Help! This dogs getting me.

Help! This dogs getting me.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Welcome to the JT Setsma Blog

The last week has been difficult for all. As Jameson's Uncle, I have dealt with a wide range of emotions that only a week ago I did not know I was even capable of.

Starting off the week, I was angry with God. I am now reminded that it is not my God that causes this. John 10:10 states that "the thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it more abundantly." I claim this for Jameson.

I have been deeply saddened watching Todd and Melisa grieve this illness. At the same time I remember that Ps. 34:18-19 states that "the Lord is close to the brokenhearted: he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time." I claim this for all of us who are grieving.

Lastly, I look to the verse that carried the BCS basketball team through the last year and carried Anthony Negrin through his illness. Isaiah 40:31- "but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."

I am proud of you, Todd and Melisa. Your decision to lean on God in this tough time has really moved me. I, like many others will stand in the gap for you. Anything you need. Anything.

All my love to you, Jameson, and the boys!!

Uncle Mark


Melanie said...

We are praying for the Setsma family!!
God is at work in your lives, let his grace carry you!
love you all,

Phil Setsma said...

Todd/Melisa - I am full-time continuously praying that I can find something more meaningful to do for you than pray, but I guess there justisn't anything. Please know that mom and I will drop everything to support you in this, but God is the only real comfort - I Cor 2:3,4 says it best - He wants to comfort us in all our troubles. I know you're leaning hard on him.

Baby Mustaine said...

Hello Setsma's

Great Blog and I Love the picture. Mark is right Melissa and Jamison look great but Todd???? Im kidding Todd you are a good looking man as well.

Please know that all three Mustaine's are praying that God will carry you all through this time.

Lastly I will share with you Mary Cate's life verse with you. We picked it out 4 months ago but it has been a refuge for us in this time of trail.

Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you. Declares the Lord, Plans to Prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a future and a hope."

I dont know what that is going to look like for my daughter or for Jamison but I clinge to the truth that God has a plan.

Love the Mustaine's Brigit, Mary Cate and Chris

Cheryl Setsma said...

My dear sweet children,
I see the pain and how tired you are, though I also see Jesus all over you! Please, don't go to all of our tomorrows - God's grace will be there for us.
Lord - I thank you for little Jameson and for holding him without pain this past week.
Thank You for Your Grace and love to our family. Thanks for all the friends that are praying for us. Thank you that we need not fear because you are with us and in us. Thank you that when we are weak YOU are so strong. May we bring Glory to your precious name. We ask for healing for Jameson. He needs new skin, healing for all the infections and easing of the pain. Nothing is to hard for YOU.
We love you all - Mom

sntgrimes said...

We are continuing to pray for you guys. We know that the Lord is awesome, and He will provide strength when you have no idea where it will come from. My prayer is that you will experience the peace that Tiffany and I was given during our crisis with Evan. God is good and he will provide. We will continue to pray with you and for you and will continue to walk with you through this trying time.

We love you guys,
Steven and Tiffany

Anonymous said...

Todd and Melisa, we pray daily for you and little Jameson! What a great privilege to hold you up in prayer to our Lord who is able to accomplish all things for His glory. Keep your chins up, keep working through this with God. We are with you!

Anonymous said...

(sohandrea - a/k/a The Shush Lady - a/k/a Andrea Bain)

golfer said...

Todd& Melisa - Brenda & I think the world of you and your boys. It is our duty to hold up one another with prayer, which is exactly what Brenda & I are doing for your family. We are encouraged to come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Our Savior says; Let not your heart be troubled. All comforts come from God, and our sweetest comforts are in him. God will carry you all through these difficult times and you will be stronger for having endured this trial

Danny and Shawn said...

Melisa and Todd - We are continuously praying for strength and guidance for you and for healing for Jameson. Dylan and Bailey say a special prayer for their new baby cousin every night. We love you and the boys and miss you dearly. We hurt when you hurt, but we know in our hearts that we must kneel at the cross and leave our burdens with Jesus. Continue to lean on him and he will carry you through. Proverbs 3:5,6 "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."
Melis.....Don't give up! I am here for you no matter what. Love...Your Big Brother
All our love,
Danny, Shawn, Dylan and Bailey

The Newsomes said...

Todd and Melisa! God is SO apparent in your lives and it is obvious that you're giving Him all the glory during this difficult time. You have NO idea how many lives you are touching! We love all of you dearly and are praying without ceasing. Melisa, you recently prayed Joshua 1:9 for me during a difficult time, and I had no idea how quickly I would be claiming that verse for your family as well. "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified;do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go" (Josh 1:9)...and we,too, are here for your family--anytime and for anything!!

We Love You,
Bob, Amy and the kiddos =)

Amy Burgess said...
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Amy Burgess said...

The Burgess Family has been praying for you and Baby Jameson since before he was even concieved...remember Oct.31st Melisa? Jesus knew what we did not...and I know that years from now we will be saying again "Jesus knew what we did not" about the miracles He is going to do through this trial and through Baby Jameson's life! So because of this our verse we are praying for you is Phil.1:6 "...being confident of this, that he who began a GOOD WORK IN YOU will be faithful to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus." Verse 7 goes on to say, "It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart..." and that is exactly how we feel about you. You are on our hearts every minute of the day. We love you so much!

Jennifer said...

We love you guys and are praying for your whole family! Your faith is a blessing and a witness to all who see it.
Much love, The Hobbs Family

allowah said...

Dear Setsma Family,

Thank you for sharing this. We are praying for Jameson, and asking that he be completely healed.

Love & Light, Alan & Angeliea