Dave Meinema's Journal
Written Feb 9, 2014 7:09pmfirst and foremost...we made it!!!
what a year it has been. I won't dwell too much on the up and downs, but rather start out by reflecting on this day one year ago.
our life turned upside down, all dreams put on hold.
"your husband is very sick."
are the words that resonated throughout my entire body.
February 19th, 2013 was the morning that changed everything. It was filled agony. It was struck with tragedy. I heard deaths voice. Fear raged within me. I heard the Lord's still small voice. Peace overcame me.
Thank you, Lord. For the vision. For the real hope. Thank you for your grace and mercy that You have given to us in the midst of uncertainty. It is so sweet to trust in You, just to take You at Your Word. We forever love You and we are bound for life to Your ways and to Your heart.
I remember dreaming of this day. The year anniversary where I would be sharing the story of tragedy, this time with Dave by my side. I will also be spending today in Bronson ER, where I recently started working, where Dave was taken for a passing moment before he was admitted in the Trauma Care Unit (TCU). I would of never expected to be working in the very place that my husband was taken a year after his accident. Walking pass those trauma rooms has a whole new look to me...
As Dave continues to run the race hard, he continues to improve. I am so proud of him. He is inspiring, hard-working, and he is my hero. A man of courage, love, and self-discipline. He has met death face to face and continues to fight from glory to glory. He continues to be authentic and vulnerable letting the Lord do what he may and Dave continues to obey.
There is hardly a day that goes by that is not difficult in some way for Dave spiritually, mentally, or physically, but we are both still learning to lean on our Beloved. To lean on God and to really place our trust in him. He is glorified when we are most weak.
This week Dave and I were talking about what he was like pre-accident and what are some things that he enjoys doing now. Dave looked at me straight in the eyes and with full confidence said that he feels more alive now more than he ever did! When everything seems to be shaken, Jesus is still our greatest reward.
And now on February 19th, 2014 we stand unoffended, we stand firm in who the Lord is and what He wants to do. We are not shaken by tragedy, we are just beginning to be refined by the fire.
How sweet it is to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His Word.
Continued prayers as we take life day by day. Please pray for Dave's continued healing, vision to be restored, and supernatural energy! Please pray for the logistical side of things as well, for insurance to cooperate with our needs and medical bills. Thank you! You guys are the best! Prayers continue to be answered. We will continue to update when we can on this blog.
All is For His Glory,
Marissa and Dave
It is a narrow road.
Written Jan 28, 2014 1:04pmHello Everyone! Happy New Year!
I have decided that another update is necessary. Just to touch base and state our need for continued support, love, encouragement and prayers.
We are soon approaching a year anniversary since Dave's accident. And what a year it has been, filled with transformation, miraculous healing, support, near death experiences, new friends, good news, bad news and yet we press on...Our eyes have been opened to the narrow road.
The narrow road is a road that is chosen. One that is hard to find. I am talking about the road that leads to eternal life and life in abundance. We want this road because from this road comes the ultimate source of Life and that is Jesus Christ. Even in tragedy, even in my struggle to be the best wife, my confusion, my sin, and my selfishness. I want the narrow road. It will be my guide, my light and my answers to this life and the new life to come.
While the road gets bumping and confusing I cling onto Jesus as my ultimate hope. Jesus has not destined us to be alone. He made us for fellowship and community. Isolation is our most dangerous enemy. So today I am fighting for extended support and prayers.
Dave is doing well, each day is different than the next. You never know what tomorrow will hold. The one thing that stays consistent is Dave's ability to lead us as a family to Christ. It is amazing. He is still making gains each month and continues in 5 days of therapy. The reality is that he still gets frustrated with what he can't do yet, like drive and work. He also gets frustrated with his vision, trying to process things seems a bit slower than usual. He also gets frustrated with how tired he gets for being a 24 year old. Ultimately, he is still healing and his brain needs the best environment possible to heal, so that is why sleep and nutrition are extremely important is us both. Dave and I have both learned the importance of loving your brain and taking care of yourself spiritually, mentally and physically. Not to mention, Dave is still not on ANY medications! That is a testimony in itself! We are also learning the importance of grace in both of our lives and our own relationship. We need grace.
Dave started volunteering for Athletic Training at Kalamazoo Christian High School once a week. He loves getting back into doing what he loves to do. It is nice for me to hear him come to life when he is in the training room. He continues to volunteer at Second Impressions once a week, too. Slowly regaining that physical and mental endurance and stamina.
Please continue to pray for us as we are on this road for a lifetime. We need supernatural strength and endurance individually as well as in our marriage. We need more breakthrough for physical and mental healing for Dave.
Thank you for continued prayers. We bless you all!
Marissa and Dave
Written Nov 25, 2013 5:35pmAnother video update! Enjoy and please share!
We love to show off God's miraculous power!
m & d