman. And, might I add more beautiful in person. ....what a pleasure to meet you. :--)

Georgia Jan said...

Fran - What joy - I am so excited and proud of you and for you!

It was a delight to spend time with you this past weekend.

It just wasn't long enough! What can we do about that???

Love you much, my in real life friend...

Jan

I just wrote a blog post about our "LPM table duty!"

Donna @ Way More Homemade said...

A well known Bible teacher and speaker I know of once said, "He is so LIFE that He can't leave anything dead." He can redeem any situation that we get ourselves into and I could not be more thrilled for you that you are getting to see it happen right before your eyes... that you are open enough to His leading that you are stinkin' right in the middle of it. Trilled, I tell you.


<3
Donna

Lisa @ The Preacher's Wife said...

Sister, so incredibly happy for you. How fabulous that the Lord could allow us to do something we love and GET PAID FOR IT. Are you kiddin' me??

Love you!!

Heather said...

Go God! Go Fran!! This makes me happy, I love seeing His plan unfold for people!! Can't wait to hear more!

Ashley said...

Fran, that's awesome! So excited for you and your new venture to go out there and bless kids and encourage them to make good decisions.

Lindsee said...

I echo Jen's comment! How did we not chat more about this in ATL? Either way, I'm thrilled to bits for you and know that you are going to be such an awesome witness. The Lord has redeemed your past and is now letting you use it and there is nothing sweeter. Love ya!

Lindsee

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