Friday, November 26, 2010


I hope to finish the series on Sudan I started well over a month ago! Until then, I just wanted to share some thoughts about Thanksgiving 2010.

Thanksgiving Day 2009 rocked our world when Matt suffered a seizure and soon after we discovered he had anaplastic oligodendroglioma (malignant brain tumor). As I laid my head down to sleep that night I couldn't have imagined what yesterday, a whole year later, would look like.

It was so...normal.

Not long after Matt was released from the hospital and rehab, I remember lying in bed wondering what the new "normal" would be. I longed for the old "normal."

Yesterday was beautifully, wonderfully normal. And, I thank God for that. I thank Him that I've known the new normal and the old normal. I thank Him that I can appreciate the sweetness of predictability because I have felt Him sustaining me in the unsettling of the unimaginable happening.

Thanksgiving Day 2010 may have been boringly predictable for you or frighteningly not. My prayer is that you would know the Rock who is unshaken. There is nowhere else for us to stand.

"On Christ the solid rock I stand; all other ground is sinking sand."


Shanna said...

thank you for sharing your heart - i have prayed for your family over the past year and unfortunately this thanksgiving we were on the "frightening" end of things ... and still are ... thank you for the reminder that God does work miracles and that through hope in Christ the old normal can return!

Elizabeth said...

We love you guys! So thankful that you guys are showing us what it means to really, totally rely on Him when life is at it's hardest. Happy Thanksgivinvg.
Gabe, Elizabeth, Perryn, & Teagan

John M. Kirton II said...

Lauren, I have prayed & thought of you & Matt throughout yesterday; am SO THANKFUL it was "uneventful"! 

Anonymous said...

Excellent word for the season. We are thankful for your local body and the support for our local body Casa de Libertad.
In Christ
Dennis and Cindy McCutcheon
missionaries for Vine International

mari mcnellie said...

I too am so grateful for the unpredictable. Last summer I was told my daughter would not make it when I was 32 weeks pregnant. I had no idea what we would do but pray and believe God would be good to us. She survived and is perfectly beautiful and healthy. I am glad because now in the normal I can remember that he is my Rock as you have said and that when anything unexpected comes our way we will be sustained. Thank you for sharing your wonderful struggle with us all and I am so grateful for your husband's recovery. Although we can be without them and still be sustained it is a blessing to have them (all our family in our lives) and I thank God everyday that I do get with them. Thanks again.

Amanda said...

Amen, Lauren!

Prudy said...

Happy Thanksgiving to your family. I remember seeing tweet after tweet a year ago asking for prayer for Matt. God is as faithful now as He was last year and the year before and 10 years from now. I am thankful to God for the healing that's taken place in Matt's brain and your family's lives over the last year. God bless.

ToniKakes said...

Am smiling deeply as I read your blog. Love you Lauren and Matt!

Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

love, Toni

Anonymous said...

Thanks for reminding us how precious normal is. My heart is happy hearing you were able to experience that this year! Thank you for sharing. H

ellen said...

We have prayed faithfully for you, and we continue to do so!
Ellen and Larry Forrester
Spring, Texas

Mairi said...


Renda said...

Please continue to share.
Bless you.

KimberlyMDavis said...

Cannot wait to read about your stories of Sudan. I, too, have a great heart for the precious people of southern Sudan, and it is rare to come across fellow Americans who have the same heart's desire.

Have a blessed week.

Knoxville, Tenn.

Marlos ACE said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the family picture. So precious! Even lil sweet Norah :) I remember your tweet about her not wanting to cooperate. We love our pastors family and are praying with you. YAY!! for "normal". The Haft Family

walking in love said...

I love your family so much. I think of you and pray for you so often. So thankful for your life and Matt's life. Thankful for Audrey's salvation. Thankful for your testimony over this past year. You are in Texas and I'm in California... we don't know each other... but God is using your family in my life in more ways than you will ever know. Thank you.

The Bromleys

cal+claire said...

I know that I'm reading this a bit late, but I needed to hear it.
God is definitely showing us that He is our Rock even if it's throw some hot fire that we learn it.