Monday, November 28, 2011

God's Hands

We had a great time staying with my aunt and uncle, Pam & Doug Walker, over Thanksgiving weekend in Auburn, WA. They are so easy to spend time with and talk to - we sincerely appreciate their hospitality and truly made us feel at home. We love you guys!

Matt & I are now staying in a hotel in Seattle, enjoying some down time while we wait for Anna's arrival. Isaac will come visit us over the next couple of days, which we are looking forward to since we've missed his company.

We attended North Seattle Church of the Nazarene yesterday morning, and felt so welcomed and loved on. Pastor Dave Ness had already shared our story with some of the members, and told the congregation about us while we were there, so many came up to us after the service offering encouragement, prayers, and support. The family of God is truly beautiful.

My sister and her husband came up from Olympia to visit us yesterday afternoon. It was great to see familiar faces and be somewhat distracted for a few hours. Thanks, Katie & Jason! Yes, I'm in a wheelchair in this photo. Jason had fun pushing me around, and hey, I've gotta take advantage of all the help I can get. :)

Something that keeps coming to mind and carrying me through is the truth that Anna is in God's hands. Everything about her coming is unknown to us, but not to Him. She's always been in His hands, and that's the best place any of us can be. Not only is Anna in God's hands, but so am I. He's caring for me in ways only He can. He's holding me close, enveloping me with peace that I can't explain. A dear friend, Lauren Gubbe, gave this cross to me several weeks ago, which I have hanging in my kitchen so I've seen it numerous times a day since. 

Every time I've passed it, it's helped me breathe a little bit easier. A gentle reminder to surrender this entire journey to His loving and perfect plan again. God's hands are strong, gentle, capable, powerful, caring, creative, and good.

Isaiah 40:11
He tends his flock like a shepherd:
   He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
   he gently leads those that have young.

In my head I'm singing the song "You Hold My World" by Israel Houghton. 
Some of the lyrics are...

Take my heart
Lord, will you take my heart
As I surrender to Your will
I confess You are my righteousness
And until You move me I'll be still
And know that You are God

You hold my world in Your hands
You hold my world in Your hands and
I am amazed at Your love
I am amazed that You love me

You hold my world in Your hands
You hold my world in Your hands and
I'm not afraid, my world is safe
In Your Hands Oh
In Your hands

You won't let go of me
You won't let go of me
You won't let go of me
You won't let go, never let go

You will take care of me
You will take care of me
You will take care of me


  1. Hi Alissa! My name is Kelleigh and I'm married to one of Matt's friends, Mitch (from Salem Academy). We just heard about this, and will definitely be keeping your family in our prayers!! My heart just aches for you. Have you heard the song, "Unredeemed" by Selah? Amazing song, and I just know God is going to redeem this trial you are going through. He probably already has! I'll be praying!

  2. While I dont know you personally, my husband and I are good friends with Matthew and Kim and also Katie. I just wanted you to know you are constantly in my prayers..I can't begin to imagine what your heart feels, but I am so glad we serve such a BIG God! You and your family are so loved!
    Joye Hampton