So, yes, a few people had asked me lately if I remember my last post and what it said…what I had asked for. I honestly had to go back, try desperately to remember my login ID and password, and re-read it. It brought tears to my eyes to know that when I wrote those words in November of last year, God was setting in motion more than I could ever imagine. (Funny how our minds think so small!)
On January 6th, 2009, Brady was in an accident at work. God was beside him that night…as horrific as it was, had he been thrown a different direction by the equipment, he would have fallen into a large drum of turning cable and lost his life. Instead, he broke the transverse processes of two vertebrae in his back, all the nerves in his lower back were “un-nerved” and caused him INTENSE pain for several weeks. The first three days were the worst. I won’t go into all the gorey details, but I was having a very hard time trusting that God was going to bring something out of this that was worth all the pain. I’m not ever really good at understanding or recognizing the process when I’m in the process. I should know by this time that He is in control every step of the way.
Well, through the process of pain, small workman’s comp checks, not being able to face Brady returning to do the same thing that nearly took his life, we started looking for different opportunities. Southern Christian Home in Morrilton, AR seemed to be the lighthouse in the fog. We’ve houseparented before, but it was so far from home. So far from friends and family we lacked that support we needed to feel whole. Could it be? Could we do what we felt we needed to and not go but 20 minutes up the road? Could we still see and be a part of our church family at UCC that bless us beyond belief time and time again? YES!
We started the paperwork and interview process and quickly accepted our newest mission that God has set before us. Houseparents of a girls cottage at the Southern Christian Home. Brady is completely, 100% healed, working doing what he loves, working with horses and being a tremendous help to the farm here. We have had the opportunity to touch the lives of 8 girls, so far, that for whatever reason God had them in our path and us in theirs. One has already moved on, spending some time at home before starting Harding in the fall, one is leaving next week to go to home, and another is leaving for college in the fall. I’m sure this is just the beginning and we have many more opportunities to plant seeds for God’s Harvest.
My prayer now, is that we are able to plant the seeds that need planted, we have the energy to attitude to do this all to God’s glory and service. I don’t want my negative attitudes to kick a good seed on the rocks! Thank you, God, for answering my prayers, being my God, and holding me every step of the way…