homeschooled our kids). (They're saying farm chores aren't what they wanted to do at the
They are great with their faces, aren't they?
Ivy's lifelong (also homeschooled) best friend when Ivy and Sarah had a facetime about all of this.
Ivy being the only girl with six brothers has learned to stand up for herself through the
years. She started college in August. By November she had been attacked. So now the
glasses). Two wrecks in 6 months. He just had another wreck Monday.
As I look at these pics, I see innocence. Ivy's was stolen. I also see God. He's bringing
us through. And I see my writing. Without which, I would have gone mad. So God,
innocence and writing. All tied together in a Christmas bow. I am not saying that I
celebrate these life things that have happened to our family (please read on about that).
But I am saying, God gives us the strength. The strength to cope.
Since I last left you, my husband has a severe throat problem, my inbox was wiped out,
my website has vanished, Ben had another wreck, I had another biopsy, Ivy was attacked.
You've heard people say that He never gives you more than you can handle, right? Well, I
say He lets things happen to ready us for His Kingdom. He knows that it is more than we
can handle. He wants us to learn trust and faith and mercy and grace. And the writing
part is in the plan. The plan that gets us through the life stuff.
I discovered that voice is really the persona we portray in a piece of writing. Pain helps
us find our writing voice. That is wonderful to me. It gives me pleasure and joy to know
He is walking with me. And that means if I have to go through all of this to know Him
better and to understand Heaven, then so be it. So yes, I celebrate.
Isaiah 42:13 For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to
you, Do not fear; I will help you.
He will help you. With life. He'll show you how to use trials to benefit your life and your
writing. And teach you that He'll never leave your side. Lean on Him for everything.
Even when you don't understand. Because HE understands. Because HE cares. And
we were never promised a rose garden here on earth. AND because this place is NOT
Merry Christmas from the Campbell family to all of you.