Beyond Borders

courage. faith. action.

The Expected Unexpected


I know it’s Sunday. I just saw the email. Gysy Mama. Five minute Fridays. I read unexpected. I know I just need to write. Here goes…

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Most importantly: leave a comment for the person who linked up before you – encouraging



Three weeks ago today, the expected unexpected happened. The call. Come now. Quick. Your daddy’s not going to make it this time. The expected unexpected has been coming for a long time. He has survived open heart surgeries, cancer, diabetes, COPD, CHF, numerous heart attacks and heart procedures. He always survived. Doctors and nurses were always amazed.

Unexpected… these past three weeks. Unexpected… my world stopped with that call. Unexpected… me floating through time. Unexpected… days blend; each new one slamming into the old. Unexpected… I feel small. Unexpected… I feel alone; brokenhearted.

Unexpectedly I find Him strong carrying me. It is ok to feel numb. To grieve. To feel small. To feel alone. My God given daddy went home to be with the His Father. My Father. This was not unexpected to Him, our Father. He knew all along. He was preparing me. And, it was time. His timing is always perfect.


Author: Shelly Richardson

A stay at home mom, married to my best friend, who loves like Jesus. Together we have four beautiful daughters. One biological, one adopted and two by way of marriage. Our 12 year old daughter was diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome when she was 6 years old and our youngest was diagnosed with autism at 3 years old. I have dealt with chronic illness most of my life and at times has been debilitating. It is through this illness and the special needs of our children that drew us closer to God. Beyond Borders is the place where I write out my story of living beyond my borders. A place to share of God’s love and grace, His mercy and sovereignty, and what that looks like in my own little world of chronic illness and autism. A place where courage and faith intersect and He moves me to action. My hope in writing is that you find something that inspires you. Encourages you. Makes you smile.

6 thoughts on “The Expected Unexpected

  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    I’m so sorry about your dad, and I pray that you continue to find peace!

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  3. So sorry to hear about your loss. Praying you are comforted during this difficult time.

  4. Shelly, I’m sorry to hear about your dad leaving this world. I know its not easy. My mom passed almost 2 years ago and yes God’s plan is greater than ours. I pray for comfort and peace for you and your family during this time. God bless.

  5. Praying for you as you process this loss this holiday season.

    Merry Christmas!!
    Ashley Pichea

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