Last time I wrote to you our family’s lives were heavily affected by job losses and illness which turned out to be Covid. Seems like life isn’t letting our family off the hook again this year. In December of 2021 all our family got Covid. Everyone recovered fairly well, except for me. I ended up getting hospitalized for three days. I was diagnosed with acute hypoxia (Covid lungs) and had three more blood clots in my legs. The doctor told me that it would be a very long recovery and gave me very little hope. The funny thing was that the whole time I was in the hospital I felt so empowered and compelled to share the love of Christ through my weakness. Everyone I came in contact with, from the nurses to the cafeteria staff, heard of Jesus. They were all very open to hearing about Him, especially since they saw the dire situation I was in and probably felt sorry for me. How could someone who is so sick and possibly die of this dreaded illness be so positive? You will be hearing more about this next year in 2023.
After leaving the hospital I went home with a lot of questions. Am I going to make it? Why me? How much is this going to affect our family ministry and new business? It was a very emotionally and physically draining time for all our family to say the least. I had to be on oxygen for two months, only at night thankfully, and blood thinners for my clots for at least six months. I left the hospital with one diagnosis to only be led to hemorrhaging and facing more near-death experiences. The blood thinners they put me on to keep me from acute hypoxia caused me even more harm. I literally felt the life blood draining from me as I bled heavily for a month. Yet, after going to the ER four times, they would still not change my treatment.
Finally, I went to see an oncologist who put me on iron infusions for a month, two times a week. In the meantime, Troy was running our new business with very little help from me. He, our children and church family were really stepping up to the plate though. We were brought meals twice a week and visitors, notes and text were well received. Thank God for His Church! But it still put a lot of pressure on both of us. So much so that we sought out group marriage counseling to help process and begin healing from the last two years of drastic changes.
In the back of my mind, I just kept thinking, “How am I going to minister to other families if we are barely surviving?” While I was in the hospital, I was also put on very strong steroids. That gave me a lot of energy, but it also kept me from sleeping very much. For three days I felt like I was in a fiery furnace with Jesus, like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. I would not let Covid get me down! After wrestling with how to move forward with our ministry and doubting how to move forward with TLC Squared because of much self-doubt, I was finally moved to sign up for a “Do More Good” conference in May and to submit our 501c3 paperwork.
I had been afraid to do that for a while. But, through Covid, God inspired me to move forward and trust Him despite the current circumstances. If I was to live after this incident, then I felt I should at least take the next step of faith. On January 17th of this year, we reached our five-year anniversary of being a Colorado State nonprofit. And, to my surprise, in March of this year we received a letter of determination that read like this, “Dear Applicant, we’re pleased to tell you we determined you’re exempt from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501(c)(3).” I couldn’t believe it! God opened the door to our next phase. Now, it was up to Troy and I to receive it and trust that God still has a plan for us through this ministry. Now it’s a matter of continuing to trust God by faithfully following his leading and continuing to take baby steps to see the vision of TLC Squared through.
“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.” (Hebrews 10:35-36, NIV)
The verse above and the verse below still ring true for me this year. What verse(s) speaks to you? How are you doing this year so far? I would love to know!
“Therefore, do not throw away your confidence (in Christ), which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised (a crown of Salvation), emphasis added” Hebrews 10:35-36
Want to help our family and ministry? Go to https://www.tlcsquared.org/ and give today towards growing our ministry to families, especially moms.
Recently had a baby or know someone who has? Go to https://www.tlcsquared.org/comh-home-care-kit.html and request one for you or a friend. Home Care Kits help raise awareness of Postpartum Depression and Anxiety and give hope to those facing those challenges.
Until next time,