October 30, 2011


Sometimes...life can be difficult.
It's been a little that way for us lately.

Our son has Crohn's Disease.
Crohn's is nasty.
No two ways about it.  Nasty.

We are using means.  We are not flying solo.
We are praying for wisdom.
We are consulting with physicians.
We are seeking the LORD.

The Great Physician.

What a blessing it is to know that HE is in perfect
and Sovereign control.
HE does not give more than we can bear.  Ever.
With His help and grace and strength, we can face anything.

God's Grace is evident in the life of our son.
He says that he has nothing to complain about!
He continues to be thankful.

What a rebuke.
What a blessing.

Today our Pastor preached from Philippians.
How encouraging it was!

"Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord."
~ Philippians 3:1a ~

We don't rejoice in circumstances.
Sometimes circumstances are hard.

We rejoice in the Lord.
We can always do that!
Think of what HE has done for us!

"Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss
for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord:
for whom I have suffered the loss of all things,
and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness,
which is of the law, but that which is
through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which
is of God by faith:

That I may know Him, and the power of his resurrection,
and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect:
but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which
also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus."

~ Philippians 3:8-12 ~

How Precious HE is!

May the LORD give you the grace you need this day
to face whatever it is you must face.
HE is Faithful!  Look to HIM.

Many Blessings,

**Photos courtesy of Emma ~
Thank you my little love xo


Hopes Handcrafts said...

A wonderful encouraging post Camille! I love the photos...great job Emma!

Heather said...

Certainly our thankfulness and attitude is so important during trials. Thank you for posting your struggles and how you're finding gratitude in the midst of it. It's so helpful to others. Praise God for your boy who continues to be thankful! (Must be the wonderful training he's had).

Unknown said...

Praying for you guys... {{{{hugs}}}} friend!

Wanting What I Have said...

What a precious post to read. How humbling to read of your son's heart of thanks, despite what he is going through. Thanks for the encouragement!

Patty said...

Yes, He is faithful. Blessings to you and yours Camille.

Lady Farmer said...

How precious you and your dear family are, Camille! Oh, my! What a tremendous witness your boy is! You and your hubby have raised (are raising)a galant son in the name of Jesus! His words and actions are so honoring to not only his family but especially his Lord! Beautiful!
Thank you for sharing. Saying a special prayer for him today concerning his health.(and for the entire family ~ I know it affects each one).
Be Blessed!
(p.s. Emma's photos are so serene!)

Becky said...

Camille, I will keep you and your son in my prayers (truly, I will)

May His grace be your strength, His name a Strong Tower, and His wings a safe place for you to hide during this storm.

Cinnamon said...

Praying for wisdom for you as you walk through this WITH the Lord~

Hugs~ Cinnamon

Sandy said...

Dear Camille,
How true it is to rejoice IN the Lord because circumstances are difficult sometimes. Thanks for your encouragement and sharing the Word of God. Will be praying for you son. Many Blessings,

Teena said...

Camille, first I love your name. :)

found your blog....

Praying for your son. Asking God for His mercy... for grace as you walk this road.

I love your sunflowers. They are my favorite too.

We home school... have been for 20 yrs. we have half a dozen. I am a Compassion International advocate.

Much love,

Camille said...

Dear Julia ~ Thank you my friend! I will tell Emma! :)

Dear Heather ~ Oh my sweet friend...thank you for your encouraging words! It is the LORD in our precious boy...HE makes all the difference!! :)

Dear Susan ~ Thank you so much my friend! I'm thankful for your prayers...the LORD is Good! :)

Dear Jennifer ~ Oh that has almost been the hardest...to watch him being THANKFUL through it all! God's Grace! :)

Dear Patty ~ Thank you so much! How precious our LORD is!! :)

Dear Raeann ~ What a sweet encouragement you are! Thank you for praying...it is such a blessing! :)

Dear Becky ~ Precious words...thank you! I *know* you will do as you say...thank you so much for praying! The LORD is Good...all the time. :)

Dear Cinnamon ~ Thank you so much my sweet friend. Yes, indeed...it is wisdom that we need! :)

Dear Sandy ~ How sweet of you to comment...I do appreciate your prayers and your friendship! :)

Dear Teena ~ How lovely to *meet* you! Thank you for stopping by and for all your sweet and encouraging words! :)

Blessings to you each one!
In HIS Love,

Tami said...

Wow. "We don't rejoice in circumstances. Sometimes circumstances are hard. We rejoice in the Lord. We can always do that!" Amen, sister! And that hit me right between the eyes. YES! God and his mercy is more than enough reason to rejoice - we don't need even one more reason than that.

I'm sorry that Crohn's has been so hard. But my oh my what a testimony that points straight to the Lord, that your boy doesn't complain. He obviously has a good mama and daddy as a godly example.

Your posts always encourage me, Camille. Thank you so much for sharing your focus and your faith. It helps a gal down here in the states in more ways than I could share.


hmschlmomof4 said...


I just passed your blog address to a friend whose 7 year old son was just diagnosed with Chrohn's in the past couple of weeks. I'm sure your blogging about Chrohn's will be a great encouragement to her and her family. Thanks for sharing about it.


The Adventures of a Simple Life said...


You are right, life can be difficult.Though I have learned, hard times have been the biggest blessings in my life. They are the times when our awesome God uses to grow and mold me in Him, in spite of my weakness and sin.

I encourage you to continue to keep your eyes on Christ, praising Him "in the storm", and one day...you will look back at these tough times, and thank our great Saviour for His pruning you to be more like Christ through the pain, tears, and heartache. There is no better gift than this!

I am praying for you and your husband, and the the children.

Much Love!


Jill said...

Beautiful photos, I will be keeping your family in my prayers.

Many blessings,

Unknown said...

Wow! What an encouraging post! Praying for your son and your whole family. And tell Emma I loved her pictures!

Trisha said...

Oh, I so understand your struggle, though I'm sure yours is harder since you are having to watch your son go through this. I've been to such extremes with Crohn's, even to the point that they wanted me to have a colostomy. But I ended up not having to!

Please be encouraged and continue to hope, resting in the knowledge that whatever God calls your dear son to, He will provide the grace to rejoice in Him.

Praying for you and your family!

Love and hugs!

Camille said...

Dear Tami ~ How encouraging you are my friend! How wonderful our Great God is!! Lest you think our boy is perfect, he has his moments of discouragement, but the LORD is giving the Grace! How blessed we are to belong to HIM! :)

Dear Natasha ~ Thank you for sharing the blog...may the LORD use it for HIS glory! I believe I have spoken to your friend on the phone...how small this world is!! :)

Dear Christine ~ What an encouragement you are to me my friend...thank you! Yes, indeed...the LORD does use these things to mold us to HIS image and make us more fit for HIS service. Might we truly rejoice in the fire! :)

Dear Jill ~ Thank you so much my friend! Prayer is such a blessing. :)

Dear Jenn ~ Thank you for your sweet encouragement and your prayers my friend. :)

Dear Trisha ~ I know you do understand my friend...thank you for your kind encouragement and for your prayers...they are such a blessing!! :)

Many blessings to you each one!
In HIS Love,