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February 12, 2013 by Patrice Williams 8 comments

Posted in: Women's Ministry

Hey Pinedale Ladies. Look at us being awesome with our very own blog! We've arrived. :)

I'm trying to get use to this blogging format and don't have many original thoughts just this moment but thought I'd post something here that I posted on my personal blog last week. I mean, if you're going to do a test post, you might as well give God some glory at the same time, am I right? I shared this a couple of weeks ago in Wednesday night Bible study, so please forgive me if you're hearing (reading) it again. Love to all!

I have chosen Bible (life) verses for all three of my boys. Gabe's (our son who was stillborn at 37 weeks) is Revelation 7:17, Jonah's is Isaiah 43:1, and back in October I chose one for our foster-hope-to-adopt son, G. For him, I chose Joshua 1:9. I have all three of my boys' verses canvased and hanging in our living room.




That's just background for the story I'm about to share. :)

I can't share too much about G's case, but I will just say there are many ups and downs and somedays it feels like it will never end. We had a meeting last week, in which I was given some pretty discouraging news about how long things are going to take. I was upset and after the meeting, went out to the car, and called Matt crying. I just felt discouraged and most of all fearful for G's safety, good, and future.

I felt gripped by uncertainty and fear, two things I know are not from God.

After talking to Matt, my sister called. I cried to her and just told her how I was feeling. I vomited all of my frustration, anger, and sadness out on her and told her she picked a bad time to call. :) But seriously if you can't vomit your junk on your sister, who can you vomit on? Or something.

Anyway, Sarah's phone is messed up. It no longer blacks out when she puts it up to her ear to talk. So she is constantly pressing numbers, muting herself, or hanging up on me when we talk. But when she got off the phone with me, this is exactly how her screen looked, and she immediately sent me a screen shot.




There was G's verse. Her cheek had somehow opened her Bible app, gone to Joshua 1:9, and highlighted the verse. She had not been reading in Joshua. She hadn't even had her Bible app opened. She said she couldn't remember the last time she had opened that app.


I don't think anything else really needs to be said. Beyond a booming voice from the heavens, I couldn't have asked for a clearer sign. God is with us "every step (we) take." I'm so thankful. And full of His peace.

Isn't He so good?



God led me to your story again this morning. Oh how I am longing for my grand-daughter as I watch the snow falling and wanting to have her in my arms, play in the snow and make snow cream with her. That is not in God's plan right now but I am encouraged that God is with me and hears my prayers and sees my heart. I am waiting patiently (most of the time)for that special day to come when I will be reunited with my daughter and her family. I reflect on your journey and observe what God has done with your family in the past year and I am so encouraged. Thank you, dear friend.

Pam Carroll on Feb 13, 2014 at 9:01am

Yes, He is! What a powerful testimony of God's reassuring love that NEVER LETS GO!! :) I love you, my friend! And all the wonderful Ladies in our Women's Ministry at Pinedale!

Aimee Pence on Feb 22, 2013 at 10:58am

thank you for sharing this and reminding us God is always with us - we just need to open our hearts and let him work on his perfect plan for us.

Lynn Miller on Feb 21, 2013 at 9:46am

You are such a blessing and encourager for our Ladies Ministry and to me! Iam praying for sweet G and peace for you!! God is so awesome... He even shows up on our cell phone!!

Pam Carroll on Feb 20, 2013 at 3:22pm

great verses to live by i love your blog

marjorie hutchison on Feb 14, 2013 at 6:15pm

The subscription option is now available for all of the Pinedale blogs. Simply click on the "Get the Blog Feed" button on the right of the screen and choose from the list on the subscription page.

Dana Cline on Feb 13, 2013 at 3:01pm

Thanks for asking about subscribing to the Women's Ministry blog. That is a feature we are currently working on and hope to have it ready soon. Thank you for your patience!

Dana Cline on Feb 12, 2013 at 3:33pm

Ive read this story a few times and it never gets old. I admire your strength and courage. I love you so much!!! How do I subscribe to this blog?

on Feb 12, 2013 at 2:54pm

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