WOW! Where to begin.  So many amazing ways that God is at work lately.  Not only in my life but the lives around me.  He has also be working in some ways that I am humbled to and I am having a hard time wrapping my head around.

Proverbs 3:5-7: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.”

I am sure there is nothing that I can write about dealing with Cancer that has not already been written.  But dang I wish I could never hear that word again.   It is hitting from all corners lately.  Family, friends, even pets.  I just can not pray enough that they find a cure for this confusing and frustrating disease.   I pray it is in my lifetime.  I can not imagine what my children will have to deal with if we do not nip this.   It is so hard to pray and fight to find a cure all the while trusting that God has a plan.

Jeremiah 29:11-13: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.’”

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“Plans to give you hope and a future…” What a powerful statement and one thing happening with Sam makes the future look a lot brighter!  I think that I revealed that one point of contention with us was that he was so disrespectful with his hearing aides.  He lost one, we replaced it.  He lost the other one and then finally lost the new one.  So he was left with nothing and we were left with few options other than spending thousands of dollars.

Once he got to the NCBA it became clear that he really needed these aides.  On one hand I wanted him to long for them so that he would understand that these are not something that you can toss around and hopefully slowly teach him some type of lesson.  On the other I was at a loss on how to provide these for him.  Insurance was tapped out, DSS said they would help but then didn’t show up, and we simply did not have the money to replace them.  In the end we both learned a good lesson in patience.  I learned how to handle the same question each week and he learned that if you pray and believe…God will provide.

The school welcomes most visitors and supporters and one lucky day Sam happen to sit with a couple that was visiting from a sister Church.  The husband had severe hearing loss and they immediately bonded with Sam over his same disability.  This gentleman had recently had the Cochlear implant surgery (which Sam is not a candidate for) and he had a brand new pair of hearing aides that were not being used.  They were so AMAZING to send these to the school for Sam to use.  I can not even explain how huge this is for him!

Now I had to go to work on how to get them programmed.  Once again God shocked me and after numerous phone calls and dead ends he lead me to office in Hickory that was not only happy to program these for Sam but they offered to do it for FREE!  No messy insurance (believe me we have enough challenges with the bike accident) close to school and for FREE!!  Humbled.  Thankful.  Blessed.

I am also humbled to the gifts that God has given me personally lately.  A prayer  (or lets be honest more of a chant) I pray often is “”Please God provide in whatever way you see fit.  Help me face every thing bravely.”  If you own a business and believe you probably have some prayer like this.  With ups and downs, good sales and bad sales, new customers and challenging clients…I never know what each day will look like.  I love what I do and would not change a thing because God always does provide.  I am so excited about my professional future and I am so blessed with the opportunities I have in front of me!  Praying that they keep coming:)

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I also use this prayer with my relationships 🙂  Girls I know you will be with me on this one.  It is SO SO HARD to trust God to work in your relationship.  I have come so far but I am still challenged to let go and let God.  Trying to control and foresee what is going to happen is such a futile effort.  I keep forgetting that and falling into the worry trap and all it does is exhaust me.  I know this will be a life lesson for me and I hope that God will continue to work on me and allow me to prosper and enjoy and let my mind and heart find a comfort zone!

Praying for you all.