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My husband, Brett and I live in beautiful South Africa and have been blessed with the most precious family. We have 2 very beautiful and brave daughters, Tianna (13) and Angelee (10) and a very precious little boy called Zac who touched our hearts forever in his 1 day here on earth. We never would have imagined that we would have to live this side of Heaven without our sweet boy who was born with half a heart, but every day Jesus carries us through and is teaching us more than ever how to live, laugh and love fully. Last year our faithful Great Restorer graciously blessed us once again with another son ... our beloved Gabriel. We are all so in love with him! "Love in Action" is our journey as a family to love the way Jesus is teaching us to love and live.

About the Journey

Life is certainly a remarkable adventure! You just never quite know what's around that next corner! I am a 36 year old wife and mommy to 4 amazing children. When I started this blog a few years ago I had no idea just how much I would learn about the depths of God's love in the years ahead! Back then I was a mommy of two little girls. In September 2011 we were given the greatest privilege to become proud parents to a very special little boy called Zac, our "lion heart". We were entrusted to carry him in pregnancy in an amazing walk of faith, because he would only be ours this side of Heaven for 21 and a half hours after birth. Our precious heart baby has taught us more about the reality of Heaven and the truly important matters of the heart in his short journey in our lives than a lifespan of living could have taught us. He continues to be our pointer to Jesus in remarkable ways. "Love in Action" has become our incredible journey through grief to live lives filled with grace, strength, increasing joy and purpose as we continue to heal and grow in God's amazing love as a family. Just a few weeks ago we welcomed our second son, Gabriel into this amazing big-wide-world-of-wonder! We are overcome with joy as the Great Restorer is faithfully at work in our lives! Please come and join me on my adventure. I'm one of those people who wears my heart on my sleeve. I'm a firm believer of living my life out in the open as I continue to pursue a life lived in truth and freedom. I am exploring the depths of God's personal love for us, and I have to say that life is far more colourful lived in His love. I would like to live my life having experienced rich friendships - both new and old and most certainly having loved and laughed my way through most of it. I welcome you to share your thoughts and comments with me. At the end of each blog entry, click on "comments" to add your thoughts. I can't wait to hear from you! Here's to life God's way ... RICH and FULL in Jesus Christ's overflowing love for us!

13 April 2012

A Song that Expresses my Heart Word for Word

Coming through our first Easter with Zac in Heaven and us on earth was such a tender time for my heart. I just miss him so much and have come to learn over these last 6 months that every special and ordinary day without our boy in our every day lives will always be a tender ache in my heart. I miss him so much and I love him so much. God's grace has tangibly carried us through and I cannot do without that grace for even a moment, because the pain for this mommy of not having her baby boy in her arms is too painful without the tender love and grace of my Jesus to hold me through the healing process. It's not so much the big things, but rather the little things that trigger the pain. It's the pain of not hearing his name spoken out. It's the fact that I can't brag about his new developmental stages, or have to excuse myself to feed him and put him down for his naps. It's really just the everyday ordinary things that I should be doing with him that I'm not. This was the first Easter Friday where I could really relate to the pain of the Father and know that He understands every ache I carry because, He felt it too as a parent. But it was also the first Easter Sunday where I also really "got" the hope of His resurrection! He is alive, as is my baby boy who is with Him even as I live and breathe, and a day will come where I will be able to lavish all my love on him again.   
Going back to the title of this post, music has always played a big part in my life. I grew up with a mother who plays the piano better than anyone I know! I've watched her lead worship in church from my earliest childhood memories. Her heart to sing to Jesus rubbed off on me and I love nothing more than to sit at my piano and worship my Jesus. Music speaks straight to my heart and allows me to express what goes on inside of there ;0) Every now and then I will come across a song that says everything that I feel. Recently I listened to a song that expresses everything in my heart when I think of my time with Zac. It is written by a daddy who also has a son with half a heart (hypoplastic left heart syndrome) like Zac had. Their precious Bowen is doing so well and has come through multiple surgeries like a shining star. You can follow their journey here (and be praying for Bowen who is due for another surgery soon).  Below is Matthew Hammit's song he wrote for Bowen. It could be my very own song, and that of every other parent who has either lost or lives with a child with a chd (chronic heart defect). One thing that I can say with all surety is that Zac continues to have ALL of our love. It was that resurrection hope and love that Jesus gave to Brett and I that allowed us to live and love fully in the hours we were given with our son. That unwavering faith, hope and love fiercely guarded our hearts from allowing any fear or sorrow from stealing even a second of our time of love and peace with Zac. May this song be a healing balm to any other parents who might have or is walking through a similar pain too. 
All my love xxx
Janine

2 comments:

Tatum Friday, April 13, 2012  

Such a beautiful song Janine...love it! I think it's so amazing how God can speak to us through music, it's so wonderful. Love you and continuing to pray for you and your beautiful family!
~Tates

Janine Friday, April 13, 2012  

Thank you so much precious Tates. That means so much to me and I can certainly feel His presence as He so faithfully answers every prayer prayed over us as a family.

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