Our time at home the last week and a half has been incredible! Spending time with our girls has filled our cup overflowing with Joy! Our friends and family have gone way beyond the call to make us feel loved and welcomed home for this short break. Observing the Body of Christ going into action on our behalf has been the most humbling experience we have ever gone through in the 16 year of our marriage.
We have spent lots of time gathering butterfly kisses and long talks with our girls. We completely see how God’s hand of protection is over them in huge proportions. Their faith is stronger than I would have ever imagined it would be at their ages.
We have had some more hurdles to go over while we were at home that we were not expecting. When those hurdles come unexpectantly, they can really trip you up. In other words, those are the slyest tactics that the enemy pulls…you know…the ones that come out of NOWHERE.
While we were at home, I have been experiencing some rapid heart rates and thyroid imbalances due to just the nature of the challenges we have been facing.
Not. Fun. At. All.
After several trips to the doctor’s office and even the emergency room, I have been blessed to have God show clarity to my physicians as to the right amount of medicine needed to calm down my nerves.
Now, I have had a history of medical issues…ten years ago but, I have never had these kind of problems. I am learning that no matter how strong your faith is – stress just processes in our bodies in all kind of different ways.
I have to remember that taking care of myself is part of the journey too.
So, under my physician’s instructions, I stayed in Valdosta and with many tears and hesitation…sent Kevin back to Texas for scans and round 3.
This was so hard!
As I hugged the commode that morning knowing I could not make the trip, I asked God, “What are you doing?” He, as clear as day, tugged on my heart and said, “You are ONE in me, but sometimes I have to teach each of you different things separately.”
I didn’t like that response, but I was willing to obey it.
Friday, I felt better and was able to meet with an older long time friend that walks deep with Jesus. He shared a message with me that I felt very worthy to share with you, the Body of Christ.
Kevin and I have been learning to seek the Great I AM in all that we do. Focusing on what I AM did in the Bible. Hold fast to our faith that the I AM is still here with us. This message of I AM is not wavering.
The I AM is not backing down when it comes to his children.
God wants us to know that I AM is our reputation.
We represent the great I AM to those around us. Even when we don’t feel like it.
I certainly haven’t felt like it. But He is still there.
Here is what my “Jesus Calling” devotional said for today.
“Hope is a golden cord connecting you to heaven. This cord helps you hold your head up high, even when multiple trials are buffeting you. I never leave your side, and I never let go of your hand. But without the cord of hope, your head may slump and your feet may shuffle as you journey uphill with Me. Hope lifts your perspective from your weary feet to the glorious view you can see from the high road. You are reminded that the road we’re traveling together is ultimately a highway to heaven. When you consider this radiant destination, the roughness or smoothness of the road ahead becomes much less significant. I am training you to hold in your heart a dual focus: My continual Presence and the hope of heaven.”
The great I AM provides His Presence. My hope is in that!
Our prayer requests are:
* A friend that is traveling on Sunday to be with Kevin for the next few days. Pray for safe travels.
* Kevin had CAT scans done on Friday and will find out the results on Monday.
* Pray for a smooth transition for Kevin as he enters the hospital for Round 3 of Chemo on Monday.
* Pray for rest for me while I am at home. I have a doctor’s follow-up appointment on Monday.
Bless you friends! Thank you once again for continuing to pray for us as we walk this journey.
GOD HAS GOT THIS!