A Year

A lot can happen in a year. In this family it’s been tremendous! From the outside, someone might notice height, hair length, deepened voices, a few wrinkles… but the best changes have taken place inside.

David has recovered from his last and final surgery concerning colon-cancer. We are all incredibly thankful he did so well through the hernia repairs. There’s nothing for him on the schedule! -Ahhh

There is a clear-eyed, level-headed young man, wise beyond his years, who has also made astounding progress. Today he’s alive and sober after participating in an out-patient program that literally saved his life… and ours. We are no longer clueless about addiction, and what a killer it can be. He has now completely yielded his life to the only One who can truly manage it.

My mom, who received a shunt last year for hydrocephalus, can walk again, and has been able to stay at home with my dad. She is accepting more assistance from me weekly, and from church friends. We are continually evaluating the stress this is having on my dad.

Each of these things was hard-hitting… having them all at once seemed quite overwhelming. We are, however forever thankful. God provided again and again at just the right time in so many ways. He was never surprised or caught off guard by what was happening to us. He was sovereign over all the chaos. Everyday He offered me peace if I would just reach out and take hold. It came down to simply trusting in His greatness and mercy… then waiting on His timing and hanging onto hope.

God promised to make all things beautiful, He promised to bring good. I believed Him. And in the last year I’ve seen it start. Looking back He was moving all along… putting pieces in place… creating a frame… laying a path… preparing hearts to change. I know now, I can’t trust my eyes or my heart. Hopelessness is no longer an option! I’m too wise from these trials, too strong from waiting, too wowed by His faithfulness.

 ForGlorySake! -Anna

You, LORD, are all I have, and You give me all I need; my future is in Your hands. How wonderful are Your gifts to me; how good they are. Psalms 16:5-6 GNB
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