Today I am so excited to introduce you to, Tricia Russell. Tricia is my people. She is the one that gets me – all of my silliness and my mess. As much as I love all of you that I get to send cyber time with, there is no way I could do my real life with her by my side. Several years ago she visited here with a story of how God gives peace in the chaos.
As a little girl I looked forward to Sunday. Sundays meant a trip to church to see friends and family, singing, and bible stories. My momma would be rushing around desperately trying to get herself and three little girls to church on time. Often during our drive to church, we would sing our favorite hymns. I realize now momma was helping us prepare for worship by focusing our hearts on God. Back then all I knew was those hymns made me feel happy. My most favorite was “When We All Get To Heaven”. My thoughts would drift to the day I would meet Jesus face to face. In my dreams Jesus would pick me up, sit me in His lap and give me a big hug. Those thoughts and dreams gave me such comfort. Heaven was a place I hoped to visit someday.
Now that I’m older, the words of these verses have taken on a deeper meaning. Each new season of life brought new and different challenges. Through every season, God was growing my faith and etching the words of this old hymn on my heart. I have experienced His wondrous love, His mercy and most of all His grace. Grace unmerited favor I do not deserve, but He freely gives knowing I will fall to sin over and over again.
Over the years I have experienced trials, heartache, loss, disappointment and regret. I find such comfort in knowing there will come a day when the troubles and trials of this world will not burden me anymore.
Tricia is a devoted follower of Jesus who uplifts and encourages all those around her. She spends her time loving and caring for her family, co-leading bible study at church and supporting her husband in ministry. She has a huge heart for her friends and family. Her faith is strong and encourages me to seek Christ in a deeper way.