First Date - Ian & Larissa Murphy
In , Ian got into a serious car accident that left him with a severe brain injury. He had been dating Larissa at the time and they planned to. The love story of Ian and Larissa Murphy almost ended before it started. . “He didn't want to watch us stay in the limbo of dating,” Larissa says. Dating Ian. 19th August | Comments: None. 1 Corinthians 13, verses four through eight are highlighted in Ian's Bible. “Love is patient and kind, love does.
And in that, you show me how God loves me.
Love Doesn't Give Up: My Interview with Ian & Larissa - True Love Dates
Through you, God reminds me that He enjoys and delights in me exactly as He created me to be. Thank you, lovey, I want your heart of love.
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He loves mornings for one reason: She takes a warm sip then snuggles in next to Ian, resting one hand on the back of his head, her fingers running through his short brown hair. The strength of his faith propelled her forward in her growing relationship with Jesus.
On this cool autumn day, they decide to spend their Saturday morning outside on the veranda of their west Pennsylvania home. Larissa sets down her tea and uses her strength to help Ian stand.
He takes slow, deliberate steps while Larissa steadies and guides him toward the door. Each time he puts one foot in front of the other, they both breathe prayers of thankfulness. Covered in blood-soaked bandages, Ian lay motionless in a hospital bed. Along with his parents, Steve and Mary, Larissa grasped for understanding as medical staff explained the grim diagnosis.
Ian had fractured neck vertebra and a broken arm and leg. He was held captive in a deep coma, caused by a severe brain injury. Larissa prayed that God would heal the body and restore the mind of the man she loved.
Ian was not responding, and doctors gave his parents the brutal decision of whether or not to keep their son on life support. Believing in the sovereignty of God and incapable of choosing death for Ian, they chose life through support.True Love as God intended (Ian and Larissa)
Days turned into weeks then months, as the Murphy family and Larissa waited bedside. His right eye began responding sluggishly to light and his body made subtle jerks. Sitting beside Ian in the stale hospital room, Larissa listened to the steady beep of his heart monitor.
Larissa looked at the monitor readout, then called Steve and Mary into the room. Talking with Ian, they watched in awe as his numbers went up and down in response to their voices. Eventually, Ian was stable enough to move back into his family home, and there his recovery flourished.
Dating Ian - Ian & Larissa Murphy
Although wheelchair-bound and without speech, he was able to start eating and drinking without a feeding tube, respond to questions with blinks meaning yes or no and lift his arm to embrace in a hug.
So she talked to him, and Ian experienced healing with every spoken word. When Steve was diagnosed with brain cancer, he used his last six weeks of life to counsel his family. Steve passed away October 8, His guidance propelled the couple to move forward, and that Christmas Ian asked Larissa to marry him.
On August 28,that shifted. From that moment on, every high and low would be encountered together. As we were wedding planning, we realized that August 28 fell on a Saturday, which meant it was the perfect day for our wedding.
Eight Twenty Eight also references a scripture that has been very meaningful to us, Romans 8: What scriptures do you cling to during hard times? I spent a lot of time in the Psalms. Communication can be challenging because I may say something, but mean something entirely different.
Ian & Larissa
Or Ian may say something to be a joke, but I take it personally. Ian would have sex all the time. You write about a board of gratefulness in your house. Tell us about how it came about and what it does for you two? It actually arose from a book that Larissa read which struck into very deep places in her heart. Gratefulness needed to be in the every day because the every day is so very challenging. The gratefulness board came to mind while sitting around with the Murphy family. Someone had a spare corkboard at their house.
We had spare fabric.
So within a few hours, our wall was ready for our notes. And every guest that came in our home needed to add to our wall. We also just started a board of gratefulness on our website, ianandlarissa. All you need to do is share on social media and tag ianandlarissa or eighttwentyeight How are you two doing today? What challenges do you have today? This year, he had a major surgery on his femur to allow him to hopefully walk independently.
He is currently in rehab after being non-weight bearing for three months, and is working hard every day. He also sells paintings to pay for his therapy and medical needs. And most importantly, that we still believe that God is good. What have you learned about love? When Ian had his health, I was so wrapped into him, so dependent on him, that I was more focused on our relationship than my personal relationship with God.
What advice would you give young couples preparing for marriage?