This week we had the great privilege of speaking with a personal heroine of both Noel and Sara. Betty Vertin hails from Hastings, NE where Noel grew up and where she met Sara as her teacher.
Betty always stuck out as a model of persistence, joy, and faith. She is a mother of six and wife to a wonderful, joyful man. She blogs at weathered-storms.com. We highly encourage you to check out her beautiful writing and witness on her site. You won't be disappointed.
Betty spoke about suffering through her own testimony and the crosses God has given her. She shared about her troubled childhood where she was in and out of foster care and emergency protection. Suffering touched her in many ways during those years as she was a child with no sense of safety. As a college student she was able to try to lead a more normal life where she attended classes and ran track and fell in love with a goofy, attractive man who led her to entering the Church and to marriage.
Marriage has brought a new round and a new kind of suffering. But this time the suffering was in the context of a family and of deep, great love. Betty has three boys who all have a form of Muscular Dystrophy called Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. It is genetic and always fatal. She shares the sorrow and pain she has experienced watching her sons "constantly losing things." Every skill they gain they then slowly lose as the disease progresses. But Betty and her family decided early on to respond to suffering with positivity. She shares with her children that there is always a reason for suffering and that they are one of a kind. Their suffering is not an accident, it is a chance to be extraordinary witnesses for God.
In her time with us she shared that even though she is not a stranger to suffering she still has those reactions we all have where we want to be angry, ignore the real world, and hide, but she always hears God's voice that urges her to keep going and to look for joy. She follows that voice daily, searching out joys and counting each one of them.
Betty shared early on that her favorite saint is Saint Mother Teresa who she always knew would have loved her as a foster child and in her suffering. She draws great inspiration from her quote: “Pain and suffering have come into your life, but remember pain, sorrow, suffering are but the kiss of Jesus - a sign that you have come so close to Him that He can kiss you.”
Finally Betty shared the difference her feminine heart makes in helping to relieve the suffering of those around her and how it so neatly compliments her husband's masculine heart.
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