Tuesday, March 10, 2009


The picture below was drawn by my mom's good friend Joan Jolley.  If you would like to see the original photo you can visit Michelle's blog.  This was taken before I became a blogger:)!

Yesterday was 3-9-09.  I thought about it all day.  4 months ago on this day, my husband returned home from his deployment. I thought about how God was merciful and brought my husband home to his little family.  And about how God's strength got me through this very long year.  And I thought about how I should be sharing testimony  and the enemy whispers...."it's old news, nobody wants to hear about your drama"  and "move on cause they are tired of hearing about it" etc etc   A different kind of war, but a war indeed!

How is it that ONE year can shape destinies? shape friendships?stories? hearts? Deserts? Villages?  eternity?
Burning Bushes people, Burning Bushes!!!!  (from a previous post)

I haven't really blogged much about it yet, and those that know me best know parts of this testimony already.  So today I will just keep it simple, but I promise to share some more about the journey of this past year and give God the glory.  There is a lot in my tender heart and to share those parts  will take time.   

I sought the Lord and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant; 
their faces are never covered with shame.
This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
he saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps around those
who fear him, and he delivers them.
Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.
Psalm 34:4-8



  1. Meredith,
    Your words are like cold water to a thirsty soul. I can't wait for you to share more. You are a blessing to me and to others. Don't let Satan rob us of a blessing. I will always remember your testimony after the mission trip to Mexico and how you touched my heart. God uses you in a very special way. I love and cherish having you and Alan is Sunday School. Blessings,

  2. Meredith, You pop in and out of my blog, and I just truly have to say "thank you" for the comments you leave. It encourages me to press on and keep blogging about the "hard things" in life. Thank you!

    I can't wait to hear more about the stories that's made you into the woman you've become. When the time is right, God will give you the words and the things to write about. God's timing is perfect, ours is not.

    Be blessed immensely!!!

  3. Oh Meredith, I am crying... I need a tissue...

    I absolutely love that picture, what a priceless treasure it is, and I am so glad that God brought your man safely home to you and John Ryan... I can't wait to here more of your testimony!

    What a powerful scripture you have shared! I just absolutely love God's Word, it is sooo good!!


  4. Beautiful post...
    I loved the picture when we first saw it - but this drawing is GREAT! What a treasure!
    Thank you for sharing your story with us - and I look forward to hearing more!
    Thanks also for your prayers for my Mom and for your offer to help. I will certainly keep that in mind.
    You are a blessing!

  5. 4 months ago your husband returned from deployment? Old news? people are tired of hearing about it???? OH NO! What a hero he is! What a hero YOU are!! I think our military AND their families are the greatest heroes our country has and thank you to you and to him!!

    I'm glad you visited my blog.
    Nice to meet you.

    I read a sampleing of your writing...I'll be back!