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A devastating miracle...

I was dancing around our kitchen with Cooper singing and praying this song over and over.

“Walking around these walls

I thought by now they'd fall

But You have never failed me yet

Waiting for change to come

Knowing the battle's won

For You have never failed me yet

I've seen You move, You move the mountains

And I believe I'll see You do it again

You made a way, where there was no way

And I believe I'll see You do it again”

Yes, I thought these walls would have fallen by now, but they haven’t. As the battle continues my faith continues to be tested and pulled.

There were a few days this past week when I was scared and frustrated. I wanted to just scream and cry out, “Why God? Why Brady? Why does it have to be like this?”

I continued to pray and ask for the why to be answered and I kept flashing back to a photo from last Sunday’s race. I just couldn’t shake this image whenever I was seeking an answer. It was so, so strong on my heart.

It was a picture of Brady on the golf cart leading the fun run with over 100 kids running behind him.

Future pillars of families.

What if Brady’s battle strengthens just one child’s faith? What if one person prays for the first time having watched this battle with their own eyes? What if just one gets baptized? What if one of them goes on to pursue a relationship with Jesus that wouldn’t otherwise have happened?

What if just one of them is saved and this battle is how it happens?

Sometimes we struggle with the “why” in our life. When things don’t go as we had hoped for or we are hit with something devastating. It is so easy to blame God for the things taken away rather than praise for the things that are gained.

I don’t know that I fully believe God’s plan is to see every person to be healed on this earth. I do, however, believe God desires to use each of us to live a mission-centered life and to reach others to further the kingdom.

Sometimes that reach comes at the hand of pain and discomfort.

Sure, we want our son to be healed, but the honest truth is that his battle and our journey has reached thousands and thousands of people now.

How many of you would never have known us if not for this cancer? Would God’s kingdom have grown through our family if not for this terrible diagnosis?

I would love to say yes, but unfortunately, that just feels untrue.

So the pain. It hurts. And some days we cry about it. A lot.

But. The pain, my friends, can bear much fruit if you allow it.

I believe we are going to watch an incredible mountain get tossed into the sea. I really do. I also believe the road to get there is going to be hard. Chris and I have both felt that for a while.

It can be devastating and a miracle at the same time. I truly believe it can be both.

In fact, we are watching it through Brady now.

This backpack he totes around is keeping him from so many things he loves; soccer, swimming, riding a bike, or wrestling with his dad…

But this backpack and its contents are a scientific miracle. This therapy is singling out the protein surrounding the cancer cells and destroying them.

A devastating miracle.

I asked his oncologist this week what we felt like the stats and chances were for Brady with his diagnosis moving forward with the transplant. She was so sweet as she half chuckled and said, “there aren’t any real statistics to work from because most of us (meaning the national and world renowned doctors on his case) will never see a case like his in our lifetime.”

The bigger the mountain in front of us, the bigger the miracle.

“I've seen You move, You move the mountains

And I believe I'll see You do it again

You made a way, where there was no way

And I believe I'll see You do it again”

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Everyone who has joined our Army in praying for him and our family, thank you. Your prayers are working. We have been able to enjoy so many days of fun and Brady is feeling great.

Brady has been so full of life and energy since we got home Friday. He has been smiling from ear to ear as he drags his heavy little backpack with him everywhere.

This boy is oozing love and joy in the midst of the battle. He is dancing around singing ridiculously goofy songs about the most random things. Our hearts are still worried about some things to come as we take each step forward, but those are for another day. Today, we enjoy the smiles and praise the Lord for all he is doing.

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