The Courage Awards – In the Midst of It

by Janice

spotlightcourage.png“Are you crying?” my husband asks from his perch on the couch, his eyes still firmly fixed on the Superbowl.

Yes – yes I am.

And you can’t blame me. Reading Sarah’s blog, In the Midst of It, is an emotional, beautiful, inspiring experience.

Sarah is a gift. With an incredible talent for writing, a constantly growing soul, and a sweet, kind heart, Sarah touches all of us who read about her life, her marriage and her family’s heart-wrenching experiences with her infant daughter’s health struggles.removingwires-addison.jpg

Last summer, we all held our breath while their precious daughter Addison underwent open heart surgery. We cried, we prayed and then we rejoiced when little Addison came home, her heart repaired and her family reunited.

Sarah hasn’t met her trials without anger, tears and pain. She has hurt deeply and shared honestly as she tried to cope with her daughter’s diagnosis. And she has shown us that despite it all, we can still come, broken and weeping, back to our Lord.

None of us wants heart-ache. We don’t want to become trained by suffering. We plead with God to give us perfect babies, healthy children and to protect our families from hurting too much.

But life hands out pain indiscriminately. It is part of our fate on earth. Some of us will receive more pain than others. And when we receive our hand, we have a choice. We can collapse in bitterness and never forgive the Lord for allowing it. Or we can cry and scream at God, but still return to Him for the love and comfort that will carry us through.

It is hard to do, but Sarah shows us the way…

Click over to Faith Lifts to read my Interview with Sarah from In the Midst of It:



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Janice is co-founder of 5 Minutes For Mom. She's been working online since 2003 and is thankful her days are full of social media, writing and photography. You can see more of her photos at janicecrozephotography.com.

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1 Adventures In Babywearing February 10, 2007 at 12:32 pm

Oh gosh, her story touches me so much, too. I remember first learning about her last year when the baby was having surgery, and praying for this little child that I did not know, but already loved so much! She is such a miracle, and has the most amazing mom!!!

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2 KarenW February 11, 2007 at 6:18 pm

How heart breaking! I’m heading over to her blog now.

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3 Damselfly February 11, 2007 at 7:16 pm

That photograph of little Addison just makes me want to cry! What a blessing she is.

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4 Rona February 11, 2007 at 9:34 pm

Your post is moving as well. I really do agree with you about how we have a choice to deal with pain. I’ll include the family in my prayers.

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5 Tasra Dawson February 13, 2007 at 1:07 am

Thanks for sharing this post and her story. Visited her blog and you are right about her authentic voice and honesty. It’s always such a joy to find someone that can make you sit back and think before hopping on to the next blog. Thanks!

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