In August, one of Charli’s friends made this plaque for her birthday. We loved it, so instead of letting Charli put it in her room, we hung it in the kitchen.
Just after Chandler’s accident, I walked into the kitchen to see a piece of paper taped to the plaque. Chip had written, “In this circumstance, I give thanks for…”, followed by a list that included me (he got so many points for that), our kids, and the love and support of friends and family.
This was faith in action. Even in the worst of the worst circumstances, one of my husband’s first responses was to embrace this scripture and live it out. It penetrated so deep into his soul that he shared this scripture and what it meant to us throughout this unforeseen journey at Chandler’s celebration of life service.
I was so inspired by my husband, I decided to write my own list. Turns out, we were grateful for many of the same things. Those two pieces of paper remained taped to the plaque until a couple of weeks ago.
I took down the plaque because I decided to make a cozy little reading nook by the stairs, and this was the perfect sentiment to define that space and give it meaning. As I took it down to move it, I realized there was writing on the back that I hadn’t noticed before. As I read the words written to my daughter back in August, I was brought to tears by God’s tender care for us.
“I hope this sign gives you faith and trust in everything you do, even when the worst of the worst times come, know God is right beside you and that he has plans to give you hope, not failure.”
In its new spot by the stairs, you can’t miss the plaque as you enter our family room. Dear Jesus, let me never, ever miss it.