Shattered Dreams Part 1

 “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has born?  Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands,” (Isaiah 49:15-16 NIV).

My husband and I were reveling in our time with our good friends from our college days, Larry and Cynthia Price. It had been almost a year since our last visit and I was hungry to hear of the latest family news about their children, Daniel, Julianna, and Laura Beth.  While the four adults feasted on grilled teriyaki chicken, steamy baked potatoes, tossed salad with home grown sliced tomatoes, the kids ran out the door to attend the Friday night high school football game. For over an hour conversation and sweet tea flowed like a mountain stream. We were just finishing the last bites of chocolate silk pie when our laughter was interrupted by the ringing phone.


“Hello,” Cynthia answered.

I could only hear one side of the conversation, but I could tell something was terribly amiss.

“Daniel, calm down!  What’s wrong? Talk slower,” she urged. “Oh God, no,” Cynthia gasped. “OK, Daniel. I’ll meet you at the hospital.”

An ashen Cynthia turned to her husband and could barely force the words out of her mouth. “Larry, Daniel said that Will took a bad hit at the football game. He went in for a tackle. They hit.  Will stood up. Fell on the ground. And he never got back up. They are taking him to the hospital in Clinton.”

“Cynthia, you two go on to meet them. Don’t even think twice about us,” I assured her. “I’ll clean up and take any calls that come in.”

“Are you sure?” she asked. “I hate to leave you here.”

“Absolutely, now scoot!”

Before they left, we held hands and prayed for Will, his mother Luanne, his dad, Bob, and his two brothers and little sister who were all at the game.

Larry and Cynthia drove down their mile long driveway and my mind rushed back to another time fourteen years earlier when I first met Luanne Johnson. She was Cynthia’s best friend in the sleepy rural town of Rose Hill, NC, four hours from our home. She had just given birth to her third child, Bailey. Bailey was born with a hole in his heart. When he was seven months old, Luanne kissed his cheek as the doctors and nurses rolled him into the operating room to attempt to correct the defect. The physicians assured the Johnson’s that the procedure had a 98% success rate and there was no cause for alarm. While Bailey came through the surgery just fine, he developed complications a few days later and had to go back in for a second procedure. This operation was not successful. Bailey died on the operating table. Bailey died on his brother Will’s third birthday. Now this.

I pictured Luanne riding in the ambulance or perhaps following in a car close behind the blaring sirens. I recalled the words I had penned in another book, “There is an inexplicable bond that exists between a mother and her child. Even though the umbilical cord is severed in the delivery room, a cord of love connects them for the rest of their lives.”  Luanne already had one deposit in heaven. The thought of a second was almost too painful to imagine.


 Oh, he’ll be OK, I thought. I’d grown up in a small North Carolina town where high school football was a part of life for the entire community. When I was elementary school age, I went to Friday night games and ran around under the bleachers paying very little attention to the pigskin on the field. When I was a teenager, I was a cheerleader and knew just enough to know which cheers to yell when.  My father-in-law had been a coach. Boys were constantly, “down on the play.” But they always got up.  Didn’t they?

I’m not sure how much time passed, but Cynthia’s phone call startled me back to reality.

“Sharon, this is Cynthia.  Will didn’t make it.”

“What do you mean ‘didn’t make it?’” I asked.

“Will died before he even got to the hospital,” she said.

Somehow the news spread through the quiet little town that Will Johnson had been hurt at the football game. All through the night I fielded calls that came to the Price’s home. Cynthia was Luanne’s best friend and Daniel had been Will’s.

The next day, the news reported the story.  Will had gone in to make a tackle and when he hit the boy carrying the ball, his opponent’s helmet crashed into Will’s chest.  On impact, Will’s heart had a concussion. He stood up and said, “Coach, I think I need to come out.” Then he collapsed and his heart never beat again.

I was just a visitor from 200 miles away. I didn’t know most of these people but one thing was clear.  What affected one, affected them all. A mother’s dreams had been shattered and the entire town felt her pain.

Shattered dreams are a part of life. Children die, husbands leave, jobs are lost, cancer tests come back positive, proposals are rejected, teenagers rebel, houses burn, terrorists attack, and the list goes on. Part of the pain is the feeling that God has forgotten us, grown deaf to our cries, or lost our address. Zion cried, “The LORD has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me” (Isaiah 49:14). David lamented, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, and am not silent” (Psalm 22: 1, 2).

Even Jesus called out from the cross, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46) I have cried, “Where are you, God.  How could you do this to me? Have you forgotten all about me?”

[tweetherder][/tweetherder]Then He answers, “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne?  Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands” (Isaiah 49:15).

Ah, the string around His finger, the brand on his palm, the scar on His heart. No, He doesn’t forget. Join me next time as we continue looking at Shattered Dreams and the Restorer of Broken Dreams.

 Let’s Pray

Dear Father, sometimes I don’t understand why things happen.  Why would a tsunami take hundreds of lives?  Why would a mother bury her child? But this one thing I do know.  You are always good and Your ways are always good.  Help me to trust Your heart when I don’t see Your hand.  Help me to trust You in the dark. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 Now It’s Your Turn

Think of a time when you felt as though God had deserted you.  How did He assure you that He hadn’t?

Perhaps you still feel like He has forgotten you?  That’s OK to admit. I have felt that way at times myself. However, what does the truth of Isaiah 49:15 tell us?

The next time you are wondering where God is, recite His promise to you found in Hebrews 13:5. If you believe that truth today, leave a comment that says  “I know God will never leave me.”

Also, that handsome young man in the picture above is precious Will.

 Want More? 

Today’s devotion was taken from my book, 5 Dreams of Every Woman – and How God Longs to Fulfill Them. Friend, God wants to restore your broken dreams. Grab hold of His hand and go to a place you thought you’d never find…the dream God had planned all along.

85 Responses to Shattered Dreams Part 1

  1. Kelly October 8, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    As hard as it is to see and feel that God is always there, He is. We lost our little girl to cancer 5 1/2 years ago, and the pain is still like it was yesterday, but looking back God was and is the only reason we were able to keep going. My husband and I have never been “mad” at God, but I won’t lie there was and is still the famous question “WHY??” God is the rainbow in every storm. The rainbow represents his promises and he is always with us, sometimes it’s hard to find, but if you look hard enough there will be a rainbow at the end of every storm. You can’t have a rainbow with out light, and God is that light shining through, after the storm has passed. My heart goes out to Will’s family, the pain that a parent should never have to go through, and they have had to go through twice now. I pray that God will scoop them up in His comforting arms and just hold them.

    • Debra October 10, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

      Wil’s story touched me deeply. I will pray for his family that they feel the Lord’s presence during this time of grieving.

      I know that God will never leave me!

  2. Camille October 8, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

    I know God will never leave me!

  3. Rebekah October 8, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    I know God will never leave me! Praise Him!

  4. Desta October 8, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    I Know God will never leave me!!!

  5. colette October 8, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

    I know God will never leave me! Trusting Him with my son and praying He NEVER leaves him too! Thank you!

  6. Tammy October 8, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

    I know God will never leave me. I forgot that for awhile. As He was healing me from the effects of years of childhood sexual abuse, I realized that I had been really angry at God for a long time. I felt that He could have stopped it from happening if He had wanted to. I felt like He had turned His back on me. I wish I could say that I realized it and immediately let go of it. It didn’t work that way for me. It was a process He took me through. He showed me that He had been with me each time something happened, and that He cried each time I cried. He still does cry every time I cry. What hurts me hurts my loving Father. He has brought me to a point now where I no longer ask where was He then. I know He was right there with me, each and every time. One of the most precious times of my life was the day He finally broke the wall that held back the emotions related to the abuse that I had stuffed down for so long. I felt my God holding me that night as I cried. I felt that I was wrapped in the folds of His robe as His arms held me while I released years of hurt and anger and fear. I have never been so broken in all my life, and yet I have never felt so loved. I KNOW GOD WILL NEVER, EVER LEAVE ME!

  7. Dorothy October 8, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    Tomorrow, Oct 9, 2012, will mark the 37th anniversary of the loss of our precious baby boy to SIDS at the age of 3 mo 17 days, but I never want to forget to PTL for being with me during this and all the other bad times and good times in my life. Thank you Lord for the precious daughter you blessed us with on Jun 16, 1972, 3 years prior to birth of our son on Jun 22, 1975. Thank you for her life, her successes, her failures, her family, and the precious 4.5 year old granddaughter we now have. There cant be many experiences out there for a mother that are worse than losing a child but your grace has been sufficient. After 37 years of pondering and wondering and yes, asking why me, I still don’t have the answers, but one day I will when I am reunited with this precious little boy. We were living 12 hrs from our home at that time, no family nearby, working, spouse attending professional school, but God surrounded us with a wonderful church family and many many Christian friends and neighbors to help us get through. An acquaintance tracked down our address across the miles and mailed a poem to us that had helped her through loss of a daughter. The poem is entitled “God’s Lent Child”. I framed it and hung it on the wall of my office where everytime I looked up I saw it. It offered me so much comfort and helped me stay faithful that I would get better and one day be reunited with him. I still hold on to that faith and am comforted by God’s promise that He will never leave me. Thank you Lord for choosing me, loving me and saving me!

    • Karen October 10, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

      Thank you so much for taking the time to respond on this blog. I lost my only child at the age of 26 and as soon as I read your post about the poem “God’s Lent Child” I looked it up. I am sitting here at work trying not to cry, but a small part of my healed at the reading of this poem. Thank you for being obedient to God, because I know this was for me.

  8. Vickie Van Antwerp October 8, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

    I too experienced the loss of a child and the pain is so intense that you cannot feel anything else. It happened six years ago but it feels like yesterday. The Lord was there but, I didn’t feel Him. He sent me three white doves on the day they discovered our child yet, I didn’t feel Him. I have learned that my pain can be overwhelming, but He stands in the midst of it and He carries me when I cannot stand. My faith cannot be based on feelings, but on His grace.

  9. Peggy Clement October 8, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    I’ve been through many rough times and know that God is always with me. Thank you Jesus amen.

  10. Raelynn October 8, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    I know that God will never leave me.

  11. Racheal October 8, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    I know God will never leave me!
    Racheal Duran, cathedral city, ca

  12. Laura October 8, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

    “I know God will never leave me.”

  13. Veda October 8, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

    Right now I am feeling about as low as I have ever felt in my life! My children are, daughter, 49 yrs. old; another daughter, 48 yrs. old; another daughter 47 yrs. old; a son, almost 45 yrs. old. Our third daughter had a baby out of wedlock 24 yrs. ago, she then married this babies father, an unsaved young man, self centered, demanding, controling etc. My daughter went to church and took her 4 daughters to church……most of the time. But not any more. Her oldest daughter, the 24 yr. old is getting married in a couple of weeks to the father of her baby….born out of wedlock. Also, an unsaved young man. I dread this wedding. You see, our son, the only son we have, is living the gay llifestyle. His partner is coming to the wedding with him. Our 3rd daughter and family have accepted that lifestyle as ‘normal’ and believe same sex marriage should be legalized as does our son and his partner. I love each one of them with my whole heart and will til the day I die! But it pains me to know that see what the disobedience of one daughter and one son can bring into our family. I know God loves them more than I do….it’s just so hard not to feel alone and deserted at this time. We will go to this wedding; we will love this daughter, son-in-law, granddaughters, grandson-in-law and great grandson; we will also love our son and his partner……..I have to believe God is in control or I would simply go mad at this point.

  14. Carol October 8, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    “I know God will never leave me.” There have been times when I didn’t believe that and even cried out to Him that I would never again believe in Him; at least twice. The first time when my 1st baby brother was murdered at the age of 19 and then when the very youngest of the family, my other brother was taken, I ranted and raved against Him… I know my parents went thru hell, but I was the second mom to both and I felt as though I had lost a part of me.. we, as humans, will never understand the reason, but I do believe there is one.. and that for that, they were taken to relieve them and hold them safe next to Him.

  15. Brenda October 8, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    My heart goes out to that family. God hurts for them too. I pray Lord that your light will get through their darkness and healing will come by your Spirit working in them.

    I think of Casting Crowns song- “Love Them Like Jesus”.

  16. Cari October 8, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

    I know God will never leave me. Praying HE is rentless with the hounds of heaven to stay on the heels of my son — who is far from the LORD

  17. Rose Igatanyi October 8, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

    I know God will never leave me.

  18. Nadine October 8, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

    “I know God will never leave me.”

  19. Patricia October 8, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

    “I know God will never leave me.” No matter what, we still have so many things to be thankful for. Thanks God for what You are doing in my sister’s fight against cancer !.Thanks God for your eternal and present love in our lives through Jesus !.

  20. Erin Smith October 8, 2012 at 4:28 pm #

    I know my God will never leave me or forsake me!

  21. Jeanie October 8, 2012 at 4:28 pm #

    I know God will always be with me….My family & I have suffered the loss of my husband/ their father, I’m disabled from a tragic car accident, loss of my job t, loss of both my parents, 3 aunts,.a cousin passing away & 2 sisters with breast cancer, and child challenges all in a short period of time. My faith is one of the few things that keep me going.

  22. Jeanne October 8, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

    I know God will never leave me! sometimes He seems so far away and unreachable. He seems not interested in little ole me. However, in the end, He always comes through for me and sometimes I just have to wait awhile to see His working in my life. I love you Jesus. i know you are always there even when I don’t see your hand at work nor feel your presence in my life.

  23. Joan October 8, 2012 at 4:41 pm #

    “I know God will never leave me.” My youngest son went home to heaven just over 10 years ago. Wednesday is his 34th birthday. I orayed that God ehal hm or take him. He took him. I trust God’s timing in my son’s life, and that gives me peace, but it does not take the pain and missing away,

  24. Julie October 8, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

    I too lost my son, Adam, to a car accident just shy of 9 years ago. He was 21 years old. The pain was intense. But God was there giving me signs of His faithfulness. I was mad at God for several months. But He was big enough to handle my anger and pain. I never completely turned away from God. I just sort of went through the motions of reading my Bible and praying until the anger and pain started to subside. Looking back, I realized if I turned my back on God, what else was there? Nothingness. God was there every time I cried, every time I told Him I was angry with Him, every time I asked why. He saw me through to the other side of my grief. As Sharon wrote in her blog, though, a mother’s love never ceases. I still hold his memory close. At times I even ask God to tell Adam that I love him and miss him. And I look forward to being reunited with Adam in Heaven when my time on earth is done.

  25. carmen October 8, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    i know god will never leave me

  26. Teresa October 8, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

    “I know God will never leave me.”

  27. teresa October 8, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    I know God will never leave me, despite white happens I can cling to the knowledge He loved me enough to die for me. He is love.

  28. Lisa Nichols October 8, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    I know God will never leave me.

  29. Jenisha October 8, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

    I know GOD will never leave me!!!

  30. Debbie October 8, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

    I know God will never leave me!

  31. Betty October 8, 2012 at 5:40 pm #

    I know God will never leave me.

  32. Asta October 8, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

    I know God will never leave me.” He is my refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble- ” .Psalm 46:1 .I experienced this at the loss of our daughter and granddaughter in a car accident. 21 years ago..His peace carried us through that time and continues to do so. We still miss them but know we will meet again in heaven.
    Thank you, Sharon, for your devotionals. I always find them encouraging. God bless you!

  33. Adrienne Renae Lich October 8, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    I know God will never leave me. I lost my daughter in 2007. She was stillborn at 37 weeks pregnant. I was ALMOST THERE! ALMOST able to bring her home, yet she was taken from me. I was a mess, and at the time, I wasn’t a Christian. Thankfully, I gave my life to Christ in 2009 and now I know that he will never leave me. He’s always been there, even when I refused to see him.

  34. Lori October 8, 2012 at 6:16 pm #

    I know God will never leave me!

  35. Ed October 8, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

    It’s difficult, if not impossible to understand God completely – that won’t make Him God. However, He has assured us of His care, protection, providence, etc. in our times of need. Just last year, a friend of mine who’s a mother of an only child, was on her way to the hospital with her daughter when they got involved in an accident and they both died, together with the driver of their taxi cab. It was one of those moments that you just wanted to understand ‘what God was driving at’. The pain was unbearable already, coupled with the fact that, she was in her mid-twenties and her child, 3 and a half. In all these and many other painful and almost unbearable situations, our Father who knows the end from the beginning, says He had never left us, neither is He leaving us, nor will He ever leave us. He also said, His strength is perfect when all our strength is gone. Glory be to His name, for His promises are yea and amen.

  36. Kelley October 8, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

    We live in a broken world and terrible things will happen. We WILL have trials and trouble. But I know God will never leave me.

  37. Tammi October 8, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

    ..I know God will never leave me. It been 15 months since my ex-husband and father of our girls was taken from us. There are time I feel so alone trying to hold strong for our daughters, yet missing him so. I also struggle with feeling that I should not miss him, he was my ex and I have moved on. However, I do. I miss parenting together and his strength. Yet, The Lord continually reminds me he is there with me and will never leave me. He is my rock!

  38. sl October 8, 2012 at 7:01 pm #

    God has never left me nor forsaken me. Sometimes I feel this way
    and then I remember HE is the only one that has never failed me.
    I am teaching this to my 2 beautiful teenage daughters. I tell them
    this was the legacy my mother left me and I want them to learn it as well.

  39. Tammy October 8, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

    I know God will never leave me. I do not always understand all things which happen. Some things I cannot even wrap my brain around. However, “Greater is He that is within me than he that is within the world…”. Having God as my Father is the only way I know to survive life. There are no words to contain my gratitude for His love and saving grace. His gentleness knows no bounds. Yes, I KNOW God will never leave me.

  40. Laura October 8, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

    I also have been through lifes shattered dreams. I am at a place now where the storm has passed. I can look back and see God was there. It was horrible, painful and crippling. God was faithful to use it to bring good into my life (my soul). The pain was not wasted but produced hope and faith. Thank you Lord Jesus. But now I have this fear of it happening again in some way, some other form. I hate this fear, the” what ifs”. It is a hinderence to me and Gods destiny for me. So I am encouraged that i am not alone in lifes pain. And if all of you are carrying on strong, then i will get back up and live life, and make the most of each day. Today I will believe this for me ~ Hebrew 13:5 “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” And Deut. 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” God blessings, mercies and peace you all

  41. Karen October 8, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

    A precious promise, thank you! I know God will never leave me.

  42. Kimberly October 8, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

    I know God will never leave me alone.

  43. Hucks October 8, 2012 at 7:40 pm #

    I know God will never leave me.”
    God bless Will & his family. Its a difficult time, but Jesus will surely heal all our wounds

  44. Eileen October 8, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

    I know God will never leave me!!

  45. Doris October 8, 2012 at 8:07 pm #

    I know Jesus will never leave me.

  46. Kathy October 8, 2012 at 8:24 pm #

    I know God will never leave me!

  47. Vicki October 8, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

    I know God will never leave me or any of His true believers. We can rest assured on that.

  48. Dottie October 8, 2012 at 8:40 pm #

    I know God will never leave me!

  49. Cate October 8, 2012 at 9:11 pm #

    I know God will never leave me!

  50. Jayna October 8, 2012 at 9:21 pm #

    I know he will never leave me! Thank you Sharon your words and Gods love gets me through each day! What a blessing you are!

  51. Ashley October 8, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

    I know God will never leave me

  52. Betty Wenzel October 8, 2012 at 10:28 pm #

    One day I thought over and over again – god will never leave me or forsake me and asked God, how could I be sure of that promise. his reply was life changing for me – “Betty, ” He so tenderly replied, “how can I leave you when I am in you. When I am in you and you in me, I truly go everywhere you go. i will NEVER leave you” There have been times when I’ve experienced that feeling and questioned His presence again, but I always remember what He said and Whose I am. Christ in me, the hope of glory!

  53. Jillian October 8, 2012 at 10:37 pm #

    My heart breaks for this family, but Praise God he is always will all of his children even if we do not feel or see him that moment.

  54. Elaine October 9, 2012 at 12:24 am #

    I Know God will never leave me!

  55. Ebony October 9, 2012 at 12:32 am #


  56. Nancy Beneteau October 9, 2012 at 12:40 am #

    Well Sharon as I first read this, I thought of my husband who lost his mom to cancer 13 years ago and I don’t think has gotten over it yet. It’s one of the reasons he has turned away from God. He has asked”If God was so good, why didn’t he answer our prayers? Why is she gone?” I never know what to say to him.
    Then my second thought is 7 1/2 years ago I was separated from my birth mother again but this time in her dying. I had reunited with her in 1994 after 18 years apart. Then in 2005 she died suddenly of stroke caused by a bursted aneurysm. We were just starting to strengthen our relationship. Her faith was so strong. She was planning a trip to visit so she could meet my son who was 3 1/2 months old at the time. Her last words were” Oh no here I go.” To this day I have not been able to go to the grave site. I’ve been able to say only in prayer. Since her faith was so strong I know that I will see her in Heaven, but it was devasting because I lost my mother twice in one lifetime. It still bothers me today. As a little girl I was left feeling rejected, alone and like I didn’t belong anywhere. I’m learning with God along side me that I am worth something and I’m not alone. I still don’t understand the reason why my adoption even happened but I know that God was with me every step of the way and it’s all part of his plan for me. Even if it hurts.

  57. Elaina October 9, 2012 at 12:41 am #

    I know God will never leave me!

  58. Shuquin F. October 9, 2012 at 2:45 am #

    I know God will never leave me

  59. Lynn Fennell October 9, 2012 at 3:05 am #

    I know God will never leave Me!!Praise The Lord Jesus Christ!!

  60. Rose DeMayo October 9, 2012 at 3:14 am #

    I am the mother of four boys and 3 of the four have had many problems. Being a mom I often question why I am at the receiving end of the wipping stick! They all seem to be angry at eachother and in turn me also, especially if I dare deffend on or help one and not the other. I am in Florida right now on vacation with my oldest son and his family and of course a situation arises while I am in Disney and I am on the phone taking the abuse of 2 of my sons and my Exhusband. It wasn’t until I returned to my suite and read this that I realized God has it all!!!! And further more he wants me to know it!!!! NO MORE TEARS I HAVE CRIED ENOUGH AND HE IS IN CONTROL!!!! THANK YOU SHARON FOR REMINDING ME!!!! GOD BLESS YOU SISTER! GOD BLESS YOU….

  61. Rose DeMayo October 9, 2012 at 3:19 am #


  62. Michelle A October 9, 2012 at 4:54 am #

    I am just traumatized by this pain for the parents of Will!!! My most precious blessings in the world are my 3 beautiful children! On April 8, 2008 it seemed like a very normal day, but it was probably the worst day of my life… you see that day my family never came home. My husband left me a note, very loving as he often did, I was bed-bound healing from a traumatic brain injury that I had sustained in a near fatal car accident just 9 months prior. My husband left -me went and filed for divorce and kidnapped our 3 beautiful children!!! It has been 4 and 1/2 years, oh my, tears are stre

  63. Michelle A October 9, 2012 at 5:00 am #

    Tears are streaming down my face, today is the 8th!! 41/2 years ago today was the last time I hugged my children, heard their voices tell me “I love you Mommy.” Please forgive me…
    I know that God NEVER leaves me!

  64. Courtney October 9, 2012 at 5:13 am #

    I know God will never leave me!!!

  65. Rebecca October 9, 2012 at 7:06 am #

    I know Jesus will never leave me

  66. Renee October 9, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    I know God will never leave me.

  67. Joanne October 9, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    Twenty years ago we adopted an older little girl. She never bonded with us. We didn’t realize that was the main issue until more recently with the behavior she displayed. For years I prayed for our family to heal and to restore the years the locusts have eaten. Four and a half years ago, everything came to a head and she left home and things turned ugly and then uglier. One thing that came out of it was a dear friend who said that she would stake herself to me like a tomato plant to pray for us and our family. Also, is scripture becoming real and me understanding what God’s grace really means and what it looks like in action. Our lives have changed. We have adopted two of her children because the Lord said we were to adopt them. We recently found out she married a man who is extremely abusive and she is eight months pregnant. But, the Lord has been faithful to everyday speak through various means that He has been looks on, knows all of our lives, loves all of us, cares about what is happening, is present, and is active in all of our lives. We are to trust, and let go and pray. Do actions hurt? yes, but through all of this through these many years I can say the Lord never has and never will leave us nor forsake us. And we know Him like we have not before.

  68. Diane October 9, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

    “I know God will never leave me.” The death of a child is the most painful event in the life of a parent. My oldest son, Jeffrey died twenty-one years ago, and he would have been thirty-two years old next month. His death changed everything I believed about my life, my family. How could I possibly move on without him?

    It started with me praying to God, “not my will, but yours” and accepting the reality that Jeffrey died. I had a younger son, eight-years old at the time…he needed me more than he ever had before. My husband, son and I muddled through the fog to find some sense of ‘normal’ again, but nothing would ever be the same. Our church family ministered to us, loved us, and held us up through the first difficult years. Through the first few years I wept and shook my fist at heaven, asking “Why me?” to which I heard, “Why not you?”

    I found The Compassionate Friends support group for bereaved parents, and eventually was able to reached out and minister to other newly bereaved mothers. God will use us to love others regardless of what the circumstances are, even when we least expect it…IF we submit ourselves completely to Him.

  69. Pavla October 9, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

    I know God will never leave me!

  70. Tammy October 9, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

    I know God will never leave me!

  71. Lois Gile October 9, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

    Sharon: This devotion has truly spoken to me today. My dearest friend had her four-
    month-old, and only, grandson go to be with the Lord last Saturday, Her son is like
    a grandson to me. This was their first child. My heart is aching so, but I know that
    God is with us all. He is so faithful. I know he hasn’t left me, but I, too, have found
    times when I just couldn’t understand. However, I found I was the one that had
    moved away. I also just lost a close high school friend on the same day. I am
    trusting completely in the Lord.

  72. Linda October 9, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

    I know that God will never leave me!

  73. Latoshia October 10, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    I know God will never leave me

  74. Susan October 10, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    I know God will never leave me.

  75. Jillian October 10, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    i know God will never leave me <3

  76. lynne October 10, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

    I am so sorry for the passing of Will, I know that pain much to well. I lost a husband at 26 and at that time I had 2 very small children. One died at 26 and this March I lost my other son at 45. If it were not for God walking with me I would never be able to do this journey alone…………I know God will Never Leave me………

  77. Karen October 10, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

    I know that Jesus will never leave me. I lost my only child in 2006 when she was only 26 years i old. The pain was so deep, that I buried it under the disguise that God does not make mistakes and pretended that everything was okay. Deep down I buried the pain, by drinking, and staying away from church. Now, I trust in The peace of God that passeth all understanding, but life is different now. Is it a better life, of course not, but it is what it is. I have to hold on to “GOD does not make mistakes” because it would drive me mad, if I thought any other way. My faith sustains me and keeps me as whole as I can possibly be. YES, I KNOW THAT JESUS WILL NEVER LEAVE ME – because I am still sane and in my right mind.

  78. Angie October 10, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

    I am ready to dream again!

  79. Annie October 12, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

    “I know God will never leave me.”

  80. Liesl October 14, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

    I know God will never leave me

  81. Ade October 14, 2012 at 9:09 pm #

    I know God will never leave me

  82. Veronica November 9, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

    I know GOD WILL NEVER LEAVE ME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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