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The Illuminated Life: A New Guest-Blogging Series

March 12, 2014

The Illuminated Life Series

I’m so eager to kick off a new series with you today!

Laura Lee Groves, boy-mom extraordinaire and one of my teammates over at Raising Boys Media, is kicking off a weekly topic for Wednesdays: The Illuminated Life. I know you’re going to be blessed by all of the crazy wonderful people I’ve got lined up for the coming weeks!



An Illuminated Life

by Laara Lee Groves

We got the call on a Friday morning.

The call all parents dread, the one that would, ultimately, illumine our lives.

“Your son was in a serious car accident. The paramedics have cut him out of his car and he’s being airlifted now to a trauma center.”

How could such a harrowing day bring light to our lives?

We cracked; we broke. We came to the end of ourselves. And in the dark of a hospital room, always, our Father was there, shining through.

Our third son, Andrew, had finished college months before and was traveling to his job teaching high school math. He was hit head on and suffered serious injuries. Life changed in an instant.

We ran to the airport. After about a month of hospital and rehab center stays, we brought Andrew home to Florida, in a wheelchair, to recuperate with us.

Through all the uncertainty, the disappointment, and the pain, our Father’s love for us shone like a beacon—and it guided our days and nights. We saw His love for us expressed in His people, as they became His hands and feet.

We learned to trust in Him and His plan, not ours.

Not overnight, of course, and some days it was a hard road. Andrew progressed slowly to a walker, then a cane and brace.

The Lord cut away a lot of the unnecessary from our lives through this experience. Our eyes were opened to what was of true worth. Life shrinks pretty quickly when tragedy presses in. But in the midst of the storm, God provided. And He redeemed.

For us, He redeemed tough times, uncertainty, a change in path.

A sweet young lady was in our son’s life at the time of his accident, and she walked into the hospital room and said to him, “I’m not going anywhere.” And she didn’t. That precious young lady walked the path right alongside our son.

Andrew’s faith and mission have only been strengthened through this trying time; fire does refine. God redeemed those dark days as Andrew walked down the aisle this summer with that young lady, with no cane and no brace.

Amazing lessons are learned in dark moments when He is all you have.

His light shines through, illumining the darkness.

And every day, we carry that light forward.


Laura Lee Groves is a writer, speaker, teacher, and the mother of four sons. She’s the author of I’m Outnumbered! One Mom’s Lessons in the Lively Art of Raising Boys (Kregel), and Pearl, a novel about international adoption.   

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Laura holds a Master of Arts in British and American Literature and will soon receive a seminary degree. She has written for Focus on the Family’s Focus on Your Child, Book Lover’s Devotional (Barbour), Always There (Revell), and ParentLife and Parenting Teenagers magazines (Lifeway). Laura inspires moms on her blogs, and

Follow Laura on Facebook. Be sure to head over there and see what she’s up to! 

7 Comments leave one →
  1. March 12, 2014 7:31 am

    Love this, Laura (thanks for hosting, Adelle!). The hardships we face are, indeed, God’s shining moments when we yield to Him. This is the crux of why I love Romans 8:28 so much. Hopping over to check out your website now — as we’ve got a few things in common.

  2. March 12, 2014 8:16 am

    Even though I was reading along on your blog through this time (or perhaps *because* of that time we were praying fervently for your family), this brought tears to my eyes and a lump to my throat. Praising the Lord today for His goodness and the lessons He allowed you to learn through such a scary time.

  3. Laura Lee Groves permalink
    March 12, 2014 1:35 pm

    Thanks, Shonya — especially for your prayers. God is good. All the time.

  4. March 12, 2014 1:55 pm

    Laura, as always, I loved reading your post!! and happy to find this new blog!! (well, new to me!!). I have been uplifted by your posts, especially the ones about your son and your year and what God did through that accident. God bless you my friend.

    • Laura Lee Groves permalink
      March 12, 2014 3:52 pm

      Thanks, Faith! Adelle is great — come back to see her again!

  5. March 13, 2014 10:32 am

    laura, what a precious story. God surely does shine through those hard journeys we take with our children, but oh I love it when He shows such grace and commitment to us during those times. So happy for your son and his bride, and your family!


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