Wednesday, October 6, 2010

CaringBridge - Our First Journal

Good Morning!  This is our first journal entry here on Caring Bridge. 

I have found that things come in surprises around here.  We have been surprised again. But, this is no surprise to God.  He is the controller of all things.  He has assigned everything and all things go through his Hands.  That comforts me.  It is Monday morning and our life changed again this weekend.  Remember when I talked about change a few posts ago?  Pat has been sick a little over two weeks now.  I took him to the ER on Saturday because he was so jaundiced.  He actually went to the doctor on Friday and his doctor was alarmed because Pat was so dehydrated and really got onto him for not drinking enough water.  He felt that Pat maybe facing kidney damage.  The doctor also said he was a diabetic, but borderline. They ran some blood tests in the office.  More tests were run Saturday and after a CAT scan, more blood work and sonogram, it looks like we could be facing liver cancer.  His enzymes are extremely high and of course the jaundice.   We were released from the ER Saturday night and got home around 11:00 PM.    If you have been one of my blogger friends or you have lived life with us, you know we have been here before.  Pat survived esophageal cancer in 2008.  You can read about it by clicking here.  I couldn't sleep so I woke up to read Monday morning.  In my 365 day Bible, I opened it to October 3 (it was actually the 4th, but I didn't know it!)  and here is what God spoke to me through his Word: "Get up and prepare for action.  Go out and tell them everything I tell you to say.  Do not be afraid of them, or I will make you look foolish in front of them.  For see, today I have made you strong like a fortified city that cannot be captured, like an iron pillar or a bronze wall.  You will stand against the whole land--the kings, officials, priests and people of Judah.  They will fight for you, but they will fail.  For I am with you and I will take care of you; I the Lord have spoken." Jeremiah 1:17.In the new testament, God had this word for me:  Philippians chapter 4. What better chapter could he have had on this particular date.  Verse 4 says "Always be full of joy in the Lord.  I say it again..rejoice!"  Verse 6: "Don't worry about anything; instead pray about everything.  Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done.  Then you will experience God's peace which exceeds anything we can understand.  His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus."   Verse 9:  "Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me--everything you heard from me and saw me doing.  Then the God of peace will be with you.  Finally, vs 19:  And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus."  Oh how He is so intimate with me and has shown his presence!  What I hear my heavenly Father say to me is he has made me strong and I am to trust Him.  "Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me" means I have prepared you for this, Paige.  Now take what you know about me, which his faithfulness, goodness and love and "everything you heard from me and saw me doing" means we have been here before.  Trust me.  We have hope today. 

Yesterday morning before the procedure God gave me this verse, which I am claiming.  Exodus  14:13. Moses told the people "don't be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm." 

So, here we are today on Wednesday.  We are waiting now for them to come get Pat and take him to have a tube put in to drain the liver.  He has a tremendous headache and is hungry!  He can't eat yet.  
Thanks for stopping by.  Pat, the kids and I believe in the power of prayer and we ask that you join us.  God has a plan and so we follow him, but as I said to Pat just this morning, one day at a time.  xoxo
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