Posted by: bellissimanh | October 26, 2009

Thank God

Thank God.” Such simple words, but what profound truth is in them… what power!

Yesterday I left the hospital to see if I could scrounge up some yarn and knitting needles. I figured if we’re going to be stuck here for a while, I might as well get started on some Christmas presents, right? Long story short, after a stressful hour at AC Moore not finding what I needed (could have had something to do with my state of mind), I just dropped my basket of yarn and left. Driving home, my mind was running through different scenarios. I was imagining the oncologist sitting with us and giving us a diagnosis of lymphoma. I could see myself crying over and over, “Thank God… Thank God.” No sooner did those words run through my mind than I rounded a corner and there was a church sign, blank but for the words “Thank God”. The floodgates opened and the tears flowed. Not that it was a sign that the biopsy results would come back as we hope, but the knowledge that whatever the results… we will thank God.

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

“Let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name” . . . (Hebrews 13:15)

I’m thanking the Lord today for a husband who is on fire for Him. He is seriously shouting the praises of our God, to anyone who will listen. This morning an aid was in here cleaning the room and Joel was on the phone with a brother in Christ. He intentionally steered their conversation to talk of faith, and grace, and salvation… knowing that the aid was listening to every word. As I type this, he is on the phone next to me, tearfully praying with a client who doesn’t know the Lord. Jesus in Joel ROCKS. I thank God for him!

I’m thanking the Lord for children who are being so strong and supportive, even though they’re dealing with their own pain and fear. Jessica, you have been handed a huge burden in caring for your siblings, not to mention the countless other errands and responsibilities we have asked you to handle. And you shine, my love! Jasmine, you are such a joy and a breath of fresh air to us. Your optimism and constant smiles keep us smiling when it would be easier to cry. You’re so special, angel! Sweet Noah… your prayer for me the other night blessed me so much. That you could comfort ME, when as a mother, I should be comforting you… it says so much about the young man you’re becoming and your heart for others. Do you realize that prayer made you a “minister” the other night? You’re my favorite boy in the whole wide world! The three of you together make an incredible team. Hang in there and keep loving on each other. Remember our talk last night… let God use you to help each other. We are so proud of each of you, and we love you beyond measure. We thank God for you!

I’m thanking the Lord for our family and friends. You have been showering us with the love of God, and supporting us in ways that we couldn’t have even imagined we needed. Yet each thing you do, or say, or pray… has been perfect. From bringing us clothes (and financial help), to caring for our children, providing meals and groceries, visiting, sharing words of encouragement, prayer vigils, and a million other things that we probably don’t even know about. Christ in you is beautiful and we will never forget the love you have shown to us during this difficult time. Your response has awakened in us the realization that we do not do nearly enough for others. Seeing the way you have so selfLESSly given of your time, and yourselves, even, has motivated us to give more generously ourselves in the future, to listen more intently, to reach out more readily, and to love more deeply. You have been Jesus to us, and through you, He has stirred us up to be MORE. We thank God for each and every one of you!

Mostly, we thank Him for Who He is.  Amazing. Utterly unfathomable. Immeasurable love. Unending faithfulness. Savior.

Do you know Him? Do you know that you know that you know… That there is a God who loves you so much He sent His Son to die on a cross as payment for you sin? That through that sacrifice, He offered the only way for man to come to God? That if you seek Him with your whole heart, He has promised that you will find Him? We pray that in some small way, through us, you will see a glimpse of the Lord that we love. The One who is holding all of our days in His hand, and who holds our hearts as well. If you have any questions about Him at all… or our faith… please ask us. We would LOVE to sit and talk with you about who this Jesus is and what He means to us… what He can do for YOU. We love you all!

Joel & Heather



  1. Pure beauty–when Christians exhibit their unshakeable faith in a GOOD God in the midst of fear and uncertainty. “We bring the sacrifice of praise.”

  2. Beautiful post Heather. You make me smile and cry at the same time. I think your faith and thankful spirit makes God smile too!

  3. Heather, just wanted to let you know that we are keeping all of you in our Prayers.

    Jeff & Tracy

  4. The Lord is shining through you both! We praise Him and thank Him for His faithfulness, and we look forward to seeing you when you return home!

  5. Heather, I can’t help feeling proud of you! To see how you and Joel (and family) have run forward, arms raised in praise to God, trusting in Him completely, when it would have been so easy to fall apart, and shout “why??” instead. I Love you guys!! Come home soon!!

  6. […] of cancer rearing its ugly head in our life in a huge way, we have been incredibly blessed, and we have so much to be thankful for! […]

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