Archive for December, 2011

Going Home

I love the Lord because He has heard my prayers and supplications.  He answered when I called.  I will depend depending Him as long as I live.  Psalm 116:1-2 (CW)

Leaving the plastic waiting room chairs, plentiful hand sanitation stations and monitors behind as I prepared to head home was difficult.  My father was no closer to walking out than he was when I arrived 12 days before, but praise God, he is still fighting.  There is peaceful comfort in knowing there are believers all over lifting Willie up, in prayer, to our Heavenly Father. 

There is also wonderful peace in knowing that while inhabiting a place where often healing and death sometimes takes place, God’s presence was clearly invoked.   I have new friends and ICU family and believe that was part of the plan.  Being able to pray, encourage and listen helped me to understand these things are so much larger than one family.  As I walked the halls knitting in the wee hours I was led to stop and pray outside of many doors.  We never know what power or witness may or may not have, but I know that I share the love of meeting and sharing the goodness of God with others with my Dad and that makes me smile. 

Lord, I look forward to that day when all pain, sickness and death ends and we are able to swing and rejoice in life eternal!

Making His praise glorious!



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remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. John 15:4 (NIV)

Do you know what happens when a battery does not receive a full charge? Performance wanes, reliability becomes a thing of the past and in most cases the phone, laptop or Ipad just stops working.

Disconnection from God works the same way. Our thinking is dull, we are more selfish and self-serving. Every area of our life begins to suffer. In the Bible, Jesus says, “I am the vine you are the branches… (John 15:5 NIV) Connected to the vine we bear much fruit, separated, we wither and produce nothing. Lord it is my fervernt prayer to stat connected so that I can be of better service to you!

Making His praise glorious!


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Running Toward the Goal

Come unto me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 (NIV)

This morning I realized how truly important resting is in my life. I have been in a bit of a holding pattern. The ebb and flow of my life has been constant, with minor ripples here and there. Lacking rest weakens my hearing and i can feel the slight loosening of my grip.

With the new year just a few days away I realize that tranquil, calm and comforting flow is not what I desire. To be boldly used by God in ways that remind me how precious the gift of life is and how each day is to be lived to the fullest, each breath a praise to my Creator. I know not what tomorrow brings, but believe that God has the power to ignite the fire of the torch within. The next phase is a marathon, one that will not be completed in this lifetime but with each step takes me closer to my eternal, heavenly home base!

Making His praise glorious!


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He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters. Psalms 23:2

The last week has been filled with incredibly emotional ups and downs. The peaks and valleys from one moment to the next have been exhausting. Yet, through these times God has truly led and provided still waters. He has sent angels to minister to us by bringing food, spending time and offering to open their homes so that we could recharge close to the hospital. He placed others around for whom we were able to pray, comfort and encourage.

Because of His love we have been blessed and able to be a blessing to others. The road is long but we, as a family, know Jesus and that God designed the map!

Making His praise glorious!

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Going Outside

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)

I must confess, lately I have limited my travel comfort zone since landing in Texas on Sunday night. While I did go to Walmart, more than once, a trip requiring freeway or further travel wasn’t happening. There was a self-attatched tether holding me close to the hospital. It was important to stay close, just in case my rudamentary first aid skills were needed. You know, in case God needed my assistance.

Newsflash, as I repeatedly professed that God is in charge my wobbly, little girl emotions alternated between fear and faith. It is critical that I stay plugged into the source of life and healing. So I accepted an angel’s kind offer of a shower and recharge on a soft sofa. Those brief hours renewed within me the knowledge that in all things, at all times God is taking care of us.

Making His praise glorious!


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In the Right Place

This picture was taken in the lobby of the hospital we are occupying. A few wick turns away from the “Daily Bread Cafe”. I can admit to not having a fondness for hospitals but this one feels different.

The fact that this has been”home” for the last few days contributes to the feeling. Everyone who works here truly exemplify the motto “Passionate people. Compassionate care.”. God’s presence is felt and I am comforted.

Making His praise glorious!


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Flawed scarf

Cast your cares on the LORD and He will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. Psalms 55:22 (GNT)

We have been surrounded by love, prayer and hope. I have been knitting and even completed a scarf. this morning I picked said scarf up and horror of horror I noticed it was unravelling in the middle of the castoff row. What the world?

I don’t know what happened and to say I may have been a little distracted is an understatement. I actually don’t know how to fix it. How appropriate and timely! While it seems that things are literally coming apart at the seams the Master can pick up that piece and mend it. The scarf will be woefully flawed and I accept that it might not be gift worthy, but it was still a labor of love.

Making His praise glorious!

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