Picked Up, Carried Through, Set Down On The Other Side [TESTIMONY – Ben & Becca Logue]

Article by Ben Logue. Audio testimony (below) by Becca Logue.

“God seemed to pick the disciples up, carry them through, and set them down on the other side of the storm.” This was the basic message Pastor Dan Preston preached from John 6:16-21 on Thursday morning, April 1, 2010.  As I sat there in the chapel service that morning, God seemed to use the message to tell me clearly that my wife and I were about to embark on a difficult journey with our son, Philip, but that through it all He would be with us and bring us safely through to the other side.

We were new parents of a 3 ½-month-old baby boy. I was working on staff at Heartland as the Dean of Men, and we loved our involvement in many ministries at Southwest Baptist Church. Nothing could have been going better in our lives. However, unknown to anyone at that time but my wife, our doctor, and me, our baby boy, Philip, was going to be having a CT scan the next day. This would become the beginning of a journey that has had incredible joy, nearly unspeakable sorrow, and countless opportunities to be a witness and encouragement to individuals with which we have come in contact. As I sat there that morning, God seemed to say to me, “there’s a storm coming—starting tomorrow—but I am going to pick you up, carry you through, and set you down safely on the other side.”

Seven years later, we are still in the storm, but safely being carried by our God. We are confident He will continue to carry us through and someday will set us down on the other side of this storm. I am writing this article while we are still in the midst of this journey. We don’t know what the “other side” looks like yet,  but God had taught us numerous lessons as he has carried us along, and we are confident He will bring us safely through. My prayer would be that God would use this article and my wife’s accompanying testimony to be an encouragement to those going through some difficult times, be a help to those of you who minister to hurting families, but, most of all, show how good and faithful God has been to my wife and me in the midst of the fire.

My wife gives more details in her testimony, but the short story is that our 7 year old son, Philip, and our 4 year old daughter, Joyanna, both have a life-limiting genetic disease. The life expectancy is 8-12 years old with no treatment (as of the writing of this article, there is a potential treatment on the horizon that may help Joyanna, pending FDA approval). As a result of this disease, they both face hundreds of seizures on a daily basis, Philip is completely blind and Joyanna is losing eyesight. Philip is basically unable to communicate and, though Joyanna is still able to communicate, her speech and movement have significantly decreased.

The day after we received the genetic disease diagnosis for Philip and Joyanna, Becca and I got away for a while and went and sat on top of a mountain here in Oklahoma. (Yes, there are mountains in Oklahoma!) As we looked down at the lakes, the trees, the wind farms, and any other scenery we could find out to the horizon, we cried and talked for a good while, but, as we sat there, we realized how small we were compared to the vast expanse of nature spreading out before us. God seemed to translate that truth to our situation. In comparison to God’s master plan, we are a small part, but He is a big God and able to give grace through anything He allows into our lives. As we drove down the mountain that day, our circumstances had not changed, but we had once again been assured that God would carry us through.

My wife had opportunity to relay our story in testimony form at a ladies retreat several months ago. Following this article is a link to listen to her testimony. I am confident that it will be a blessing and a help to you either now, or in the future, as you go through difficult times or minister to those going through some trials.

What does life look like on a day-to-day basis for us? How can we survive each day? How can we as parents face the thought of burying two of our children before their 12th birthday? These are all questions that there is not space enough to expound on in this article, and sometimes we don’t even know how to answer them ourselves, but we do know that God has given us grace (help) for today and we are confident that He will continue to do so in the days ahead.

Click below to hear the testimony by Mrs. Becca Logue on Oct. 29, 2016: 

Bro. Ben Logue is the Dean of Men at Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. After graduating from the undergraduate program at HBBC in 2005 and graduate school in 2007, Bro. Ben was asked to come on staff full-time as Dean of Men. He and Becca were married the following year in June 2008, and they have 3 children, Philip, Joyanna, and Ethan.  During his time at Heartland, Ben was a missions major, and he and Becca had made plans to go to Russia as missionaries.  Their testimony of faithfulness through God’s change of plans is a source of encouragement to many.

For more details or updates on Philip and Joyanna, you can visit thelogues.weebly.com.

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8 Comments
  1. Becca,
    Such a wonderful testimony of Gods grace in your life. We are still and will continue to pray for you and your family. Thank you for sharing this with us. Love you all so much.

  2. Ben, Becca, thank you so much for your transparency. Having just taught two weeks ago on how to have “Peaceful Emotions” from Phil 4:1-9 i mentioned we can always be thankful because; 1) it could always be worse, and 2) God is still in control. As i read this article and your blog briefly (have yet to listen to testimony) i was again pricked and reminded how true those two thoughts are and how much you all are not only living that but also showing it through God’s amazing Grace!!
    Thank you so much for your love for God and your family. Will be praying for you guys. Love you all!

  3. We serve a wonderful God! It is only by His grace you are able to see His hand and will in all this. Becca, you’re testimony was and is such a blessing! You’re are in my thoughts and prayers often! Love you!!!

  4. Thank you for sharing your heart! God is faithful! This was such an encouragement!

  5. A friend shared this testimony with me as I sit in the pediatric epilepsy monitoring unit with my youngest daughter who has Angelman Syndrome, and I know the Lord’s providence and timing is perfect. Thank you for sharing your faith journey, as it in many ways mirrors my own. Thank you for your clarity regarding the Lord’s graciousness in understanding our emotions, specifically tears and grief. I really valued your point about faith, fact, feeling; such an easy way to remember that spiritual truth! The Lord never wastes our pain, and He is using your life journey to glorify Him.

    • April, The EMU is a familiar place to us. We are so glad we could be an encouragement. That has been our prayer almost from the beginning–“that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” 2 Cor. 1:4. You’ll do the same on your journey. In fact, our shared experience has already done just that! Thanks.

  6. Becca, Your testimony was convicting and inspiring all at the same time. Thank you so much for your faithfulness to God. My heart aches for u both but I’m so thankful that we serve a God who is who He says He is and does what He says He will do.

  7. Your lives & testimony touch so many, but ultimately bring honor and glory to the One who holds you in His hand. What a beautiful picture God is creating through your precious family! Our love & prayers are with you.

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