I love the gift that God gives us in our journey... we have met so many amazing people who have blessed us and touched our hearts in so many ways that would not have been possible if it weren't for our journey. As hard and painful as this journey is, the joys and the blessings far out weigh the difficulties. I am so thankful for the people that that God continues to place in our journey. I am thankful for our journey connecting us with so many amazing servants of the Lord.
Bev LaPiana took Mackenzie on a ten mile bike ride last week and thought it would be great if we could all go sometime for a bike ride. She started brainstorming ways that we could take Adam for a bike ride and she remembered a family that she was friends with had a large tricycle. She contacted them and arranged for us to test drive it to see if it would be something that might work for Adam. The Bartruff family was so kind to have us over and allow us to use their son's bike.
Adam did amazing on the trike!!! He knew just what to do and it seemed to be a natural response. He was even coming down a hill and he braked on and off to steady his speed. Amazing.
Bev and Greg staying close by Adam as he rides down the street
This is Sean, such a sweet kid, thanks Sean for letting us borrow your bike!
The Bartruff family with Bev, Adam and I
I'm so proud of my man!
I was so touched by this family. Kyle their oldest son (in high school), shared with me that he meets with a prayer group every morning and prays for Adam. This was such a beautiful gift. I was so touched by the love that you could feel was between this family. I left feeling so encouraged and excited for all that God continues to do in our journey and in our hearts. Thank you Bartruff family for the gift and blessing you all were to us today! You all were amazing examples of the scripture verse from 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
I love what Matthew Henry's commentary says about the above scripture verse. "We are encouraged to come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. The Lord is able to give peace to the troubled conscience, and to calm the raging passions of the soul. These blessings are given by him, as the Father of his redeemed family. It is our Saviour who says, Let not your heart be troubled. All comforts come from God, and our sweetest comforts are in him. He speaks peace to souls by granting the free remission of sins; and he comforts them by the enlivening influences of the Holy Spirit, and by the rich mercies of his grace. He is able to bind up the broken-hearted, to heal the most painful wounds, and also to give hope and joy under the heaviest sorrows. The favours God bestows on us, are not only to make us cheerful, but also that we may be useful to others. He sends comforts enough to support such as simply trust in and serve him. If we should be brought so low as to despair even of life, yet we may then trust God, who can bring back even from death. Their hope and trust were not in vain; nor shall any be ashamed who trust in the Lord. Past experiences encourage faith and hope, and lay us under obligation to trust in God for time to come. And it is our duty, not only to help one another with prayer, but in praise and thanksgiving, and thereby to make suitable returns for benefits received. Thus both trials and mercies will end in good to ourselves and others." Amen?!!!!
I want to continue to approach the throne of grace boldly, I pray that my heart will hear the peace that God speaks into my soul every day, and I pray that just like the Bartruff family, that we too can be a blessing to others with the comfort that God has bestowed upon us. May our hearts always remain grateful and appreciative of all that we have gone through and continue to go through everyday... because the Lord has gone before us.