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Trials and Tears!

What a day! What a week!

Hannah, Dawn and Dave in TJ
Hannah, Dawn and Dave in TJ

When we live in this crazy world, and maybe even more so when we are on the front lines we get attacked.
Earlier this week a friend of ours, who is a wonderful Christian woman. She’s a great wife and mother. Dawn and I have grown to love them. Well, she took a wrong turn as she was taking her nephew to school, and ended up in a detention center.
Her husband has already spent thousands of dollars in lawyers fees trying to get every thing sorted out.
When I received the news on Tuesday of what happened I felt very sad. Tears welled up in my eyes, although I was with other friends so I held it in.
I feel for those that get hurt through the brokenness on the border. That’s one of the reasons God brought us here. To bring good news to the poor, and to repair the broken city.

Family Trials

my daughter Hannah's car
my daughter Hannah’s poor car

Today (Thursday) I felt like the enemy was coming after my family full on.
My daughter, Hannah called me at 6:30 in the morning, because she got stuck in the snow and ice. Someone ran into her, then another and another. When it was all over there were five cars involved in the accident.
Hannah was cold and afraid. I tried to keep her calm and give her hope. I know that our Lord protected her from further damage.
Then about when I was done helping Hannah, I got a call from Dawn that our son, Jonathan had a serious problem with his eye. His retina is detached.
Jon, Hannah & David Jr. having some fun
Jon, Hannah & David Jr. having some fun

The doctor wants to do an emergency surgery, but since my son ate lunch before he received this news, and they need to perform the surgery after 8 hours of fasting he decided to put the surgery off until Friday morning. Again I found myself sad, and the tears welled up.
My son, Jon will have an emergency eye surgery to repair his retina on Friday morning at 7:20 AM PST.
Someone once said that dogs don’t bark at parked cars. I do believe that one of the attacks our enemy uses is to try to discourage us while we are serving the Lord. I’m not sure that knowing that makes it any easier. It’s still painful to see those we love suffer.

God Gives me Hope

What does give me hope is knowing that somehow, someway God uses this for his glory and for our good. I’m reminded to keep my eyes on him.
Jesus said that, in this world you will have many troubles, but cheer up I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)
After I sent a note out to some friends today asking them to pray, a pastor friend sent me some encouraging verses, so I thought I would share them with you, and ask you to pray.

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV84)
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV84)
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Thanks for joining us on this journey of faith, and for standing with us in prayer.
In His Grip, Dave


  • By Revelations in Writing
    Posted November 22, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Praying for His protection, peace and healing to be with your entire family.

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted November 22, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      Thanks so much. Today was a much better day. My son, Jon’s surgery went well. We are worn out, relieved and grateful.

  • By Charis Psallo
    Posted November 23, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Praying. An uncanny number of folks in ministry are being hit hard this week. I agree with you. Something’s up. So glad that God can turn anything to His glory.

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  • By Yevette
    Posted November 24, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    In times like these we need our faith to see us through.

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted November 24, 2013 at 11:06 pm

      I don’t know how people without faith handle the challenges life throws at them. I’m grateful the rock that we can lean on.

      • By Yevette
        Posted November 24, 2013 at 11:19 pm

        Amen! Be encouraged. the kingdom of God is grateful for what you and you family is doing.

        • By diasolifeontheborder
          Posted November 24, 2013 at 11:22 pm

          Thanks – I hope you are encouraged as well.

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  • By barbarastanley
    Posted December 14, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Through our troubles, we meet others with troubles. Sometimes, God just wants those others to see how well we handle trouble that others may ask, “From where does your peace and calm come?” And we can answer, “Do you know my God?” God bless.

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted December 14, 2013 at 11:32 pm

      God uses our trials in many ways

  • By Wayne Abernathy
    Posted December 14, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    There is a lot of holiness in perseverence.

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted December 14, 2013 at 11:35 pm

      God does work in our inner life as he gives the strength to persevere

  • By oneintercessor
    Posted January 24, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    I just saw all of this and am so sorry for the difficult times you all were going through. Am glad to see recent posts that things are looking better for your kids.

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted January 25, 2014 at 9:07 pm

      Thank you – we appreciate your prayers and your concern. Hope you are doing well.

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