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My son’s 20 year old girlfriend attempted suicide in his bathroom this past Tuesday night.


They life flighted her to the hospital and by Wednesday they said that they were keeping her alive by life support until her family could arrive from out of town.


Thursday morning they stopped the life support and she died.


My son found her.


He will forever have that image of her hanging there, almost lifeless.


Most likely, he will always think that there was something that he could have done to prevent it.


I gently reminded him that the only one who can comfort him is God, and he answered me sobbing...

“Then why isn’t He comforting me?”


Sometimes we are so caught up in our grief, situation, fear, whatever it may be -- that we cannot see God anywhere around. We have ALL done this. That’s exactly where Satan wants us to be.


And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39


You see... once you are a child of God. NOTHING can separate you from him. EVEN when we make the wrong decisions - even when we turn to the world - God will be there waiting for us to realize we are wrong, to repent, and to come back. He knows what we are refusing to see....


He is the only one that can turn tragedy into triumph.


Right now


Jonathan cannot see how there can be any triumph in this. I can understand that. But I know that God wastes nothing. There will be a victory in all of this and God will receive the Glory. He didn’t want this for this child. But he can use it, and he will.


And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28


The best that Satan can do is to get us to behave in a way that will keep OTHERS from knowing God. Or to make them stumble. Satan wants to use this too.


Please pray for Jonathan.


Please pray that he will turn to his Father for comfort and NOT to the things of this world -- Which only brings further destruction.


Please pray that God will give his father and me words of wisdom AND the wisdom to just be quiet and be there when we need to be.


Please pray that Jonathan will ♥ be still ♥ in God’s presence so that he can feel God’s comfort.


"For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11


God is still God.

He is still GREAT!

And He is still worthy of our Praise!

Thank you for your prayers.


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Cindy Logan
Mark 1 Real Estate Advisors - Huntington Beach, CA

Joni, so sorry for the loss.  My prayers are with your son and with her parents.  I know that this is such a difficult time.  My daughter has had several friends commit suicide.  It is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.  And leaves behind tremendous wreckage.  Like that which your son is now facing.



Jul 23, 2011 07:24 AM #16
Paul Walker
Equity Fifty Five Realty, LLC - Scott AFB, IL
Scott AFB IL Area Realtor

Thank you Joni for your calling on all of us for prayer and support for Johnathan and all of the families and friends involved. You can certainly count on me to be there praying for this whole situation and everyone would see the good to come out of this trajedy.

Prayer strenghtens our faith in God, as we learn to trust Him and call upon His name!

May God bless you and the families and bring His comfort and peace!

Jul 23, 2011 07:25 AM #17
Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL

Joni - Robert took the words right out of my mouth, what a tragedy, I feel for everyone involved and my heart goes out to them.

Jul 23, 2011 07:51 AM #18
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Joni.....I am so sorry....You all will be in our prayers...your love for him will help see him sad....

Jul 23, 2011 07:59 AM #19
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas
Joni, I'm so so sorry to read that. I cannot imagine how heavy Jonathon's heart must be carrying that guilt. Jonathon and all of you will be in my prayers!
Jul 23, 2011 08:49 AM #20
Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC

Hi Joni, how sad for all involved.  Please know that my prayers are with all of you.  God Bless!

Jul 23, 2011 09:33 AM #21
Joanne Louise Stevens
Keller Williams Realty Los Angeles-Brentwood - Los Angeles, CA
Realtor - Serving Brentwood and Surrounding Cities

Hi Joni:  I just said a prayer for you and your son.  I'm sure that this is difficult for your son to even comprehend.  So many times life gets so frustrating and you wonder, "Where is God?  Is HE out there?  Does HE hear your cries?"  Sometimes it's difficult to believe that HE is still in control of everything!  God will never forsake us.  Take care. 

Jul 23, 2011 10:10 AM #22
Denise Roberts
New Colony Properties, LLC - Pinehurst, NC
e-PRO, REALTOR - Specializing in Pinehurst, NC Area

Joni - Your son must be so confused and angry.  He will travel through many different emotional stages and I'm sure that you will be there to support him every step of the way.  My heart goes out to that poor girl's family, friends, your son & you.  Stay strong!

Jul 23, 2011 10:10 AM #23
Pam Miller
Realty Associates - Friendswood, TX
Broker Associate - Pearland/Friendswood

Joni - I will be praing for Jonathan and for all of you.  God is near to a broken heart.  I know he is very close to you all now.   I will pray for peace that passes all understanding. 

Jul 23, 2011 10:37 AM #24
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Joni, my heart skipped a couple of beats reading this.  How shocking for your son.  I am praying for some solace for him during this horrible time. 

Jul 23, 2011 10:46 AM #25
Rose King
David Tracy Real Estate - Friendswood, TX
Friendswood / Pearland / Houston Bay Area

Oh, Joni, I am so sorry. I am praying right now for Jonathan and your family, and for his girlfriend's family. May the Lord comfort Jonathan and both families in this very sad and difficult time, and may you all feel God's loving presence. Hugs. More hugs.

Jul 23, 2011 12:47 PM #26
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Oh Joni, what a tragedy.  I am praying for all of you.  Sending you my love too!

Jul 23, 2011 02:30 PM #27
Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986.
eXp Realty, Victoria BC - Victoria, BC
Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490

HI Joni,

Our thoughts and blessings are with you and all those that have to come to grips with a tragegy so immense.

if we can be of any support or assistance, we will in ay way possible you are fortunate to be surrounded by the love of thousands here, and your love for your family and that of God's Guidance.

Jul 23, 2011 04:35 PM #28
Cal Yoder
Keller Williams Elite - Lititz, PA
Homes For Sale in Lancaster PA - 717.413.0744

Joni, my heart goes out to you and your family, especially Jonathah. God be with you and you are in my prayers.


Jul 23, 2011 11:52 PM #29
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Joni, My thoughts and prayers are with you and Jonathan!     I saw your FB post, but obviously had not read this post!     She is now in a better place, and hope Jonathan heals.      Sending HUGS your way!

Jul 24, 2011 02:14 AM #30
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Joni-I am so so sorry for both of your families.  My daughter's college roomate's boyfriend committed suicide not too long ago also so I know what you are going through.  Love, support and faith will get everyone through but it will be a tough road.   Your son will come to know that he could not have prevented this.  Hugs to you and you are all in my prayers. 

Jul 24, 2011 09:53 AM #31
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Joni i am so sorry to hear about this, i know the impact this must have had on your son.  a close workmate of mine went home to find her son hanging, it has been years and the incident still bothers me when I think of it.

Jul 24, 2011 10:30 AM #32
Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

Oh my Joni...I am so sorry for the loss and heartache.  My thoughts and prayers and with you.  Much love oxoxx

Jul 25, 2011 05:34 AM #33
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


              My husband told me about this on Saturday when he read your blog. This is my 1st day back in the office since Saturday.  I will pray for you and your family and for your son's girlfriend's family. I was saddened to hear of this Saturday. I will pray especially for Jonathan.

Jul 26, 2011 12:30 PM #34
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

A year later and still...powerful stuff......

Aug 30, 2012 03:28 AM #35
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