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God’s Reassurance

Hannah with Daisy near the flowers that bloom this time of year
Hannah with Daisy in front of the flowers that bloom this time of year near our home

I’ve gone back and forth as to whether I should share my experience via this site or not. I’m finding it hard to express in writing the power and the impact that a recent  encounter with the Lord has had on me. I pray that you find this story uplifting.
Last week the Lord met me in a special way. While Dawn and I were praying with a group of people I felt pressure like a hand on my back. I thought it might be another person, or Dawn. After a while I realized that there wasn’t a person laying their hand on me, so I continued to pray and press in. I asked the Lord what was going on.
I felt the Lord’s presence and comfort. Then he reminded me that not only was he with me at that moment, but he was also there with us when Hannah passed away. He escorted Hannah to heaven, and he came alongside Dawn and me to get us through the horrendous hours that we endured while we came to grips with what happened to our beautiful daughter. I started sobbing as the Lord revealed this too me.

The Peace of Christ

I saw these flowers blooming this week and it reminded me of Hannah and the photo above
I saw these flowers blooming this week and it reminded me of Hannah.

One of the issues I’ve struggled with is that I keep seeing in my mind how Hannah looked when she died. Sometimes I feel like this image haunts me. The Lord impressed upon me that Hannah no longer looks like that. It was a very emotional experience. I felt the Lord pouring his healing power into me, and his waves of his love over me.
We’ve had a number of friends of ours who have seen visions of our daughter in heaven. Those dreams and visions that our friends have shared with us have been a source of inspiration for us. Yet, for some reason we’ve not had any dreams or visions. I feel like there’s a part of me that needs a constant reassurance that my daughter is in heaven. That allows me to grieve, but not like those without hope. Hope is vital. We can’t live without it.
On Saturday during this time of prayer I saw a bright light, and then I saw trees with their green leaves and a beautiful blue sky. I didn’t see Hannah, but I had a sense that she was there, in heaven and in peace. I felt the Lord’s overwhelming peace during this time.
It was an unbelievable experience. On the way home I tried to explain to Dawn what happened, and I just couldn’t. Finally after some time and more tears I was able to share my experience with Dawn. Thank you Jesus for your overwhelming love, your care and your tender mercies.
I hope this story of how Jesus showed up and ministered to me in a deep and profound way will also lift you up. Thank you for joining us on this journey!
In His Grip, Dave


  • By Mary Lichlyter
    Posted February 24, 2017 at 7:18 am

    Oh, where’s my hanky? Love to you both.

    • By alice
      Posted February 24, 2017 at 9:04 am

      With tears….choosing to be thankful….He cares….

  • By Chelsea
    Posted February 24, 2017 at 11:16 am

    I love that. Praising God for his comfort for you and walking this journey of grief with you as Tim and I continue to grieve the loss of his sister, Ellie.

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted February 24, 2017 at 1:48 pm

      Thank you – we pray the Lord will encourage and strengthen you as well. Grief is so difficult, but God does meet us in a special way through it. I pray for his comfort for you as well

  • By sustainabilitea
    Posted February 24, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    God is good all the time and what an incredible experience, Dave. Thanks for sharing it! It always heartens me to read stories like this, when the closeness of our Father becomes so apparent.

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted February 24, 2017 at 1:50 pm

      Thank you – I felt like it was hard to do the actual experience justice through the written word, but I’m glad that it could be an encouragement to you and others. I pray the Lord’s blessing for you and your family!

      • By sustainabilitea
        Posted February 24, 2017 at 2:07 pm

        Thanks, Dave. I appreciate that.

  • By mynamemeansgrace
    Posted February 28, 2017 at 1:04 am

    That was so inspiring Dave! God is truly so good. Just want to share: just very recently I had a friend in church whose mom abruptly died of luekemia. i was devastated too when she went with the Lord, imagine she passed away right during my birthday last year! I couldn’t celebrate. We were all part of a community Church, so just imagine our closeness to her and her whole family. She was one who loved the Lord very much and made sure all her children grew up well and love Jesus too. She was like my second mom, she treated me like one of her own kids.
    What’s surprising was that none of the grieving family members had a vision or dream of our Aunt Esther during the wake or even after she was buried. I and some of our friends in church are the ones who did. We all somehow had different dreams about her. But one thing stood out, one of our friends had this rather “dream encounter” where she saw Aunt Esther visit her garden a week after she was buried. They were actually neighbors and she frequented her vegetable garden when she was alive and would always ask for little lemons. She was really surprised to see her because she acted like the same as she was before. The only thing that she noticed differently was that she was rather taller than her size and her face was beaming!
    In that dream she asked for lemons but our friend asked her instead if she’s okay. She just smiled and asked for lemons again. When she was about to embrace her, she said Aunt Esther told her not to, and pressed for lemons again. Then she went on asking if she has seen hell. She said she replied and said “yes, don’t go there.” Then she asked again if she has seen this time, heaven, and she joyfully replied “streets of gold!” Again, curious as she was, she asked if she has seen Jesus. Aunt Esther didn’t reply, but she smiled. And when she did her face shone so much “like the sun was behind her.” Then she remembered the lemons. when she was about to hand it to her. she was gone. then she woke up and realized it was really just that, a dream.
    When she shared that testimony we were really so amazed at how God works mysteriously. Whatever that dream meant, we felt glad and at peace and believe that she is now in a place far more better where we are now and already having fellowship with the Lord. We are still struggling to come to terms with her passing but we felt that dream had somehow bolstered our faith and encouraged us to keep the faith because in the end Jesus will be there for us to comfort us in the most profound way.
    I’m praying that you and your family keep hanging on to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. We may never understand His ways, but certainly His ways are far better than ours. I’ll be looking forward to more of your blogs, so please keep sharing the Gospel, sir! 🙂

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted March 3, 2017 at 6:21 am

      Thanks so much for sharing your experience, and it does brighten my day to learn of how the Lord ministered to your family and friends through his kindness of the dream he gave to you. How wonderful that it bolstered your faith. God does work in mysterious ways, but even though we don’t understand his ways are good.

  • By ambatopia
    Posted March 6, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Thank you for sharing. writing is often the best way to express ones emotions especially in difficult times. I hope you find continuous peace!

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted March 13, 2017 at 8:36 am

      Thank you for your encouragement

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