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March 20, 2009


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Hi Kerry,
After your post today, I thought you might like this poem. I posted the comment about the Piper message; he quotes Elisabeth Elliot reading this at a funeral. (again, I am always soooooo blessed by your posts!)

a poem by Martha Snell Nicholson (a "mendicant" is a beggar):

I stood a mendicant of God before His royal throne

And begged him for one priceless gift, which I could call my own.

I took the gift from out His hand, but as I would depart

I cried, "But Lord this is a thorn and it has pierced my heart.

This is a strange, a hurtful gift, which Thou hast given me."

He said, "My child, I give good gifts and gave My best to thee."

I took it home and though at first the cruel thorn hurt sore,

As long years passed I learned at last to love it more and more.

I learned He never gives a thorn without this added grace,

He takes the thorn to pin aside the veil which hides His face.


Oh, Kerry,

What a beautiful, hidden treasure, your written words and the octopus. Thank you for sharing, again:)

Kerry Hasenbalg

Dear Stacie,

I just read the poem you posted and I have streams of tears running down my face! This touched me so extremely deeply in my soul! This expresses exactly how I feel just now. Thank you! Kerry Hasenbalg


Great little video clip and very good post! I hope the ocean and the sand and the sea breezes have a therapeutic effect on your mind and body as you begin to heal. Blessings -

kathy naylor

laughter is good medicine. it was a treat to hear you laugh, and recall that you have laughed and delighted this week, as well as awaited laughing again.


I can't tell you how much God has used you in my life through your blog and it such a blessing and special little gift to me know that God touched your heart with the poem. Thank you for letting me know!

In Christ's Love,

cindi m.

Beautiful post. Thanks for sharing your day with us. I loved the video; how did Maya react to octopus spit? Was she frightened or amused?

That devotion you quoted was right on.......FOR ME!! Chewing on that awhile.

I agree with the previous post that laughter is good medicine. You are healing, Kerry girl, you are healing.

Love and hugs from NC to ((((((((Kerry)))))))(((((Scott))))))))))
(((((((Cole))))))) and (((((Maya))))))))
on this sweet Friday.


It was great to see God blessing you today. It was good to hear you laugh on such a hard day. Praying for you as you walk through the valley.

Joni Sweet

Hugs to you all & wishing you the happiest vacation from here on out :) May your thoughts now be focused on your family & God's beauty.

jenna spears

Your video made me smile and laugh out loud! What a sweet moment that was. You never know where the Lord's hidden treasures will show up in our day! Even in a shell sometimes we find an unexpected treat.



Kerry, I am so thankful that the Lord helped you lift your head to see him and his love for you. He has been lifting mine as well. I can just imagine how he might without us realizing, reach down and caress our cheek and ever so gently lift our heads and say, "See? See how much I love you dear one?!" He is so good.
I so enjoyed hearing you laugh. It is good for the soul.
Enjoy your time!
Sarah in Idaho

Debbie from Ohio

God is so good! What a beautiful scene you get to look at while you are there. Glad you could enjoy seeing the octopus! Keep smiling!


Hi Kerry, I am thankful for your blog and the encouragement I receive from it. The blog entitled The Test of Discipleship was very helpful. Oh, and I liked the octopus too! Lately, I thought I had come so far in my relationship with the Lord and then have suddenly felt hit hard. Struggling with my husbands lack of desire for God and leading the family when he had been devoted to God. I hope that he can come to that place of seeing that the hard times lead to greater fellowship with Christ. So many things run through my mind and heart but in the midst of wanting everyone else and situations to change I see the pride in my own heart. Desires that become idols instead of wanting Jesus most. In this depressed state, I have even thought after following Jesus for 30 years, is He really real? Then I go back to believing things like were written in Test of Discipliship blog. We live near the ocean although it is somewhat cold and frozen right now but we wanted to do something as a family today perhaps we will drive along the coast. There is so much of God's creation to see there. I wish I could quiet my heart more, my mind seems continually racing about this and that. I think only one thing is needed, being guiet before the Lord. Somehow I don't have a full grasp on it though. Thanks for listening.

Michele Hall

Dear Kerry,

Now I understand why my carefully drafted post to your last entry disappeared!! God wanted to show you this most beautiful part of Himself before whatever I had to say.

Let me just say that I have walked before you through this valley and have learned some surprising lessons there. But as the Lord so gently showed you, He wants to become all sufficient in our life. He wants to give us views of His great love for us. He wants our hopes and dreams to be rooted and shared with His plans for us. He wants to take away our fears!!

What I was going to share before is that I have 3 little ones in heaven. I am amazed at the healing that has taken place in my heart, but I am most surprised and exceedingly grateful that through this whole process my other 6 children SEE God through their siblings in heaven. They are interested in their sister and the others and so they are not only deeply interested in heaven, they yearn for it. And our great God has used that to help them understand Him. I can only say that this mother's heart is full of joy to know that all my children will someday rejoice with their father and I before the King!!

Hold on Sister, continue to watch and wait on Jesus, finding your strength and delight in Him - We cannot imagine what He has prepared for our lives!! Weep and mourn while you need to, clinging to Jesus - knowing He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and He has you, Scott, and all your little ones held tightly in His hand.

Love from a Sister with a heavenly family too,


Tricia W.

Kerry - how beautiful to see and witness this moment of surrender in your life. God is teaching me many of the same things and though I sometimes go kicking and screaming, I do so want to go - where I desire Him and Him only. Your beautiful words and picture brought peace to my soul which has been in anguish. I stand with you in wanting Him more than the desires of my heart - may He mold and shape those desires. Tricia

Marci J.


What courage the Lord has blessed you with in sharing your latest posts! I have been touched by them and continue to pray for you and your family as you heal from this loss. Your children and my twin sister are perfect and dancing Heaven! One of my dearest friends, and Sister in Christ, continues to be childless for the past 10 years due to infertility. She just turned 44, and her heart is so heavy with pain and longing. I felt Jesus calling me to share your "Lord of the Valley" blog with her. I pray that it the Lord will bless her in reading it. God Bless You!

Mrs. H

"It wasn’t the desire that was wrong, it was the place in my heart that I had given to the desire that was wrong."
Excellent point and well-written reminder. Thank you.
p.s. Thanks for visiting/commenting on my blog.

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