How do you trust God when your dream for your future is tragically taken away not once, but twice?

Most of us have a vision of what our future will hold. For Brenda Nevitt, her dream was to continue in ministry with her husband B.G. and watch their daughters grow up, get married, and have grandchildren.

Although life had not always been easy, she had found God was faithful. Her life verse was Jeremiah 29:11

“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'”

In 2013, Brenda began to battle an undiagnosed illness. While she and B.G. traveled from one doctor to another, she grew more and more sick.

After a few months, she found herself in a wheelchair much of the time. Finally after 7 months of suffering, a doctor made a diagnosis. It wasn’t a complete answer to her problems, but it gave her some measure of strength back.

One of the first things she wanted to do was watch her grandchildren. She and B.G. kept them overnight while their parents were preparing to move.

That Saturday morning, B.G. made Mickey Mouse pancakes for the grandkids and he and Brenda discussed their plans for the day. He was headed to a minister’s meeting, and Brenda was taking their granddaughter to ballet.

Later that morning, Brenda received a phone call that changed her life forever. B.G. had been in a motorcycle accident.

Brenda made her way to the hospital where friends and family were gathering. Eventually, the doctors delivered the devastating news: B.G. had passed away.

“When we got the news in that emergency room, my daughter came to me and she said, ‘Mom, God has seen us through before, and He’ll see us through again.’”

How would Brenda cope with such a devastating loss? She already knew the answer to that question. She knew because she had walked through an unthinkable tragedy less than a decade before.

Hear Brenda Nevitt’s powerful story of trusting God in Chapter 50 of Epic.

Trusting God when your world is shattered

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