Mandy’s post– Life Interupted

There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit! (Romans 5:3-5)

It was 6am. It was Christmas Eve {one of the busiest days of the year for a pastor and his family}. It was a Thursday. It was the first day of my 32nd week of pregnancy…..and I was in labor?!

Our second child, a daughter, was coming fast, furious and way too soon. In disbelief we packed our car, grabbed our doula, secured childcare for our one year old son and headed for the hospital.

It was a very quick 3 hours later that we welcomed Sophia Isabella-Diane into our family. Before I could see her or hold her she was whisked away to the NICU where she spent the next 56 days of her new life. Many of those early days were spent attached to ventilators, breathing aids, wires and tubes. Our heads remained in one big fog for most of the time- but we never doubted that God was with us for one moment.

At a time when our lives looked most upside down our souls never became weary; instead, our souls were consumed with the very presence of God. We persevered while others around us in similar situations succumbed to the temptation to give up. We allowed God to work on us building character along every step of the journey and in turn we were blessed with the most magnificent hope.

I tell you our story not looking for pity, but to testify to the goodness of our Lord. During times of trouble please remember to praise God! He’s not forgotten you- no! Instead, he is blessing you even in the midst of your trouble…. He’s blessing you so much that there are not even enough buckets to contain everything that God is generously pouring into your life through the Holy Spirit.

Be amazed!

My sisters, though the darkness closes in; PRAISE! When everything is going right, PRAISE!! Praise! Praise! Praise! Persevere through your trouble and allow your present suffering to be a testimony-in-process which will bring glory to our Lord in the coming days. (Romans 8:18)

Father God, thank you for the good times. Thank you for the good that comes from the bad times. Thank you for times of peace, and thank you for times of discontentment that develop patience in us. For we know, God, that through all these things you are developing in us character; a character that brings hope. We know that there are seasons for everything and that through each one you remain in control. Thank you for being The Lord of all, our Abba father. We love you so much and count it such a blessing to praise your holy name! Amen.



  1. Easy to give thanks when there are smiles all around but I will praise Him all the days of my life. Knowing He has a purpose for my life. Reading your entry I realized that sometimes the way we react or respond is not only connected to what or how we are feeling but for inspiration for those around us. Thanks for the reminder to shout out praises in all circumstances!


  2. You are right, it is so easy to praise Him when life is good, but harder when life is bad. While it in NO way compares to what you went through with your daughter, I’ve been having one of “those” days. Your message came at just the right time, reminding me to be thankful for having to run the errands I have to run, because if I didn’t have my family that I love dearly, I wouldn’t have those errands. I pray your daughter is now healthy, happy, and growing like a weed!!

    Kris Danko (OBS Small Group Leader)


    • Thank you so much, Kris! We actually had an appointment with a specialist today who gave us some not-so-good news. Our daughter has some kidney issues that have resulted from her prematurity and will need some reconstructive surgery in the very near future. Please remember her in your prayers! He’s still in control 🙂


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