Hannah’s heart and life is filled with God’s love. He loves her and she loves Him! I believe this is because He has always had people in her life at just the right times to encourage her and show her His love and faithfulness.
Now it’s one thing to learn about God, as wonderful as that is, but when you see Him in action – well that just takes it to a whole new level. Hannah has seen Him in action in the lives of her Nana and Aunt Mary. Hannah has watched them continually hold on to God in the midst of incredible loss and pain. Over a relatively short period of time, they lost their home, livelihood, relationships with some family members and friends, and have gone through battles with Nana having cancer, congestive heart failure, and the loss of a great amount of her eyesight.
It is not human strength that holds on through such trying times. It is God’s strength.
“…we who have fled [to Him] for refuge would have strong encouragement and indwelling strength to hold tightly to the hope set before us. This hope [this confident assurance] we have as an anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whatever pressure bears upon it]—a safe and steadfast hope that enters within the veil [of the heavenly temple, that most Holy Place in which the very presence of God dwells]… (Hebrews 6:18-19 AMPC)”
In order to keep their thoughts centered on Jesus and His love, every morning they listen to inspirational messages by Joseph Prince and Joel Osteen and every evening they read a devotional, pray and partake of communion together. When the struggle seems more than they can bear, they do this several times a day. What an example!
When they lived with us, they always invited us to do devotions and communion with them. I was blessed to see how excited Hannah was. It touched her deeply to hear them pray for her every day. She loved this time with them.
Nana and Aunt Mary have supported Hannah in every possible way – through prayer, encouragement, and even financially. When she was fundraising to be able to go to a Christian camp, they gave when they really didn’t have it to give. This blessed her to tears.
Although it has been difficult for Hannah to watch people she loves so much go through devastating times, she will forever have Nana’s and Aunt Mary’s example of turning to God and believing in His goodness – no matter what. I thank God that she has witnessed His grace and strength in two such beautiful women and has seen that their anchor holds.