We Know That In All Things God Works for the Good of Those Who Love Him


Heather, Jennifer, Hannah (with flag), Rachael and Ellie on July 4, 1999

On July 4th,  eleven years ago today, our daughter Hannah was diagnosed with rheumatic fever.

It all started when we were on our beach vacation. On the second night, Hannah started to run a fever of 104.5 degrees. We prayed for her then gave her ibuprofen and acetaminophen–back to back. The fever wouldn’t budge.  It was staying high throughout the night. I sat up with her doing everything I could to lower the temperature. The next morning, we stood at the  doctor’s office waiting for them to open. They diagnosed her with strep throat and gave her amoxicillin. Relieved, we filled the prescription, gave it to her, and waited for her to get better.

By the end of the trip Hannah’s fever was gone, but her energy didn’t return. Her swim team was waiting for her when she got back home.  Hannah had been a fast swimmer and had always had more endurance than most kids–but something was wrong. Hannah couldn’t muster the energy to practice or even sit up now.

Ten days of antibiotic was finished and we took her to her doctor for a follow-up. They ran blood tests on her that revealed she had   Rheumatic Fever. They didn’t know what to do for her.  Not many got this anymore.  They prescribed a long-term dose of antibiotics and gave her steroids for some of the extreme symptoms. Over the next months, she actually got worse.  Nothing helped her. We prayed.  All our friends and family prayed.  For an entire year Hannah was bedridden. She rarely walked.  We picked her up and carried her everywhere.  She couldn’t even walk to the bathroom.  When traveling, we made her a bed in the back of our Suburban, and that is where she laid. There were days we didn’t know if she would make it. It was one of the hardest years of our life.

But, she not only made it through, she came out of it stronger than ever spiritually and mentally.

Hannah is 23 years old now and has no heart damage.  She is in perfect health.  She is married to her highschool sweetheart, Jake, and is one of the most Godly women I’ve ever known. Her hardships led her into a very deep walk with Jesus.  She is unshakeable in her faith. Psalm 23: 1-6 describes her walk.

She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University 2 years ago and is a full-time social worker today. She works with low-income young moms educating them in child development and parenting skills. Many of her clients live in hopeless circumstances. Some are homeless living in motels. Some are hungry with little to no food. Some are addicts wanting help but not knowing how to get it. Some live in bug infested places you wouldn’t want to visit.  These are the homes Hannah goes to everyday. She not only gets to pray with her clients; she brings hope to the hopeless, love to the loveless and answers to the lost–all in a day’s work. She loves what she does and says she couldn’t be doing anything that would be more rewarding than being a missionary in her very own city.

When you remember Hannah, would you pray for her? Her assignments are huge.  It can be daunting in her own strength, but she goes in His. Please pray for more spiritual wisdom, protection and power from the Lord. Thank you Jesus for Hannah.  What a powerhouse of Your glory!

Hannah Glasgow’s wedding portrait, July 2010 photo by Beverly Toves

  • How well I remember those days! Praising God for Hannah's walk of faith...and yours! May His name continue to be glorified in her life and work.

    • Amen Linda! We are both blessed with our children aren't we? Mom said she saw Matt at church yesterday. All of your children glorify Him in their life and work. Thank You Jesus!

    • alex said:

      Hi!I love the website! Someone else must ralley love it too cause I found it linked from another site I came across looking for baby ducks on Google Images! Lol! Anyways, it's amazing how much effort you must put into this. I'm not sure which would be more exhausting! Looking after a toddler or keeping this site updated! 0_oAnyhow, keep up the good work. I have a niece about roughly the same age. She was born a few weeks premature in August instead tho. Interesting to see the parallels!

  • Rachael said:

    I was so young when this happened to Hannah that I never realized how serious it was! I cant imagine how you felt as a momma seeing little Hannah like this! This made me want to cry!

  • Serena said:

    Wow, has it been that long??? I remember the long hard road to recovery. Praying for her.

    • Decko said:

      Feel better soon Trixie!Congrats to Hannah! Get plntey of rest, and take lots of pictures, because time really does fly by; and it does get easier soon to take care of twins! I can't believe my twins are 3 1/2 now; seems like just yesterday I was wondering if I would ever see my feet again

  • Lee Lynn said:

    I remember this like it was yesterday. I remember praying, praying, praying. My heart went out to her because I, too, had had strep as a child & it also went to rheumatic fever. I remember my Mom & Daddy getting me up in the middle of the night to give me alcohol baths to try & break the fever. I remember how long it took for her to start getting her strength back. God is good, Hannah is a beautiful young woman. My prayers continue to surround you & your family.

    • I thought of you when I was writing it. I called you many nights asking for advice and seeing if you had the same symptoms. YOu always helped me and your symptoms were so similar that it helped when you would talk me through it all. I love you and thanks for always being there for me and our family.

  • Joy said:

    Sharon, I was thinking of your daughter as I worked on my Bible study in Nehemiah today. In chapter 3 where the building of the wall is being described, it says "each in front of his own house". (Neh 3:28 NIV) The commentary went on to say: "There is no question that we as the body of Christ have a responsibility to those living beyond our immediate spheres, and yet there is much work to be done right where we've been planted: in our work environments, communities, neighborhoods, schools, churches, and families. God may be calling you to serve in the places that are right in front of your own home! I love how scholar H.G.M. Williamson puts it: 'It seems that Nehemiah allowed each group to be responsible, so far as possible, for the section of the wall in which they had the greatest vested interest - because it protected their home, place of business, or the like...[We need not] be disquieted if we find that it comes most easily and with the greatest sense of motivation, to channel those gifts in areas closest to our own concerns.'"

    Like you said, Hannah is being a missionary in her hometown. I'm sure her passion and love for these dear people was birthed in her young heart when she was in a place of great need and others ministered to her. May the Lord protect her from disease and bless and strengthen her, giving her power to reach out in His Name.

    Love your family....and you,

    • Good words and powerful insight Joy! Thank you!

  • Colleen G. said:

    An amazing story and amazing faith. Well said when you say that Hannah is a missionary in her own city - she definitely is and we will be praying for her. Thanks for sharing.

  • Van said:

    So glad you pointed us in your direction- I feel goat-ucated and inspired by Hannah's story - looking forward to seeing you next week!

  • Barbara Koob said:

    Sharon, this is an amazing story of healing... PRAISE GOD for His Faithfulness!

  • Lori Fitzgerald said:

    I, too, remember praying for your precious Hannah. Nothing is too big for God -- He healed her completely!! Hannah holds a special place in my heart, as I was blessed to spend time with her, Jake, my Matt and all of the 'kids' of "Toluca Road" for many years. I consider it a privilege to have watched Hannah, and all of your girls for that matter, grow up to be beautiful Godly women!! :)

    • Thank you Lori! I have considered it a privilege to watch your sons grow up. They are amazing just like their mom and dad:). I love you Lori!