I have the privilege of being the wife of my best friend, and mother to four precious daughters, each with beautiful hearts. I started this blog in 2009, blessed to be a stay at home mother to my girls. At that time I had been hand journaling my walk with the Lord for years. Within my journals I hoped to create a spiritual chronicle that will linger long after I am gone, pointing my children and grandchildren to Him. I started the blog with the intention of sharing some of the lessons I was learning in a way that my children could easily view them real time, as well as anyone else who might wish to. As life got busier, though, I blogged very intermittently and then not at all for five years.
From May 2016 to May 2017, I was privileged to see God move mightily in the course of a pastoral search process. May 17, 2017, as a testimony to God’s hand in bringing our pastor, I shared my journal entries in the post, “Great is Thy Faithfulness.” Less than a month later, on June 8, 2017, my third daughter, Sarah Lauren Harmening, was killed in a bus crash outside of Atlanta, Georgia, while on her way to a mission trip in Botswana. June 18, 2017, one month after my post boldly proclaiming His great faithfulness, I posted our family’s testimony of His faithfulness in the midst of our tragedy, “Suffering, Anguish and Redemption.” I didn’t initially intend to publicly chronicle our journey through the valley of the shadow of death, but each time the Lord has provided, sustained and taught I have felt compelled to share.
“I write because I am broken and I am seeking the Lord. I write because I know He is faithful ‘so I know He’s going to do incredible things’ (to quote Sarah Harmening). I could save it all up and share it later, but there is something more powerful about watching the hand of God in the lives of broken people, real time. He will heal us, though we will always ache for Sarah. He is and will continue restoring our joy as a family. He will powerfully sustain us. He has and will continue to pour out grace upon grace on us. I cannot bear to be silent about what He has done and what He will do, so with a heart full of pain and praise I will continue to write. I will write right now in the valley, knowing one day I will once again see the mountain top. I’d love for you to join me on the journey, but even if I go alone, I will write.” ~ from “Why Write Now”
“But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you: to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to obey his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and all your soul.” Joshua 22:5