March 01, 2011

Nancy's Dream

Hey everyone - Nancy shared a dream she had last night. I asked her to write it out so I could share it with you. Here goes (you might want to grab a box of tissues):

Monday night I spent the night at the hospital with Garren. During the night I had a dream.

I dreamed Garren and I were sitting at our kitchen table at home. He was telling me about a dream he had. He said he was walking down a country road on a sunny day. On the side of the road he saw a lit lantern. He thought it was a very strange place for a lantern especially since it was lit. He walked over and picked it up. He said when he picked up the lantern everything went dark. He said, "Mom, it was really strange that everything was dark but it was so cool I had that lantern to light my way. I could keep walking. I couldn't see very far out but it was enough to light my baby steps."

I'm not really a dream person but that night I woke up and felt a new peace that God was leading Garren's baby steps in a special way.

"For you are my lamp, O Lord,
and my God lightens my darkness."
- 2 Samuel 22:29

"Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path."

- Psalm 119:105

Some days I get frustrated and want so badly to see big steps that I lose sight and miss the joy of the baby steps. God is lighting this path and we trust him fully to lead where he wants us to go.

Thank you so much for faithfully praying with us and for us and for rejoicing with us in Garren's baby steps.

Thank you too for all your texts, emails and blog comments. These seem to come at just the right time when we need a lift and a reminder of God's love and guidance. If you have sent a personal text or email and you haven't gotten a response, please know it is appreciated. We are trying to reply to these as we have time.

- Nancy


Kitty @ Four Little Toms and a Mom said...


Josh Via said...

Very encouraging. We love you guys are praying continually!

Barb Aldinger said...

Thank you so much for sharing! God is using y'all in a huge way! Thank you for being such a blessing to all of us. We continue to keep Garren and you all in our prayers. Baby steps...then big steps..then sprints. It's coming.

Anonymous said...

When you said ..."(you might want to grab a box of tissues)":....I thought you were being sarcastic but you were being serious! It is amazing how connected a human being can be in just a few sentences. I have always had vivid dreams and for you to share your dream with us is something special. Thank you.
Love you,
Rebecca Lloyd

Anonymous said...

Love Ya'll,
Amy & Greg Howey

Lisa said...

Such an awesome dream and encouraging word. We are praying for you all!

Lisa Parnell and family

Anonymous said...

Isn't it amazing how God reveals things to us, thank you so much for sharing this with us. I, like so many others check for updates all the time, and I am continuing to pray for your family. God bless each and every one of you, Tammy

Anonymous said...

Nancy, you and I have never met but our boys know each other. From one mother's heart to another though, I am with you. You especially have been in my thoughts. Much love to you and your family. And thank you for blessing us in the midst of your struggle.
Love, Kathy Webster

Foniah Wheeler said...

Nancy, I'm so thankful God gave you a new peace to comfort you and show his love for you! You are an amazing friend. I have always admired your strength in your walk with Christ and now at this time too. Please know that I continue to pray for Garren and each of you! Love Eternally, Foniah

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful and encouraging dream. God hears and answers our prayers, no matter what form they come in, or how tiny they "seem" to be, they are mighty. Just hearing Garren talk to you in a dream is such a blessing. Thank you for sharing it with us. We continue to pray for Garren and your family. We love you all more than you'll ever know.

Brian, Lisa & Gage

Anonymous said...

I am huge on dreams...especially when they come from above! (-: That was beautiful! How sweet of the Father to give you good dreams of Garren! I can't begin to imagine, but when I try...I PRAY!!!! When I bless my children before their day...we bless Garrens' day too, when I pray over them at night..we add Garren to those prayers as well!!! You all are in our thoughts and we want to help!! When that schedule comes out...PLEASE put the Wingate Family on there! We will mow your grass,babysit,walk your dog, you just let us know!
SO very thankful he squeezed your hand! More of those tears of joy with that one! PRAYING!!!!
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Anonymous said...

Good morning dear family! Really enjoyed the reading from last night...we do not know what is going on within Garren, but God does...I know that you know that, but just wanted to remind you again with love from God, and from us....praying until you say "stop", love, Sandy & Russ

wendypoovey said...

Awesome. I have to share this. Last week one of the children's memory verses was Psalm 119:105. We were using the NIRV Kid's Study Bible. "Your word is like a lamp that shows me the way. It is like a light that guides me." What an amazing dream. We are so happy that Nancy is finding some peace in midst of the turmoil!

Kristi said...

Nancy, that is simply beautiful! We're continuing to lift up Garren and your family each day - love to you all!

Michelle Singleton said...

Thank you for sharing Nancy's dream. God speaks to us in so many ways... this was most encouraging. I love hearing about Garren's "baby steps" although turning his head and feeling him squeeze your hand sound like huge steps to me! I praise God for His faithfulness and thank Him for these new steps as I continue to pray for Garren's complete healing. We love you guys!

Brett's box turtles said...

Our family is praying Ephesians 3:20
"Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power taht works in us"

We did not know about your blog until I heard it from Kaitlyn
Rogers (a former student of mine and a former classmate of Garren and Jacob at Porter Ridge).

Last night, we read several post. We looked at the pictures of when Garren was baptisted. I loved reading the words that you spoke to your church on Feb. 27th. They are so encouraging to know that God is holding your family up in this time.

As I thought about your words and I looked back at a picture that I have of Jacob and Garrin from last years poetry reading, I was reminded of Eph. 3:20. And that is our prayer for Garren. We know that God is able to go beyond whatever we ask or think!

I know that I have never meet you and Nancy but I'm lifting you up in prayer daily as many others are.

Thanks for sharing!
Paige Warner (mom of Jacob Warner)

Pam Hamrick said...

Awesome !! I am always amazed to hear how uniquely God continues to guide us and spread his word and thrilled at how succinctly Nancy was able to remember the dream so that it could be shared.

We love you and continue to pray for Garren and your family.

The Hamricks

EJ Abood said...

Thank you for sharing your encouraging dream. God sometimes uses dreams among other things to comfort us. We pray for Garren everyday and we are also praying for both you and Geoffrey and the girls, for strength and encouragement.
With love, Teresa Patterson Abood

tammywingate said...

I have a card for Gareen..would you like for me to mail it to your home or Levine? Could you e mail me which address?
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Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing your dream... How awesome... I get a picture in my mind of God holding out his hand to Garren leading him on his next "baby step". We continue to pray for total recovery and for peace, rest,and comfort for all of you.

With Love,
Stephanie Gates

Anonymous said...

Sounds like the Lord was speaking to both of you through Nancy's dream and reminding you that there is definitely light at the end of this tunnel. So very thankful to continue reading about Garren's baby steps. Praying and praying for all of you. In for the long haul, The Sisk Family

Anonymous said...

Nancy, I had no idea you all were going through all of this. Jodi called me today and I was shocked. I remember when you were expecting your Son and had him just a short time before I had Emily in March. Words cannot express what I feel for you all. I want you to know that if you need anything please feel free to let David and I know.
I will pray for all of you every day. I am so sorry you all are going through all of this. Please know that we are here for you.

Wendy & David Haigler

Chris Hogan said...

Very cool. I love how God gives us the encouragement and reassurance we need and how He also let you know that Garren is receiving this same reassurance from Him. Thanks for sharing. Continuing to pray for Garren and all of you. The Hogans

Anonymous said...

Love you dearly....just prayed for you. Carman

Anonymous said...

Our family is praying throughout the day every day for Garren's complete healing as well as you, Nancy, and the girls to be lifted up in encouragement and love. Garren has touched so many lives.
-Chase, Anne, Avery, & Logan Cutts

Kim said...

Nancy, what an amazing dream! I love that God blessed you with this dream! As I read it I actually was able to picture both the talk with Garren at home, and his dream. I believe that God is communing with Garren as he is healing, and I can only imagine how wonderful that must be for Garren. I am praying for you all and love you!

Diann said...

What an awesome dream Nancy....somehow, maybe while you were sleeping there next to Garren , he was dreaming the same dream that you were....What a great way for God to reassure both of you that he is lighting the path in the midst of the you guys and continue to pray for you...Diann Harvey

Anonymous said...

God is good to us. He often comforts me in dreams. I think He uses them sometimes because we are so busy and preoccupied when we are awake. When we go to sleep He can get our attention. We are praying for all of you. I found a picture of a brain in a magazine yesterday and I put it on the refrigerator. I showed the children the part of the brain we are praying for. After they got over the "gross factor" (It is a photo of an actual human brain) they were agreed that it was good to have that reminder. We love you! -Heather Hoag

Anonymous said...

What an awesome insight to Garren's situation right now. Isn't it great the many ways that the Lord can calm our hearts and help us to understand things that we can't. Praying for you....

Donna, Ritchie, Racheal, Katherine, Luke, Madelyn and Brady