This afternoon, I went with my 83 year old Grandpa to the hospital to see Grandma. After 60 years of marriage,it's so sweet to see the two of them together... A fist-sized tumor has been found in her colon. The doctor believes it is non-cancerous but will operate on Friday to make sure if she is able to endure surgery. Grandpa held the hand of his love as she shared the news with him...Whatever the outcome of this is Lord, our praises You will receive!
Gene's surgeon told us the fusion is not setting as it should and the screws are loose which causes him pain to the highest level. His movement needs to be restricted in hopes that he will heal so he was fitted for a brace that I might be using on my kids when they misbehave. It's tight and limits his ability to do anything. The surgeon also put him on 4 weeks of bed rest. Gulp.
Four weeks or
28 days or
Resting. In our bed.
I've called the Dallas Cowboys to ask if they can play every night for the next month just for my man. If they don't I fear I may become like the role of the psycho caretaker that Kathy Bates played so well in the movie "Misery".
May be good to keep Gene in your prayers.
The news that made fear try to rise up inside me since I'm our family accountant, is that he gets switched from short term disability to long term. His pay goes from 100% to only 60%. I told Gene to attach a note to the paperwork he has to fill out informing the benefits people at Pfizer that we are barely making it on the 100%. Lord, we choose to praise You. Period.
Thank you also for your prayers for my Mom's wrist. She is still in pain but her hand looks normal and she is feeling alot better. She'll spend every moment at the hospital with my Grandma so my Dad will be the Lone Ranger with the 3 kiddos. He has his own company and is his only employee so I pray he finds balance on top of the tight rope of filling in for Mom.
Oh, life is good isn't it? I'm anxious to see how God just works out what looks impossible for His good.
Okay...let's discuss the last chapter of Lysa TerKeurst's AWESOME book, "What Happens When Women Walk in Faith". Hard to believe we are at the end of this study. (sniff sniff)
Remember, anything in blue is a quote from the book...
CHAPTER 20: Every Promise Fulfilled
I want to be just like Joshua don't you? Oh, the faith he displayed in God was just tremendous!
Joshua must have known his calling had very little to do with his qualifications. God would be the deliverer, Joshua understood and walked confidently in that knowledge.
Joshua's confidence was steadfast because he was confident in God's promises.
Must have known his calling had very little to do with his qualifications. What a humbling revelation.
I loved how Lysa showed us the differences in the way Moses and Joshua chose to lead. I also loved that she showed respect to Moses and his mistakes by showing us how Joshua watched Moses and learned. Based on what he witnessed in Moses' leadership, Joshua chose to embrace his leadership role different from how Moses did. He let what he saw have a profound effect on his life.
Our son Aaron, who just started high school, is watching his older sister Alyssa closely. Just last night he was talking to me about some choices she has made that has effected him deeply. Chances that he'll venture down the same destructive path of choice looks pretty slim because he is learning from her mistakes. I wonder if Moses had realized just how closely he was being watched if he would have chosen to lead differently.
Lysa also makes it clear to us that we are in preparation to fully possess all the promises of God for ourselves.
It's easy to think of Joshua claiming promises, or Abraham deserving fulfilled promises, or Noah riding out the rain water of God's vows, but us? Strange to think we have access to the same God and the same promises as those mentioned in the Bible.
Lysa wraps up this book and chapter with this truth:
Walking with God takes you to amazing places, but even more importantly, it allows you to experience Him in amazing ways. We have not only experienced Him but hopefully we have also been transformed by Him.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WOMEN WALK IN FAITH?
It seems so many of us were blessed and challenged as the chapters we read coincided with our life. I'll never forget reading fellow study participant Jill's blog and grieving with her over her recent miscarriage. Just days before she would learn that her baby would be saving her a seat in heaven, God would have her read the chapter in this book titled: God Isn't Surprised by Death. God knew what was coming ahead for Jill and instead of being too busy for her, He prepared her. WOW!
Let's continue to chase this God down. I think it's one pursuit we'll never tire of.
My God did.
God is good ladies, don't forget that truth!