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It’s early Christmas Eve morning – dark outside with snow falling.  I’ve been silent as we’ve tried to make sense of the last few days.  Friday night a point came when it was clear that we could not keep everyone safe.  We sought help and God met our need.  I’m doing my best to balance being authentic and protecting my daughter’s privacy, so I will simply say that Dimples is not with us right now.  We aren’t sure how many days this will be, but we know it will be through Christmas and likely through the end of the month.  We have some new people on our team who are helping Dimples and advising us.  Our prayer continues to be that the Lord will open doors, we will clearly see them, and He will give us the grace to walk through.  We are desperate for Dimples’ healing and feel a sense of urgency to do all that we can to bring this about.

God is writing a story with our lives.  We all know that a good story has some essential parts, and somewhere in the middle there has to be a conflict or a problem to solve, or the story has no significance.  I look at our story and see the characters, I see the struggles and I don’t know what is going to happen next.  But I know the author and I trust him to write a good story with our lives. Not only that, I believe with all my heart that there is a good ending coming.  One day, Dimples will be whole and she will be healed.  I don’t know if it will be in one year, or even in this life, but I know it will happen because she is a precious and loved child of God.

There is nothing that is outside of the Lord’s control – as my pastor said yesterday, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is at work in our family and in Dimples’ life.  She needs to be healed – we all need to be healed.  Her story began before we knew her and there was suffering and pain beyond what most of us can imagine.  Jesus wove her into our family, knowing that the harm that had been done would not instantly heal.  We’ve sought many answers, and I don’t regret a single path that we’ve taken.  In fact, I believe that we’ve seen some benefit from each therapy we’ve tried, but it has not been enough.

I’m having a difficult time switching into Christmas preparations.  My mind is running along one highway and I need to somehow merge over into the flow of happy traffic that feels so strange right now.  Our Christmas cards are still stacked on the kitchen counter, groceries are still at the store and not in my kitchen.  I want somebody to show up and say, “We’re here!  It’s time for Christmas!” then tie on an apron to join me as I cook.  I’m praying for grace and joy that overflows onto my family.

Merry Christmas friends – Emmanuel has come.  He is here and I can only say, “Thank you Jesus for not leaving us to journey through this life of brokenness alone.”


  1. sleighs79 (Reply) on Monday 24, 2012

    Praying for you and the whole family on this most painful of Christmases. Believing with you for ultimate healing and redemption. Much love from many miles away.

  2. Heidi (Reply) on Monday 24, 2012

    Dear Lisa, you are on my heart and in my prayers.

    "And ye, beneath life's crushing load, whose forms are bending low,
    Who toil along the climbing way with painful steps and slow,
    Look now! For glad and golden hours come swiftly on the wing:
    O rest beside the weary road and hear the angels sing."
    Third verse of "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear"

    Wishing I could bring cookies and my new baby over.

  3. Sandie (Reply) on Monday 24, 2012

    I hope that this may be a time of rest and healing for you and all of your children. X

  4. Sonya Hillrich (Reply) on Monday 24, 2012

    Just want to join in with the rest of the words that reach across the miles.
    Met you at Nashville ETC & recently started regularly as I identify so much with your struggles & vulnerabilities.
    Thanks for sharing your heart & also being a great example of protecting your family. I may be where you are someday, & I stand with you today in the power of the Spirit.
    Imagine that all us moms who read & pray here with you are tying on so many aprons & praying you through your day.

  5. Stephanie (Reply) on Monday 24, 2012

    I will pray for your family today as I continue to pray, too, for loved ones in our own family walking a very similar path this Christmas. May God give you grace and strength through our blessed Emmanuel.

  6. Jenny (Reply) on Monday 24, 2012

    My heart aches for you. I understand your heartache having had several behavioral foster children. I too keep clinging to the promise that healing WILL come to our kiddos some day whether here on earth or in Heaven. Blessings, peace, and JOY to your and your family today. Interceding on your behalf and believing with you for healing for your precious daughter. Merry Christmas.

  7. Joelle (Reply) on Monday 24, 2012

    Crying with you and trusting God for the end of the story. If there is ever anything I can do that would be of help in any way please let me know. I know we are separated by many, many miles but my heart is with all of you. Blessings.

  8. Michelle (Reply) on Monday 24, 2012

    Beautifully and wonderfully said. May God be close in comfort and strength. May his healing power be very evident. May there be peace and harmony and joy. In his powerful, faithful name.

  9. Dawn (Reply) on Monday 24, 2012

    Thoughts and prayers!

  10. Sharon (Reply) on Monday 24, 2012

    Just seeing this now and praying for your whole family.

  11. ERIKA (Reply) on Monday 24, 2012

    Praying and believing .. .all of us here and many more praying for your family and this beautiful sweet precious daughter of yours… Matthew 18:19,20 in JESUS sweet precious name!!!!!

  12. Angela Arnett Stone (Reply) on Monday 24, 2012

    When I was a teenage I begged my parents to let me leave because I did not feel safe around my sister. After three weeks I had to go home but refused to do so until that sister was gone. So she left and lived with another family in our neighborhood for 2-3 months. She did not live with us over Christmas that year. It was hard on everyone. Things eventually got better but it was not quick. She felt abandoned for being sent away but we were safe and it was necessary. I will be praying for your family.

  13. Darc (Reply) on Monday 24, 2012

    Praying for each of you dear one. I love the perspective you share–that God is the Author and He will indeed. Ring about a beautiful ending to the story. Your faith is strong but oh I can imagine how heavy your heart can be. Praying for peace and continued security in His sovereignty. Darci

  14. Mary Andrews (Reply) on Monday 24, 2012

    Dear Lisa, there are no words that apply describe our love for you, Russ and your children. You are one of the bravest women I know. You have walked every path with Dimples. You have tired multiple avenues to help her heal. You have done more than anyone else could have done. Take time to rest now. Smother the family with all the love in your heart, even if you feel tapped out right now and they will envelope you in love right back. We are here to support you and Russ in all your future decisions for Dimples care. Love you all, Mom and Dad

  15. Bramfam (Reply) on Monday 24, 2012

    Praying…. And would certainly love to cook with you someday!!

  16. renee (Reply) on Monday 24, 2012

    Praying for you all!

  17. susan (Reply) on Monday 24, 2012

    I am just catching up with events in your family…hugs, prayers, karma…..and hope for a good future for Dimples. Susan PD

  18. Melissa Newton (Reply) on Monday 24, 2012

    I am just now catching up on blogs from over the holidays. I just prayed for you and your family. And I will continue to. Praying for healing.