Early in our marriage, Keith and I made several moves across the country, from Atlanta to Seattle, to Dallas and then San Francisco before finally settling down here. Learning to live in each city and become independent from our families as we raised our children were wonderful opportunities. We also had to be pragmatic about making ends meet and trusting in God and the doors he would open and close for us. We had become skilled at being analytical, weighing options and being decisive. These experiences truly prepared me for recognizing that times of transition and challenges are temporary.
In 2011, when the situation with our daughter, Kendall, and granddaughter, Silke, escalated in South Africa, I knew fear unlike ever before. We had no control or rights and were forced to leave our girls abroad. In my heart, I knew returning to Dallas to find out what we could do to get them home was the right thing.
Throughout the two-year legal struggle to bring the girls back to Dallas, I found comfort and strength in the Body of Christ – and its many members who fervently prayed for us. When our Bible study group laid hands on Keith and me, we felt peace in our hearts. Typically I am a very private person, but this was a powerful moment in my life. A network of people – beyond those we even knew – were helping ease our fears, keep Kendall and Silke safe, and ultimately bring them home.
Even when things happen that are beyond our control, I believe in a greater plan and purpose for our lives. The Bible promises us we will have what we need if we will but manage it well. When Kendall and Silke returned to us, there was an initial celebration. We thought we were going to write a story because it needed to be shared. What we’ve found though is the healing has happened through our getting back to normal. I think the real test of faith is in the things that we continue to be confronted with. He has equipped us with the ability to analyze, to learn from the past, and to find peace in pain.
I live with confidence because of our church family and the support we freely give to one another through the extraordinary and mundane experiences of life. I am thankful every day for this and God’s many blessings.
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