Friday, April 19, 2013

The Day That Changed Our Lives Forever

The last time we heard our sweet Chrissie’s voice was on this day three years ago.  We had no idea we would never hear her voice again.


Click HERE to read the first entry, 4/19/2010 at 9:15AM.

Click HERE to read the second update, 4/19/2010 at 10:30AM.


Click HERE to read the third update, 4/19/2010 at 11:05AM.


Click HERE to read the fourth update, 4/19/2010 at 4:15PM.  (I just read this and realized that Chrissie had most likely coded here, but I didn’t realize it.)


Click HERE to read the fifth update, 4/19/2010 at 5:45PM.  (This is when Chrissie’s heart stopped for 20 minutes, but God brought her back!)


Click HERE to read the sixth update, 4/19/2010 at 6:47PM.


Click HERE to read the final update from Chrissie’s first day of her hospital stay, which was technically recorded on 4/20/2010 at 12:40AM.  Here’s a quote from that update, along with two photos:

The photos are hard to look at, but I pray that when our King of Kings restores Chrissie's health, she will dance her way out of this hospital.


I didn’t realize when I wrote those words three years ago “she will dance her way out of this hospital” that she would dance her way out of the hospital and into heaven where she would eternally dance with Jesus.


Oh how different Chrissie’s story turned out than what we believed and prayed for.


The next 30 days (April 19-May 19, 2010) were spent by our daughter’s side while she courageously fought for her life in her beautiful warrior princess fashion.

God has taught me so much over the last three years, most of it being lessons I never knew I needed to learn.  He has grown my faith so greatly through the process of losing our daughter.  He has changed my perspective of life on earth and life in heaven.  My entire world has changed, but He has never once left my side.


Our God is faithful.  Our God is good.  Our God has a plan to give us a hope and future.  Our God is sovereign.  Our God loves unconditionally.  Our God is able to do exceedingly abundantly more than we can even think to ask.


Our God is able to create beauty from ashes.  Our God is able to heal the brokenhearted.


I have finally learned that heaven is the place we should all long to live.  It is Paradise and is beyond anything we can fathom.  Heaven is where our eyes should stay focused.  Eternal focus on eternal life.  We must make the most of our every breath on earth until we cross over to Paradise, living our earthly life for His glory always, for we never know which breath will be our last.


We have two choices—to trust God or to not trust God.  We shall not waiver when circumstances cause us to doubt.  We must boss our hearts to beat in sync with His, trusting in His sovereignty, believing in His character, and standing firmly on His promises.


Thank you, Father, for sharing Chrissie with us, even if her time on earth was shorter than what we desired.  We’re forever grateful for the blessing You bestowed upon us.

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