lots of rejoicing to do today over this gal…

I remember the morning of January 11th clearly. We were in the midst of a southern snow day and the girls, DH and I were having a late breakfast and hanging at the table. I reached over, picked up my iPhone, checked emails and my Twitter feed. In one brief second, it felt like the world stopped. And for one brief second, I think it might have. I bawled like a baby, got up and went to my quiet place and prayed like there was no tomorrow. At that point, no one knew if Joanne would have a tomorrow, or if Toben, Emma & Audrey would have a tomorrow with their beloved.

That was four months and 3 days ago. And this miracle woman is going home today. Toben has been right all along. This continues to be a marathon for their family. One of hope and difficulty and hard work and perseverance and love and joy and weariness and grace and mercy.

Today, May 13, 2011 as my youngest children attend their very last day of high school, my amazing friend Joanne will be going home. I can’t begin to tell you the sheer and utter amazement I feel as I have watched God’s hand and movement over this entire family as well as their blogging/tweeting community. God has used and continues to use all of them and most definitely, Joanne in ways that I could have never imagined. Their walk and honesty and vulnerability has spoken volumes towards God’s provision and intimate relationship with not only them personally, but shows us all what is readily available to all of us if we choose to be utterly dependent on Him.

I’m so proud to call them my friends. I’m honored to pray over them and constantly be in conversation with God over them. I will be forever grateful to be a part of what God is doing in their lives and hearts and those of the people that love them and spur them on.

So.. Joanne… you amazing WONDER WOMAN. I pray that your move home today is one of the most important days of your life. The testimony of this journey you are on is one that I have never seen before. Your hard work, honesty, sweetness, love, fight, perseverance have encouraged me to dig deeper within myself and spurred me into a deeper relationship with God. You have shown me more lessons in these last 4 months than you will ever know.

I love you. I am proud of you. I am honored to be a interceding warrior on your behalf. I am shouting it loud and clear today…

THIS IS MY FRIEND, JOANNE, LOOK AT WHAT GOD HAS DONE IN HER LIFE! SHE IS A LIVING, BREATHING TESTIMONY TO HOW BIG OUR GOD IS!

 

I love you,

Dedra

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    1. Tears right along with you! I can't believe how much more trust I have in Him now… I love you right back.

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