Feb 12, 2012

We are giving it a shot

"and we know that for those who love god all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose" Romans 8.28

a helpful verse, our wedding date, and Steve's birthday- 8.28. The esv study notes say that "good" on this reference is not earthly comfort, but conformity to Christ, closer fellowship to god, bearing fruit for the kingdom and final glorification. And in our story, this verse has held us through loss, confusion, death, and joys.

and god has not kept our story silent, evidenced by the thousands of you who have prayed for Ian since the very beginning. I had the joy of meeting our pastor's grandmother this weekend, who has prayed for Ian every single day since his accident. People have not grown weary of praying for Ian.

And so because we believe god is working this for our ultimate good and because we have been carried in prayer by even complete strangers in the practical sense, we are venturing into the world of writing our book. Of our story. Steve and I talked often of doing this and even started, but the timing did not seem right.

But now we are trying. And it's hard work. But if our story is used to save one person, encourages anyone in their disability, or any one other act of god, then it is worth it.

And so if you think of it, please pray for me as I write. And for Ian as he helps me to edit. We want to be faithful servants of the gifts god has granted us.

Thank you, always.

P.s. if you are having trouble leaving comments, please email us at prayforian@gmail.com as we're trying to correct this.


junia said...

I've been following your blog for years now, but never had a chance to say Hi. I am SO excited about the prospect of a book.


tonidee said...

Oh wow - I think this is amazing!! :) ~toni

J-Bro said...

Larissa & Ian,

I think its a fantastic idea to write a book and think it will help a ton of people...I know of a few who don't even know you but have followed your blog and have been helped by your example. Your story is definitely one that needs to be shared.


Anonymous said...

Such wonderful news! A book - I will be praying FOR SURE, and will be awaiting the news that it is published. Your story is one that all should know - it is a story of faith; first of all, in our God, and steadfast faith in each other. Also a love of not only our Father, but for each other and those around you. Ian is so strong in his faith, and you, Larissa, are an example to all of us. God has surely blessed you two, and you give of those blessings to all of us. With continued daily prayers - now adding the work on your book to those prayers. ♥♥ Rene

Anonymous said...

Neat! Will be praying.
Wendy in MD

abbi said...

Love you guys. God grant you courage and constant reminders of His faithfulness.

Leslie Dawn said...

Thrilling! Praying for book guidence& blessing too now♫

Anonymous said...

Most excellent idea to write a book!

Still praying.

Mary Ann K.

Anonymous said...

I have been following your blog after providentially 'stumbling' across it when Carolyn McCulley posted about you two on her blog back in late 2008 or early 2009.

I am delighted about the possibility of a book and am so refreshed by your desire to share your story. Makes me think of 2 Corinthians 1:3-5...

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too."

May God use it for His glory, for your comfort and eternal good, and for the comfort and eternal good of those who read it. I intend to order a copy whenever it is published.

God bless you,
St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN