Here Comes Goodbye

“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you…” Phil. 1:3


The LORD your God is with you,
He is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.
Zephaniah 3:17



Godspeed, BLR.
We’ll be waiting for you.



39 thoughts on “Here Comes Goodbye

  1. Sis, my heart is with you and your family. I pray God’s peace cover you, as I know his protection is all around your beloved. I love you all so much, and please know that I am here for you.

  2. no words to properly express our gratitude

    thank you is pale, weak

    be safe, brandon

    you will not leave our prayers

    jeneil, we are here

    you hear me, girl?

    don’t do this alone.


  3. I will be praying for your Brandon’s safe return. I completely understand the trade he made and I am so glad he had the opportunity to be able to make it so that Rhema could continue to take advantage of the great services Boston has for her. So often in the military, the choices are all out of our hands. It is great that he is able to make that sacrifice for your family.

    Love and great respect,

  4. Hey Sister, I wish that we could somehow make this load lighter for you. You have our prayers. With love and thanks, Carrie and Josh.

  5. BIG HUGS!!!

    “Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you” (Psalm 33:20-22)

    “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God…” (Isaiah 43:1b-3a)

    Praying for Brandon that he will be ever surrounded by God’s love and protection.

    Praying for you & the girls that He would be your strength and peace!

  6. I may be a 5 hour car ride away but you call me if you need me.

    I will pray for Brandon to returned to you whole and healthy, for you and the girls to be whole and healthy upon his returns.

    Also, for lots of little miracles along the way for all of you.

  7. Jeneil-
    I just want you to know I am praying for you, your husband and your girls. I know it can be devastating watching him leave. He is a soldier for the country, your family and also for God and I know He will be watching over him.
    You are all in my heart.


  8. I’m with everyone else here – sending my prayers, my love, my admiration.

    I wish I was closer so that I could support you in a more tangible way.

    Hugs, prayers, and blessings Friend.

  9. Please know that God and many people, around the world, are with you and your husband in spirit. I pray these months fly by for you, him and your lovely girls.

  10. my first urge is to get on my face (Beth Moore Psalms of Ascent style) in prayer for you; i love that all you have to say today is straight from scripture; cling to that; later, would love to hear what Rhema’s up to at the mail slot…now on the floor for this soldier

  11. What a sacrafice for our country and for your family.
    My prayers are with Brandon — that he be brought back to you safely and be kept out of harm’s way. My prayers are with you and the girls — that you have peace and strength in his absence. My prayers for all of you — that 15 months go by quickly so that you can be reunited.
    Thank you seems like SO NOT enough, but thank you, to all of you.
    Deut. 31:8 — The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

  12. I will be praying daily for Brandon’s safe return and that you and the girls will find comfort and peace while he is gone. I will also be praying that God continues to send you everything you need in Brandon’s absence.

    I know it isn’t much comfort but now that he is gone you can start looking forward to his return!

  13. Wow! Wish I could ease your pain. Trusting you, Brandon, and the girls will experience the warmth and strength of God’s comfort this very moment.

  14. I am in tears – heartache for your family and amazement that we are all a family although we are strangers. Know that your family, far and near, are praying and caring- as we wash dishes, as we walk to the store, as we comfort our children and go about our mundane, special lives. We are hoping with you.

  15. Jeneil, my eyes filled with tears at the photo of Rhema looking out through the mail slot. {**Sniff, Sniff …**}

    I pray, knowing that “the Lord Himself {goes} before {Brandon} and will be with {him}” (reference Deuteronomy 31:8) and knowing that “the glory of the LORD will be {his} rear guard” (reference Isaiah 58:8; see also 52:12).

    And, I pray, knowing that in the meantime–and always–the Lord “hems in” you, Rhema, and Hope–“before and behind” (reference Psalm 139:5).

    Love you all!

  16. Strength
    Like a loud, rumbling train
    Like a country meadow
    Like a giggling baby
    Time flying very quickly
    Like the racing hands of a clock
    Or the fluttering pages of a calendar
    In an old movie
    These things I wish for you.

  17. Hi, I found the link to your blog and have been following it for the past few months. I was raised by missionary parents, spending my childhood in Brazil and Africa. A few years ago, I knew next to nothing about autism, till God blessed my sister with an autistic son. Now, I know that all those who have autistic children are blessed, because they have been handpicked to raise these precious children.
    Your stories about Rhema and Hope have often been exactly what I needed. I am praying for your family a lot these days, and I know that you’re in good hands. God bless you for your sacrifices, and those of your husband; I know he will.

  18. Thank you, Mr. Russell.

    Jeneil, you are in my prayers. If you will allow me, my students pray or meditate for the first 3 minutes of every class every day.

    I’d like to mention your family in our intentions.

  19. He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you WILL find refuge;
    his faithfulness WILL be your shield and rampart.
    Psalm 91:4

  20. Such sadness. Such hope. Such torment.

    My thoughts will be with him, with you, your family while he’s gone. I wish I could pass along some strength, some words of comfort…any time!

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