I want to thank all of those who fasted and prayed this past weekend. Prayer changes things! Katy is still nauseated and is experiencing abdominal pain but she is able to be out of bed and doing a few of the things she wants to do. She is feeling great about being down to 5mg of prednisone. It took all morning for her to get up and get around but she did it, and then Aleah came to visit this afternoon. Aleah’s June wedding plans are underway so there were many things they needed to discuss! The talk of medications, hospital stays, and pain problems were shelved and two friends talked of their studies, dresses, goals, and dreams. It was all so precious and “normal!”
Our efforts to replace some of Katy’s doctors are proceeding well enough that our hearts are at peace about all that. If anyone reading this blog is having struggles with their health, and your doctor is just not helping you meet your goals, I would highly recommend reading the book, How Doctors Think. I mentioned that just last week but it is worth repeating. We are holding on to the encouraging words from one of our blog readers, Sandy. She said it only takes one doctor who really cares to get things turned around.
Last night Katy stayed home with a friend of ours while Paul and I went to a little country church. Another friend of ours was being baptized. This man, a husband and father of three grown boys, has made a commitment to follow Christ, and demonstrated that in a public way by being baptized. His countenance was beaming. The pastor of the church spoke of the joy we have when we know we are forgiven by a loving and just God, and our eternal destination is settled. But he further expounded on the meaning of the phrase, “fullness of joy,” found in in 1 John chapter one. How can anyone have a heart filled with joy even though they suffer? First, trust God’s plan without allowing circumstances to control whether joy resides in your heart. Second, speak continually to Him in prayer remembering He is always present with us. And third, continue to ask forgiveness and let go of guilt which separates us from fellowship with God.
I’ve lived long enough to know that life takes sudden turns. Suddenly it can all be turned upside down, and the only One Who isn’t surprised or trembling is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Who led them with an outstretched arm and invites us to trust Him in the same way. He has led our family to the water’s edge, the sea has parted, and we’re running full speed toward the promised land. He’s right beside us and scripture tells us that in His presence there is fullness of joy. Although I am Presbyterian, I do believe a little Baptist preachin’ last night influenced me! Do I hear an amen?Comments: