Hey Friends!

Hope y’all had a great weekend!

Thanks for your kind notes. I’m still in a bit of a “funk” ~ so I’ve been immersing myself in Truth, and listening to great songs like this and this over and over again!

I’m choosing victory and joy today (and I hope you are too!!)

A common question I’ve been receiving is “When will your testimony be aired?”

You may remember this past fall I went to Kokomo with the Day of Discovery film crew to document my story. (Kokomo, Indiana is my childhood home town).

The good news is that they hope to have my testimony air this spring. They’ve given me a date (that I’m really excited about) HOWEVER, we still need one more scene before it’s final….and this scene involves snow.

Now who would have thought it would be so hard to shoot a snow scene in the winter when I live in Michigan?!

However, we’ve had such a mild winter, and on the few days we did get some snow, the DOD crew was out of the country or it was the weekend. Ugh.

So we (the kids and I) are praying over here that NEXT WEEK we get a snow fall in Grand Rapids, Michigan so they can film the last scene needed. (This week the DOD film crew is in Colorado). My son Benj will play “little Jake” again. I’ve told the story in the studio when I did the voice-overs, they just need footage of me, little Jake, lots of snow and a shovel.

Once that scene is filmed, I’ll let you know about the date so you can mark your calendars. You can look here to see when the Day of Discovery TV show is aired in your community.

If you’re curious to hear what the film producer thought after the first day of working with me, you can read his thoughts here. 🙂

Lastly, in case you want a “sneak peek” into the snow scene…I’ll share the story below. Enjoy!

Have you ever wondered, “God, where are You?”

I mean, we learn as a small child in Sunday School that God is everywhere – but have you ever tilted your head back and asked the God of the Universe, “Where are You?”

I know I have…specifically after my fiance David was killed.

You may be familiar with that part of my journey ~ on December 10, 1998 (5 months before our wedding date and 2 weeks before Christmas), David Timmer, my fiance and best friend, was tragically killed in a freak workplace accident.

Two weeks later, on a cloudy, dark Thursday morning, there I was, outside trying to shovel my driveway. The snow was up to my waist or higher, or so it seemed, and my little blue car wasn’t going anywhere until I shoveled out a path.

Jake, who was in preschool at the time, was bitter cold. (You know how it is with kids, it’s fun for like three minutes and then they’re just frozen to the core and ready to be done).

As I was shoveling, I found myself asking the question- “God, where are you?”

Actually, it went more like this- “OK God, where are you?! You say You’ll never leave me, but where are You now?! This is a lot of snow, God. How in the world am I supposed to shovel this all by myself? I thought I wasn’t going to have to be a single mom anymore. Why did you have to take David home??!! This isn’t fair, God! This just isn’t fair! I mean, look at Jake. He’s freezing ~ he has icicles hanging off of his eyelashes for crying out loud. I’m all alone, I can’t even get my car out of the driveway – God, where are You??”

I even lifted my shovel in anger and shook it at the Lord that day…

Just then, a car stopped in front of my house, and a young college kid hopped out.

“Hey lady,” he called, “this looks like a pretty big driveway for you and your son. Go on in the house and let me take care of it for you.”

Tears just poured down my face as I tried to speak the words, “Thank you, thank you, thank you”.

In the book of Deuteronomy, Moses reminds the Israelites (and us) of God’s promise to never leave us nor forsake us. The next time life circumstances cause YOU to wonder “God, where are you?…, ” ~ Go ahead and ask Him, He might be closer than you think. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by *She Sparkles*! Have an amazing, Truth-filled, life-giving week!!

P.S. I’m linking up with Finding Heaven and the Soli Deo Gloria Sisterhood today. Be sure to check out these amazing women. You’ll be blessed indeed! 🙂

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