Matthew’s Story

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It's been awhile since I've updated.  So long in fact that I've had friends reach out to ask what's going on.  Well, not a lot has happened in the past few months.  Joe and I went back to work, Matthew stayed at rehab.  TLC is the program, he takes a taxi to get there every day since he leaves after we do for his day to begin.  Joe usually picks him up.  We haven't been out a lot, we've visited a couple of friends, seen a movie, but mostly we stay home.  Days are long, Matthew is pretty lonely with both his siblings gone out of state and his friends in college now.  His friends who are still around absolutely amaze me with their perseverance and love.  Sundays are hard, for some reason they always seem to be.  This past Sunday was no exception, by Monday Matthew still hadn't recovered and begged off of therapy for the day.  Tuesday didn't start off as if it were going to be any better but he assured me he would push through and go to therapy.  They'd told us if he didn't step up more then they (Casa Colina) wouldn't request any more time for him there.  No one knows what we do, they don't see who we see when we look at him or see his pain.

I text Matthew from work Tuesday morning to see how he was doing, if things had improved.  His response was, 
"Check out this video on YouTube: "
Lauren Daigle

Letting go of every single dream
I lay each one down at Your feet 
Every moment of my wandering
Never changes what You see
I’ve tried to win this war I confess
My hands are weary I need Your rest
Mighty Warrior, King of the fight
No matter what I face, You’re by my side
When You don’t move the mountains I’m needing You to move
When You don’t part the waters I wish I could walk through
When You don’t give the answers as I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You!

The lyrics express where his heart is, I'm still amazed by him.  Still praying, even when I only cry out "why?"
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Robyn Coleman
By Robyn Coleman
Hi Janet. My name is Robyn (Sara Coleman's mom) and we use to go to New Hope together many years ago. I sadly admit that I use to follow Matt's story daily until about a year or so ago and as we tend to do, became distant from it. Not because I intended to, I just did! I guess it's called Life! For whatever reason, today God put it on my heart to see what the latest update on Matt was, in hopes that I would read something different, maybe more positive, than I just did. This breaks my heart and all I can say to myself over and over again "how are they finding the strength to carry on?". Yet, I know the answer is you all get your strength from God. I just read the lyrics you wrote here and I know why God laid it on my heart to see what the Lipp family was up too. I have been through alot in my personal life and am still going through it..and I NEEDED to hear these words today...and the reminder that I need to trust God, in all things, in all ways. So for this, I thank you all. I am amazed at your faithfulness, your courage and your trust..and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for this reminder to continue trusting through the storms. God bless you all and I will continue to pray for your precious Matt and family. Thank you again for your inspiration.
denise hobbensiefken
By The Hobbensiefken Family
Janet.....we think of you all often. As I sit here on Sunday I pray that this one is a "little" eaiser.

Love you all
Alan Fisher
By Alan Fisher
Think of you all often and praying. Loved the song so much I had to share it.
Teresa Larsen
By Teresa Larsen
Thank you for the update. I've been praying and thinkibg of you. Love, love Matthews faith and hope he sings this song loud (maybe 10 times on Sunday)
Hugs and prayers.
Jodi Carlson
By Jodi Carlson
What a beautiful song, thank you for sharing Matthew's text. God Bless you and your family. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all. I pray this Sunday is better. I deal with depression, Sunday's can be a hard day, Sunday's the end of weekend. The thought of Monday can bring depression and anxiety. I find if I stay in the house on Sunday's my depression can get worse. I try to get some sun…even for just a little bit…it helps. I will be praying for you all on Sunday.
Kelly Tiscareno
By Kelly Tiscareno
I think of you often and pray for you everyday! You are an inspiration and teach me so much.
Joanne Keniston
By Joanne Keniston
What an awesome song! Give my love to Matt! I think of him often!
beth zellers
By With love, Beth Z
The song is amazing.....I pray for renewed trust......I pray for progress....I am in awe of you, Matt.....I am sending you positive thoughts!
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Deborah Candelario
By Deborah Candelario
Wow! He brings me to tears that boy! He has to be the strongest person I know. Please keep trying Matthew, We will all keep praying and God will move those mountains. You are loved!🙅🙅🙅😀❤️
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mary whitten
By mary whitten
Still praying for you guys. I can't even imagine how hard this is for you all. Sending big old Texas sized hugs.