First of all, I would like to thank all of you for your encouragement, support, and prayers through the past two years. God has brought me and my family through so much in such a short time. Over and over I give glory and all thanks to God for His incredible loving and powerful care and provision through every single day. He has sprinkled in so many moments of joy through this time of intense healing and grieving and growing and recovering.
He never left me or us and never forsake us even in the worst possible moments of the accident almost two years ago and always filled me with His indescribable peace. I am so grateful to Him for who He is and in awe of his care. He has given me an amazing and humbling testimony of His faithfulness, love, and grace!
I have taken a break from blogging over the past several months. During those months, I took the time really soak in God’s healing touch on my heart. It wasn’t always easy…lots of tears were shed…but through it all I drew closer to God…and the healing that happened was incredible. I was able to put closure on the time in my life in which I had the amazing honor of being Mrs Rev. Will Pershing.
I have wonderful memories and he will always have special place in my heart. God has helped me to see that my life is not yet over. Will is celebrating for all eternity with our Savior. His longing for His Savior is over and he is savoring every moment for ever! Wow!
I am still here on earth. I survived for a reason. For a long time I was in a cocoon of healing and recovering, but with God’s help I have done the work to work my way out and He has given me a new life. I am not the same person I was before all of this began. I have healed in so many areas of my heart and life. I healed more physically but still have a ways to go in this area.
But, in so many ways, I feel like a new person with newer and stronger wings after what God has brought me through. He is still molding me into the person He calls me to be but the adventure is filled with so much joy and so many amazing surprises! A new chapter in my life is just beginning and I enter it with a new wholeness that is purely from God’s healing grace.
Our Lord has given me the gift of a new beginning…a new Spring in my life. So many new adventures have begun, He has helped me to understand that it is time close the last chapter of blogging here at Unwrapping His Grace. The time I have had with all of you here has meant so much to me. I am so grateful to all of you who walked with me through this painful but healing journey.
I am especially thankful to my dear friend and sister in the Lord, Gina Marie. God put us in each other’s lives in a big way just months before the accident in 2012. He knew we would both be facing personal grief and challenges each in our own way. He blessed me more I can say with our friendship through day and nights in the hospitals and in the months and years after that.
In that time Gina Marie has come to face her own life changing health issues and God is growing her and walking her through a very difficult and painful time of change as she learns more about her own diagnosis and begins the treatments that will slowly help her to regain the strength to complete tasks that most of us take for granted.
Blogging and ministering and encouraging each other here for the past almost two years, has blessed both of us so much. We are amazed at how God designed it so that we could share our journeys and testimonies of faithfulness and grace here together.
We are closing Unwrapping His Grace but Gina Marie’s pastor and friend will be helping us move all of the content to a new, free site so that you can continue to read the stories that help and encourage you. And this part of our testimonies will continue to serve our Lord and Savior and give Him the glory.
Gina Marie will be taking break from blogging as she focuses on regaining and dealing with her health issues and our prayers go with her.
From Gina’s heart—
God is leading me to start blogging in a new place call “New Adventures in His Grace”…
This new blog will go live sometime in May. In it I will share the new adventure God has me on!
As you can see, I am taking a new name with this new blog– Mary Susan.
I have blogged as Mary Joy since I started blogging on my late husband’s blog in 2009. He gave me the name “Mary Joy” as a special remembrance of a part of our story together. As I put closure to my life with him, it is time to put to rest “Mary Joy” as well.
Mary Susan marks my embracing who I am and the incredible story God has given me. It is the name my parents gave me. It is the name that my new sweetheart calls me…yes you heard that right. God has humbled and blessed me beyond all measure with an incredible man with a passion for our Savior who is now courting me with the intent to marry me and the boys. I am awed by God’s amazing plans as He gives me each piece of the puzzle as it comes. I will be writing about so many new beginnings including this very special one on the new blog.
I have so much to be thankful for to God and so much to thank all of you for during our time as a community here at Unwrapping His Grace Ministries. Your prayers and words of encouragement have lifted me up when I was at my lowest and your celebrating with me during the small and big victories meant more to me than I can put into words. God blessed me with all of you and I will never, ever forget the special gift of my friendships with all of you!
I hope and pray you will consider following me to my new blog home when it launches in May 2014 as I begin to share from this new season of life as God leads me.
Here is a link to the “New Adventures in His Grace” Facebook Page so you can keep up with when the launch will happen.
I look forward to continuing our relationship there and in my new bloggy home when it is up and ready.
May God continue to bless you as He writes your own unique and amazing testimony of His faithfulness.
With gratitude and joy,
Mary Susan– formerly Mary Joy and Mrs. Gina M. Weeks