An Update of Sorts…

The blog has been pretty silent lately. Sorry for that. Life has been very difficult for us during the last month or so. Luke and I have been faced with lots of pain, sickness and death. It’s been a slow process as we recover, but we’re choosing continual trust in our good Father God.

Although I don’t want to share in depth about all the hard things that have been going on, I will give just some of the basics and ask for prayer: We finished Vision Course at the end of May and promptly afterward moved into a new community living situation. We felt like our seasons very drastically shifted and were excited for lots of new things this summer and fall.
However, things seemed to change for the worst as I got very sick and was in bed for about a week straight during the first week of June. We had some possible jobs fall through (since we’re now on the hunt for full-time work), and then on June 13th Luke’s Pappap passed away. We’ve now lost 3 grandparents in a short 6 month period – way too much too quickly. We drove out to PA for the funeral and spent time with the Miller family, then took a small road trip to Virginia (to see the Goods) and then Louisville, KY (to see Luke’s brother and family).

We enjoyed the space and perspective the road trip gave us, and time to get away from it all. Since returning back home we’ve tried to jump back into normal life by continuing the job hunt and such. But as a whole, we’re still pretty downhearted about all the pain and brokenness we’ve been through. I’m still struggling with health complications as well.

Would you please be praying for us? Please pray for hope for out hearts, healing to the pain and sickness, and breakthrough for our lives. We feel stuck in this terrible “ground hogs day” cycle of bad things happening to us every week.

In the midst of this all, we’re continuing to believe in God’s goodness and lovingkindness. But we need lots of love and support right now as we grieve and heal. We’re desperate for God’s light to shine in our darkness.

Thanks to all who are already praying for us. It’s so appreciated. 🙂

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One thought on “An Update of Sorts…

  1. I love you, Lauren. I am so sorry to hear this. I just read this today; it’s good. I thought I would share: “But you now see that the Irresistible and the Indisputable are two weapons which the very nature of his scheme forbids him to use. Merely to override a human will (as his felt presence in any but the faintest and most mitigated degree would certainly do) would be for him useless. He cannot ravish. He can only woo. For his ignoble idea is to eat the cake and have it; the creatures are to be one with him, but yet themselves; merely to cancel them, or assimilate them, will not serve. He is prepared to do a little overriding at the beginning. He will set them off with communications of his presence which, though faint, seem great to them, with emotional sweetness, and easy conquest over temptation. But he never allows this state of affairs to last long. Sooner or later he withdraws, if not in fact, at least from their conscience experience, all those supports and incentives. He leaves the creature to stand up on its own legs–to carry out from the will alone duties which have lost all relish. It is during such trough periods, much more than during the peak periods, that it is growing into the sort of creature he wants it to be. Hence the prayers offered in the state of dryness are those which please him best.” C.S. Lewis: The Screwtape Letters

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