Thursday, July 21, 2011

Everything Is Gonna Turn Out Right


Church!! I love it, Kari loves it, Malachi loves it...we had a great time in the Lord tonight. For those of you who don't know us personally, we're old time Holiness and we like us some singin' and shoutin'!! From the start of the first song, it seemed that God was there with such a sweet presence and I'm so thankful that He allowed us to be there.

A little background first: about 2 weeks before Kari was diagnosed, the kids and I went with Pappy, Gammy, Uncle Chris, and Aunt Lacey to visit a church in London because Pappy was preaching there. Lacey and I sang Everything Is Gonna Turn Out Right to encourage the people there. As you put it, Sis. Amy....little did we know it would be us needing the encouragement of that song! This song has been with me through many a trial in the past 3 years and I guess I kinda think of it as "my song."

Anyway, tonight at church I sang it with all my heart and it was so good to feel the nearness of the Lord. Kari also decided she wanted to sing. She sang God's Little People and Glory Somebody Touched Me. LOL! It was precious and she sang with more sincerity than I've ever seen out of her before.


Bro. David (aka Pappy), our pastor, preached a wonderful, encouraging message about the Lord being with us even when it seems He's far away. Then at the end of the service, Kari wanted to testify and she said (in her own little accent) "I just want to thank the Lawd for bein' heah tonight."
Seriously? How sweet is that? She was so proud to be there and she was as sincere as she could be.


Kari is coming to terms with her hair. Gammy and Pappy told her today that when her hair was gone, she could shave Pappy's, Bubby's and maybe Uncle's hair so they would look like her. She giggled when she heard that...a giggle with a little meanness behind it, maybe? :)

I talked to my friend, Chrissy, tonight for a long time. I think I talked my way into being encouraged! I was already encouraged tonight at church and then after telling Chrissy what God has already done for us, it finished me off! Chrissy and I talked about the fact that God is GOD...He has all these things to do, all these people to listen to, to heal them, to encourage them, to protect them and yet He hears US too. No matter how dark the night, how hopeless the situation...God hears us because His love for us is that great.


I've found that God is teaching me something about His will. God will make a way for His will to be done even if it takes something like this. While I will be honest and say that I HATE it that my baby has to go through it, I know that God has a special plan for her life. I want God to be real to Kari and for her to know the awesome power of God. Above anything else for her life, I want her to know Jesus as a personal Savior and for her to grow up desiring to be in His perfect will. I can choose to be victorious through this (although I know there may be times when I will feel helpless and hopeless) and give God the praise through this storm, or I can be down and out and question God repeatedly.

I think I'll choose to let God perform His perfect will in this situation and see what awesome things He has in store for us. :)

14 comments:

  1. Ashley and Family...you made my heart skip a beat tonight. I cannot believe after all of your support and following that our sweet Kari was diagnosed this month. Praise God it was ALL if anything at all. It was as though God brought you to our site to follow our journey to prepare you in some way? Email me when you have the chance...and I will give you my phone number...or give me yours...I would love to talk to you! I would also love your address! hslemke@yahoo.com You will have another family shouting to the Heaven's for little Kari and for your family. Lean on God and your friends when you can. Your family needs you strong. My heart so aches for you. I know all will be well...I just hate that you have to go through this journey. Prayers and Hugs! God Bless! Love, Heidi and (Alexis) Lemke

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  2. What a precious post! Made me cry! Kari is such a little darling! I was so sad to read about her hair- I'm glad she's doing better with it. She's on her way to becoming a great woman of God following your example, Ashley! I know you all will come forth as gold! I'm so glad you're relying on God- this old song makes me think of you- "'Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, and to take Him at His word; just to rest upon His promise, and to know, "Thus saith the Lord.'" Love & prayers~Lacey Smith P.S. We bought some things today that looked just like a certain little girl who has a birthday coming up on the same day as mine. :)

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  3. I am absolutely thrilled to read this! You are such a strong, courageous, Godly, woman and an inspiration to us all. I know you'd take this illness from Kari for yourself in a heartbeat, but I'm confident that God's plan has something so wonderful in store for all of you through this awful trial.

    Praying constantly my friend!

    PS -- If there is any sneaking off to the beach, please take me with you!!!! :)

    LOVE YOU!

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  4. Praying for precious Kari from the U.K. and sending healing hugs her way :o) Thinking of you all.

    love, Nigel XXX

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  5. To my precious precious daughter and granddaughter. I cant say that I understand why this is happening but I can say that I see the work of the Lord at hand in every step that you have both taken. The strength of the Lord has been with you and will continually be with you throughout this journey. Know that your Mama is praying constantly knowing that you are both in HIS hands ALL the time and that gives me a great peace.
    Love you all
    Mom

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  6. I am soooo thankful that I got to be there last night! You're right, from the first word of that annoited song, it was obvious God's spirit was there to encourage. I could just see Him enclosing you in his arms and reminding you that no matter what you are going thru, HE'S THERE! Kari's songs were so precious, and that testimony....WOW! Taco Bell afterwards was FUN! Kari is such a nutt! If it's possible, you should upload her bean song on here! LOL I love you Ash and Precious Kari!

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  7. LANNIE AND DARLENE WILSONJuly 22, 2011 at 7:21 AM

    DAVID AND KAREN AND FAMILY, I SURE DID GET A BLESSING OUT OF READING THIS. YOU KNOW THE LORD DOES NOTHING WRONG. HE DOES EVERYTHING ALWAYS RIGHT. I PRAY IF IT BE THE LORD'S WILL HE WILL TOUCH KARI'S LITTLE PRECIOUS BODY AND HEAL HER. THE LORD KNOWS WHAT IS IN STORE FOR US ALL. AS YOU WELL KNOW, WE LOST A CHILD AND IT IS REALLY HARD, BUT LIKE I SAID, THE LORD KNOWS BEST. IF THE LORD ASK ME IF I WANTED TABITHA BACK MY ANSWER TO HIM IS LORD SHE IS RIGHT WHERE SHE NEEDS TO BE. THIS OLD WORLD IS SO CORUPT IT IS HARD TO LIVE IN IT. THE LORD WILL TAKE CARE OF THIS PRECIOUS BABY. TELL MATTHEW THAT WE LOVE HIM AND IF HE NEEDS ANYTHING GIVE US A CALL.I HAVE BEEN IN THEIR SHOES AND IT'S NOT EASY, BUT THE LORD WILL TAKE CARE OF EVERYTHING. WE WILL CONTINE TO PRAY AND IF YOU ALL NEED ANYTHING PLEASE LET US KNOW. TELL KARI WE LOVE HER BUNCHES AND BUNCHES----XOOXOXOXOXOXOXOFROM THE WILSON'S LANNIE AND DARLENE!!!!!!

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  8. I am so happy that you all got to go to church!! Love that you all had a good service! You're in my prayers!

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  9. I am so glad that you all got to be in church! I wish I could have been there!! I love you all!!

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  10. I am so glad you all got to be at church Thursday!!!

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  11. I found your blog through Kelly's Korner and wanted to share something with you. My little brother, Matthew, was diagnosed with leukemia at age 4 in 1993 (and boy have they come a long way since then!). He is now 21 and healthy as can be. I can't say I remember it being easy on my parents but the doctors were so wonderful and he quickly went into remission and was considered "cured" after five years. I'm hoping that this will encourage you. Praying for your family!

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  12. I can just hear Kari saying that....gives beautiful meaning to an old faithful testimony :)

    Much love and prayers for you Noe's from the Varney bunch tonight

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  13. Aww that seriously just made my night!! Soo good to hear ya'll got to go to church! Prayin for you in Indiana!

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