Wednesday, December 12, 2012

When Life Gets You Down...God is Good.

To say that God has been good would be an incredible injustice to what we've witnessed and experienced over the past few months.  I'll just start with that.

This past year has been a year of God teaching us that we're not in control and things happen for His purposes and in His timing.  I can promise you that if anyone has learned a lesson in patience, God's goodness, and God's planning, it's me (Jared).  So first off, we begged and pleaded for Him to heal Amy and protect her this passed week, and He's done so much more than anyone could've expected.  We promised to give Him all of the glory and to always remind people that He is good....not our doctors, not our church, not medicine, or anyone involved....God gets the glory for this one.

As I prayed with Dr. Barnett and Amy before surgery (not much in this world better than a doctor who relies on the Lord and not his talents) two days ago, there was a peace in the room.  A peace that we have felt so many times if the Lord was reminding all three of us 'I've got this.'  And so we trusted.  As most of you have heard by now, Amy's surgery could not have gone any better.  In fact, Dr. Barnett (our neurosurgeon) was thanked by our families, and immediately said, 'I believe we need to thank the good Lord for this one. (All glory to Him again!)  We spent one night in ICU, one night in a 'regular' floor room, and today, at noon, we were driving home.

Can I remind you that 48 hours ago my wife was laying on an operating table with a very smart man's hands on her brain?  Can I remind you that literally one week ago was the first we had heard that Amy would need surgery.  Maybe I should tell you that even after Dr. Barnett came in to tell me the surgery went well he still expected we would spend close to a week in the hospital.  It's all been miraculous.

So now, because of God's goodness, we are healing at home.  It's much more comfortable.  It's much more quiet.  And I'm as good of a medicine giver as anyone!  One for for you! (just a joke)  And because God has been so good to us....because His timing has worked so perfectly....we are praying hard that our daughter will be home from the Congo in just a few weeks!  We need one piece of paper...about another week to 2 weeks of healing for Amy, and I should be able to hit the airport to bring home the little girl thousands of people have been praying for!

And when she gets home, mommy doesn't need surgery.  When she gets home mommy will be all better and ready to love her.  And would you like to know why?  It's all because God is so good.  He was good in the bad news, and He's just as good through all that this week has become!

So I know that hundreds of you, maybe thousands will be reading this.  Amy has become somewhat of a well-known blogger over this past year, which still makes me laugh, and CONSTANTLY reminds me of how good God has been to us.  Regardless of your faith today or where you come from....can I tell you that our faith in Christ has brought us through what seemed like the most difficult time we would ever experience.  Our faith in Christ has brought us closer to Him and closer to our daughter.  And we are so excited that, hopefully within the next few weeks, our faith in Christ and adoption in Him, will be illustrated through the adoption of the most beautiful baby girl from the Congo.

So continue to pray for Amy.  She still has a long road ahead of her even though we are home so quickly....but the road we've already traveled serves as a beautiful reminder that our Savior is with us and His plan is so perfect.  Thank you so much for all of the prayers for the love of my life!  Thank you for visiting us, texting, sending flowers, facebooking, planning meals, and reminding Amy of how loved she has meant the world to us, and has served as a great reminder that God has us right where He wants us!

Isaiah 40: 31 - 'They that wait upon the Lord will have their strength renewed.  They will mount up with wings like eagles.  They will run and not be weary.  They will walk and not faint.

Whatever you're going through one that has walked through a little fire this's a little advice:  Trust can't do it on your own!


  1. Thank you for this wonderful post..praying, praying and praying! GOD is so good!

  2. You guys are so wonderful and such an inspiration to so many {me being one of them}. Praying for an easy recovery and thankful for God's work!
    Big hugs to Amy!

  3. Jared! Seriously! I am astounded and inspired by your post. A huge hug to you both and I will continue to send prayers your way. Thank you for your faith and sharing it with others.

  4. So thankful that everything went well during Amy's surgery. Continuously praying for you, Amy, and your little girl! God is so, so good- thank you for the reminder!! :)

  5. I am so glad you posted. My thoughts and prayers have been with your family and I agree that God is the healer. Thank you for sharing your faith with others.

  6. Thank you so much for posting. Your words just warmed my heart that things will be ok. You guys are amazing and you couldn't be more right that our Father in Heaven is awesome.

  7. Amy and Jared,
    My name is Kelly, I have been using Amy's second grade school work all year. I teach second grade as well. I just recently realized you teach in Forney...which was crazy because I live in Forney and teach in Mesquite. I just want you to know that people you don't know, including myself, are praying for your journey! God is good and I hope you receive the best Christmas gift ever...I precious child!
    God Bless,

  8. Praise be to God, the ultimate healer! God is working through you both as a witness for others. Your faith is a testament to His strength and goodness. Your words are beautiful and such an amazing reminder of what we have in Jesus. Praying for healing for Amy!

  9. Amen and Amen!!!! I am so thrilled to read an update!!! I am continuing to pray for God's healing hands to touch Amy and for a hedge of protection around your little girl!!!

  10. Praising God for this update!!

  11. I don't know you, but I love you guys. Thanks for never losing faith.

  12. Such a great message to share. Thanks for the updates. There are so many of us that don't know you personally, but pray for your family and follow your story. So happy to hear how well everything is turning out!


  13. I am a reader of Amy's teaching blog and have been praying for her a lot lately! So glad that you heard good news! Your family will remain in my prayers.

    Ms. Cranfill's Class

  14. God is good all the time and all the time God is good! So thankful to hear the surgery went well and you are resting at home. What a beautiful picture you represent of modeling God's adoption of us as you soon become adoptive parents!


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  16. I'm so glad to hear that everything with your surgery went well, I found your blog and stuff on tpt over a year ago and have been truly inspired! I've been praying for you in your journey through the adoption process and now of course all this! So happy to hear you're doing well. I can't wait to see what's next, good things are happening :)


  17. What an great tribute post about our AMAZING God! I heard a new Christmas song by Francesca Batistelli yesterday and totally thought of what Amy is going through. Her post the other day about how she could see God through the steps of this crazy ordeal was inspiring. Anywho, the song is called Middle of a Miracle. If you haven't heard it, you should! I will continue to pray for your family.
    ~Christy Holder
    PS. You guys don't know me....I found Amy's blog via other teaching blogs and now have that false sense of knowing you because of the internet. :)