I have always been a writer.  For most of my life I haven’t written for people to read.  I put pen to paper because I was made in the image of a God who used words to call this world into existence, and He used words to call me to Himself.  Before I was formed in my mother’s womb He breathed into me a mind and heart for reading and writing.  Out of all the talents He could have given He chose a spirit that yearns to take twenty-six symbols and turn them over and over again into pages of what I’ve never considered an ordinary story.  Once in a while, when I would let them slip out into the universe, people told me what I wrote was a gift and asked me if I would please do it more.   I’m just now barely brave enough to put my name on it.




Surgery Scheduled. Steady My Heart. A Team Danica Update

Surgery Scheduled. Steady My Heart. A Team Danica Update“Then you’ll take delight in the Almighty; and will turn your face toward God. You’ll entreat Him and He’ll listen to you as you fulfill your vows. When you make a decision on something, it will be established for you, and light will brighten your way.”–Job 22:26-28 How many times have we fallen into a […] Read more...

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6 Comments on Surgery Scheduled. Steady My Heart. A Team Danica Update

  1. Rebecca
    September 1, 2016 at 2:26 am (3 weeks ago)

    Wow! Not the type of welcome to Baltimore that I’d like you to have, but my hometown is beautiful… just don’t stay in a hotel right near Hopkins.
    Keep the appointments with Liu and Henderson. If you’re seeing Liu Oct 7, I hope we’ll run into each other! Let them know the situation and get on the wait lists.
    Most of all, know I’m paying for you both.
    And please, please drop me an email if you’d like to talk. Hopkins is my old stomping grounds and Henderson, well, you cringe a bit when you realize you have your neurosurgeon’s phone number memorized, but can’t recall your own number half of the time.
    You have to laugh, or cry. Crying just takes a lot more energy and leaves you all blotchy 😉
    Hang tough, fly with Christ.

    • Rebecca
      September 1, 2016 at 2:28 am (3 weeks ago)

      Auto correct :p
      Praying for you.

  2. Diane mcelwain
    September 1, 2016 at 7:37 am (3 weeks ago)

    Dear Monica I have tears reading this. My prayers are with you. Take heart, do not strain. Lean into Gods loving arms. Peace, peace…

  3. Tatia
    September 1, 2016 at 4:28 pm (3 weeks ago)

    My insides were all tied up in knots for you after reading this post. I had to walk away for awhile before I could even comment…CAN”T imagine living this! Monica, you are brave with your honesty and it is beautiful. It is real. It is so necessary.

    I’ve walked through hard with our Faithful Father. He IS trustworthy. He IS ever-present. He IS good. I have not walked YOUR hard, though. So, I have no words; I leave you in the Hands of the One Who fearfully and wonderfully made you and Danica. May His Presence overwhelm you as you walk through this fire with Him. And, just like the three Hebrews, may you not even smell like smoke when He delivers you.

    I’m setting an alarm to daily pray for your family. Hugs from a sister in Jesus!

  4. Cindee Snider Re
    September 2, 2016 at 8:00 am (3 weeks ago)

    Monica, wow. To have God prepare the way for Danica through you…there aren’t words. He is so good – even in the hard, maybe especially in the hard. Danica is inspiring. Thank you for writing again. The story of your lives is so important. Thank you for trusting us with pieces. It is all gift, every hard, beautiful, precious piece. I love you and I’m praying.

  5. Suzanne (Suzie) Eller
    September 5, 2016 at 2:05 pm (3 weeks ago)

    Thank you for sharing about my book, Come With Me. I’ve been in soul-crushing places and to hear your faith is a beautiful representation of finding those miracles in the hard places.


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