I had a realization this week that surprised me, so I’m sure it will surprise you. I don’t mind when times are tough. Note that I didn’t say I like … Continue reading Why I Don’t Mind Tough Times
Book Review: May It Be So by Justin McRoberts and Scott Erickson
When this book arrived for me to review, I flipped through the pages and saw it’s simplicity. I admittedly thought, “this is it?” However, after experiencing the book, I would … Continue reading Book Review: May It Be So by Justin McRoberts and Scott Erickson
We’re NOT Entitled to an Easy Life…
A couple of weeks ago I listened to a sermon by Pastor Chris Brown of North Coast Church in California. Chris was our campus pastor for three of my four … Continue reading We’re NOT Entitled to an Easy Life…
Holding on to Hope…
Tori will have another MRI in twenty days, a follow-up to the two done in February…
…the two that confirmed that her brain was damaged beyond repair by a then undiagnosed (but suspected) disease.
I remember that day so clearly – February 6, 2015. 10:45am.
My mom and I took Tori to her neurologist to review the MRI images and discuss the results.
Brennan didn’t come because we didn’t realize just how significant that day would be in our lives – we thought it was going to be routine. Fixable.
Even to my untrained eyes, it was evident that something was severely wrong based on those images.
Brennan has still never seen the MRIs (not intentionally – just haven’t had a chance to have someone show them to us again). He says he doesn’t think he wants to see them.
Tori had another MRI done two weeks later in Pittsburgh by Dr. Escolar to ensure that her specific protocol was followed so that the disease could be fully seen, and we haven’t had a chance to see those images either – we were far too grieved during that first visit to even think about asking.
It has now been six months since the first MRI and next Friday will be six months post-diagnosis.
When we travel to Pittsburgh at the end of the month, Dr. Escolar will perform another MRI to see what progression the disease has made.
This time we will ask to see them.
Shortly after Tori was diagnosed I had a thought that has been my prayer until now: that the next MRI would show unexplainable improvement. That Dr. E would be astonished, unsure of what she saw.
That they would want to make sure it was Tori’s brain they had scanned.
We cling to hope but remain firmly rooted in reality, knowing that this could be God’s plan for her.
BUT…what if His plan is for her to be healed? For His power to be shown through her?
What if He has world-changing plans for our little girl?
Please pray with us for unexplainable improvement twenty days from now (August 27). Pray for a miracle.
We will hope until the end that God will heal her – we serve a God who works outside of time, so He is never late.
August 27th, 1:45pm. Please join us in prayer before and during the MRI.
God can do this!
Financial Transparency and Blessings
We have been wanting to share how we have been using the Team Tori funds for quite a while as a way of being transparent, as well as to show our … Continue reading Financial Transparency and Blessings
This was the Psalm for the day in my One Year Bible…I love it and I am using some of these verses as my prayer today. ❤️
Hear my prayer, O LORD; listen to my plea! Answer me because you are faithful and righteous.
Don’t put your servant on trial, for no one is innocent before you. My enemy has chased me. He has knocked me to the ground and forces me to live in darkness like those in the grave…
I remember the days of old. I ponder all your great works and think about what you have done. I lift my hands to you in prayer.
I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain.
Come quickly, LORD, and answer me…Don’t turn away from me, or I will die. Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you.
Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Rescue me from my enemies, LORD; I run to you to hide me.
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
For the glory of your name, O LORD, preserve my life.
Because of your faithfulness, bring me out of this distress. In your unfailing love, silence all my enemies and destroy all my foes, for I am your servant.
Psalm 143:1-12 (NLT)
Lately I have been able to go days without thinking about the reality that Tori is dying. She has been so stable, so calm, so content. So, it was … Continue reading Reality Check
Plans Far Greater…
This appeared on my Time Hop today… It hit me in a new way this morning as I realized that it might possibly pertain to our own lives now. … Continue reading Plans Far Greater…
A Mustard Seed of Faith
I want to see my prayers do something big. In person. So often we pray for others passionately and see God move from afar. But I want to see … Continue reading A Mustard Seed of Faith
Instant Gratification and Formulas
Our culture has become so obsessed with instant gratification and three-step formulas to solve any problem. With the technology available to us today, we are able to find answers … Continue reading Instant Gratification and Formulas