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Keep Trusting, Keep Believing – Don’t Give Up!

Where Will This End?

Hannah with her Grandpa
Hannah with her Grandpa

We feel like we’ve been in a marathon without knowing where the finish line will be. It’s exhausting at times, but the Lord sustains us! He gives us hope.
Many have asked about Hannah, others are wondering what is going on. Dawn and I have sought to be discreet in what we share. We believe it’s important to maintain Hannah’s privacy, and even that of our family.
Now I realize that we’ve published this out on a number of public forums.  We’ve done that, because we believe that prayer is so important. We are trying to walk a line between getting the word out, while not sharing too much.
I hope that makes some sense.

An Outpouring of Prayer & Love

Our family has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and prayer. I believe that is one of the things the Lord has used to keep us strong and to keep us going.
Thank you! We need continued and ongoing prayer and support as we walk on this journey. We are praying that Hannah will be healed soon, even today. Join with us in believing God for his healing touch.
As I prayed this morning the Lord reminded me of the good he was doing through this trial. Paul encourages us to rejoice, because of the fruit that is produced through the difficulties of life.

… but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. (Romans 5:3-5, ESV)

Endurance – Ernest Shackleton’s Adventure

Hannah, Dawn and Dave
Hannah, Dawn and Dave

I finished my book on Ernest Shackleton and his crew, who were shipwrecked on Antarctica in 1915. They survived for more than a year in freezing temperatures in a very hostile environment.
I was impressed by how they endured. They chose not to give up, even though they were extremely tired and cold. When they finally made it to the Island where there were other people that could help them. They were on the wrong side of the Island, so three of them had to hike across the Island. No one hand ever done that before. This was after already surviving for a year in the icy climate.
As they hiked across the Island, they came to glaciers, cliffs where they couldn’t cross. They had to turn around and backtrack. I just can’t imagine all the pain and suffering, but they kept going. They finally made it, and they were able to rescue the whole crew. No one was lost.

Keeping Our Eyes on Jesus

The Sunset at Imperial Beach
The Sunset at Imperial Beach

The Lord has been reminding me to keep my eyes on Jesus. My family and I need to keep trusting, and to keep believing. God will hold us up. He will get us through this, even though we don’t know where the end is, he does! God knows and he goes before us!
He promises that he will not forget us and that we are tattooed to the Psalm of his hand in Isaiah 49. That encourages me. It gives me hope. I hope that it might be a blessing to you as well.
In His Loving Grip, Dave


    Posted February 27, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who has called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus; after that you have suffered a while, make you perfect, established, strengthen, settle you. To him be Glory and Dominion forever and forever. AMEN
    Brother, If you wasn’t doing a ‘GOOD’ work, Satan wouldn’t be afflicting your family. He knows that he can attack you–but he also knows that he can afflict more harm by attacking your loved ones!

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted February 27, 2015 at 4:26 pm

      We got a good report from the doctor today. He feels that Hannah is improving quickly. God is at work, and we are encouraged.
      Hope you are feeling better today!

  • By Larry Who
    Posted February 27, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    My main advice on trials is that the sooner you are able to wrap your minds around walking through the trial one day at a time without looking ahead too far, the sooner you will walk in peace. One of the main goals of our trials is that it will yield to us the “peaceful fruit of righteousness” so that we are trained by it.

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted February 27, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      We are trying to keep that in mind – one day at a time. We did get a great report from the doctor today – he feels like Hannah is improving quickly. It hasn’t seemed that way to us, but that was super encouraging.

  • By Debbie
    Posted February 27, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Rejoicing with you over the good report. And also I really respect the way you have handled this without sharing private things that

  • By Debbie
    Posted February 27, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    Oops . . .hit post too soon! Anyway, you have blessed me at how you handled this situation and set a good example for those of us who may need to do the same, asking for prayer without disclosing details. God bless you and cover you!

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted February 27, 2015 at 9:43 pm

      Thanks – we’ve felt like we’ve really needed the prayer and I believe it’s helped a great deal. My family & I appreciate your loving support

  • By oneintercessor
    Posted February 28, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    I was just checking in to see how Hannah is doing. I’m very glad to see there is some improvement. My children are 9, 11 and 13 (the oldest two are girls) and I can just guess at how you have been feeling through this. It is wise to be discreet; none of us need to know the details. It is enough you’ve come to the body of Christ for intercession and it is our duty and privilege to respond in Christian love. Take care~

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