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Finding Contentment In God’s Will

In September 2020, which was a few months prior to Nicole’s passing, my parents were visiting her to help care for her in the final months. I remember having a phone conversation with my dad regarding how to update people on Nicole’s situation, thanking people, and to  encourage others just like Nicole would desire.  He thought the best way would be to keep her blog going.  As we talked the Holy Spirit told me, “Write for her. ” I wrestled with writing for her and  following God, because I knew I could not be her.

Nicole was my older and only sister. She was an amazing big sister! When  Nicole was growing up she delighted in the Lord, obeyed, and always took the right road. I always wrestled listening to God and often gave my parents a hard time!  My road in life was always longer and much more curvier than Nicole’s.  She had a Journalism Degree, radiated speaking in front of others, and wrote very well. I have a Business Degree, often doubt myself, and struggle to get the right words out that communicate well! I DID NOT WANT TO WRITE! It would be hard and very emotional. It seemed like an impossible task.

In Exodus we learn how there was a new king, that knew nothing about Joseph and what he had done. The Israelite number increased and this “new king” was upset that there were more Israelites than Egyptians. He was determined to make their life hard and decrease the numbers.   God saw his people and he had a perfect person in mind  to deliver them, Moses. God told Moses he would deliver the Israelites, but he did not want to do what God asked. God gave Moses so many signs that He would be with him, but Moses still doubted God. He felt ill equipped. He felt someone else should be doing it. He even gave EXCUSES stating he was not the right person!

Exodus 4:1-17 says,

Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?”

Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?”

“A staff,” he replied.

The Lord said, “Throw it on the ground.”

Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it. Then the Lord said to him, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail.” So Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand. “This,” said the Lord, “is so that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has appeared to you.”

Then the Lord said, “Put your hand inside your cloak.” So Moses put his hand into his cloak, and when he took it out, the skin was leprous[a]—it had become as white as snow.

“Now put it back into your cloak,” he said. So Moses put his hand back into his cloak, and when he took it out, it was restored, like the rest of his flesh.

Then the Lord said, “If they do not believe you or pay attention to the first sign, they may believe the second. But if they do not believe these two signs or listen to you, take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground. The water you take from the river will become blood on the ground.”

10 Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”

11 The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”

13 But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”

14 Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you. 15 You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do. 16 He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him. 17 But take this staff in your hand so you can perform the signs with it.”

The Lord became ANGRY with Moses! He took away all the excuses and just wanted Moses to say, Yes! God wanted Moses to be content with the situation God called him to do. He wanted Moses to be ok with the situation that was laid before him. God had big plans for Moses, and this was a starting point, to see God beginning to use him. Can you imagine if he disobeyed God? I am not sure what God has called you to do. Perhaps it’s spending more time with our Lord, sharing Jesus with your kids, leading a small group at church, adoption, or helping a person in need. God told Moses he would be with him the whole time and he was the right person for the job. He has the same plans for you. Your insecurities or self-doubt is not what God sees in you. He created you and loves everything about you. He will use every bit of you for His purpose.  He is just asking you to be obedient and will build upon your obedience one step at a time.

When I called my dad back, I asked to put the phone up to Nicole’s ear. I asked her if I could continue the blog for her. She nodded. Just because I said “Yes” didn’t make it easy. I still doubted myself and it was hard. In fact, each blog post I wrote, I read it to her.  See God knew writing for her would grow my relationship with Him, see Him in a new way, and would be emotionally therapeutic. After she passed away, I diligently began asking God to use my family and started listening more intently.  When God calls us to something or we are in a long season of suffering, he will use it for good. It is only in our obedience and desire to pursue His Will,  will he grow your faith and sanctify you to be more like Him.

You know I could write the same post with hosting kids from another country.  I felt ill equipped and didn’t know why God was calling my family to host. My family always has a lot going on–but I can’t imagine if we said “No”–and were not obedient. Trust me, I thought of about every excuse. Wow, I would have missed out on so much of what God was showing us and where he was leading my family. God showed up EVERY SINGLE DAY and I I was able to see more of our Lord, in a new way!  I would have missed out on such a blessing and spiritual growth! In fact, I am now excitedly passionate about God’s calling  for my family! All it can take is for you to step forth in obedience one time and it will be so much easier to say, “Yes” when the Lord calls on you again.


A little update on the Inman Kids:

My kids and I made a trip up to Forth Worth to watch the girls play soccer in September. It was so great to see Abbey play (Ashton had a torn hamstring). My kids love see them so much! My parents came to visit me in October and on the way back to Minnesota they were able to see the girls play too! They had a delightful time spending time with all four kids.

Garrett: He is in his last year of college. He is growing up fast! He is a fine young man after God’s heart. He has been working at his church in video production. He has also been busy writing a book! He has really enjoyed his new podcast. Check it out! He is eager to get graduate in the spring!

Abbey and Ashton: These girls just finished another soccer season, can you believe it? Abbey made Second Team all Defender in their conference! They had a great season! They have a great group of friends and are really happy!

Nathan: Started school and is doing well! He had a fall that resulted in a fractured arm. Please pray for him! The good news is he is still playing the piano with his fractured arm! Continue to pray he will make friends at his new school.

Suffering Well

Every Christmas we take our kids up to our cabin in Minnesota to enjoy God’s lovely creation of snow and spend time with family! The snow is beautiful. The kids enjoy playing for hours in the snow, going ice skating, and doing “snow experiments”. Last Christmas when we were up in Minnesota, we encountered days of -30 below. It was cold! The kids looked outside and desperately wanted to go out, but it was just way too cold. We couldn’t go anywhere either for the fear of being stranded and that would be a bad situation. So, I put on my “mom” cap and began planning things to do inside with 8 little kids! We did not anticipate days of -30 when we planned our trip!

God gives us seasons we don’t expect or anticipate too. They hit us sometimes when we didn’t see it coming. I truly believe God shows us so much when we suffer, and He uses it for something good. Our suffering usually isn’t self-inflicted, but rather just a result of our sinful world and it not being perfect.  Our Creator gives us opportunities to get off the couch and do something, but only when we spend time listening. It’s like He’s waving His hands, trying to get our attention.  He’s saying, “Hey, you… are you listening to me? Stop talking and just listen! Be quiet!”

Three years ago, was one of the most shaping experiences. God started refining me in ways, I never imagined. But HE needed to— I was pregnant with my twins and was so excited to have twin girls, just like my sister.  Randy and I took a mini vacation and as I sat on the beach, we received a phone call saying my sister had brain cancer.  My heart hurt for her, but I knew she would draw close to our Creator. She didn’t complain about her condition. She knew He was using her suffering for something good. She put on the armor of God and was ready. We anticipated God would heal her. She had faith that God would heal her, and it was going to be a journey, where she would draw close to our Father. As years and procedures passed, we realized God was going to heal her in heaven.

The year before her death was hard to watch as her body was slowly shutting down. I felt terrible for her. My heart hurt for her. I would pray for her all day and was up many nights, praying. “Lord, take her home. Please stop her physical suffering.”  I knew she would be healed, and she would meet our father face to face. Through her illness and what God was showing her, she thrived. She used her illness to draw people closer to our father. Many people’s relationship with our Lord grew as a result of watching her share, Jesus. It was in her suffering she gloried God and she did it well. Her kids saw how strong she was in the Lord and let me tell you, seeing her suffer well grew their faith.

This “season” in my life, it hurt. I drew close to God for comfort and relied on Him, as His plans have always been far better than my own. Still today, I don’t want to forget what He showed me, and I intend not too. In my hurt for my sister, God sent a clear picture to me. IT IS NOT ABOUT ME! Life is not about me, about my stuff, about what I want. It’s about our father. It’s about leading people into His kingdom and to stand up for Him when our world is full of darkness and chaos.  It is about raising warriors to fight for Him and for them to pass the same on to the next generation.

 As I sat there one night writing for my sister, God told me to get off the couch. Stop being lazy. There is no excuse. Give Me the wheel. He had better things planned and use my suffering for something good.  I don’t know what He has planned for me, or for my family. But I will tell you this, I want to be listening and I do not to miss out on the opportunities He shows me. He’s in charge and i don’t want to be! How we listen to God in our suffering, impacts how we respond to our suffering.

I am not sure what you may be going through right now. Perhaps it’s a disagreement with a spouse, divorce, finances, a loss of a loved one, or an illness. We all suffer in different ways and our suffering cannot be compared to another person’s suffering. BUT how we respond during our hard times is when God can change us and use our suffering in ways we never imagined. Perhaps you don’t know how God can use you. Start praying, my friend. Start praying. Surrender to God in it all and tell Him you are willing to be His servant in any way.

I sat there one night and said, “Lord, send me. Send us. Use my family and show us how we can serve you. Every blessing you have given Randy and I, has come from you. Use what you have given to grow your kingdom. “I don’t want to forget when times were hard, I want to cling to what God showed me and told me. I want Him to continue to write my story and Him be gloried in the process. In the story of Hezekiah, it’s unfortunate He forgot.

Hezekiah was miraculously healed by God. He pleaded with God to heal him. God heard his cry and healed him, and our Lord told him He would add 15 years to his life

He was a king that loved the Lord. But he forgot what God had done for him and let his pride get in the way

Isaiah 39 says, “Soon after this, Merodach-baladan son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent Hezekiah his best wishes and a gift. He had heard that Hezekiah had been very sick and that he had recovered. Hezekiah was delighted with the Babylonian envoys and showed them everything in his treasure-houses—the silver, the gold, the spices, and the aromatic oils. He also took them to see his armory and showed them everything in his royal treasuries! There was nothing in his palace or kingdom that Hezekiah did not show them

Then Isaiah the prophet went to King Hezekiah and asked him, “What did those men want? Where were they from

Hezekiah replied, “They came from the distant land of Babylon

“What did they see in your palace?” asked Isaiah

“They saw everything,” Hezekiah replied. “I showed them everything I own— even my royal treasuries

Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Listen to this message from the Lord of Heaven’s Armies: ‘The time is coming when everything in your palace—all the treasures stored up by your ancestors until now—will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left,’ says the Lord. ‘Some of your very own sons will be taken away into exile. They will become eunuchs who will serve in the palace of Babylon’s king.’

Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “This message you have given me from the Lord is good.” For the king was thinking, “At least there will be peace and security during my lifetime

There is so much to learn from this part of Hezekiah’s story. He could have shared how God healed Him, but instead he chose to show the king of Babylon his treasures. Now, his “stuff” wasn’t his anyway!!!! God gave it all to him.

My heart hurts for the last part, Hezekiah did not care about the future generations, but just about the moment. He didn’t focus on the Lord and the future impact of his decisions. He was living in the moment with pride, overconfidence, and forgetting God’s sovereign plan. The Lord God had healed him, but when the urgent crisis ended, he seemed to get caught up in possessions. God wants us to be His servant in all we do and with whatever He gives us. Nothing on earth is ours, it’s His. Are there idols or things in your heart, that need to be changed? Do you care about the next generation or are too consumed with yourself? Hezekiah didn’t grieve for his offspring or seem too concerned about his legacy but instead reveled in his own comfort. How are you letting God write your story? Are you in control or are you letting God drive the wheel?

We recently had Nicole’s kids up at our cabin. It was a joy. A pure blessing. My sister would have loved it here and I couldn’t wait to show her all of God’s wonderful creation that is seen up there. Her kids are so sweet and have a very special place in my heart. We had so much fun going on the lake, fishing, doing crafts and talking. I loved sharing stories of their mom and reminding them what her mission was while on earth. It never was about stuff or about her, it was about sharing Jesus with everyone and making an impact on the next generation. Their mother did an amazing job being an example of serving our Lord and bringing people to Jesus.  May her kids continue pursuing His kingdom and not the world.

All 4 kids came to our cabin and also saw their uncles, Aunts, and grandparents too. I loved spending time with each of them. Garrett is growing to be a warrior for Jesus. We need more kids like him in the next generation. He is passionate about Jesus, and he is very knowledgeable in worldview and what is going on in the world. I am waiting for his Podcast to come out soon! We definitely will be sharing that with you all! He is making an impact on his generation! His mother would be smiling at the fine young man he is becoming.

Abbey and Ashton are starting their sophomore year of college. YES, I said that right! Can you believe it??!! They are doing quite well and enjoying soccer. I can’t wait to watch them this year! They are in a social club and have made some great friends. They too have a great passion for Jesus. I love watching them grow. They both remind me so much of Nicole.

Nathan is my little buddy. It was a joy to have him up at the cabin and to see him interact with his cousins. He is such a special boy. He is learning and following his older siblings. He is growing up so fast! He starts middle school this year

I apologize for not writing on this blog for a while. My family has been busy with our farm, and we have been diligently praying about how God can use us in different ways. Follow us on Facebook or sign up for our newsletter. Find out about what we have been up to. I do have a blog for our farm if you would like to follow us.  Please visit our site! Hope Farms and Education Center or sign up for our newsletter at  If you have a prayer request, please let me know.

Garrett: Please pray for him as he finishes his last year in college. He has been busy working and getting his Pod Cast going.

Abbey and Ashton: Pray for a great year for them as they start the soccer year and the next year of school. They have had such a great summer. Both of the girls have been babysitting, working at a camp, and going on a great vacation with Scott to Aruba.

Nathan: Please pray for Nathan as he transitions to a new school. Pray for the right friends. He has been doing very well and I loved seeing his sweet smile and hearing his laughter this summer.

God’s Love

This is Alissa again, Nicole’s sister. Nicole and I have always had a great relationship growing up. We were the only girls among 4 brothers! Ha! We naturally became close because it was just us two girls.

My husband and I have 6 young kids together and 8 kids in total. We live in the Texas Hill Country now on a small farm and I enjoy homeschooling my kids. We love going to our cabin in Minnesota and spending time with my family, who mostly resides there.

Nicole and I are so much a like but yet so different. I could always learn something from her and loved her advice about everything. She had such a strong faith and she was strong while she suffered on earth because of her faith in our Sovereign God Almighty. She was my best friend and I confided in her about everything.

Before Nicole was sick my family lived in Dallas and our families often saw each other multiple times a year. It was such a blessing. I know you are wondering why I am writing and will continue to write.  Well, when I wrote last year, it was for Nicole. It was something I should have helped her do long ago when it was hard for her to write, and   she was declining. This blog is hers. 

The last blog post in December was intended  to be the last one. However,  God has spoken to me many times and tugged at my heart in different ways. I know people need to continue to see God in the midst of the brokenness. I know Nicole would want  people who are suffering to find Hope in the one who owns it all. And for people to experience our Father during the midst of suffering and loss of a loved one.

I didn’t suffer like Nicole, but I was there to support, listen, encourage, and pray with her.  Her story needs to be heard, to the people that need encouragement and looking for comfort. And for people to know life is a celebration no matter how long or short it is, that our eyes need to focus and redirect not on ourselves but to our Creator.  

Our world isn’t going to change until our Savior comes. It is a broken world full of sin. Filled with suffering all over the place.  Suffering is real. Spiritual. Physical. The Bible never treats suffering as anything but real and life changing. In fact the Bible contains many stories on suffering. Did you know there are 67 lament psalms? That means over 40% of the Psalms are about suffering and sorrow. Not only does the Bible  NOT minimize suffering, but it gives the voices of our cries. The Psalms records all the emotional and spiritual aspects of every person that has suffered.

There will be a time each one of us will suffer and grieve in many different ways. The Bible gives us all we need to help us get through our pain. The word of God doesn’t just give us Savior, but a suffering Savior,  Jesus. He suffered not just one moment, but every second he lived on earth. He was despised. Persecuted. Beaten. Forsaken. Tortured. Rejected. Jesus knew why He came to the earth. He knew the end of his life. He knew His purpose. He stayed the course and bore the pain. Each Day. There is no one that can understand pain and suffering more, than the one we call on.  God is above all and His love extends beyond what we can see. His love endures forever, for us. We are His greatest creation. In Psalms 136 it says, :”

Psalm 136
1 Give thanks ” to the Lord, for he is good. “
His love endures forever. “
2 Give thanks ” to the God of gods. “
His love endures forever.
3 Give thanks” to the Lord of lords:”
His love endures forever.
4 to him who alone does great wonders, “
His love endures forever.
5 who by his understanding” made the heavens, “
His love endures forever.
6 who spread out the earth” upon the waters, “
His love endures forever.
7 who made the great lights\l “—
His love endures forever.
8 the sun to govern\l ” the day,
His love endures forever.
9 the moon and stars to govern the night;
His love endures forever.
10 to him who struck down the firstborn\l ” of Egypt
His love endures forever.
11 and brought Israel out\l ” from among them
His love endures forever.
12 with a mighty hand\l ” and outstretched arm;\l “
His love endures forever.
13 to him who divided the Red Sea[a]\l ” asunder
His love endures forever.
14 and brought Israel through\l ” the midst of it,
His love endures forever.
15 but swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea;\l “
His love endures forever.
16 to him who led his people through the wilderness;\l “
His love endures forever.
17 to him who struck down great kings,\l “
His love endures forever.
18 and killed mighty kings\l “—
His love endures forever.
19 Sihon king of the Amorites\l “
His love endures forever.
20 and Og king of Bashan\l “—
His love endures forever.
21 and gave their land\l ” as an inheritance,\l “
His love endures forever.
22 an inheritance\l ” to his servant Israel.\l “
His love endures forever.
23 He remembered us\l ” in our low estate
His love endures forever.
24 and freed us\l ” from our enemies.\l “
His love endures forever.
25 He gives food ” to every creature.
His love endures forever.
26 Give thanks” to the God of heaven.  “
His love endures forever. “

This Psalm is about God’s loyalty to His people. “His loving kindness is everlasting” is repeated 26 times. God’s love is certain. It is unchanging. In fact the whole Psalms 136 is not forgetting about who God is, when we go through suffering. We need to remember, not forget about the difficulty we are going through, but focus on our loving Savior.  One of God’s strongest attributes is love. He is also the provider. The protector. The Rescuer. The defeater. The Creator. The Ruler of all.  This Psalm illustrates God’s power and authority over everything. However, it also means all of our suffering is out of His love and care for us. God is the same as He always has been. 

I am thankful for each day I was able to have with Nicole. I am thankful that God picked her out for me and all the moments we had together. Those moments and memories were part of God’s plan, just like her cancer was too. She never was in control, but God in His divine power was the whole time.  Nicole surrendered her life to the one and only. She knew her cancer was part of His plan and He knew the outcome. She knew that it was out of love and His desire was for Her to be close to Him. I am so thankful for God’s love, comfort, and blessed that He gave me a wonderful woman of God I can learn from.For Mother’s Day this year my brothers and I gave my mom this canvas picture. The scripture on the canvas is from Proverbs 31:28, “Her Children rise up and call her blessed. ” The context of this passage is from a woman who fears the Lord. There are many attributes listed in this passage that are noble, godly, gracious, and wise. My mother has always had a passion to serve the Lord, and to provide godly wisdom to us kids. She woke up early in the morning to get us breakfast, while we slept. She had homemade cookies ready at home when we arrived off the bus. She put notes in our lunch boxes. She taught us how to be frugal with money and live without debt. She is the lady always helping or giving a gift to someone she barely knows. She knows all the clerks and people at the store, because she gets to know them. She loves us and always has a gentle heart not just for us, but for every person. She is blessed, because we appreciate all the things she has done for us and love what she modeled for us growing up. We are so thankful to have had her as our mom. She is blessed to have had 6 kids and for Nicole to be the one who had kids first because they were able to spend so much time together.

Over the years my mom was able to see what a wonderful wife, mother, and woman on God Nicole turned out to become. Not only Nicole but how her impact helped shape the strong Christian children Nicole left behind. My Mother is blessed.

In May Abbey and Ashton graduated High School! I can’t believe it! How does time go so fast? My brother Mike and his family as well as my parents made it to the graduation. It was fun celebrating Abbey and Ashton. It was wonderful to see Scott, his parents, Garrett, and Nathan. I love these people so much and sure miss seeing them all the time. My family was able to spend the whole weekend with them and I even was able to sneak some shopping in with the girls! Yay!  Nicole would be so proud of her girls. They both graduated with a 4.0, high honors and also won awards for soccer.

Nicole would be most proud of the strong young women of God these two have become. Their faith as well as Garretts is pretty amazing. I know Nicole took every opportunity to spend time with them and grow their faith. Not only talk to them, but model it. I have been so blessed by being able to talk to my nieces each week, pray with them, laugh, and dive into God’s word. They are remarkable young ladies that are warriors for our Lord. We have some great conversations about who God is and what He is doing in our lives. I can’t wait to see how God uses what they have been through to refine them and shape them. 

Nicole’s kids are the oldest in our family out of the cousins, and  boy do all their little cousins love them. I think Garrett and Nathan had some fun chasing them around and being silly. I can’t tell you how much my boys just can’t wait to see Nathan and Garrett. My kids look up to them so much!

If you know someone that is going through suffering or about to lose someone, I encourage you to show them this blog. The blog WILL continue to be updated where God has led me to share with you and what I feel Nicole would want you to hear.

If you are here and are experiencing suffering in any way, please click on contact. I would love to pray with you. I am sorry you are experiencing what you are going through. May our Father give you comfort and may you find confidence in Him. He knows everything and see what you are going through.

2 Corinthians 1: 3 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compasion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

Our Final Celebration

On December 5th, I witnessed the most magnificent pink sunset. It is amazing how our Sovereign God provides comfort right when we need it. This is Alissa again, Nicole’s sister. Nicole’s breath had been shallow all day, I knew her time was coming to meet our Father face to face. I was cooking dinner and God told me, go outside. Take a picture. Heaven is opening. 30 minutes later, He told me to look up and take another photo. The sky was beautiful.  I mean, we have amazing sunsets at our cabin; but I have never witnessed the sky the way I saw it on December 5th at a little past 5pm. When I captured the last photo, our Lord told me “she’s’ home”. My heart sank. The reality hit. It hurt. But I rejoiced as He welcomed her with open arms.

I knew she danced in with arms raised to the Lord on His throne, wearing those pink sunglasses. She was healed. She had been waiting and she was ready. When Nicole started this journey, I knew she would fight. I knew she would find comfort in our Father. I knew her relationship would grow more than it ever had before. She knew God was leading her in a storm, holding her hand with a purpose. She was not afraid.

This past March after another tumor was found, I texted her Romans 16:20, The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. May the grace of our Lord Jesus be with you. ” She sent me the message back, “He will finish what He has already started. ” She knew the outcome of this journey may be different than complete healing here on earth.  She never complained. She never let  Satan deter her from what God’s purpose was for her. She fought each day with a “No not today, Satan” attitude.

Because as believers we are identified in Christ, we have crushed all the wicked strategies, schemes, and temptations. Nothing can prevail against the Lord and His anointed.  For it says in 1 John 4:4, “You are from God, little children, and have overcome them because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. 

Christ’s death and glorious resurrection was a pivotal point in history when all who believe in God’s only Son became overcomers. All who believed in Him would become His children and be covered in our Father’s righteousness. Faith is the key token to being an overcomer. It is by faith we are saved. We do not have to do anything to overcome. Christ did it already on the cross for us! As believers, we are sojourners in the world. We are ambassadors to heaven. We are passing through a world full of sin en route to our eternal home.

This is the reason I rejoice because Nicole is a child of God and she has overcome the enemy of her soul through her faith in Jesus. Greater is the Holy Spirit that dwells in us and empowers us with His grace and sufficient strength. Our Father has defeated the enemy of our soul, who is in the world. The sin filled world that the enemy feasts off of wants so much of us ALL the TIME. He is knocking at our door with all different tactics. I can’t say, I would have responded the way Nicole did.

Nicole’s celebration of life was such a reflection time for me. I am sure it was for some of you too. I’ve thought a lot about God’s purpose and plan for me. Am I listening? I mean, am I? or am I content? Maybe my ears are half-open? Am I praying, “Lord, send me? Sign me up, I am ready”!!?? Nicole knew her purpose. She never let anything get in the way. She had plenty of chances to deter God’s mission and take a different route. When others thought she should focus on resting. She put on her running shoes. When people mentioned her not teaching, she invested more time in the kids. Her mission was clear whether anyone else saw it. She did. She never walked. She never stumbled. She finished the race strong right to our eternal home.

Nicole’s obituary provided by the funeral home also was very uplifting. You can review it at

If you have not watched Nicole’s celebration, I encourage you to watch it. You are in for a treat! There were about 1,400 who watched the live stream and about 500 in person at the church. The slide show video below contains some of the videos and pictures of Nicole’s life and were shown at the funeral and the reviewal. The funeral video is a recording of the funeral celebration. If you missed either, these are both worth watching.

Here is the funeral video link:

Here is the slide show video link:

Recently, Representative French Hill of Arkansas provided a tribute to our Hope Warrior on the House Of Representatives floor. You can watch this tribute at this link:

It was a very uplifting message. It brought me to tears as words were said from Scott, Garrett, Abbey, and Ashton. She was a remarkable lady. My sister. Terribly missed. Finally home. Forever healed. 

A few remarkable things happened these last few weeks. Nicole has been surrounded by such amazing friends and students. To see the Lord’s hands around her was pure joy and such comfort to her. On December 3rd, many adults and kids came to pray over Nicole. There were about 70 people all outside. Praying. What a beautiful picture. For it says in Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. ”  Our father surrounded Nicole with His holy presence. What an act of worshiping our Lord and King, giving Him all the glory. Wow. The kids sang songs to her. What a treat for her as the students were serving her when she needed it. The kids she loved and adored. She found so much Joy in the sound of their sweet voices praising the Lord Almighty.

The reviewal was on December 9th. It was astounding to see what Nikki, Tammy, Scott’s mom, and my mother accomplished to get everything ready for her visitation. It was such a tribute with all the photos, videos, journals, and letters. There were so many people (over 2,000) all coming to support the family and people she impacted. It was remarkable.

Again, Thank you for reading Nicole’s blog. I so wish it was her writing and not me these past months. You have helped her along this journey home. Thank you for your prayers and encouragement.

Thank you to Nikki and Tami. Not sure how in the world she would have done anything without the both of you. You all have been welcoming to our family. And always full of smiles and laughter. I can see why she loves you all so much!

To Scott and Nicole’s first Bible Study group, you are truly a blessing. You have been through all the stages of life with them. Oh how Nicole cherished your friendships. She talked about it often. Thank you for loving her and Scott so much. Thank you for strengthening their relationship with Christ.

Prayer Requests: (These were the prayer requests Scott and the kids shared at the visitation).
Scott: Just finding my way forward. How do I spend my time, how do I fit in with all my married friends? And that I find the strength and intention to be the father my kids need.

Garrett: Pray for peace and that people will continue to be pointed to Christ through my mom.

Abbey and Ashton: Just getting back into the normal, learning how to be without her, and for peace. 

The Gift

Oh come, oh come Emmanuel. And ransom captive Israel. That mourns in lonely exile here. Until the Son of God appear, Rejoice! Rejoice! Immanuel! Shall come to thee, O Israel.

Can you envision all people in awe with excitement, that the Son of God has arrived? They have waited and waited. In fact, it took around 700 years for Isaiah’s prophecy of Christ to be fulfilled after he foretold of Immanuel’s birth. This time of the year is so wonderful. The lights. The laughter. Family time.

This is Alissa again, Nicole’s sister. Every other year my family gets together to celebrate Christmas in Minnesota. It is pretty special. My mother works so hard for 2 years, to prepare for our “WinterKamp.” She has a new theme each year, ornaments for the theme, handmade items for everyone (relating to the theme), and events. Nicole has always loved coming up to Minnesota for Christmas. She loves the snow; and loves having her kids experience it, cousin time, and seeing where she grew up. She would always spend weeks preparing–getting gloves, hats, coats, and making sure she had everything to embrace the North Pole. Ha!

2020 would have been our next annual WinterKamp. We have chosen to postpone most of the event, given Nicole’s condition and the situation we are facing. It saddens me because “WinterKamp” has had so many great memories; and my mother began it when Nicole started having children. Nicole has always given ornaments to each of my kids every year, when we have celebrated Christmas together.

This year I decided to make ornaments for our family and friends in the shape of sunglasses to honor her. She is an inspiration to me and so many others. I will love taking out this ornament each year and remembering her. Her Faith. Her Love. Her Leadership. Her courage. Her strength.  It brought many tears this past week as I set up my tree and saw ornaments back from 2005.

Thanks to Jeff Julian at Julian.Works for helping with the ornament cutouts.

Nicole received the best gift of all and her mission was to share it with everyone. We can all have it. It’s free. We just need to accept it, acknowledge it and receive it.

For it says in Romans 3:10 ” There is no one righteous, not even one.” All people are born with sin and we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God. We cannot get right with God, apart from the gift of righteousness. It says in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus our Lord.” Paul compares two types of lives here. We can have eternal separation from God. A life where we are slaves to sin and have eternal death. No matter how good we think we may be or how hard we work, it will never be good enough as eternal life isn’t earned through our good works.

However, there is another way Paul says we can become servants to righteousness by trusting Christ. He describes eternal life as a free gift in Christ Jesus. When we trust in Christ, God gives us the credit for Christ’s perfect, sinless life; and accepts Christ’s death as payment for our sin. He died for you. He died for me. He suffered on a cross for us. We can have eternal life with Him, sharing in His glory given to us as a gift. What life is it you want? I know if you are reading this, you know Nicole’s faith. Nicole would want you to accept this free gift as she has been praying for each one of you. She will be waiting there for you and would love to see you again. We must ask for forgiveness and understand we are a sinner before we can accept this gift.

If you’ve never trusted in Jesus, understand your need for a savior and are ready to move forward to accept this gift, Jesus is it! Paul says in Romans 9:10 ” If you declare with you mouth, “Jesus is Lord”, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” God knows our heart. God hears every word spoken. It never has to be perfect.  For it says in Romans 8:13 “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Here is a simple prayer for you to say if you want to accept this gift that God has given us through His son Jesus Christ: “Heavenly Father, I know that I am a sinner and I deserve Hell and eternity away from you. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for me and I ask for your forgiveness from my sins. Thank you for giving me the gift of eternal life. I want to turn and live a new life for you. I receive Jesus into my heart as my personal Savior. Please save me.  In Jesus’ name, Amen”

If you said that prayer, I’d love to pray with you. I’d love to talk with you. Please click on this link.

Now we can be assured that through faith in Jesus Christ, we can enjoy peace with God, no longer separated from our holy God by sin. Romans 8:1 says, “Therefore, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” We can now rejoice in the result of our salvation. Before faith in Christ we were all destined for death. But now we can have eternity in Heaven. I am delighting in the fact Nicole will be seeing those pearly gates and golden streets soon. Our Father will be welcoming her with open arms. I selfishly want her here, but ultimately our home isn’t here. It never was meant to be here. God has given us this life for His purposes and his design. I am grateful for her and grateful my Father loves me so much He gave me Her. I didn’t deserve her. He Hand picked her out. For me. She is something, so special.

Nicole has had some remarkable things happening this past week. Her friend Paige Shepard came over to reorganize the food pantry. Wow! She did an amazing job. I need her to come over and do that for me too! So sweet to see people using the talents God has given us to serve others. I love that!

My cousin Tiffany and her family came to see Nicole. Nicole surprisingly was up most of the day and was able to see her. Oh, how I know Nicole enjoyed seeing Tiff and the kids. We had special memories together as kids with Tiff and her siblings. My family would go Nebraska every summer and spend a week there with her family and my grandparents. Those were special memories.

Nicole also had a great quaint Thanksgiving while I’ve loved spending time with my nieces lately. We have a standing appointment each week doing a Bible Study together and I get to talk with them. Abbey and Ashton’s prayer request was that they would get quality family time and time with their mom during Thanksgiving.  God answered their prayer. The family was together, and it was intimate. I am thankful that they all were able to be there laugh and lean on one another.

Well, on Monday Nicole was moved to Hospice at home. I know it was a difficult decision for Scott to make. Bless his heart. No matter how much you can prepare yourself for the road that was destined, you can’t. The hospice service arrived Monday and it was quite an education for everyone. They were sweet, loving, and gave them confidence in how to help Nicole during this next short phase. I know Nicole has appreciated your support reading her blog, your encouragement, notes, and love. You have helped keep her fighting. Our Lord has been right by her side. Holding her hand. Leading her ultimate destination and to be united with our Creator.

Prayer Requests:

Comfort for Nicole. Pain Free. Sweet moments with her family.

Strength for Scott and the kids. For them to feel our heavenly father and for comfort.

Praises: God has given us so many people that have encouraged the family. We thank you. Each note, message, phone call and visit. We thank you and know God designed and was there for each interaction with Nicole. God has been so good and has given us so many years with Nicole. We are blessed.

 ***Nicole’s Friend, Nikki has set up a picture frame with rolling photos. Please e-mail pictures to: if you’d like to share some photos for the family to see in their home.

A few memories and special moments with Nicole:

Open Doors

Another blog posting by Nicole’s sister Alissa. Is the door open or closed? Are you going in or out? That is a repetitive question in our household. My children coming and going. It’s late. The house is completely quiet. I am sitting at our kitchen table, staring at the front door. I am silently thanking God for all the blessings and memories we have had in this house.

We leave tomorrow and are moving, 4 hours south of Dallas to the Texas Hill Country. Lots of memories in this house. 3 of our 6 kids have been born here. There have been thanksgivings, Christmas’s, Easters, New Year’s. But the thing that saddens me most, is moving farther away from my sister Nicole. When we moved to Dallas 5 years ago, she was ecstatic! So was I! Finally instead of talking on the phone all the time, we could see each other! We have had so many memories in this house together. Thanksgiving, Christmas celebrations, New Year’s, and just weekends.

I know she will not be coming through that front door again. There will be no more of her sweet smile entering and late-night Hallmark movies (with popcorn and M & M’s ) Ha! . One of Nicole and my latest conversations have been about our new home. I told her she would love it. I wanted her to go. I told her to hang on. Stay Strong. I wanted her to embrace the country breeze, sit on the swing, and to hear The Lord’s whisper in the trees, at our farmhouse. Those were some of the last words I spoke recently. I think we both knew it might not happen. We cried.  We hugged. I said goodbye. I still see her standing on the other side of the glass door as I drove away. I will never forget the picture of her standing there.

It says, In Psalms 31: 7 ” I will be glad and rejoice in Your unfailing love, for You have seen my troubles, and You care about the anguish of my soul. ” When things are difficult, some doors close that we wish were open and vise versa. God still cares. He loves us. He cares about our sadness and hardships and He cares about our suffering.

Even when things are hopeless. We can still find Hope in our Heavenly Father. He does not promise to fix or heal anyone. We will experience pain, suffering, and sorrow. We live in a sin-filled world. But what our Lord does promise is one day everyone who has a relationship with Him will spend eternity with Him. All the pain and suffering will be gone forever. But it still doesn’t mean God doesn’t hurt when we are in pain. He does. He hurts. We are His greatest creation. He sent His one and only son for us. For us! He loves us more than we can understand. He loves us more than any person ever could. So we can always find comfort in Him and His unfailing love.

Our Father’s Love is greatly represented in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. It says, “Love is patient, Love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. ”

This passage is often read during wedding ceremonies. But in all reality, no human love is great than God’s love for us. People will fail us, BUT God will never fail us. This passage is perfect in showing God’s love for us. He protects. He is patient. He points us in His direction. We will never fully comprehend just how much God loves us. And sometimes in grief or sorrow, it’s hard to see His love. But there is a purpose. He is purposeful. He desires us to have faith in Him, to trust Him, and to believe regardless of any door He opens or any He closes for us. He loves us. 

Nicole has had a busy few weeks! My family took a drive to see Nicole and her family a couple of weeks ago. It was so awesome! My kids were so excited to see everyone! My second son Rylan was skipping the whole way in the house. He couldn’t get in the door fast enough because he kept saying, ” I can’t wait to see my favorite aunt.” It made Nicole smile as she heard him saying that to her. I still hear her sweet voice saying, “Mmm.” holding out her hand to Rylan, and smiling on the inside. Of course, Nicole loves seeing my twins. Twins are something so special we get to share together. My girls were singing to her and she was stroking their heads. One of my twins fell asleep and I put her in Nicole’s arms. Nicole held her little hand. It was sweet and I know it brought her joy. 

One of the things I know Nicole enjoyed, was the recent prayer car drive at her church. Cars lined up and people held out posters filled with meaningful scripture.  I loved seeing people of all ages coming to give Nicole comfort and strength. What a great reminder of different passages of who God is! They were reading to her, people were able to say something to her. It made Nicole so happy. She had many smiles. It was such a unique Idea!

What a wonderful way to show why God desires us to have community among believers. As we gather together, encourage each other, lean on one another, and to pray for each other. So it was so amazing to see God’s people doing just what the Inman’s need. She leans on scripture and the truth of what our Father Says.  I truly feel she loves that others are finding comfort and hope in our Savior too! 

Nicole’s sweet twin Girls have decided to sign with Ouachita Baptist University (OBU). There were two signing ceremonies to celebrate this occasion. How awesome! My family is a HUGE soccer family. We love the game and of course, I played because Nicole did. Nicole is so proud of these girls. She has loved watching every minute of them playing soccer. She encouraged them, cheered them on, and pointed them in the right direction. We had so many conversations about, will they go to school together, should they play Div. 1 or Div. 2, (Pros/Cons), but she never wanted them to go far from home.

Well, Nicole. You did it. Your girls are going to a smaller university. Rooming together. And staying close to home. It’s all what you wanted. Not only that, they will say all of it is because of you. 

The “Hope Warrior Holiday Event” happened this past weekend. This was put on by a few friends of Nicole’s and the family. There were so many neat and unique shops. I wish I could have attended. Nicole was unable to make it. Her kids enjoyed seeing people from all over town supporting their Mom. That was a special moment for them. There were old friends and new ones, they all came. It has been just mind-blowing the amount of love and support from the community. God is so good. He just keeps showing up every day and so often unexpectedly. 

Prayer Requests: Prayer for Nicole’s remaining appointments. Nicole is declining. Pray for comfort, for her and the whole family. They have a few treatments left, so prayer for those. Pray as Scott still has to get her in the car and take her to these appointments. It is becoming more challenging to transport her. 

Pray for strength, comfort, and one amazing Thanksgiving celebration for The Inman Family. I pray it is memorable and full of laughter. 

Prayer for my Parents, Roger and Mary as they are in Little Rock seeing and taking care of Nicole. 

Praises: There are no more appointments in St. Louis! Yay! It was such a struggle for everyone involved. And for Nicole.  Praise For all the support within the Church and the community. Thank you for the prayers, cards, texts, and messages. God is providing in every way imaginable. We just thank you. Each and every day I am in Awe of what God is doing. He is loving and so faithful. Thank you for loving on the Inman’s in ways only God can do. He knows all the needs. He knows–and He is providing them. Because after all, He loves us. 


I’m looking out my window as the swans fly by. The trees are bare, snow is on the ground. To me, it’s winter. This is Alissa again, Nicole’s sister. This year has been hard. In so many ways. But when I look out the window, I smile.  I see my brothers running around and Nicole and I dancing in the sun.

See, when Nicole was little our family had a cabin, up in Brainard MN. Our brothers were shooting BB guns, climbing trees, fishing, and chasing us. Those were the good old days. The ones I remember and I see in the clouds.

Sunset At My Cabin – God’s Painting In The Sky

My family now has a small cabin up in northern Minnesota. We recently build it and have spent a year up there. It has been a remarkable thing. Isolated. Small. But yet, when I see my kids outside smiling, It reminds me of my childhood and it brings me joy. They love it and never want to return back home. Ha! It’s different living up here, then being on vacation. I have had the opportunity to see God’s beauty and take it in. I mean really take it in. I’ve seen our Lord in a different way. He is detailed, purposeful, full of love in every way. He is everywhere. I see the beauty in the squirrels gathering nuts, the bald eagles soaring, the mice pouncing on the grass, the crickets chirping,  the CLEAR starry sky, and watching the baby turtles hatch.

But yet with all the beauty, there is Cancer. Sickness. Tragedy. They all hurt. They are hard. It’s painful. It hurts to go through something personally and hard to watch someone you love go through it. It says, in Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” I know our Father is using Nicole. She is strong. She is courageous. And even in her condition, she is bringing people to Christ. One person at a time. Each and every day.  I see it.  People are hearing her story. God is molding people and refining them as they see Nicole as people are kneeling and asking why. People are turning to our Savior and drawing into Him, for comfort and healing. He is full of love. Nicole would not want it any other way than to be the tool to bring more people to Christ and help them draw near to our Savior.

Queen Ashton Inman and Family

Some of my brothers and I had the opportunity to see two Queens this past weekend. Queen Nicole and her daughter Queen Ashton. It was one of the sweetest moments for Ashton and Nicole. Ashton was Homecoming Queen. Ashton then gave a crown to Nicole too. And Scott held her hand while they snapped a picture. How sweet! What a remarkable accomplishment for Ashton. She was stunning in her dress and it was a memorable moment for her. It was so great to have part of our family there to witness a wonderful moment for her. One of my favorite parts was Nicole sharing a moment with Ashton as they held each other’s hands. There is something special about the relationship between a mother and daughter. I am thankful Nicole could be there and enjoy it. Nicole adores both of her twin girls so much!  It has been so neat seeing God bless the Inmans and use Nicole’s story even in her condition. The Bryant Football team honored her with grey ribbons on the back of their helmet to honor Nicole and for cancer awareness. 

Nicole, Three Brothers and Me

It was so good to have my brothers, Nicole, and I together. I don’t know the last time the siblings just spent time together. When someone is sick or tragedy hits a family, usually they come together and there is more closeness than before. It was a special time for everyone and the presence of Our Heavenly Father, was there. He was felt. Nicole really loved seeing her brothers. They had many laughs. Hugs. Tears. And hands were laid on her. I loved how Nicole was so expressive by the funny things they would say to her. Her eyes would get big and she would look at me. We were both laughing on the inside, saying “our brothers are crazy boys. Ha!” I love my family. Nicole and I always talked about how unique our family is. We enjoy each other, there is no drama or fighting. But we all love being around each other. That is pretty special these days.

In the past couple of weeks, Nicole has received meals, flowers, visits, cards, and hugs from so many people. What a testimony you all have been by sharing your love with my sister Nicole and her family. This has been such a blessing in spite of the situation. All of these acts remind them of the depth of God’s love for them and for me.

Prayer Requests: Prayer for another trip on Tuesday to St. Louis. Pray for safe travels. Pray for ease of travel for Scott and his Mom, Ann, as I know it’s hard to travel with Nicole. Pray for a great appointment.  Also please pray for her arm. It is really hurting her. Pray that they are able to find out how to give her some relief.

Thank you for all the prayers, the meals, and the generosity in so many ways. God is so good. It is so evident His Hand is in this and our Father is showering the Inmans with love. Thank you to each and every person who has contributed in some way.

Time With Friends

I chuckle as I open the microwave and rediscover my coffee cup. There it is! It has been a few hours since I misplaced that thing. This is Alissa again, Nicole’s sister. Nicole and I always laugh when we did the silly stuff our mother did. It’s funny how we just do what our parents did or do, without even realizing it.

I’m leaving tomorrow to see one of the most important people in the world to me–Nicole. Goodness. This lady inspires, lights up, shines, and exhibits the love of Christ. I know God is surrounding her, holding her, and strengthening her. He always has. No matter what fire she goes through, no one would be able to tell. She’s always smiling. So, tomorrow I’m looking forward to seeing that smile. 

 This week, Nicole’s dear friends, Laura and Shelly came over to read scripture and sing hymns. Nicole was in her element. Her eyes glowed and that kind smile radiated. My dad took a video of them reading. Nicole was clenching her exercise ball and nodding. What she was really saying, was “Amen, Praise Jesus or uh-huh.” I can hear it now. That sweet voice, I often heard when I attended church with them. She loved every minute focusing on the Creator of Life. Our Savior. Thanking Him and praising His name above all names.

Psalms 34 says, “I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me; let us exhalt his name together.”  David reminds us that regardless of our circumstances, our trials, or the fire we are facing; we should praise Him during all life’s storms. He wants us to move in His direction and in order to do that our Faith needs to grow. Trials help us do just that. They aren’t permeant. It’s a refining process, taking out all the imprefections, to make us more like Christ. God is preparing us to get to the destination. Nicole always preached this to me as I faced my own trials. She told me, “give thanks for your trials and if I didn’t have trials, there is something wrong. Trials are God loving you. God is growing your faith through all storms.” She not only preached that, she lives it. She has priased our Savior for the trials and tribulations. She always and still clings to the Creator. For there is no one who can give her strengh and comfort, like our King. This journey for Nicole is a fire. It has been calm and then roaring. But, the one thing that has remained consistant is Nicole thanking God for her trials and for her having more Faith in Him than ever before. If that’s not inspiring, I don’t know what is.

When Nicole and I were little our church put on a “Mother and Daughter Tea”–It becamse a tradition for my grandmother, mother, Nicole, and I to attend. We wore fancy dresses, hats, and the best china was placed at the table. Nicole and I loved it! What little girl wouldn’t want to use expensive glass cups, saucers, and eat cookies?!

This past week my mother surprised Nicole by having a “High Tea”. Abbey, Ashton, Scott’s Mom, and two of Nicole’s dearest friends came. These people are her world. They help her keep going. Through the videos and pictures, I could see how much Nicole enjoyed this moment. A special girls day with great conversation. How special! It reminded me of us sitting at that fancy table all dressed up giggling, laughing, and playing tea party. 

Nicole’s sweet former players came to see her this past week. It was a special moment for her. She was smiling and enjoying hearing what’s new in their lives. I know it made her day, that they took the time to stop by. The players she has all coached, mean so much to her! Nicole loved pouring into her soccer girls or any of the kids she coached. Through the years, it became a ministry for her. Let’s face it, high school is hard. But for Nicole, she saw it as an opportunity to love these kids. To encourage them, talk with them, and point them in the right direction. 

Prayer requests: Continued prayer for strengh and comfort for the Inman family. My siblings and I are all headed to Litttle Rock this weekend. Prayer for a good time, wonderful memories, and for us to give the family what they need at this time. We love them soooo much!

Praises:  Scott and Nicole had a great appointment in St. Louis. It looks like the treatment is helping and maybe some improvement! Praise the Lord! She has been more alert and awake. Thank you for all the prayers, cards, the visits, the meals, and just the abundant amount of generosity you have shown to The Inman Family. It is overwhelming, the amount of love received. God is so good and will continue to do wondrous things. You can count on it! 


Hello! Or maybe I should say, Hello “Ya”ll” I have to laugh at that because most of Nicole’s family resides in Minnesota. So, when she moved to Little Rock she started the southern twang. We always got a kick out of it and my mom buys anything with “ya “ll” on it for her! This is her sister, Alissa, writing. So pardon me, I did not major in Journalism (Like Nicole, have the silliness, or heart that she does!)   

If you are reading this, you have a special place for Nicole, just like I do. She is one of a kind. Not only do her soccer kids look up to her, her students, but I always have. She is something.

My family moved to Dallas 5 years ago so it has been so great seeing her many times throughout the year. My kids just adore their Aunt Nicole. She has always spoiled them and they look up to their 4 big cousins so much.  I am grateful for the many memories we have had these past few years!

Nicole’s Word For The Day

I wanted to update you on all the “Blessings” Nicole has had lately. I am reminded of the Scripture from Romans 12: 11-12 “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. ” Paul is essentially saying here that believers in Christ shouldn’t be lazy in our enthusiasm. We should remain intentional and treat others well in the body of Christ. Well, goodness people!! Nicole is seeing generosity, intentionality among family/friends. She is seeing people serving our Lord, by your actions and love. I think not only has she seen our Father through all of you, but other people have too. It has been so remarkable seeing the church love on her family and the servanthood is pretty amazing to watch!

Phillip Building The Ramp

A week ago Nicole and Scott headed to St.Louis for their first treatment on Avastin and Infusion therapy. Upon returning it was so sweet to see that their neighbor and friend Phillip built a wheelchair ramp made with scripture underneath it. What a remarkable thing! This means so much to Nicole! Do you know when Scott and Nicole built her house, each brick was marked with scripture? She spent weeks writing on them. (They have a lot of bricks!) So I know Nicole is praising Jesus riding up and down it, knowing it has God’s word all over it! And can I just tell you that Phillip also put in an extended shower head! Nicole has fallen so many times, so this is such a blessing. Wow, to see God’s servants at work, is pretty amazing. I can’t tell you how much it means to get the things they need to help with their new normal.

Laura Reading To Nicole

Here is sweet Laura. She comes to Nicole reading her Bible verses every week. Nicole loves that. It has been so hard for her to read anything so when Laura comes, I know there is comfort for Nicole and she is delighted to be reminded of our creator. They have always had a special friendship! Oh, how scripture gives us strengths during tough times!  

Nikki Funk Always With A Smile

Ok. This lady…You have all seen her. Nikki Funk. Goodness. Lady. There is nothing Nicole would do without her. When Nicole could speak, it was Nikki this, Nikki that, I’ll call Nikki she’ll take care of it. Yup. Well, Nicole. She is taking care of it. She is fighting with you. And for you when you can’t. These days it’s hard to find good friends. Even in the church. So I cherish their friendship and she is like family to Nicole. She is there sitting with Nicole in the morning until night. She is such an inspiration on what real friendship and love are all about. I truly admire that and I know Nicole perks up each time, she enters the room!   

Nicole Enjoying A Dilly Bar

Here is a picture of Nicole and her DQ. She is loving EVERY minute of this Dilly Bar! When we were kids my grandparents lived a block away from DQ.  Every summer when we would visit them they would take us to DQ. It was a special treat for us. It was so delicious! Nicole’s favorite DQ has always been the crunch cone. Well, they don’t have those anymore, but she still loves the ice cream at Dairy Queen. Amazing how having small reminders from childhood brings comfort and joy. 

One of the things Nicole told me she has learned about this whole process from receiving the diagnosis to now, is making time for people.  She told me, this diagnosis has made her slow down and created ways to know people she didn’t know that well before. It was a blessing!   She loved having people sit in her living room talking with them as they brought meals over and loving on their family in different ways. She loved every minute getting to know each person walking through that front door. She reminded me she could see how important it is to make time for people and how God wants us to build relationships with others.  She now knew how to pray for each person and what was going on in their life. It was so wonderful for her to pray for others. She has always been a prayer warrior! So, each and every person that has walked in the Inman door, trust me it is putting a smile on her face. She is dancing inside with Joy, that you are there sharing a moment with her. YOU have made her day! 

A Special Sister Bond

Lastly, a few weeks ago I was able to see Nicole and she had more mobility and could put together limited sentences. It was such a special time for me. We laughed, held each other’s hands, and cried together. She has always been so strong!  But through this time I have been reading to her Psalms 91.  What a wonderful scripture being reminded of who God is. He is our protector, our comforter, and a wonderful reminder of  His promise to those who love Him.        

Psalm 91

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”

Prayer Requests: Please pray for Scott and Nicole’s upcoming trip to St.Louis. Pray for strength both for her family and her. Pray for comfort. 

Praise: Praise be to Our Father!  Nicole asked me a few weeks ago if I knew how much the treatments were. I did. I knew it was $21,000 per month and at least for now, not covered by insurance. I could see the concern on Nicole’s face. I told her,  ” Don’t worry about the cost. God will provide!

” A huge thank you to all the people who have donated. I’ve cried watching God do amazing things and providing what they need, meals, taking care of Nicole and so much more! He is sooooo goood! 

Nicole Inman’s Medical Expenses

Many have asked about the medical costs that Nicole and Scott are facing. Yesterday we set up a GoFundMe account to assist them in paying some of the medical expenses. Below is a link to their page which provides some of the backgrounds on the need and how you can help.


They have been so blessed by so many people providing meals, reading to Nicole, and just spending time with her. People who they don’t even know have reached out to them and blessed them through their GoFundMe account. Thank you to all who have contributed to date and we are praying that the Lord will return these blessings to you.

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