Joyful in Hope

We drove up to the hospital today to hear good news.  Michael’s pressure levels had remained in a good range throughout the night and were steady in the teens today.  His fever from yesterday was also gone.  While we were with him in his room, the Neuro-team’s Nurse Practitioner stopped in the room to again confirm that Michael was doing well and that she was happy with how things were going for the day.

And it was so, so good to hear good news.  To be able to be joyful in hope today.  And it reminded me of all of how thankful I am for the many, many good days that we’ve had with our friend.

We’ve shared good days of Vacation Bible School.  Michael’s helped for quite a few years in this Summer ministry and he’s always done a great job working with the kids.


We’ve shared quite a few good seasons of Mens Softball.  Our church has a team that plays throughout the Spring and Summer.  Michael’s played for quite a few years and built up great friendships with the men on the team.


I’ve mentioned before, but we’ve shared four great years of Michael being a part of our Breakaway Weekend Retreat.  Every year we take a group of Jr. and Sr. High Students to Pennsylvania where they enjoy a camp weekend, having fun, playing games, worshipping God and learning more about the Bible.  Michael and his sisters have been an important part of our trip for years and we are so thankful for this time that we’ve been able to have with them.


A few years ago, we even shared in the wedding of our dear friends Mitch and Amber.


We’re shared amazing experiences serving God in Costa Rica and even shared in a very fun afternoon of rollerskating while we were there as well.


And then there was that time that Michael put on a duct tape beard and dressed up as Moses.  Yes, we’ve definitely had our share of good and even great days with this amazing kid.


Today was a good day.  And I know to that it’s important to keep in mind that the road still is a bumpy one.  But I think it’s okay to really be glad for days like today.  Days where we can be joyful in knowing that God is watching out for Michael and that He truly is hearing our prayers for healing and protection.  Romans 12:12 sums it up pretty perfectly so that is the verse that I’ll leave us with.

Please continue to pray for Michael’s brain pressures to drop (that will indicate that the swelling is going down which is what we want to happen for now).  Please continue to pray for strength for Michael’s family as they support and love him through this journey.  I’m so thankful that Katelyn’s husband Luke was able to come down from Canada today.  I got to hear a story about how their home church has been so faithful in loving and supporting them as a couple in this time of need and it’s another beautiful testimony of the good that God is working in this situation.

To end, I just wanted to pass on some beautiful words from Sally.  She asked me to share that she is so amazed how everybody is coming together for her son.  She is so touched by how much love, caring and thoughtfulness has been shown.  Michael is so special to so many, even those who don’t know him.  It brings hope that not only will God save her son, but hope that so many people are coming together through love and faith.  It is beautiful to witness.



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I love Jesus, my Youth Pastor Husband and our two beautiful children. I'm a professional photographer and I love people, especially kids. My best days include time with my family, Hot Yoga and a Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream cone.

8 thoughts on “Joyful in Hope”

  1. Your posts are beautiful. I do not know Michael, but I feel like I do now. Thank you for giving his family the beautiful gift of your memories — those made and those yet to be made. He and his family are in the prayers of my family. Please keep posting — It is with my breath held, and a sigh of relief, that I catch up on how Michael is doing via your posts. Thank you!

  2. So glad Michel is doing well. He will be in our prayers and we’re following your posts. We are sending strength to his family and praying for them too. As a parent I can’t even imagine what they’re going through right now.

  3. Love the posts so much Laura… Thank you and love to Michaels family.. We are ALL Rooting big time for him… Xo

  4. Thank you so much for all your updates, prayers and support for Michael and his family. You are truly a beautiful spiritual person. God Bless You for all of your love and support. Our prayers will continue.

  5. Thank you for posting updates on Micheal. I continue to pray for this young man to heal , and pray for his family to have the Love & Strenght to get through the rough times.

  6. Thank you for keeping everyone posted on Michael’s progress. It’s a beautiful thing to do. Prayers and love for Michael and the family. Faith is a beautiful thing.

  7. Praying for this beautiful young man and his family–that God will be glorified in all that is said and done, and that Michael will live and grow strong in the Lord…and someday be able to stand wholly healed, and testify to the faithfulness of God in hearing the prayers of His people.

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