1. Lori. Your blog is so helpful, and I look forward to it. I looked up a blog I started two years ago–you have inspired me to perhaps take it up again. I believe we can learn a lot from other people’s journeys–especially when they are expressed so eloquently as yours. Love the picture–which one is you? Brad?

    1. Joanne, I would love for you to do that! I think we could help each other in this process, and you have so much perspective to offer! (I am the little brown-haired girl on the left and Brad is the youngest one, one the right.)

      1. I was almost sure that was Brad–he really hasn’t changed much 🙂 It’s a precious picture. All our prayers (Drew and mine) are with you and all of our hopes for healing and peace. You probably cannot know the number of people you touch through your words.

        1. Brad looks the same in my eyes! Thank you for the sweet words and mostly for the prayers. I continue to pray for you as well.

    1. Love you, Martha! I feel the support of so many and the hand of God working through this. Thank you for being such a caring, constant source of encouragement!

  2. Lori, I keep reading your last line. “My illness brought me face to face with my God, but only after bringing me to the end of me.” I can relate to this after the passing of Blake. It goes along with something I had read and keep close to remind myself. “For God’s people, suffering is an opportunity to glorify God as we find that He is all we need.”
    Thank you for sharing your life with us, and showing us how God works.

    1. You are a great example of glorifying God through suffering. Thank you for your kind words and steadfast support.

  3. Lori,
    You always make me think about childhood, and mine in particular in a fonder and funnier way. What does “jerk a knot in our tails,” mean to a little girl, I wonder? I can’t remember the funny things my parents said so it brings me joy to be able to hear some of yours. I love your outlook on life!

  4. I totally get the aha moment!
    I’ve had ulcerative colitis for 13 years. Over those years, I have pleaded to God, begged, wrestled, promised …..all in the hope that HE would take this disease from me. Six years ago I read this scripture:
    James 1:2-4 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produced perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete not lacking anything.”
    I’ve read that scripture a1000 times but never paid attention to the word, whenever! HE didn’t say if, he said when! HE didn’t say you’ll never struggle, hurt, or suffer from disease, etc. That day Instead of my constant why me, I said to myself, why not me? If this is what I need to become mature & complete then I will be as joyful as I possibly can. Granted, I am a constant work in progress & am beyond grateful that HE has not given up on me!! I am blessed by my disease because through it, I also found HIM & HE is so good to us!
    I mean, seriously, one huge blessing is the opportunity to spend my days with Adyson & trust me, she can bring joy to me even when I’m running to the restroom
    I love you & your failing heart!!! I know that may sound harsh, but it’s that ❤️
    of yours that’s touching all of ours

    1. I love this, Kim. Thank you so much for sharing it. You are such a jewel and an amazing blessing to me!

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