Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Some Updates

Thank you to all those who pray everyday and have been kind enough to add some very special people to their prayer life. I figured it is important to update a few things. I enjoy this blog so much and though I am not an everyday poster, I love that people from all over the globe can get information and take concerns and rejoicing to the Lord just because we can connect this way.


Sam has not updated us on a current CT yet and I will let you know when he does. He sent me a couple of updated pictures, so I feel really happy posting this recent picture of he and Anne on their vacation in Florida.


Just before Christmas, I posted about my aunt's brother-in-law. At first a suspected stroke left him acting strangely and upon closer observation, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. A less than savory operation left him weak and not doing well and a fall this weekend has further impeded any progress. The doctors told my aunt's sister, Linda that no more radiation would be administered and advised there is nothing else they can do. Linda is plucky and she advised that the Master Healer can do ALOT. So, we continue to lift Bob and his family up as they go through a terribly difficult time.


I would also implore folks to pray for this family. Their little girl Ayla has been diagnosed with Retinoblastoma, a rare cancer of the eye. It is quite amazing the community of adoptive parents that rally around one another, pray and support each other, being constant sources of encouragement. My prayer is that Ayla will feel the healing touch of Jesus and that her family will be sustained as they help her heal. The Lord's plan is perfect - we don't have to know one another to intercede for one another.


Personally, we are settling into 2008. The change into a new year usually throws me, this year is no different. I am a creature of habit, so I approach with great caution. My hope for this year is to simplify. Simplify, simplify, simplify. I talked with my aunt last night and we talked about how necessary miracles are...we see them everyday. We need some really big ones to offset the smaller ones, we needn't be so concerned with ourselves. So many need us to be there for them. I pray I teach my children to love on others, I believe it may be a miracle in and of itself to look outside our own circumstance and hold up a neighbor. I remember when Sam was first sick, I didn't know what to "do", so I wrote a note, I prayed and I took a particularly smiley picture of Emily and sent it to him. I recently pulled out his response and the joy that picture brought him. It's not the big things, it's the heart things...the miracle things, that make each day what it is.

Hannah shows us this more often now!


mommy24treasures said...

I will continue to pray for everyone on your list, thank you for updating us. I thank you again for praying for Ayla, her family is very close to my heart, I love them dearly and I appreciate each and every prayer that is prayed on behalf of them. I am looking forward to seeing God's mighty hand work in the lives of each on your list.

Dawn said...

I will be praying for everyone on your list. What a handsome man that Sam is :) Your blog looks adorable by the way!

Don and Lisa Osborn said...

Dear friend,

You have such a sweet, sweet spirit. I am touched you are so tender hearted and boldly ask for us to bring all these dear people to the Lord's throne.

Thank you for being a treasured friend.


Jake and Taryn said...

Oh isn't it great to be able to connect and rejoice in the Lord! God is so great! I will continue to pray for all of the people on your list. My heart just aches for sweet Ayla as I follow their blog and have already been lifting up her to God. Bless her heart.

You are so right that we truly do need to lift up a neighbor rather than being so concerned with our own selves. I too have somewhat of a hard time settling in to a new year and we happen to be caught in the middle of some very big decisions and it is really starting to stress me out. To be honest with you, I needed to hear what you have said about not being so concerned with myself, but focusing on others. We have to trust that everything is in God's hands. I have to not be worried about things to show that I am trusting in the Lord. Thank you for such a sweet post and a great reminder that really spoke to my heart.

Blessings!...I also love your new blog look!

Jake and Taryn said...

P.S.-I am also certainly praying for your Aunt's Brother-in-law. I know first hand what it is like for the doctor's to stop treatment and tell you there is nothing left they can do. My Grandfather was in a very similar situation and they told him the same. We were not so lucky with him as we lost him just a couple of weeks after that. However, I am so thankful that your family still has hope! God definitely CAN create a way when it seems as though there is no way. Stay hopeful and faithful and know that prayers are being lifted up.

Sheri said...

Thanks so much for sharing these prayer requests. There is truly power in the prayers of those who BELIEVE! Our God is an awesome God, and we need to place these things in his hands. Thanks also for the reminder to look outside our own circumstances and look to others. You are such a sweet, caring person, and I'm so thankful that I found you through blogging!


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