Fresh on my mind are the thoughts of what has happened in our family over the past few weeks.  It has been for us a time of ups and downs, good news and not so good news, bright days and days of gloom.  I won’t open up all the details but I do want to allow you some insight into our lives. On February 23rd Denise got contacted from our daughter-in-law Katie that her water had broken and that she was at the doctor with her mother, since our son Brad was out of town.  Only being around 14 weeks pregnant this was not good news and the initial diagnosis was that the baby would not survive.  This was devastating to say the least and as a family we prayed together that night encircled tightly.  It was something we never would have expected but God had been preparing Brad all the way home as he traveled over 2 hours to get there as quickly as he could.  He was the husband and Daddy that Katie and Lexi needed in this moment and he reassured them of God’s provision and grace even in the midst of this.  Brad prayed a prayer for his wife and unborn son and his daughter who was very excited about being a big sister.  I couldn’t have been more proud of him as he thanked God, petitioned God, and praised God in the midst of an unforeseen tragedy.

Fast forward three weeks and we still have a baby boy with a strong heartbeat and hope in having a healthy baby!  According to the fetal specialist there needs to be fluid around the baby for him to develop normally, so we are still praying that the leaking fluid would envelope him as it should and that he would continue to grow and form exactly as he should.  Katie is doing everything she can to protect and nurture this life she carries within her.  She has found a community of mothers who have been through the same thing and she has been blessed so much by the support, encouragement and hope that they bring.  And her faith has never wavered and her attitude has been awe-inspiring as she walks through this one day at a time.  We appreciate so much all the prayers that you have lifted up for us during this time and we ask that you would continue to pray.  Pray specifically that the leak would be sealed and that fluid would envelope Lincoln as it should.  That’s his name, Lincoln Bradley Scott.  Lincoln, is a surname of Celtic origin meaning "lake settlement “or “from the settlement by the pool.”  It’s just one of many reminders that God is in control and we are resting in Him and His provision of healing!

This past Saturday we surprised Denise’s Mom and Dad with a party celebrating 60 years together as husband and wife!  Everyone was there!  Their two children and their spouses, 9 grandchildren and their spouses, and 5 great-grandchildren with number 6 on the way!  It was a great day and everyone had an amazing time, and Betty and Walter were so surprised and happy that we could all come together and celebrate this amazing accomplishment!

On both ends of the spectrum and everywhere in between God is good all the time!  And we see His design and gift of family as the foundation for nurture and development for husbands and wives and children to grow in their knowledge and understanding of God our creator, sustainer and redeemer.  He is our ever present help and provision, and in Him we find all we need or could ever hope for!  I hope that Easter has been a reminder to you that our Father gave the greatest of sacrifices in His Son, our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ who has given us salvation and a new identity in Him!  And though Jesus ascended to His rightful place He gave us His Holy Spirit an ever present counselor, comforter, advocate and guide who dwells within us!  May we all bear witness to the One who gives us the ability to reflect love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control!

“Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.  And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.  And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children.  Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.  Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders.  Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”  Deuteronomy 6:4-9

In Christ’s Love,
Romans 12