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Keeping Your Footing When Life Takes a Drop

She never even stopped her movements when the turbulence rocked the little plane. She just kept taking inventory of the soda and little liquors. My hands were gripping the seat handles as we descended toward Denver International Airport, but her legs appeared to be well practiced at moving with the plane.

I feel the same way except on the inside.

This Saturday night, February 15, I got a call from my brother and mom. My dad was snowmobiling when he possibly threw a blood clot and died immediately.

I find myself in the middle of turbulent grief, but I am steady. In the middle of all the pain, the legs of my soul are well practiced. Yes, leaning away from the stomach-dropping thoughts and into faith. God is here. I know how to lean on him.

Because I’ve leaned on him before.

I’ve leaned on the Lord on the days when I’ve been irritated with a wet towel on the floor and on the days when I’ve opened the shocking office bill from a recent doctor visit.

We can’t know how to stand strong in the Lord after the horrible, Your dad died, phone call unless we’ve learned how to stand strong in the Lord in the plain ole’ weekday.

The Spirit has brought this verse to my mind today, and I’ve said it over and over to myself. Maybe you need to hear this today?

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” (Psalm 20:7 NIV)

I probably won’t be blogging this week. I know you understand. Would sure appreciate your prayers. You all are friends, you know.


  1. Christy, This is one of the hardest experiences in life so far. My thoughts are with you and I haven’t stopped praying for you all week. God is steady and holding all your loved ones right now. Your EBC family are right here lifting you and Matt and children up in prayer.

  2. God woke me in the middle of the night recently (for me this means to pray) so I was listening for who I was to pray for. You came to mind in the list He sent. I didn’t know about your dad yet so I prayed about your challenges with insomnia. I have since prayed regarding your dad.
    God will help you grieve and bring it to His glory according to His Word : )
    Hugs to you. : )
    Praise the Lord, oh my soul,

    1. What a precious gift, Virginia. God heard your prayers. Thank you so much for your sweet note!

  3. Alisha Smith says:

    Oh I am so very sorry for this monumental loss!! I had to re-read that part several times because it took my breath away. I was stunned for you. You can be assured prayers will be lifted up for peace, comfort and encouragement for you and your entire family.

  4. Christy, We prayed for you in Pastor Frank’s S.S. class and I have been praying for you since.
    Even though your faith in God is strong, it still takes time to recover from the phone call that tells you that your Father has entered his heavenly rest. I will continue to pray for you – give yourself time. It’s been over 30 years since I received that call and tears come as I think of you.
    Love, Eloise

  5. May you feel only the peace and comfort of our Lord in this horrible time of grief. Please accept my most heartfelt condolences and seek the blessings for the purpose of healing your broken heart. Sending you and your family much love.

  6. Angela Wilkins says:

    My prayers are going up for you and your family!

  7. I love you Christy! Praying for you my sweet, precious, loving, leaning into God friend:/ Prayers for your Mom also<3 and all of your family as well

  8. So sorry for your loss. God will hold you in his hand as you grieve.

  9. Renewed_Daily says:

    Oh, Christy. I’m sitting in silence with you, because really, what is there to say? You are loved. I am praying for your family. <3

  10. Prayed for you just now. Knowing how you feel, as I lost my own beloved dad several years ago. May God comfort you as only He can.

  11. Christy,
    I am praying you feel the Holy Spirit’s comfort and the arms of Jesus wrapped tight around you.

  12. Susan Rice says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. And for your family’s sudden situation they find themselves in. May God’s Word bring strength, healing balm, and peace.

  13. Cristy Perdue says:

    Christy, I’m so sorry for your loss and so sad for you and your family. We will keep you and your loved ones in our prayers.

  14. Will certainly be praying for you and your family. May you cling to the everlasting arms.

  15. Mary Shelton says:

    Oh Christy, I am so saddened to hear that you lost your Father. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  16. You are all in my prayers. Rejoice in all those happy memories. His legend will live on in you.
    Your friend from NY, Rosa

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