Sunday, February 21, 2010

My Story...

This week I was able to share my story at the Ladies Night at Morning Star Fellowship.  It was a great night and I'm thankful for everyone who came out to hear my journey.  I was talking with a friend this week about how it's hard for me to think of what my story actually is.  

We all have a story -- some of us novels and other's nice short books.  I think our stories change as we live our lives.  What defined us ten years ago might not really be that relevant to out current story.  Not saying that the first chapters don't matter, as they really are the basis of our book, but for me my current chapter seems to be standing out as the main plot in my story.  

I'm finding it hard to actually be able to tell my story -- not because it is too painful but rather because I'm still learning what my story actually is.  I'm in the process of learning the real plot as it seems my life has taken an unexpected turn. Nevertheless I'm excited to see just where God takes my family over this next year.

I played this video to help tell my story and thought I'd share it with you.  Enjoy.

28 comments:

carrie-anne said...

AWESOME. Amazing testimony. You are a talented woman whom God has given special gifts to. Thank you for sharing your story with the world...and me. I pray that He continues to bless you and your family. I pray that you always know how you have touched others by your sharing and willingness to do so.
Love and Blessings to you always!

Jimmy DeWan said...

WOW. What an awesome video.

Theresa said...

Beautiful story. Such a powerful testimony.

Anonymous said...

Karen, Thank you for posting this video. I was not able to make it on Thursday night because I was leading a CR Step Study. It has truly blessed me and I am sure it will touch many others as well. Thank you for sharing your story and thanks so much for allowing us to hear Gavin's sweet voice again!! What a special treat!!
~Debbie Heisey

Sarah said...

Thank you, that's all I can say.

Lorra said...

This video is priceless. Karen, you have a special gift of communication. I am so blessed by your spirit and words. God is truly speaking to me through you. May you have peace and joy in all that you do and continue to serve the Lord. Much love to Adam, Karen and Madison!

Phyllis said...

Thank you!

Karen said...

I read your blog on a regular basis. I have for several months. My heart aches for you. I am a mother of 3 little boys cannot imagine what you go through on a daily basis. I am also a Christian and so appreciate your obvious faith. He is in control and we are in His hands. You and your family are in my prayers.

Brayden'smom said...

I was hoping that you would post your story. I wasn't able to make the group on Thursday night. I cried through the whole video. The video is amazing. I am Inspired by you and your family. Thank you for sharing your story with all of us. Hearing Gavin's voice again was priceless. Miss him so much. Praying for your family.

Anonymous said...

Awesome video! hugs

Leah said...

thank you for sharing. i am so, so sorry for your loss. i am just in tears even though i know Gavin is with Jesus now.

God be with you and continue to heal the rest of your family.

Anonymous said...

You are amazing. Your family is amazing. And your Gavin is amazing. You inspire me.

the crucible said...

I feel so blessed to see your video. My heart is so broken, and yet my spirit is so awakened. I have been following your family's journey, and Gavin continues to inspire my growing faith. He is an angel whose hands continue to set hearts on fire. Thank you for blessing us with your beautiful experience.

tyler's mommy said...

your story is amazing and you have a talent for telling it. what a beautiful video.

thank you so very much.....

reesha said...

What an amazing video! Thank you for sharing. I hope that it is picked up by your local news and then broad casted nationwide, it really is that amazing!

JayCee said...

Beautiful post - thanks for sharing the video - you did a great job.

As I was watching the video, a movie that I recently saw came to mind. I don't know if you have seen it or not. It's a video entitled: "Faith Like Potatoes." It might be too hard for you to watch right now - it's pretty raw, but someday it might bring you some encouragement.

You are a living example of hope to a lot of us....keep up the God-work!

Anonymous said...

That was an absolutely beautiful tribute to your son's life. You are truly blessed and gifted. May you continue to heal and grow as an individual and as a family.
-Francine from CT

gilda said...

This was so beautiful and so sad at the same time. I never get tired of hearing your story it is such an inspiration. Gavin made a huge impact in many peoples lives and I honestly think he was an angel sent here as he is an angel now in heaven...thank you for sharing your story.

"Beneath the Wings of Angels"

Beneath the wings of angels we sometimes find release
from trials that prevent us from finding lasting peace.

God often sends his messengers to guide us on our way.

They shelter us beneath their wings and somehow save the day.

God knows that we're not perfect and we don't understand.

So he sometimes sends us angels to lend a helping hand.

Angels guide us and protect us from dangers in the world,for beneath the wings of angels his blessing are unfurled!

-Clay Harrison-

Ginnie's Gems said...

Your tribute to Gavin is beautiful. Your faith is inspirational. Thank you for sharing your story. May God bless you and your family.
Ginnie

Anonymous said...

karen,thank you for sharing your story gavin has touched so many lives ,you are a strong woman continue to stay strong.god be with you and your family.

Anonymous said...

I am very touched by your story. Thankyou for sharing it with us, you said it so well, i started to cry at the end. You are not alone, it happend to me to.

I hope you will be ok!

Heidi said...

Beautiful Karen, the tears havent stopped flowing. Gavin is never far from my mind, following his life has really touched my mine.

AS I understand the devastating news, my little boy is also fighting this disease. But I dont know if I can be as strong as you, I really havent learned how to live with this diagnoses yet, not sure I'll ever though. That chapter was left out of those baby books. But you manage to always give me strength, and always hope...

Love and prayers for your beautiful family tonight, thank you for sharing your story thru pictures and adding his sweet voice once again. That was always my favorite video of him, his smile, so beautiful.
Heidi & our Jack.

Stephanie said...

Your video was amazing! Your and Gavin's story continue to touch my life. Thank you for sharing them.

Stephanie

Holly said...

Karen, I actually watched your video on Sunday right after you posted. Only now can I come back to comment.

The moment the video started I thought to myself "I miss Gavin, I miss seeing new pictures of him, I miss his updates no matter what they meant."

The tears flowed. As you spoke your words I cried and cried.

I remembered nearly every word you spoke.

Who am I to complain about a hospital stay. Who am I to complain about anything. I should be thankful for my daughter and her presence.

Hindsight is 20/20 and perspective on the day to day of having a sick kid turns into us just trying to hang on to what life we have and can provide for our kids.

Thank you for teaching me to stop and appreciate what we have now. Your family has taught me so much.

jaxs said...

Great video. Thank you so much for continuing to share your life in such an honest and raw way. I am inspired by your strength and hope. I loved the music as well it fit so nicely. After finding the artist and reading his journey I understand why it was such a good fit.

Amanda said...

Thank you so much for sharing that video. I have become a follower of your site since right before Gavin passed. You are an amazing woman and mother. I pray for you and your family daily. Gavin was a true blessing from God thank you for sharing him with us. May God continue to bless you and your family.

Stephanie said...

I have followed your blog for a few months and just wanted to tell you that your video and story are so beautiful. May God bless you and your courageous spirit always.

Regan said...

What an amazing testimony and statement of what true faith is! Trusting God even when we don't know what the future holds, or when we don't agree with what the future holds. I can't imagine having to tell my little boy that Mommy and Daddy are going to be okay, he can go home to be with Jesus! Your strength comes from the One above! God bless!