What a week!

Well, just over a week ago we were challenged as a church to pray for God to do something big, something that only He could do.  My family and I feel like we’re living that right now.  Sunday morning I was hanging out in the 1st-5th grade room when I started seeing kids with 4 eyes and got dizzy.  A few other weird things happened and I was out the door within minutes headed to the Medi-Center where I was told it was probably just the start of a migraine.  The Dr. sent (made me go) to the emergency room for a routine Cat Scan.  A few hours and tests later I was diagnosed with Meningioma – a non-cancerous brain tumor.  

Talk about a shocker!  It didn’t hit home until Monday evening.  We’ve had a few good cries and I felt like I wouldn’t be able to stop.  Where was my faith?  Where was my trust in God through this?  Where was the peace that God could give me?  Well, that peace came yesterday.  Yesterday morning I cried some more on the way to the hospital to learn more about what will be happening and schedule the surgery.  After that Paul, Eliana and I just enjoyed the entire afternoon running to the beach, out to lunch and up to Hesperia.  During that time our conversations were full of peace – and we know it was the peace of God.  We talked candidly about the fact that every breath is a gift – and we don’t know when our time to leave this earth will be, but it will be in God’s timing.  We know God has His plan and it’s much bigger than me.  If anybody knows me, they know that I can have issues with anxiety, so even writing this is a huge deal for me.  I’m not crying, I’m not anxious – and that fact alone is a God thing!  God is real and present in our lives.  Even more, God is showing Himself to us through the tiniest gestures (emails, posts, etc.)  Thank you for praying and allowing God to use you in our lives.  Prayer is the biggest gift you could give me right now.  I’m sure I’ll still have moments when I’m scared in the next few weeks, so I do appreciate your prayers for peace, safety, healing and that God would do something BIG through this.  I’m not the first to have this surgery and I’m sure I’m not the last to have it.  It makes me realize how much people are going through as we just walk through our lives.  

Know that God is real.  His peace is real and His forgiveness is real.  Real and Big!

Don’t take for granted what God has given you.  Enjoy the moments you’ve been given.

Jesus is our Comforter….

Thank you for all that you’ve done and continue to do.  On the informational side – my surgery is next Thursday morning.


11 responses to “What a week!

  1. Virginia…Wow!! What a post.
    I’m not sure anyone has quite reached me as you just did. Your amazing faith has brought me more….just like that. I’m speechless…..


  2. Virginia what a peace filled post. This is about surrender. I understand. Remember a while back – we had the video message from Frances Chin(?) – He said “God owns it all” we can’t second guess it, worry about it , control it – It’s God’s. We’re His. That tumor, your baby, your husband – they’re HIS! Let Him do this – Let His peace fill you. It’s about surrender. You are resting in the hands of God – what a wonderful place to be – to heal – to see His work close up! My heart is with you –

  3. Thanks for writing this. Seeing others faith through difficult times is so encouraging to me!!
    I think God wants us to lay our troubles at his feet. I know it is easier to say than do, but I always imagine actually doing it. As in, physically taking things off my shoulders and giving them to him. How amazing is it that we can do that? That we have a God that loves us that much?
    He already is making good from this, I cant wait to tell them all to you! I’m going to have to start making a list.
    You are part of His plan, that is for sure!
    Praying for peace,
    God is good!

  4. Virginia….GOD is so truly amazing….I know that but he still works in ways I never expect. You have no idea what this post means and how it applys to some serious issues I’m facing. Thank you for being so open and honest and continuing to share your faith during your difficult time. I will continue to pray for you, Paul and Eliana. Many blessings to all of you! xoxo <

  5. You and your family have been and will continue to be in our prayers. I can relate to the anxiety issue – something both I and Kelsie struggle with and we will pray for continued peace for you and your family. God is already doing big things in this and the journey has just begun. Your faith and dependence on God is growing and God is already touching people through this situation. Thank you for sharing your heart and we will keep you in our prayers.

  6. good luck and our prayers will be with you. You are very couragous and keep in good spirits. God does have a plan and you know your family and your church will always be there for you

  7. Well you brought tears to my eyes with that post! Good tears though! Paul U. always says be careful of what you pray for and then he tells us to pray for God to do something BIG in our lives. I guess at least you know that God is listening! You are in my thoughts often every day, I am praying for you daily and I think it is very cool that the “journey” you are on right now is being such an inspiration and blessing to others.

  8. Thank you so much for sharing your heart. It was truly an inspiration to hear how Big our God can be. So glad you have found some peace. We will continue to pray for your peacefulness and recovery.

  9. I want you to know how much I missed seeing all of you @ church yesterday. You and Paul both radiate the love of Christ every single week, and precious little Eliana makes me smile, even when she puts on her serious face and does the funny little thing with her eyebrows! Pastor Paul made me cry when he read your blog and then I had to go and cry again throughout the song we sang that says “Greater things are yet to come, greater things are still to be done in this city”. I couldn’t help but think of all that you’ve done for our church, and the awesome opportunities God has in store for you as you continue to serve Him. Thank you both for all that you do and have done for The Journey, especially our little Journeyers. You will continue to be in our hearts and prayers this week. We praise God for what He has done in your lives and what He will do on Thursday. We love you all.


    Jer and Suzanne

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