continuing to praise in the valley {an update}

They added more pictures to my nephew Jacob's memorial website last week- you can check them out here.
This one was my favorite after they told us the story of how Jake did a hilarious speech at school on why he and Barbie couldn't get along:

And oh my goodness, I am so blessed by my sister-in-law Christy- she wrote this post this morning on her blog and you just have to go and read it all. Here's a little of what she said:

Reading my last post - about my brave little girl and how she belongs to my God... Knowing with all of my heart that God has purpose much greater than I can imagine in all that has taken place... it is still so hard for this momma heart in me to believe it is real.

My boy.
My 15 year old son...
My first born...

Well, he is resting - free from sin and pain and burdens. He is in Heaven with my Jesus, and my momma.

But, yet I am here. I am hurting to the depth of my soul this morning. As my body is racked with pain and my soul is crying out to God Most High for comfort... I am telling my God that He is worthy.

Even in the unknown- in scary situations like seizures and MRI's, even in this valley, she continues to praise God. I cannot tell you how much this makes my heart glad. Oh, God is good. 

If you can, would you hop over to her blog and leave a comment to encourage her heart today as she's walking through this? And would you continue to pray that his family would feel His comfort and that He would be so tangibly present to Christy, holding her close as she aches for her sweet boy?

Thank you! Much love to you sweet friends!


  1. I can truly relate to your aches and pains and yet know God is still God and He loves us and knows more than we understand. My daughter, first born, lover of life and a beacon of sunshine to all that she met. Died a sudden and unexplained ( for more than 6 weeks) death. That was June 24th of last year. I will pray for you... as I am fully aware that prayers of others is what held us together when in our depths could not pray for ourselves. Please feel free to contact me. I know you have many around you who love and support you... but I found they were not always the ones I could share with. Sometimes...typing...and crying without people watching (ugly cry face) is easier. I found sharing, sometimes with strangers who knew what I was feeling, helped.
    And crying...crying does help... it is a release and in it's own way healing.

  2. The first part of Psalm 139 has been constantly on my heart as I have been praying for your sister (and you!) as you mourn the loss of Jake. I left her a comment, but hope you have a chance to maybe dwell for a little while on 139:1-12. Our God is good and it is sweet to know that He is intimately acquainted with our ways and our heart, because He is, after all, our Creator. Praying peace for both of you.

  3. May God comfort you in the way only He knows how. My heart aches for all of you.


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