I've sat down so many times in the past few days to write this post, but have been at such a loss as to what to say. And honestly, I still am.
Around 12:30 Sunday morning I received a phone call that no person ever wants to receive. On the other end of the phone was my best friend, Julee, informing me that her husband had been killed in a car accident earlier that evening.
As we both sat speechless on the phone, I began praying that the Lord would be Julee's strength in the days, weeks, and months to come. In the sleepless hours that followed, I prayed that the Lord would meet every need that she had during this time, whatever that looked like.
The Lord has been so gracious to answer that prayer already and met so many needs in ways we never imagined possible. The outpouring of love for the Bell and Turner families will literally leave you speechless.
As I spent time with Julee and her family this week, I couldn't help but be amazed at the way the Lord has used people to minister to and love on this family, as well as speak truth to their broken and grieving hearts.
The most amazing thing to me is that not only are these individuals friends and family of the Turners, but many of these people are individuals that have never met Matt or Julee, but have been impacted by their story.
Many of you are already aware of the ways you can help the Turner Family, but in case you are not, you can visit here for a list.
This week has been full of heartbreaking and painful moments, as well as joyful and lighthearted moments as we remembered Matt and celebrated his life.
I don't think anything can ever prepare you to walk alongside a friend in such a tragic and heartbreaking situation. I would do anything to take this pain from Julee. Thank you to those of you who have emailed, Facebook messaged, Tweeted, text messaged and called to say that you are praying not only for Julee, but for me. Those prayers are so appreciated.
I have had SO many people asking how Julee is doing. She is doing as well as can be expected in a situation like this. She is heartbroken and devastated, but she has a strong faith that the Lord will see her through. I know the hardest days for her are still ahead, so please continue to pray for Julee and Preslee each time the Lord brings them to your mind. I have no doubt that the Lord will continue to be so faithful to them.
Thank you again for all you have done to support this sweet, sweet family! Most of all, thank you for your prayers for them!