I would have never thought I would be writing a book. God placed in my heart a message to release that will bring others the same restoration He has gifted my family with. Loosing a child affects everyone in the family, including the siblings, no matter how young they were when it happened. Many of you saw the short clip of when Josiah, our rainbow baby, is devastated to find out his brother passed away before he was able to meet him. We talk about Ethan all the time but one day when Josiah was three it just clicked and the sorrow was like a fresh wound again. My daughter would ask me questions all the time about her brother Ethan. “Where is he now?”, she would ask. It was the comfort that God gave me that led me to give Lily answers that were simple enough for her to understand and complete enough to bring peace into her little heart. One truth that strengthens us every time a member of our family pauses to heal from the hurt of missing Ethan is “No matter what we go through in life, God is with us through it all.” My hope is that this book will inspire others to heal openly and together as a family.
After months of praying to God for the right Illustrator, God opened the doors to meeting an Illustrator who is led by the Holy Spirit. She is so talented and is creating all the beautiful illustrations that I have envisioned in my mind. I love working with her and the experience of seeing her creativity in action has been one of my favorite parts of developing this book.
About 3 years ago, I had a heaven encounter with Jesus during a time of group worship. In this vision Jesus showed me a glimpse of what heaven looks like. My Illustrator was able to draw exactly what I saw in my heaven encounter. I pray that this will bring comfort and hope to many. I desired to share this Holy Spirit inspired image of what Heaven looks like so that it might stir up the faith of others the way it did to me. I stand convinced by God that Heaven is real. God is undoubtedly real to anyone that searches a relationship with Him. His comfort is real and He is close to the brokenhearted. When we allow Him to heal us He restores us. I will be making a separate blog post about my Heaven Encounter.
I’m praying that this book will bring hope and encouragement to other children who might have lost a love one. I will be posting up more details about the book this week. Thank You for following my journey.