I Have a Shelter

May 28, 2014 by 6 Comments

Thankful in days like these that we do have a Shelter to hide in. This song speaks great truth about our Lord. Hope it encourages the down casted, as it has me.

Wanted to give a little update.

Mark had his first seizure yesterday morning. He was safe in bed and his dad was there to support him. I can see the way the Lord governed all the details and arranged even for me to see him afterwards through friends coming over to stay with our children last minute! It shouldn’t be surprising to see seizures because of his kind of cancer and that Mark is wanting to tapper down from his steroids. However it’s very common in brain cancer patients. This was Mark’s first. And for that we can be grateful because of the Lord’s kindness he didn’t have to have seizures in front of his children. Or even at home. He was able to be in a safe place, in his bed. His dad took care of him like a hero. I am so grateful for my in-laws and my sister in law, Becca. The Lord’s care for all of us has been seen through their sacrificial love and service to Mark and me and the kids. Praise the Lord for His provision. Even in these hard days.

If I didn’t fully understand God’s sovereign reign and control in all things before; He is now allowing me to see it first-hand how He is governing each day and by His love is sovereignly controlling every detail.

God has numbered our days (Psalm 90; 12). And that truth brings much hope. Not one thing that comes upon our path is a surprise or shock to our all-knowing and wise and merciful God! I reminded Mark of that truth the other day. The Lord is with my husband even now and has a specific day’s accounted for him. God is even in the middle of protecting him from further injury as he had his seizure yesterday. Only a kind God can take care of us each and every day. God’s love for us can’t ever run dry or be limited. He sovereignly loves all of us in this sorrow. And even if I cry myself to sleep; He is right there with me as I cry out to Him in my pain. And because I know He is the One who holds all things and promises to work out every detail.

For Jesus, himself, was our perfect suffering Savior. He knew suffering far greater than we will ever know. Yet, He graciously attends to us in our moments of weakness and has so become the perfect High Priest that makes intercession for us! Even now, He is praying for Mark, keeping Mark, and soon will be inviting Mark into glory with Him forever.

If I could recall all the ways we have seen the Lord’s hand provide-you would NOT believe me! It’s unreal! God truly has been behind each day, giving us new mercies to count on moment by moment!

From child care -to- mercy meals from our church family going on almost 17months off and on -to-countless gift cards that our oldest thinks that is how you pay for food -to- friends praying for our behalf fervently -to- friends being willing to pray and cry with us -to- our lawn being mowed by brothers who own a lawn serving business on the side and wanted to provide service for us -to- even ‘Sneaky Secret Admirers’ for our kids to be loved on! These sneaky friends have given regularly for months now little surprise gifts at our door step from people all over our church body to love our children through these hard months & shine forth God’s love to our children! The list goes on…

Why is this big deal? These mercies are reminding us of the Lord’s ultimate love for us. Our beloved church & family and so many more have been motivated out of a love for Jesus to want to be a clear picture to us of the Lord’s love to our family. We have received gifts and messages and letters from all over the globe!

For all those who have been led to love on usTHANK YOU! (I am way behind on thank you cards-if you haven’t notice!)

We give the Lord the glory behind all these mercies! These mercies point to a gracious Father. Who loves us and won’t leave or forsake His children. Even in the valley of a shadow of death-we will fear no evil.

I have known the importance of growing in thankfulness to the Lord. Now I see absolutely how necessary it is for me to actively grow in gratitude to the Lord, right now! This is how I can fight off depression and fix my eyes on Jesus-through being thankful! And by God’s mercy He is helping me and pointing out to me His love in these small ways that strengthen me as I wait upon Him for mercy in the big ways of bringing Mark home to Heaven soon. Again, thank you for praying on behalf of our family! To God be the Glory!

“Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;

his understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
30 Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.” -Isaiah 40:28-31

May 11-19, 2014  Iphone pics 228May 11-19, 2014  Iphone pics 230



6 Responses to “I Have a Shelter”
  1. Ali says:

    This is beautiful Anna ! I ❤you & Mark. I’m so proud of you and the way you find shelter in Christ ! Praying for Mark all the time! You are blessed with an amazing husband ! Thanks for including the pics of you & Mark !!

    ❤ Ali

  2. Ali says:

    He is our Blessed Controller !! Sovereign and Loving in all things!

  3. Pouring prayer over your family. Thank you for sharing your journey and allowing us the privilege to pray along side you. May our Savior continue to bring you sweet peace and rest that only He can provide!
    God bless you,
    Larissa Simpson (friend of Ali)

  4. Fernanda says:

    Oh our sweet Anna. You are right now such a testimony of the Living God loving and being a beautiful strength in, for and through you! Light shines so powerfully and beautifully because of this deep suffering. His ways are indeed mysterious ways and His purposes for us are unsearchable. May many, many come to Him because of your testimony!! You and your entire family are deeply in my heart. Much love, Fernanda

  5. Iverson Warinner says:

    Thank you for the update Anna. You owe us nothing, no thank you notes, nothing. We owe everything to our Saviour who died for us on the Cross. To him we give thanks and obedience. My love and prayers follow you daily….


  6. Hannah says:

    Dear Anna,

    Prayers continued for y’all! Thanking God for His gracious mercies in y’alls life.

    Love from a sister in Christ,

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