A New Year Resolution I Never Dreamt of Having

Well, it’s a new year with new opportunities. A chance to mentally recalibrate and focus on those dreams that were hiding behind my curtain of excuses. At the beginning of this month, my fiance Ryan Hulett and I were checking off items on our wedding to-do list.

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Decide on wedding colors? Check.
Pick our awesome bridal/groom parties? Check.
Set the wedding date? Check.

Then, like a big bang, God decided to divinely intervene and direct our paths to a very different course.

After several tests and biopsies, my strong lion of a man, Ryan Hulett has been diagnosed with an acute form of leukemia. Now, today, we are checking off items on a very different list.

Be blessed with an unexpected overflow of love, prayers, and support from family and friends? Check.
Trust in God and allow His power to work? Check.
Give leukemia the finger? Check.

If you’d like to join us in giving leukemia the middle finger, we’d LOVE you to come along the journey with us! We know it may be a bumpy ride, but I believe we can conquer this season together.

Before I go on ~ I’d love to say a prayer for every single soul who has supported us. From blood donors and prayer warriors, to a simple hug and handwritten cards – we have been so utterly blessed by each and every one of you.

Dear heavenly Father,

I honor you. I worship you and your power. You are omniscient, and omnipresent. You are with us and your spirit dwells in each and every person who believes in your son, Jesus.

Lord, I thank you. I thank you for your power that is seen, felt, and heard in this tumultuous season.

I confess my sins to you. I’m so sorry I have held my fist up to you in anger, and have sulked down in fear. I’m sorry for asking you “why” instead of asking you “how” do you want me to respond in this.

Please forgive my brokenness. Please forgive my flesh.

Jesus, you’ve heard my every prayer for Ryan. Thank you for inclining your ear to hear me. I am undeserving, yet you cover me and tell me I’m valued by the blood of your son.

I pray now for our friends. Our family. Our loved ones who are stepping up to help us in miraculous ways. I pray for their hearts. Please grant them peace. Please be with their thoughts. Lead them with your holy spirit to discern when making decisions and bless their hearts. Shower them with your grace and relentless love. Thank you for your love that shines from inside their hearts. Please bless them Lord and give them prosperous riches in Christ. I thank you that you’ve given them the desire to love Ryan and I so well.

We praise your holy name and humbly, bow before you. We want you to speak to us. We want you to guide us. We want you walk with us in every step of this journey. We deny ourselves, and we take up our cross daily, and we will follow you Lord. We will follow you.

If you have it on your heart to help, here is one more way:

Our dear friend Sharon Bruyere, was led by the Lord to use her talents selflessly, and gift us 25 “love” necklaces. She offered for us to keep 100% of the proceeds, which will go towards Ryan’s doctor bills and any other expenses that have accumulated because of this diagnosis. As Ryan is not currently enrolled in health insurance, we are unsure how much financial coverage he has. You can help by purchasing one of these beautiful necklaces for $30 each. It is a win-win. You get some beautiful new bling bling, and your generosity lifts a layer of money-filled burdens off Ryan’s shoulders.

If you are interested in purchasing one, please comment below and include your name. When I have accounted for all your orders, I will arrange a way to collect your gift of payment. Most likely, I will ask that you send a check or cash through mail.

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P.S. To all the men out there, we know you’d especially look foxy with one of these beauties wrapped around your neck. 😉

Other ways to help:

Again, thank you SO much for every and any way you have helped support us!

In Christ and with love,

Bethany Michaels (and my soon-to-be hubby)

24 thoughts on “A New Year Resolution I Never Dreamt of Having

  1. I tried leaving a comment before it didn’t show up. Sorry if this is a repeat!

    Bethany, you have been so strong and have had such a wonderful attitude through all of this. For those of us that have seen Ryan go through heartaches and disappointment we are so glad he found true love with you! We want to thank for everything you have done, are doing, and will do for him. You are SO loved and appreciated!

    I would also love to buy 2 Love necklaces!


  2. Poot! I am praying for you and Ryan. I still can’t believe it.
    I would love to purchase a necklace and proudly wear it to show my support.
    I think you should auction them off. $30 is not enough. 😉
    I would like to buy one for $100.


  3. What a wonderful blessing you are to each other. I am praying continuously and will not stop. I would love to purchase a necklace as well.


  4. Hi Bethany, my husband Darren and I are friends of Ryan’s from CPC. We shared countless talks about marriage and are thrilled that the Lord brought you two together! We have been and are continuing to pray for you guys through this journey. I would love to support you guys and buy one of the “Love” necklaces. Thanks for this post!


  5. I know I don’t personally know you but I know ur dear friends Adriana and Greg. I am praying for you both and ur families during this tumultuous time. Our God is a big God and has big things planned for your lives. Please let me know if any more necklaces are available cuz I would love to purchase one. I wish I could do more like helping out with meals but I’m currently on bedrest on drs orders. 🙂 much love, peace, and grace prayed for and sent ur way!


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