“Rejoice even while passing through the furnace.”

VERY IMPORTANT UPDATE: Please go to this link to read how I have recovered my health using The Dynamic Neural Retraining System (DNRS)! 

One of our favorite reflections on trials:

“Why yield to gloomy anticipations? Who told you that the night would never end in day?…. Who told you that the winter of your discontent would proceed from frost to frost, from snow and ice and hail to deeper snow and yet more heavy tempest of despair? Don’t you know that day follows night, that flood comes after ebb, that spring and summer succeed winter? Be full of hope! Hope forever! For God does not fail you.

Do you not know that God loves you in the midst of all this? Mountains, when in darkness hidden, are as real as in day, and God’s love is as true to you now as it was in your brightest moments….You will yet, midst the splendors of eternity, forget the trials of time, or only remember them to bless the God who led you through them and works your lasting good by them.

Come, sing in the midst of tribulation. Rejoice even while passing through the furnace. Make the wilderness to blossom like the rose! Cause the desert to ring with your exulting joys, for these light afflictions will soon be over, and then forever with the Lord, your bliss shall never wane.”

– Charles Spurgeon

Friends,

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Thank you for praying us through this time, and taking the time to encourage us. We know that we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses and we are not alone. Thank you for loving us through this wilderness. It is life to us.

Here are some photos of the past few days, the trials and the singing in the wilderness.

Leaving our hotel room for one we thought might be better:
We soon found out the new hotel room was super toxic and made me feel absolutely terrible (imagine having a really bad flu). We “slept” in our sleeping bags in order to reduce our exposures to the toxins used in the strong detergents in the sheets.

We learned a VERY valuable lesson here: that I need to take much care in discerning if a space is safe for my body to be in. The 45 seconds that I took to discern if this room would work was a poor underestimation of the time it takes to really know whether a place might work for me. I’m glad for this lesson, and will adjust the way I search for hotels from now on. I will take the time my body needs, even if the concierge is standing in the doorway, anxiously waiting to escort us back to the lobby.

VERY IMPORTANT UPDATE: Please go to this link to read how I have recovered my health using The Dynamic Neural Retraining System (DNRS)! 

Pray for boldness on our end to do this well, as it feels quite time consuming for those who are waiting on us as we consider room after room, and it’s hard to really get a good feel for a space when they are standing there waiting for you, as you take deep breaths to see how the air smells, and check under sinks and around toilets for water damage.


We even tried sealing off the chemical-laden air that was seeping in from the room next door. This was not helpful at all.

VERY IMPORTANT UPDATE: Please go to this link to read how I have recovered my health using The Dynamic Neural Retraining System (DNRS)! 

 This is me, going back in to pack up all of our things and head back to our previous hotel: 

VERY IMPORTANT UPDATE: Please go to this link to read how I have recovered my health using The Dynamic Neural Retraining System (DNRS)! 

After we left, and miraculously got our money refunded for the remainder of our stay there (we were supposed to stay 11 days), I cried tears of exhaustion and gratitude for being out of that place. Then we took a walk in the fresh air to help get the toxins out of my body. This is always the first step for people with CIRS: get out of the problematic environment as quickly as possible. Then, begin days of detox.

Three days later, as I write this, I am still recovering from that toxic exposure.

  Tired, but happy to be in the fresh air:
God gives us laughter in the midst of great trial and homelessness:

 God hides us in the cleft of the rock:


There have been mercies along the way. The hotel we returned to was so compassionate and understanding. They even wrote us this note, welcoming us back. We were so so grateful to return to a safe place with kind people. 
“Don’t you know that day follows night?…Be full of hope! Hope forever.”

VERY IMPORTANT UPDATE: Please go to this link to read how I have recovered my health using The Dynamic Neural Retraining System (DNRS)! 

Mariah and Travis

Thank you so much for walking with us, praying for us, laughing with us, crying with us, and standing with us in hope that healing is possible and we are in the process of finding the path that will lead us to it! 

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5 Comments »

  1. Thanks for sharing what it is like for you guys right now. Sharon and I continue in prayer for both of you. J and S

    *Sharon and John Kleinheksel*

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  2. We appreciate your honesty and vulnerability so we better know how to pray for you. Thank you for your updates. We love you guys!
    Melissa & Jeff Roessing

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  3. Not a day goes by where you are not prayed for and lifted up by the Klandermans. Praying for an answer in this beginning of this New Year God has blessed us with. Fresh air and blue skies to you both as you press on faithfully along the path God lays before you! All His love from our hearts…God bless! Go God…amaze us again…

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