On Tuesday October 11, 2011 Leanne (Chin) was diagnosed with breast cancer. This blog will follow her journey. It will share the peaks and valleys along the way. But it will also serve as a way to communicate prayer requests and praises. Join us as we partner with Chin and fight along side her for she "...can do all things through Christ who strengthens her." Phil. 4:13

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The meaning behind Chin ... There is a Chinese restaurant in the Twin Cities named Leann Chin. While Leanne was attending a basketball camp in middle school, a fellow camper had a bag from the restaurant. This camper made the connection between the name of the restaurant and Leanne's name. And the nickname Chin stuck!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Stories: Family Edition vol. 5

I thought it would be good to give you all a chance to get to know my family a little better through having them share the past year in their own words. Grieving the loss of a wife, mother, sister, daughter, and friend looks different. Through each story, our goal is to give you a picture of how this year has transformed us. May you be encouraged by their humility and transparency as they share the pain of death, the hope Jesus offers, and everything else in between.

Here is Bret's story:

Leanne’s loyalty and commitment to Christ has been shared on this blog numerous times the past three years.  The verse memorization, music, thoughts, devotions, prayers, readings, etc. were such a testament to me and many others.  Watching Leanne lean on Christ more and more has encouraged so many, including myself, to do the same.  God has truly blessed all of us who were able to see this through Leanne.  My prayer now is that God would give us the same loyalty and commitment for His purposes that he gave Leanne.

God has taught us all quite a few things this past year.  Specifically for me, I feel like we have learned and are continuing to learn the following:
  1. God’s plan is better than mine and many blessings come our way in God’s plan.  Even when it is scary and doesn’t make sense to me at the time, like moving to Minnesota. 
  2. Family is a sweet gift from God and it is a blessing to have nearby.  This is why he created family and why he wants us to continue to work and encourage each other in these relationships.
  3. God wants all of my life not just part of it.  God wants me to depend on him for the diaper changes, meetings, tough conversations, disciplinary times, dance parties, good conversations, and commutes.  Proverbs 16:3
  4. Don’t worry, God’s got this!  Well said, Leanne!

Going through trials like this past year are not fun and I wouldn’t wish these on anyone.  However, I think trials have a way of teaching me more than the good times in life and allowing me to see my need for Christ even more in my life. 

I pray that you may all be able to not worry and allow God to get it!


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