I was raised in a Christian home. We always attended church, when I got older I served every Disciple Now weekend, every summer at youth camp, and after college went back home to work at my church in the middle school ministry. I always knew what it meant to be a Christian and I knew all the right ways to act and all the right things to say. The problem was I had never really been through anything hard.
I always knew what it meant to be a Christian and I knew all the right ways to act and all the right things to say. The problem was I had never really been through anything hard. Except for my family's financial struggles in HS which looked like me having to share a car with my mom and I thought that was a struggle. 🙂
In July 2013 the Lord started walking me down a road I was not prepared for. July 31, 2013 my dad was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer that had spread to the spine, kidney, and brain. In February 2014 a family party initiated to get the family together as my dad's health was declining, ended with my 2 year old with a spiral fracture up her tibia.
On March 7, 2014 our 210 day fight with cancer ended when my dad went to be with the Lord. In March 2014, my husband sold out his portion of his business with his dad and moved toward a major career change. In July 2014, my 90 year old Papa was hit by a train. He lived but now has 8 screws in his back. In August 2014, while attending Hope's grief group with Mike Martin, I miscarried our 2nd child. In November of 2014, my brother had a massive stroke and spent a week in ICU. To add a cherry on top, my mom's dog died of cancer in December and my brother's dog died with a brain tumor in December. Our family was turned upside down.
2014 brought me to a point of putting my money where my mouth was and it was so hard. I was angry and tired. I had to keep my eyes on the Lord so I didn't sink like Peter. It has been so much on my heart to share our story. I do not want this to be wasted. Eric's message on December 28th about "Now What?" spoke so much to me as that is exactly what I have been feeling as we move toward a new year and are re-building what we lost.
I have felt nudged to start a blog in the hope's that someone might read it and be encouraged by our hope.
This week's message and the opportunity to share our story here was something only God could orchestrate. We have started 2015 with the news that we are expecting another child! We know God is so good and he went before us long ago to prepare this road for us. Thank you for the opportunity to share my story!