Thursday, August 31, 2017
We are just beginning to fully realize all that has happened, and yet the peace of God truly does pass all understanding. We have not "lost" Riley, for we know exactly where he is! For Riley's mom, the days ahead will be difficult. . . no husband, no eldest son. Thankfully, she is surrounded by loved ones and an amazing community of faith. Their church has gathered around them like nothing I have ever seen. Though they don't have their dad, the little brothers have men who really, really love them. For me. . . I have to think that the boys may be wondering, "First my dad, then my brother. . . am I next?" They will really need those in the family and the faith community to come around them and hold them up. God has a much bigger plan than we can possibly know. As incredibly hard as this road has been, it has not been without purpose. Thousands have been touched by Jonathan's and Riley's testimonies of faith and assurance that the Lord of all the universe had them in the palm of His hand.
While giong through this devastation/rejoicing, we are of course witnessing the devastation in our country from hurricane Harvey. It is almost impossible to get my mind around that much water... it is utterly heartbreaking. It is also heartening to see people working and helping and loving their neighbors. God has a plan even in those situations. We may not know what it is until we see Jesus face to face... but then we will know fully.
"For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known." 1 Corinthians 13:12
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
I shall not want.
He leads me beside quiet waters.
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Thursday, July 13, 2017
(Apparently the lyrics above are based on a C.H. Spurgeon quote.)
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Well, my eyes have had a pretty good day today. But, Tuesday and Wednesday... not so much! After feeling great on Monday once the bandage lens was removed (I suppose the numbing drops they put in probably gave me a false sense of "everything's great"), the pain and sensitivity returned with a vengeance on Tuesday. Yesterday (Wednesday) was not much better, but today has been a pretty good day. I kept a diary with the first surgery, so I should have realized that I was not quite out of the woods with the pain on Monday. I also probably overdid it reading everything I could on the computer. Ups and downs with this kind of thing are to be expected. I am still very thankful it is done and am sure that once the healing is complete, I'll be seeing much better.
I have a blogging friend, Cheryl, who is also going through some real challenges with her eyes. She had surgery on them today. If you think of her, would you please say a prayer for her healing. It is amazing how we can take something for granted (eyes, teeth, etc.) until they begin to fail us. Then we know JUST how valuable they are. When it hurts just to blink, well ... just think of how many times you blink!
Along with the surgery, I have found that I am quite allergic to the cleansing wipes they use before various procedures. After having broken out at the dentist after oral surgery, the eye doctor after eye surgery, and even a very bad rash down my forearm after having blood drawn at my yearly endocrinologist visit (photo at right from that), I finally narrowed it down to the brand of wipes they were using to cleanse my arm before drawing the blood. The eye doctor and the oral surgeon all used the same ones. Now, trying to convince your doctor not to wipe down a machine with that wipe before you stick your forehead and chin on it, well that is another thing, not to mention not wiping down your face with it before surgery. Today I have this same rash on my forehead, chin, eyebrows, undereye area, and even my eyelids! Hopefully it won't last long, but boy is it uncomfortable!
Hope all is well in your corner of the world. I have enjoyed catching up with a number of you this week! And if you're having a holiday over the coming week, I hope you have a wonderful and safe one!
Monday, June 26, 2017
Because of the white circular tissues/scarring, I was seeing hazes and four, six, eight images/halos of what I was looking at. One morning I wake up being able to see okay, and the next not very well at all, then the next day fine. Knowing it was time to address this, I decided to have the surgeries done one at a time so that if anything went wrong I would still have one (not very) good eye. I just had my second of the two surgeries this past Tuesday, and I must say that in 10 years they certainly have improved the recovery process.
I am still recovering sight-wise, but the pain management is much better now than 10 years ago. I also had my husband videotape the surgery -- I won't share it here, as it is really difficult to watch. Amazing to see the doctor working on my eye with those tools and not be able to feel it. He painstakingly removed every bit of scar tissue on my eye. It was pretty rough the day after the surgery, as I was in a LOT of pain. I was able to manage with 3-4 ibuprofen every 4 hours. But the next day I was much better - no ibuprofen needed - and the next even better. For these surgeries, I was fitted with a "bandage" lens which protected my eye after the surgery and was especially helpful when I needed to blink. This "bandage lens" was not used after the surgerical scraping 10 years ago, and every time I blinked it felt as if I were scraping my eyeball with sand. These kinds of improvements in tools and technology are amazing to me, and I am truly thankful.
I went back today for the doctor to remove the recovery lens, and I am seeing okay. I can see really well now in the first eye that he worked on. (Otherwise, I wouldn't have gone back for the second surgery!) So, I pray/believe it will only be a matter of time before I am seeing really well in the second eye. One amazing improvement with the new surgeries is in the type of "bandage" contact lens they used for my healing process. It is called an amniolens and was developed by a Christian doctor who believed that there was a way to develop a process for more rapid and full healing using young tissues, but who was not willing to use fetal tissue. Through much research and experimentation, he discovered that the amniotic membrane of the placenta has many of the same healing properties that stem cells from fetal tissue would. This is harvested from the placenta after birth and freeze dried for use in many types of healing for eye tissues. You can learn more about that here:
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
What a great month it has been! (unfortunately, it has left little time/energy for blogging!) As a pastor’s wife, and worship leader, the Palm Sunday/Easter season carry a lot of responsibility. It fills me with joy to know that HE LIVES not just on Resurrection Day, but EVERY day. As a board member of our art association (but thankfully no longer president!), we have made it through another Spring Show without major incident or cancellation. It was a gorgeous weather day, even though the sales were down quite a bit this year.
Another new website is up and this one is for a local chef who is starting his own restaurant!
I just love getting to birth new babies like this one. If you ever think it is too late for you to try a new thing, let this inspire you. This man has been a chef for years always working for others… but he has always dreamed of having a restaurant of his own. At 60+ years-old, he is now seeing that dream come true!! So exciting to be a small part of that.
And this happened last weekend…
Another tremendous milestone in our lives …our middle son graduated from College with Summa Cum Laude honors! We couldn’t have been prouder of his hard work and attention to excellence. He wants to teach on the college level, so he has quite a bit of school ahead of him – next on the docket is his master’s degree and then doctoral thesis after that. A lot of prayer went into homeschooling him and his brother and sister. God has answered every prayer above and beyond what we could’ve asked or thought. We are grateful for all the blessings in our lives!!
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Saturday, March 25, 2017
― Pascal Mercier,
The Lord provided many opportunities for us to minister over the two weeks we were there, and we were filled with gratitude for His goodness to us through those to whom we were ministering. Right after this performance the girls changed into sightseeing clothes, and we were again whisked away in our minibus to new adventures (which I will share with you in the next trip post.) 😊
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Friday, March 17, 2017
The Breastplate of St. Patrick
I arise today through
God's strength to pilot me, God's might to uphold me,
God's wisdom to guide me, God's eye to see before me,
God's ear to hear me, God's word to speak for me,
God's hand to guard me, God's way to lie before me,
God's shield to protect me, God's host to secure me –
against snares of devils,
against temptations and vices,
against inclinations of nature,
against everyone who shall wish me
ill, afar and anear,
alone and in a crowd...
Christ, be with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ where I lie, Christ where I sit,
Christ where I arise, Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me.
Salvation is of the Lord.
Salvation is of the Lord.
Salvation is of the Christ.
May your salvation, O Lord, be ever with us.
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