11/27/07 4:15 pm

November 27, 2007 at 5:23 pm 7 comments

it IS easy to forget God’s goodness when the moment you are in doesn’t live up to your desires. But God has been good and faithful and shown us that he reigns even where we did not expect. Mike has come much further than anyone with an educated guess could have predicted. it is so frustrating to still have to experience the insecurity that comes with mike’s frailties, setbacks, unknowns. but it’s frustrating because yet again, we struggle with not being god ourselves and securing ourselves according to our own designs. if i believe God is truly the God of unfailing love, then i should find peace in his providences, in whatever shape and time they come. not to say i always find peace, but i can always say, God, help me in my unbelief. and then sit back and await the unveiling of his glory… which i see in every meal, every nurse who welcomes us like family, every doctor that takes our victories as their own, every friend who prays and encourages and perseveres over the long haul with us in this lingering season of our lives. please pray that mike shares in the value of each small victory–like leaving the hospital without regressing. thanks and joy, michelle

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  • 1. Kim Johnson  |  November 27, 2007 at 9:06 pm

    Oh Michelle……………….you are such a wonderful inspiration to us all! Please know how much Mike’s journey fills all of our days with prayers and thanksgiving. If I can ever be of some help to you, please call me. I am a stones-throw away. Yes, we are all so thankful for all of Mike’s progress. Let it continue! Love, Kim

  • 2. Christian "Encourager"  |  November 27, 2007 at 9:39 pm


    Praise be to our God for all things done in his name. We will continue to lift Mike up in our prayers. We will ask for Mike’s awareness to all the blessings/victories.

    We often don’t take time and examine the little things throughout our lives. But yet there is a need to examine these small things and give praise to the one whom they are provided by. Victory either small or large in our eyes, are gifts of the grace from our Father. I will ask in prayer, that His grace continues to bless your family.

    Fellow Christian “Encourager”

  • 3. Linda And Marty Cuellar  |  November 29, 2007 at 10:38 am

    Dear Michelle,

    You are such an inspiration! I am Sam’s mom and can tell you that you were truly a positive influence in his life. He is thriving at Purdue and active as a YL volunteer leader at a nearby high school. I believe that God has blessed him and is walking beside him closely. He is in the Engineering school and has a 4.0 GPA, he has accepted an internship with GM this summer, and he is going on a mission trip to Mexico over winter break, which he raised the money for. I am not writing these things to brag, but to thank God and you for your guidance. I am amazed everyday with the wonderful graces and miracles that
    God reveals. He is with you and Mike and we continue to pray for God’s miracle to work for you.
    God Bless you.

  • 4. Joy Thomas  |  December 1, 2007 at 9:31 pm

    Ben had such a great time at your house hanging out with Mike a few weeks ago and we were saddened to see that he had to take another trip to the hosptial. But we rejoice with you that there was no regression. Ben commented on how much he thought Mike’s speech had improved, which you probably already know but sometimes when you’re with someone every day, it might not be quite as easy to see the improvement over time.

    We love you guys so much and are so incredibly grateful that God placed you in our lives. We have always seen both of you as role models in ministry as you put God first and allow him to mold and shape your lives, and now we watch and praise and wait more than ever.


    Ben and Joy


    Ben and Joy

  • 5. Kim Schutter  |  December 4, 2007 at 3:09 pm

    Mike and Michelle,
    God continues to bring you to mind, so we continue to pray. May God meet your evey need. May He continue to carry you and sustain in you both in “setbacks” and in “victory”. May you know your Abba’s tangible presence moment by moment.

    Kim and Dave

  • 6. Bethany Demmin  |  December 5, 2007 at 11:14 pm


    Liz Fay and the Koupals are good friends of mine – We met once or twice a long time ago, and my family and I have been praying with you along this long road. I just want you to know this post met and encouraged me in a very difficult time. Know you are a blessing to even a stranger in the midst of the days when your joy wears thin. God is using you.

    in HIM,
    Bethany Demmin

  • 7. Heather Schmidt  |  December 11, 2007 at 8:16 pm

    Thank you Michelle for the card and the reminder of what we are all waiting for. As always I am inspired by you and all that you and your family endure on a daily basis which all of us take for granted on any given day. May God’s peace surround each of you and may you feel His presence always. God Bless and may we all boldly say Merry Christmas to everyone we meet!

    Love and prayers,
    Heather Schmidt


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