For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Romans 8:24-25

April 20, 2014 – He is risen!

Today, as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we are reminded of His promise of our resurrection and of eternal life spent with Him.  This is the day to celebrate the reason for our Hope.  As was so well put in the sermon this morning from Pastor Kris Segrest of FBC Wylie/Friendship Baptist Church….The risen Christ changes everything!!!  Looking forward to the day we see Him face to face, and get to be with our sweet Hannah again!

He is risen!  He is alive!  He is coming again!

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March 21, 2014 – The Forgotten

 

Families that lose a child or a key member of their family are often neglected after the initial rush of the funeral, meals provided, etc.  The rest of the world moves on and expects the family to do likewise.  And then the social circles around the family change due to the loss and the grieving family moves farther and farther away.
We are committed to pray for these “forgotten” families going through what we did with the loss of our sweet girl Hannah and will continue to do so until our lives here on Earth are up!
Listed below are families that need prayer!  Some of them we know personally and some we have heard about their loss and circumstances.
Our prayer to our Father God, Lord Jesus and Holy Spirit is that ALL of the people affected and impacted by their real loss lean on and run towards Jesus for comfort, guidance and peace for their remaining lives here on earth and believe in Him and his promises for the future!
We miss Hannah with every part of our lives but we cling to and hold onto the rock solid promises of Jesus for eternal life and to be reunited with our blue eyed beauty forever!
Praise be to Jesus for what you have done for us!
Here are the families that we know of in our lives.  Please include others that you know of in your lives!
Prayer is real, important and will make a difference in their lives!
The Philips Family (Reena & Daniel)
The Juarez Family (Melissa)
The Schmidt Family (Samantha)
The Hardesty Family (Ransom)
The Rose Family (Abby)
The Richardson Family (Carson)
The Schlup Family (Ella)
The Brawdy Family (Brandon)
The Singleton Family (Olivia)
The Corbett Family (Sadie)
The Burgstahler Family (Taylor)
The Tate Family (Connor)
The Turner Family (Skip)
The Oxford Family (Nate)
The Veal Family (Mavrick)
The Powell Family (Leah)
The Schablin/Hasslen Family (Stacy)
The Fuentes Family (Elias)
The Nagel Family (Ruth)
The Lusko Family (Lenya)
The Warren Family (Matthew)
The Good Family (Tracy)
The Coody Family (Jesse)
The Laurie Family (Christopher)

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March 2, 2014 – Blessed

So often I get bogged down in this world, it’s always when my focus veers from God Almighty, and I start to worry about all that is going on here and now.  My whole attitude changes so dramatically when my focus is not solidly on Jesus.  We are not promised that our lives will be all “blessings” here (at least not the way that most “#blessed cultural Christians of this current world” talk about or flaunt their blessings), but we are promised that we will be blessed when we persevere the trials we face here, and that there is a crown of life waiting for us.  Soon, there is coming a day…when once and for all, everything will be set right and we will dwell with our Lord forever!

For all of you who are going through fiery trials and are struggling just to make it through each day, remember that Jesus Himself suffered and died for each of us, and that He has gone to prepare a place for us…where our blessings will not be momentary, they will last for eternity!!!

Praying for so many right now who are dealing with the loss of a loved one, health issues and various other struggles.  If you would like for us to pray for you, please email us and know that we will be praying.

In Him!

Amy

 

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January 22, 2014 – A Place Prepared

 

 

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December 18, 2013 – HOPE

1 Thessalonians 4:13- 18 is one of our favorite passages in the Bible.  It goes on to read “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.  Therefore comfort one another with these words.”

These words are of great comfort to us, and as we are told in the Bible we need to comfort one another with these words.  Our hope is in Jesus and an eternity with Him and with Hannah.

Thank you Jesus for this promise!

 

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December 3, 2013 – God is Big!

In this broken world that we live in, suffering is inevitable, but the way we view God makes all the difference in how we deal with our pain and our sorrow. Living in the light of eternity changes the way we look at everything, we can find hope and even joy in our trials. It’s all in the way we see God, and we need to see Him as He is…God is BIG! God is Sovereign! God is Good!

We highly recommend watching the video below. It is a short 9 minute video from The Gospel Coalition, that gives a great perspective on suffering.

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December 1, 2013 – Happy Birthday Hannah!

Twelve years ago today our precious Hannah Helen Hasslen came into this world. Looking forward to the day we will be able to celebrate with her again. Thank you Jesus for the promise of an eternity with You and with Hannah.

Happy Birthday Hannah, we love and miss you so much!
Mom, Dad & Jacob

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November 1, 2013 – Three Years

Three years.  Three dreadfully long slow years.  Three years of pain, isolation and longing for another world.  Three years of compartmentalizing and pretending.  Three years of being ignored and shunned by people of this world.  Three years of just getting through each day only to wake up the next day to go through it all over again.

Three years of watching our son suffer not only the loss of his best friend but his only sister and to walk through his new life with limited encouragement outside of family.  Three years of our own health issues both the nagging and the life threatening.  Three years of struggle in all areas of our human existence.

Three years since our first born and baby girl Hannah Helen Hasslen died in our arms.

Three years since we could talk to, walk with, hug and kiss our precious daughter!  Three years since we could actually laugh from our soul.  Three years.  Three years.  Three years ago our lives changed forever.

And as it is so hard to comprehend what we are about to say from human reasoning, we wouldn’t change one thing, not one thing even if we had the power to do so!

Why you ask (to the obviously delusional and sad couple….)?

Because we now intimately know and love God.  We understand and have a relationship with Jesus!  We can now feel and discern the guidance of the Holy Spirit!

Were we bad people before?  No.  Just normal sinful people trying to fit in to this crazy world. Were we not Christians before?  Yes, definitely we were!  But until we went through this intense suffering of the death of our daughter and the traumatic aftermath, we knew and believed in God but had never experienced God!

What is God like you may ask throughout our entire experience?  God is Good!  He is So Good!  So Good that words can’t exactly express our feelings adequately enough!  How do we describe it?  There is a recent song that has ministered to us like no other and has ignited our Spirit within about God’s goodness both now and forever!

This video was filmed at Gateway Church and in a “God only coincidence”, a friend of a friend had visited Hannah down in the hospital and brought other men who encouraged her, prayed with her and prayed over her.   Little did we know until recently that he was an elder from Gateway Church and one of his church’s praise and worship singers actually ministers to us so deeply through her voice and words of this great song!  Only God can orchestrate this blessing!  Here’s the link to this song from Kari Jobe called You Are Good that means so much to us!

What else have we learned and experienced through this three year journey?  That Jesus is real! Jesus is alive and returning sooner than we think! Jesus is who He said He is – God! Jesus is God! And Jesus loves us more than we can imagine!  And the good news for those who place their trust and faith in Him, we will have eternal life!  We will be reunited with Hannah and our other loved ones!  We now know Jesus!  We have experienced Jesus!  Praise be to you Jesus!

Prior to Hannah’s illness and death, we believed in Jesus as the Son of God but like so many in the church today, Jesus is treated not like the Messiah of the world who is coming back to rule & reign forever but rather Jesus as a great man who God created as a pseudo lucky rabbit’s foot.  Not an equal to God but rather some created being!  It is so surprising to me now how many self-professing Jesus followers really don’t treat and respect Him as God.  Jesus is God!  Yes, He is!

Greg Laurie and his ministry have been such an encouragement to us throughout due to awesome teaching but also due to his understanding of what it is like to lose a child, as he experienced the death of his son.

On his recent Facebook post October 18th, he wrote what we think is a wonderful depiction of who Jesus is!  Here’s what he said:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God” (John 1:1–2).

In the original text, there is not a definite article before the word “beginning,” meaning you cannot pinpoint the moment in time where there was a beginning. This verse stretches back in time to eternity past—farther than our minds can imagine. Before there was a world, before there were planets, before there was light or darkness, before there was matter, before there was anything but the Godhead, there was Jesus.  Jesus Christ: coequal, coeternal, coexistent with the Father and Holy Spirit. He was “with God” and He “was God.”

Yet, Jesus did not stay in the safety of heaven. Jesus became “Deity in diapers.” He entered our world. He breathed our air. He shared our pain. He walked in our shoes, and then some. He lived our life and then He died our death.

Jesus did not become identical to us, but He did become identified with us. In fact, He could not have identified with us more closely than He did. It was total identification without any loss of Identity, for He became one of us without ceasing to be Himself.

He became human without ceasing to be God. The Bible is clear in pointing out that Jesus Christ was and is God Himself. Even before the creation of the universe, Jesus was always there, as God without beginning or end.  Jesus said of Himself, “I am Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” (Revelation 22:13).

With this in mind, there is no question that Jesus, who is our all-powerful God, can help us in our time of need!

Well, we can tell you with all honesty and humility, in our desperate time of need, JESUS was there!  When people ask us what has gotten us through these past three years, One name!  The name above all other names!  JESUS!

Our urgent plea to others who read this blog and are going through similar or worse situations, place your trust in HIM!  He is real!  He is Truth!  He is our Hope!  He is our Future!  He is Everything to those who place their faith in Him!

He won’t let you down and will carry you through adversity and place the Holy Spirit in you to lead you in these troubled days until He returns to get us or until we go to Him!

So what is our direction going forward in the future!  Regardless of circumstances in this temporary world, we are ALL IN FOR JESUS!

If we can ever be of help or encouragement to you, please let us know as our number one prayer to our Heavenly Father is for our family to minister to others going through grief and to be used by Him for HIS GLORY the remaining days of our lives!

Jesus has really ministered to us through both His Word in the Bible, through His follower’s words and through music.  As we finish this blog for now, attached is another music video from Shane & Shane with John Piper that really motivates us and highlights our theme as we move forward in this broken and temporary world:

Jesus!  Thank you for being Truth and for being there for us in our time of need!  And Lord, please let our sweet daughter know that we long for our reunion with her in our “real” home – Heaven!

In Hope,

Bill & Amy

Romans 12:12 – “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer”.

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October 18, 2013 – He is Alive!

It’s hard each time we put new flowers on Hannah’s grave, it’s a reminder that it’s real, that she isn’t here, that she died here on earth.  But then I look up and see the huge cross, there in the middle of the cemetery, and I’m reminded that she is alive in Heaven…and she is with Jesus.  It is of utmost importance for each of us to remember that JESUS IS ALIVE.  Jesus suffered, died in our place and rose again so that we can live with Him forever, because He loves us more than we can begin to understand… He has power over death, and He is very much alive.  God alone has power over the grave, and that gives us HOPE.

As Paul wrote to the Thessalonians…We do not grieve as those who have no hope.

I miss my precious little girl, it seems so wrong to be here without her, it feels wrong to do anything without her, something (someone) is always missing…however, I do know that she is with the Almighty and that is how I’m able to go on.  Our hope doesn’t lie here on this earth, not with the worldly things that everyone seems to so passionately strive for, but our hope is in Jesus and in an eternity spent with Him and with our precious Hannah!  He is alive!

In Him!

Amy

 

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September 22, 2013 – But God Had a Plan

Each week at school Jacob has to write a summary of one of the things that he read the previous week.  What he wrote this last week was about Genesis in his Beginners Bible, he wrote about how at first there was darkness….But God Had a Plan.  It struck me as so profound as I read it again and again in that sweet little Bible story book….But God Had a Plan. We are all part of that plan, each and every one of us, each and every experience, they are all part of His perfect plan.  Even though I still ask Him “why?” regularly, I do understand that He has a plan, and that plan is so much better than anything I could even begin to imagine.  Right now it doesn’t always make sense to me, but I do know that on that day when I either meet Jesus in the sky or after my last breath here on earth, things will truly begin to make sense.

We’ve gone through a great deal of darkness, but through it all the LIGHT has always been here, and that light is Jesus Christ!

In Him!

Amy

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