Which takes more faith?

Over the months of Susana’s battle with cancer, we have gotten hundreds of comments and emails from people all over the world bringing hope, encouragement, and prayers.  It has blessed us tremendously and often times it was a scripture verse that was very timely for either myself or Maria.  But on occasion, we have also gotten some emails, facebook messages, and blog comments that indicated that we just needed more faith to believe, and that if we just had that faith, Susana would be completely healed on this side of heaven.  As a matter of fact, the day Susana died, we had messages from people declaring in the name of Jesus that Susana WOULD NOT die.  We had people telling us that all we had to do was declare this and she would live.  I got an email the day before she died from somebody telling me that God told them to write me and tell me that I just need to lay my hands on my daughter and specifically say, “I rebuke this sickness in the name of Jesus” and that she would be healed.  As if the hundreds of thousands of prayers that have gone up to the throne of God around the world on Susana’s behalf were not received simply because of wrong grammatical usage.  I mean, we ourselves have cried out to God thousands of time and asked Him to heal Susana.  God is our great love and He calls us friend.  He is good.  He is a wonderful Father.  So, this person thinks though that because we failed to use the word “rebuke in Jesus name” that somehow God’s hands were tied and He wouldn’t act.  Friends, that is not the God I know and love…and quite honestly, I don’t believe that is the God of the bible.  I know people meant well by sharing these things, and I don’t hold anything whatsoever against them. We’re all on a journey in our further understanding of God’s ways and His love.  And I hope that what I write is just a way of perhaps bringing greater clarity to the great God we serve.

God had Susana’s time orchestrated from the beginning of time.  He knew that He would call our little girl home just before her 5th birthday.  And He knew that in doing this, He would bring great glory to His name.  Now, I don’t understand fully how this is all bringing glory to His name.  I have seen Him glorified in some pretty amazing ways through this already (people coming to faith in Christ, people returning to Christ, people brought nearer to God in their faith more so than they have ever been, etc), but unfortunately my eyes are limited in what I am able to see.  But one day, when I see Him face to face and also see my sweet Susana, then I shall see perfectly how greatly glorified He was.  For now, I continue by grace to do what He calls me to do…walk by faith and not by sight…trusting in His unfailing love…even amidst our greatest loss.

Jesus was always challenging people’s view of Him in the scriptures.  There is this one story that used to always trouble me where He healed a paralytic .  He asked one question that, to me, was very difficult to know the answer…until now.  Here’s how the story goes:  Jesus sees this paralytic lying on the mat, goes up to him and says, “Take heart son, your sins are forgiven.”  Notice he didn’t do anything about his physical condition at that point.  But he did everything about his eternal condition.  The pharisees are outraged as they hear Jesus make this claim to forgive sins, so Jesus then asks them this question, “Which is easier to say, ‘your sins are forgiven?’ or to say, ‘get up and walk?’ ” And then Jesus tells them that to prove that He has authority to do the harder one, which is forgive sins, He proves it by additionally doing the easier thing in telling the man to get up and walk…and the man was healed.

But that question always confused me.  “Which is easier?”  I always struggled with understanding which was the right answer. But now I finally understand.  I always thought that Him saying, “Your sins are forgiven” was the easier one because nobody could really “see” if that miracle came true or not, whereas saying “get up and walk” determines right on the spot whether He is a miracle worker or not.  So, for so many years, I just kind of struggled with that passage, not sure if I really knew the answer that Jesus was intending for us to know.

But now, I see it so clearly.  Which is easier…to heal so that a person’t life is extended, but for a time?  Or to heal so that a person’s life is extended for eternity?  Yes, Jesus did the greater by first and foremost saying, “Your sins are forgiven.”  And then to give them proof that He had such authority to do the harder one, He did the easy one, the one that they could “see” that very moment, by healing the man.  Amazing!  The greater miracle by far was the healing of the man’s soul, not His physical healing.  Jesus displayed His glory a million times over by healing the man’s soul so that He would never die, but live forever in the Kingdom of God.  If all He did was heal the man physically, well…that would be good, but the man’s soul would still be in question.  So, God certainly would have done the greater thing by forgiving the man’s sins and promising him eternity even if He never healed his physical condition.

Let’s transition this to the question of faith in that story.  Which would have taken more faith?  To believe in the goodness and love of God by having the man’s sins forgiven yet still be left completely paralyzed?  Or to have the man “see” a miracle and get what he wants by being able to walk again immediately?  The answer is simple…it would take more faith to believe in God’s goodness and love with a certainty of sins forgiven, yet a certainty that he will never walk again.

And now let’s transition that to our situation with Susana and the faith that God has given us.  And let’s recall the statements that have been made, with well intentions of course, about how we just need to have “more” faith to “see” Susana healed.  Is that really true?  Remember, what would have taken more faith?  To believe in the complete goodness and love of God because He has prepared eternity for Susana, yet was taking her away from us?  Or to “claim” Susana’s healing in the name of Jesus so that we could “see” her healed and have what WE wanted on this side of heaven?  Isn’t it a no-brainer that the greater faith required is to believe that He is so amazingly good and wonderful even as our daughter is breathing her last breath?  That God has given us a faith that shouts, “Though all is stripped away from us here on this earth, You alone are good, for You have purchased us with Your blood and we will live in eternity forever with You.”  Yes friends, I do believe that, by His grace alone, we have not had “less” faith as some seemed to suggest, but rather we have had the greatest measure of faith that He has ever given us.  For, it really is an easy faith to “claim” what we want for US in Jesus’ name rather than embrace what God wants for HIM to be glorified even if it means tremendous loss for us here on this earth.  I know that some people have meant well by encouraging us to have “more” faith so that we could have seen our daughter healed, but I don’t think that’s how God was seeing it.

Isn’t it always true that Jesus calls us to walk the harder path?  Doesn’t all of scripture bring truth to that?  The bible is themed with the more difficult route in obtaining the blessings of God.  It is never as easy as “claiming it”.  That’s just not the gospel.  It borders on idolatry.  The gospel is not my ticket to get what I want.  the gospel is His grace that shows me that, through Jesus, I don’t get what I deserved.  Big difference.

I want you to look at this short video below.  It is challenging.  It might offend some, especially those that have taken the belief that by believing in Jesus, we can “claim” those things that we want to make our lives “blessed.”  I only share this video as well as write this post in order to try and give greater clarity to the truth of the gospel and the faith that is needed (and only given by God) to embrace such a gospel.  Please look at this video and ask the Lord to bring conviction to your heart to the truth of the gospel.

You see, our little girl has “gone through the windshield.”  And only by the “more” faith that God has given us can we truly say, “God is enough.  God is enough.”  And that is what I believe brings great glory to God.

Our hearts hurt so bad right now.  It has been one week since the Lord called Susana home.  I have cried every single day.  But, I have also worshiped the Lord every single day.  I have sang of His greatness and glory.  I have affirmed His goodness through the scriptures.  We talk about our plans to return to Haiti and continue bringing the message of His love and goodness to those that are in great need.  And we are truly excited to do that.  We will love the orphaned child with a greater love.  We will empathize with the grieving mother all the more.  We will feed the starving children.  We will make disciples.  We will tell the world of His glory.  And we will weep much.  We will miss our little girl more than ever.  We will talk about her with others.  We will not pretend that she doesn’t exist anymore so as not to stir the pain in our heart.  No, we will allow the Lord to stir the pain if He so chooses.  We have been crushed for a purpose – to bring Him glory in the face of our suffering and anguish.  And by His grace, we will do just that.

78 thoughts on “Which takes more faith?

  1. You could not of said it in a more beautiful way. God bless you & your family. My prayers are with you all.

  2. so glad you shared what you shared dear Cody. i have the same understanding of Jesus as you do. God bless you for using you and your family for so many. I love you guys. God is sovereign, he is good, and His plan is perfect. i know that He will turn your mourning into dancing and give you beauty for ashes. May God’s grace and amazing love and Peace abound in your lives. xoxo, in Jesus always, helene

  3. I closely held within my arms a jewel so rare,
    Never had one so rich and pure engaged my care
    ‘Twas my own precious jewel, God gave it me
    ‘Twas mine, who else could care for it so tenderly?
    But the Master came one day my gem to take
    I cannot let her go, I cried, my heart would break
    Nay, but the Master comes for her, to bear above
    To deck His royal diadem, He comes in love.
    But Master, she is my treasure, my jewel rare
    I’ll safely guard and keep her pure and very fare
    If thou keepest my gem, He said, it may be lost
    The threshold of my home, no thief has ever crossed.
    And where the heart’s rich treasure is, the heart will be
    Thy jewel will be safe above, gone before thee.
    The Master said these words and gazed with pitying look
    While in the early hush of morn, my gem He took
    Close to my heart that morn I held, tears falling fast,
    An empty casket, the bright gem was safe at last.
    Yes Master, Thou mayest keep my own, for it is Thine,
    Safe in the house not made with hands, ’tis Thine and mine.

    What love…what amazing grace…what truth.

  4. Absolutely, Cody. Very well stated. Thank you for sharing. I know that people mean well, but it is very sad to me that you had to endure comments like this while already going through such pain. Hopefully, even in this, God will speak through your words to change hearts.

    I have also heard a line of thinking about prayer that concerns me that I encourage you all to not become discouraged by…. it insinuates that our prayers change God’s mind. Which leads you to the conclusion after something happens, “if only we had just prayed more, maybe it would have turned out this way….”.

    On the contrary, God’s plan is sure and our prayers are only affective because He has preordained them to be so. Susana’s days were numbered before one of them came to be. God’s plan for her was and is and always will be certain.

    I am not sure if you are familiar with Matt Chandler, a young pastor who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer. I appreciated what he recently said about his cancer. He said:

    “There were at least 3 meetings with my doctors early on where I felt like I got punched in the soul. In those moments when I was discombobulated and things felt like they were spinning out of control, my theology and the Spirit were there to remind me that “He is good and He does good”—to remind me that God has a plan for His glory and my joy that He is working. I was reminded that this cancer wasn’t punitive but somehow redemptive (Romans 8).”

    Love and prayers to you all,
    Michelle Copple

  5. I was new to WOW Church and was going to tell the pastor I had accepted Christ as my savior. I was 53 at the time. It was a Wednesday night and I could hardly wait to tell him and everyone else that had welcomed me into their small group.
    Pastor Robert was killed on his way to church. Riding his motorcycle which he loved by an unsuspecting motorist that did not see him.
    I started going to WOW Church in Ardmore, OK because of my son. Evan was 19 at the time. He wasn’t making the best choices academically but he always went to church. To another church. Christ Community. I had visited and liked the environment so I felt he was “okay” there.
    This change in churches concerned me. I’ve always taught Evan about the Lord but did not participate in any group. I didn’t feel welcome. Never had. But I Love the Lord.
    Evan is a drummer. He was playing drums at WOW so I was able to go to the band practice just prior to the service. Jim kind of freaked me out! Long hair tatoos and about my age! Red Flag! The building was on the backside of town in an old building that had actually been renovated to look pretty cool.
    I would stick around to watch Evan play and different people would speak. Jim would too and had a different slant on the bible.
    They played Rob Bell Nooma videos and had good talks and messages. But Robert stood out. I thought he was just one of the guys that showed up to talk. When he took the chair it was like visiting with a trusted friend. Robert was also a policeman. He did not look anything like Jim. 🙂
    I remember asking Jim at one point “Who is that guy?He’s really good!”
    that’s when I discovered he was the founder of WOW church. Robert would arrest a guy, then the next day he would have them in church! He was sneaky too. He would have his kids spend the night with friends, then have them bring them to church, because that was the only way he could get them back.
    There’s tons of Robert stories that are so precious and a reflection of the Holy Spirit.

    I’m a breast cancer survivor and have/HAD PTSD. I had experienced some awful trauma at work, actual physical harm by a fellow employee and had been terminated. Robert new about these traumas because I had shared with him my rehab with a counselor and the meds I took. My life was in complete turmoil.

    Now, a couple of weeks before Robert was taken from us he had shared with me his feelings of depression. He told me he was struggling with sad feelings and lack of interest in all that he loved. He was concerned and he was coming to Me! For advice!
    I shared the solutions that I was aware of and showed my concern for him.

    It occured to me later, Robert truely loved God, he loved what he did. Loved his family and church family. Loved strangers and sinners. Robert also had an insight of things to come. It was difficult for me to understand why someone so productive was taken.
    Then it dawned on me.
    Robert was saved from some other harm. I’m not sure exactly what Robert was protected from. What heart crushing situation he did not have to face. But I feel so strongly this is why he died riding his Harley with the Lord on his heart, on his way to a church he had founded with his best friends.

    I share this with you today because of your sweet

  6. I shared this with you today because your sweet Susana. When I read of your understanding I remembered mine regarding Robert. That was two years ago. I haven’t thought of it much until today.
    I hope you can find some solice in considering that Susana was saved from some other harm.
    You know how it says “death is but a twinkling of the eye”? I wonder sometimes if we will be in a somewhat limbo in death, then all brought together at the same time. All of us worthy of the gracious gift of eternity, all of a sudden, awake, together, knowing what happened but not caring. Not caring because we are together and in the midst of Our LORD! Singing praises, dancing and loving Him and everyone!
    And Robert coming up to us and telling us, it was Gods way of letting us know that He is with us. That a part of his death, my understanding and sharing with you, was Gods way of providing comfort to us all.
    May the Lord comfort you and bless you. May His countenance shine upon your face. May He keep you and hold you dearly during this time that you need Him close. Amen.

  7. Thank you Cody!
    Well said, well written!!!
    We love you and continue to lift you, Maria and your family up to our gracious Father.
    For His glory,

  8. Well said Cody..I could not of said that better. What love and grace from God that holds you close to Him during this time of unspeakable grief. What joy to know that we will once again meet, not too long from now, on the streets of Gold, and cry HOLY, HOLY, HOLY to the Lamb of God!! Press on and hold on friends; God will see you through by His grace and mercy. I am hear to talk if you ever need to. I can not wait to meet Maria and Isabela. My heart breaks for you all. Praying and Trusting in His GREAT Faithfulness. He will NEVER leave us nor forsake us…..though we are slain, we are not utterly cast down….

    O Love That Will Not Let Me Go lyrics

    O love that will not let me go
    I rest my weary soul in thee
    I give thee back the life I owe
    That in thine oceans depths its flow
    May richer, fuller be
    O light that foll’west all my way
    I yield my flickering torch to thee
    My heart restores its borrowed ray
    That in thy sunshine’s blaze its day
    May brighter, fairer be
    O joy that seekest me through pain
    I cannot close my heart to thee
    I trace the rainbow through the rain
    And feel the promise is not vain
    That morn shall tearless be

    2 Corinthians 4: 7-18
    “But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you. Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”

    1 Peter 1:3-9 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen Him, you love Him. Though you do not now see Him, you believe in Him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”

    Lamentations 3:19-33
    Remember my affliction and my wanderings, the wormwood and the gall! My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me. But this I call to mind,
    and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies NEVER come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in Him.”
    The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth. Let him sit alone in silence when it is laid on him; let him put his mouth in the dust— there may yet be hope; let him give his cheek to the one who strikes, and let him be filled with insults. For the Lord will not cast off forever,
    but, though he cause grief, He will have compassion according to the abundance of His steadfast love; for He does not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men.”

  9. You spoke clearly and truthfully. God calls us to his ways which we do not understand for they are not our ways. Susana has been called home for God’s purposes. Graciously you have accepted this while not necessarily understanding it. It is your great faith in the Lord and committment to walk in his shoes that gives you strength in your loss. God’s power and light shines mightily in your loss and your blessings. Susana’s short life will impact many many people in the future due to your blogs and your testimony. What a legacy for one so young! Our prayers are with you as you continue your walk in faith.

  10. Just want to say that I’m so, so sorry about all of it, Cody. Words are inadequate, so I’ll just say that I’ve been reading your blog and praying for your whole family for weeks….and God’s glory has indeed been seen in the face of your suffering..in you faith and trust in His goodness, and in the grace you have generously extended to those who have unintentionally wounded you in their lack of understanding of God’s love and grace and provision for His people. He is enough. May He continue to be your all in all, your comfort and your joy and may He be glorified in all our of lives.

  11. What an inspiration you are. I believe your mission will reach and comfort others all the more because of your unwavering faith and your ability to truly empathize with their loss. I don’t know you, but I have prayed for you and your family and will continue to do so.

  12. This comes to you all the way from California. I have followed your blog, through your unbelievable heartache at loosing your beautiful Susana. Three years ago my family watched as my oldest daughter’s best friend (she was 7 at the time) lost her battle to cancer. I was so confused, so hurt, as I watched their family eventually torn apart by the ordeal. I held my daughter has she cried at the loss of her best childhood friend. And I wondered how God could allow such a thing to happen. We are told we will only be given what we can endure, and yet I watched a family split apart at the tremendous pain of loosing a child. I eventually turned my back on God, lost faith, and fell into a season of pain.

    Today, because of your writings of unending faith in the face of great pain, I found my way back to church. I cried the whole time. I finally felt home, and I realized the mistakes I have made. I finally understand God’s plan isn’t for me to know or understand, but to simply have faith in.

    There is more that I could say, but I think my long winded blabbing will be more for my benefit… I simply want to leave you with this. Thank you. Thank you for writing about your journey. Because of you, I found my way back. My faith is reaffirmed. Thank you. Someday, in the presence of God, we will meet, and I will be able to thank you and Susana in person.

    God bless.

  13. Thank you for sharing this. Many, me included, have been tremendously hurt by the prosperity gospel. Thank you for sharing your heart through all this. Your whole family has been on my heart and in my prayers.
    The homecoming celebration was beautiful, I feel honored that I was able to be a part of it. The little piece of black fabric is in my Bible reminding me through tough times. You all have been an amazing example of the grace of God, which IS sufficient.
    Thank you.

  14. Cody,
    You are articulate beyond words in your grief and sorrow. I am thinking of you and your family and sending much love your way.

  15. Cody, Your thoughts are so in tune with the heart of God. In them I hear peace and I hear pain and both are appropriate. I really feel unqualified to comment on your loss, but these thoughts come to mind.

    If there is a prosperity gospel, it is this — that Susana’s suffering and yours and Maria’s and that of all of your family has purchased immense and unmeasured wealth in glory for our Father God whom she now beholds face to face. She is received in the presence of glory with a “well done, good and faithful servant” as much as any martyr who has gone before her. And your loss and suffering is duly noted in God’s accounting and it is yet to be revealed what your faithfulness in suffering will bring forth in additional glory for Him who has taught us the ultimate lesson in suffering.

    Another thought — and please do not take this as the “reason” Susana had to go, but there is not a Haitian mother or father who has lost a child or a child who has lost a parent to earthquake, hurricane, flood, cholera or poverty who cannot now know you and not realize that this American understands my pain and maybe their God does too. I am convinced that Susana and yourselves have participated in filling up in her and your flesh “what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ for the sake of His body, which is the church.” (Col. 1:24 — a scripture I have struggled to understand, but about which your family and Susana is teaching me a great deal). I am sure that Susana will be responsible for a number of precious souls in the body of Christ that she and you have not yet met. What an amazing God we have to talk about! What an amazing privilege to have something to say about His salvation, faithfulness, love and glory! Our God is more “prosperous” — if that even makes sense — in glory because Susana graced this earth and your lives for nearly five years.

    If anything I have said seems insensitive or lacking in understanding in any way, please disregard it or at least lay it aside for a while and know that Beverly and I are praying for you all. Thank you, for teaching us much! May the God of all peace comfort and keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus our Lord.

  16. Tony,

    Thank you so much for such encouraging and truthful words. This gives us an even greater perspective to how God truly views the death of His saints as a precious thing. God bless you guys.

  17. Tammie,

    Thank you so much for sharing this. It has brought me to tears. May the Lord Jesus reveal Himself to you in such a way that your heart is captured forever by His love. He is worth it all. Rejoice that You will see Him one day and that all our tears and sorrow will be no more. Until then, sister… Press on.

  18. This is the most pure, powerful illustration of God’s grace I have ever read! It is so simple, yet so powerful. I admit, I want to know that power, but not at that expense. I am “guilty” of loving my family too much to accept God crushing me like that. However, I am envious of your relationship with the Lord. I may never experience that closeness this side of Heaven. I think about y’all every day, but we’ve never met. Your testimony is an inspiration to many like myself. Thank you & God Bless!

  19. Cody, I have waited to post this until I could deliver a Godly response, as we too have been victimized by the “name it claim it” healing mentality. I hope some of those will read this, because it is my goal to challenge THEIR faith.

    God says we are healed by faith and by His stripes. So lets look at those two things. First is faith. What is faith? Faith is the belief in things NOT seen – if we could see them why would we need faith because we see the evidence. So the symptoms don’t have to be gone for you to be healed BY FAITH! Now lets look at another thing – we are healed through His stripes. When were His stripes? At Calvary. So we are healed before we are even born! So we are healed at the cross by believing in His healing whether or not we see the evidence.

    When our son was so ill and all through my life, as I have a connective tissue disorder, people have said if you have enough faith and pray right, you will be healed.. When I say I AM healed, they say “He will take the symptoms away if you believe and have Faith.” I never saw anywhere in the Bible that gaurantees that each person will be freed from the symptoms. Those people can only believe I am healed when they see the evidence, yet Josh and I are always thanking God for our healing without having to see it. So whose faith is weaker, those of us who can thank God for His promise without having seen the evidence, or those who have to see the evidence to accept it has happened.

    Susana had a ministry of faith, and in her 4 years she ministered in a way that many want to see in their lifetime. You and Maria are parents of faith and if people can’t see that then it is THEIR lack of faith, not yours. Thank you for showing a true and genuine journey of human struggle yet faith abounding.

  20. Cody,
    As a father of three wonderful children my heart weeps with your family at this time of loss. After hearing of your blog from my wife and about those who suggested that all you needed was more faith, my mind rages with thoughts of how careless and insensitive people can be. It is true the scriptures talk about a measure of faith and faith growing but is it something that can be held in a bowl or can you cup your hands and hold in front of you and see? the same scriptures say it is not. Faith must be considered along with the other F word- Forgiveness. Without faith there can be no forgiveness. Is there a certain “measure” of forgiveness? I sure hope not! Your faith has not failed you. It has served you and your beautiful daughter quite well. The strength of you faith through theese trials is evident and give glory to Jesus our Christ. And it is through faith we trust that we will all be together some day. And that is a beautiful thought.

  21. Bless you for your extraordinary faith. May each day ease your pain a little more. Your writing helped me to stop for a moment in this busy life and think…about what’s most important. Thank you.

  22. Dear friends,

    I was quite amazed to read this entry…I say that because I have been in absolute awe of your amazing faith. You and Maria have been a shining light, a great inspiration of faith. Thank you for the words of wisdom you have been given and thank you for sharing them with us. We are uplifting you all in prayer.

  23. I am so amazed and inspired by your understanding of who God is and how much He loves us and cares for us even in the midst of unspeakable sorrow. Your accurate application of Scripture to the situation that the Lord placed you in shows hearts fully committed to and staid upon Him! May He comfort you even as He uses you to share the truth of His gospel as only someone that really understands it is able. Thank you for believing in and living out the truth that Christ is sufficient! Love and Prayers to your family.

  24. Dear Ones,
    My daughter who is a missionary forwarded this to me this morning and my heart weeps with you in your time of deep grief.I am so sorry for the comments that add to your pain but thankful for your loving response which also gives God glory.Thank you for sharing the video !
    I live outside of Waynesville and have been to Biltmore for one of the Christmas programs and am thankful for the outreach ministry.
    If you are not familiar with http://www.joniandfriends.org ministry I believe the wisdom and devotion of Joni Eareckson Tada would minister to you in your pain and would encourage you to look into her writings on the Sovereignty of God and healing.
    May God continue to bless,encourage,strengthen,heal,and comfort you all.God Bless Num.6:24-26 Virginia

  25. I am the mother of 4 girls (my youngest named Susana) and I have wept with you since last year when she was diagnosed. Today I read this with my oldest daughter and we both wept and prayed for you, your wife, Isabella and for all those in Haiti who you minister to. We prayed that the Lord would bless your work and your family in ways you cannot imagine. May the Jesus continue to be magnified and glorified through this difficult trial.

  26. Cody & Maria,
    It’s IMPOSSIBLE to read even 1 entry of your blog and not cry, be encouraged, have greater faith in God, Praise God for his blessings, rejoice in our own sufferings, grieve with you, thank God for your faithfulness (extremely well described in this entry about the “greater faith”).
    From Philemon 1:
    “I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers, hearing of your love and faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints, that the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. For we have great joy and consolation in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed by you, brother.”
    Thanks. 🙂

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