From Faith

The Storm that Almost Destroyed Us

20150128_151649Last year was a stormy year for us. What started as a bright, promising beginning quickly turned dark and we found ourselves riding out the greatest unknown of our lives thus far.

In June, our less than two year old son was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Not just any brain tumor, but a large, rapidly growing one which destroyed his eyesight almost completely in a ridiculously short amount of time.

It took months from the first signs something was wrong, and a lot of pushing from us, for the medical world to find the correct diagnosis, only to discover that had it been a few days longer he would have been permanently blind. A few weeks and… well, I don’t want to go there.

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Don’t. Give. Up.

realize your dreamThere are going to be times when you’ll feel like giving up. Don’t. Times when doubt and the fear of failure come knocking at your door. Just don’t answer it. Times when, for whatever reason, the faith you had in yourself slowly slides into the abyss as though never to re-emerge; the temptation of staying cozy and warm, keeping your hope hidden in the darkness, overwhelmingly strong. But see, that’s the whole thing.

If you give up, you’ll never know… and what you’ll never know is, just how close you came.

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Pieces of my Story

IMG_20141111_205435I wish I could tell you my story. It’s pretty brutal. But, I have a heart to protect, and it aint mine.

I’ve been “umming” and “ahhing” about whether I do this, but something is tugging at my heart so I’d better write fast before I back out. Maybe this will be useful for someone today, and, if it is then it’s totally worth it.

Before I start, I’ve got to ask; Do you know how valued you are? My guess is you don’t. Not completely, anyhow. Because I didn’t. And I’m still working on it. It’s going to take some time… for me, and for most, because life sends huge, crashing waves designed to knock you down. But don’t you let it

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