If you’ve spent any time at my blog in the past couple of years, you’ve probably run into Danielle. She’s the blog sister who’s given us a window into her home life and marriage—the pain and difficulties, as well as the amazing glimpses of God’s grace. What’s always struck me about Danielle is her relentless faith and strength in the Lord. It’s evident when she describes a hard day, yet tells us that she encouraged herself with her “battle verses”. It’s evident in the way she’s faithfully encouraged so many of us, even while she’s “going through” herself.
There’s something else that has struck me about Danielle—her love for her little ones . . . her three-year-old daughter and her son, born last year. No matter what else is happening in her life, she has found joy in cuddling them, reading to them, loving them. And I’ve found joy in the pictures she’s sent to me of those little ones. In fact, two weeks ago, Danielle emailed a video of the kids playing happily outdoors.
But this week, I was shocked to receive the news that her three-year-old girl, little Adanya, had passed away suddenly. Oh, how my heart breaks for Danielle. I went back and viewed the pictures and video she sent. I perused some of Danielle’s blog comments, remembering ones that touched my heart—like this one posted on November 25, 2013:
“Oh, and a side note to make you smile…Adanya was watching the video with me, and she waved and said, ‘Hi, Ms. Kim, hi!’ Then she turns to me and says, ‘Mom, why isn’t she saying hi back?’ :)”
As I prayed for our sister, I was moved to link arms with the rest of you, so we can encircle Danielle as one with our love and prayers.
Danielle, please know that we love you, and we are lifting you and your family up to the Father. I know Isaiah 43 is one of your go-to passages, and I pray you cling to this precious truth:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name; you are Mine!
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they will not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched,
Nor will the flame burn you.
For I am the LORD your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”
*photo by Susan Keller Photography