this changes nothing…

My man and I have a phrase. He often repeats it to me when I feel as though my world is spinning out of control.


He first said to me in the early hours of April 23, 2008.

I remember the date well. It was our 14th wedding anniversary. It was also the day we found out that he has a potentially life-threatening heart condition.

I remember the moment well. We were in the ER that my man had worked for nine years. He knew the doctors, he knew the nurses and they knew him. The doctor walked in and said, “Dude, I don’t know how to tell you this but you have a Triple A. I’m putting you in a truck and sending you to Fort Wayne.”

I don’t speak medical-ese. I had no idea how to decipher what the doctor had just said and I certainly didn’t know what a Triple A was. I only knew it was serious because Chad took my hand, looked me in the eye, and said, “This changes nothing!”

He was right.

God is sovereign.
God is in control.
God knows.
God loves me.

Nothing new in my life changes anything about God.

He is still sovereign.
He is still in control.
He still knows.
And, He still loves me.

The past seven years have been a journey of trust for me. Learning to look past the immediate and live with eternity in mind hasn’t been easy. I’ve had to let go of trying to control my immediate life which was my pitiful attempt to protect myself or my children. I’ve been learning to place everything in the Hands that are much more capable than mine and then lean into those Hands in surrender and trust.

Yesterday, I saw a glimpse of the work that He has done in my heart.


He bought this and brought it home yesterday.

He’s thrilled!

And you know what?

I’m thrilled for him.


My son, now a man, belongs to God, not me. God is just as sovereign in Eric’s life as He is in mine. He’s in control, He knows, and He loves Eric more than I ever could.

It’s time.
It’s his time to spread his wings and fly.
And, he’s wanted to fly on his own two wheels his entire life.



This new adventure of adulthood that my son is embarking on is his life. It’s new to him and it’s new to me but it’s not new to our God. Instead, it’s all part of a bigger plan that we can’t see.

I’m not worried.

God’s got this.


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  1. Boy, did I need to read this! She didn’t buy a motorcycle, but the principle translates exactly regardless of gender or circumstance.

    I’m praying that regardless of circumstances and choices, their hearts pursue His.

    Thanks for your ministry to me, friend. Hugs and love to you!

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