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He is always working.

I can’t tell you how often I prayed for this moment.

I’ve prayed for it almost as much as I’ve prayed for each of my kids individually.

Today, while the rain poured outside I heard two boys downstairs in the basement. I heard two boys laughing and playing a baseball video game together.

But that was only a small part of the answered prayer.

I went to tell them something and I could hear it. Streaming through the air up the stairs to my ears.

They were playing Worship music while they played games together. And they were singing the lyrics together. Each word in unison.

My heart melted into a million pieces in that moment.

In only a few short weeks our new neighbor has quickly become one of our kids’ best friends. And he is awesome. He is kind. He is funny. He is polite. He is a great influence. And he loves Jesus.

For so long I have prayed for my kids to be surrounded by other kids who influence them in a positive way. And now I look around and I see the answer to my specific prayer every place I look.

Our new neighbors. Their baseball team. Their soccer team. Friends from our church and friends who have journeyed this battle with us together.

So often, especially when you are in the midst of the scariest of battles, you can overlook the prayers that God is answering. You can be blinded by one battle to the point where you aren’t able to see a victory.

The past few weeks were hard. Maybe the hardest we’ve had this side of transplant.

In the process of moving and digesting the fact that Brady still has leukemia coding within his cells, Brady looked unwell. Like lost all his color, the dark circles under his eyes returned, he has a small cough, and he lost all energy and that joyousness in his step.

It was all the symptoms that accompanied his initial diagnosis.

In those moments, and weeks, it was hard to see some of the victories God was providing. The prayers He was answering. The ways He was working.

But He was. Working. Providing. Answering.

I just was too scared to see all of them at the time.

So maybe you are walking through a battle like us. One that seems like any given day your world could crash down in an instant. One test result. One cold. One, well, anything could leave you in blinded to the victories also happening around you.

So while I’m praying for myself to always have open eyes to forever see the wins that God is providing, I will also be praying for you. Praying that you will continue to pray for those things so deep in your heart. And praying that your eyes will also be able to see when your prayers are being answered.

Shields up.

Swords out.

Thankful for victories in the battle,


“Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!”


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