One second, in a moment, the blink of an eye, everything can change

Posted on April 15, 2018 by BrentSmithFH under Uncategorized
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One second, in a moment, the blink of an eye, everything can change and there you are facing MORE than you can handle! About 2:45 am on March 17, we found ourselves reliving the nightmare as the same early morning hours of January 20. Coincidentally, we were in the same trauma bay, number two, surrounded by a few of those same nurses at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Kaitlynn was once again fighting for her life. It was terrifying to watch helplessly as the doctors and nurses surrounding her raced to save her life. I was standing at her feet and I laid across her legs and cried out to God, “PLEASE GOD, don’t take her, I cannot lose another child”! At that moment He clearly spoke to me, “She’s mine and she always has been”… as the tears streamed down my face I thought yes, YES, she IS His and with that, I knew He heard my plea and I had to TRUST His plan. Can you imagine how hard it is to say the words, “Thy will be done” knowing His will may look much different than my expectations?

He has been ever present and has directed the doctors to a couple of diagnoses that, left untreated, would have put her right back in the hospital. We have seen His hand at work with a beautiful little boy we met in January. He has been on the heart transplant list since birth. I was so conflicted & cried every time I prayed for him because I knew in order for him to get his heart, another family would face the devastation of losing a child. Again, praying the prayer, “thy will be done”, that little boy was recently taken off the transplant list & is now being prepared to go home! I’ve been told that doesn’t ever happen… well just look what God did?!?! What a mighty God we serve! We continue to praise Him as He walks with us every step of the way. Thank you for continuing to pray for Kaitlynn, the other children that are here (& the incredible staff we have been so blessed to meet)… ~James 1:12~

“I can count a million times
People asking me how I
Can praise You with all that I’ve gone through
The question just amazes me
Can circumstances possibly
Change who I forever am in You
Maybe since my life was changed
Long before these rainy days
It’s never really ever crossed my mind
To turn my back on you, oh Lord
My only shelter from the storm
But instead I draw closer through these times
So I pray
Bring me joy, bring me peace
Bring the chance to be free
Bring me anything that brings You glory
And I know there’ll be days
When this life brings me pain”… (Bring the Rain – Mercy Me)

By: Debbie Russell

Memories from 2 Years Ago

Don’t tell me that God won’t give me more than I can handle because He has. I sat in church on December 20th, 2015, and remember so vividly hearing my pastor preach on worrying; do you know 94% of the things we worry about won’t come to pass. As a mom, I have always feared something tragic happening to one of my children, and one day prior to hearing this message, I fell in that small 6% and suffered the most agonizing tragedy, the loss of my precious Bailey Ashlynn. This journey is unimaginable, the grief is raw, I still wake up wondering if it’s all real; my heart still hurts, & there are days that simply breathing is hard. Why God, WHY, I ask? My unanswered questions remain ~BUT~ God has and continues to be faithful, I know He is carrying me through my darkest days & “every tear I’ve cried, He holds in His hands”. My eyes & heart remain on Him…
“I lift my hands to believe again
You are my refuge, You are my strength
As I pour out my heart, these things I remember, You are faithful, God, forever”…


Brent Hill; born in Oklahoma, raised in Missouri and moved here from Louisville, Ky. My parents were in the ministry so I'm a proud preachers kid "PK" and have worked and been around the funeral business all my life. Family: God has blessed me with my beautiful wife Connie, five daughters, one son, six grandkids, two dogs and one grand dog. I am licensed Arkansas Funeral Director, certified Crematory operator, and Arkansas Life and Health insurance agent. Smith Family Funeral Homes one of our values and purpose is to "share the love of Christ through our actions with those we serve. In 2000 I started worked for the Smith family and have been so blessed to have made so many relationships with families and pastors we have served down through the years. Working funerals I also take care of all the websites, facebook , instagram, and twitter accounts for the funeral home.


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