Sunday, August 26, 2012

Praise You in This Storm

I know I've already posted today, but I decided to blow it up today. Well, actually, I felt it wouldn't be right if I didn't take time to give some glory to God. Since Thursday night, I have been contacted by more than 4,000 people. My mailbox was already filled with yarn yesterday, and I got three more bags today. I am incredibly excited about how many blankets we are going to be able to donate and I am crocheting obsessively. I never dreamed God would grow this into what it has become. Thank you for all of your supportive and encouraging comments. Also, please remember that all of that glory goes to God. All I did was write my story--God grew it to something bigger than I ever could have imagined.

I have also received other messages. I have had people tell me that after reading Barrett's story, they realized how much they had to thank God for and it caused them to slow down and do just that. People have said that they have been inspired to turn to God, rather than away from Him when they are struggling. God has used my baby's story to bring people to Him.

If you've ever wondered if God can use you, I promise He can. My son was here for a brief time, yet He is using him in such a big way. Not only is He inspiring people to give to others and to stop and give thanks, but He is also bringing people to Him. Some people have told me they have turned back to the Lord after being angry at Him and others have turned to the Lord for the first time.

While I am broken before the Lord grieving for my boy, I am praising God for the miraculous work He is doing through Barrett's beautiful little life. I knew my son's purpose was too great for this earth. I just never knew how great it would be. And I keep telling myself, it has only been three days. My amazing God has done all of this in just THREE days. It reminds me of how much of an impact my little boy still has to make.

I cry every time I get a message. I cry because I am touched that people care so much and I cry because I am so amazed at what God is doing that it is the only emotion I know to show.

Before Barrett, I might have 20 people read my blog a day. I don't know any way to explain how it grew to thousands and thousands within two hours of me posting Barrett's story, other than it was God. I titled that post "The Post I Never Wanted to Write" because I didn't. But, something told me I had to and I needed to. God wanted Barrett's story told and now He has and is using it in a BIG BIG way.

I would like to add that I myself feel closer to God than ever. I know what it's like to turn away from God in a struggle and it doesn't work. But I can tell you that there is no way to describe the power in turning to Him. God has also used my little boy to bring me closer to Him.

Love you little man.....


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