Green Pastures

    “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” – Psalm 23:1-3

Jesus Calling –
“Learn to unwind whenever possible, resting in the Presence of your Shepherd. I built into your very being the need for rest. How twisted the world has become when people feel guilty about meeting this basic need! How much time and energy they waste by being always on the go, rather than taking time to seek My direction for their lives.”

I broke away Tuesday night from the hospital for 2-3 hours to receive some rest in green pastures and some filling of quiet waters.

I felt selfish and guilty. But at the same time, I knew those were lies that the enemy was whispering.

Kevin had given me his blessing to attend this women’s night at Bayou City Fellowship which is a church we have been attending while here in Houston. A precious new friend invited me to go with her.

So at 5pm, I struck out across the massive sea of Houston rush hour traffic and headed her way. God and I talked in the car. ALOT. But not about the traffic. I asked the Lord to show me His Power that night. I wanted to have Him touch me in a new way.

The evening was just what the “Doctor” ordered for me to refocus myself on Jesus and the healing that He does so graciously.

The message was on 2 Kings 5 where Naaman went to the King and asked to be healed. The King of Israel didn’t think it was possible for him to heal this man of leprosy. He actually took it a little too personal and tore his own clothes. {Imagine that…they had drama in the Bible too!} A prophet named Elisha heard of this and told the King he wanted to help. So Naaman with all of his horses and chariots showed up at the prophet Elisha’s house and knocked on the front door and asked to be healed of leprosy.

Elisha didn’t even come to the door – he sent one of his messengers to tell Naaman to go into the Jordan and wash himself 7 times and he would be healed. Naaman really didn’t like this response and so left in a rage.

A Rage.

Sometimes we don’t like how our healing is to occur. It may be through surgery, pain, humbling asking forgiveness for a wrong we have done or maybe we think we have a better plan. Our plan usually doesn’t include pain, much less inconvenience.

I needed the message that night. So powerful and convicting!

The next morning when I arrived Kevin was overwhelmed with all the things that seemed to be going wrong. I put hand on his face and gently reminded him that none of “this” has caught Jesus off guard! He is right there with us and we are still in the palm of His hand.

We actually heard this same message from 2 King’s from Curtis Jones last week coming out here on the plane. I just love it when God reminds me over and over so I don’t miss anything about what He is trying to tell us.

Ok…Now the biggest blessing…The best part about the women’s night was that the message was delivered by Beth Moore. It was such a sweet gathering of about 200 ladies pouring out there hearts to see Jesus during the worship time and then I got to sit on the second row to hear this amazing woman of God share this message! How cool is that!?


Our recent update:
We are making progress in the mobility department. Still extremely slow but good.
The doctor moved Kevin’s to a more solid diet to see how well he could tolerate it. It is mind-boggling how the body heals, processes fluids, excretes them, and even absorbs them. He still has a drainage tube in his abdomen area. We are praying that the amount he is excreting will decrease and we will not have to leave the hospital with the drainage tube.

Kevin’s pain seems to be under control with the meds and his body just processing the amount of air that is inside him from being under anesthesia for 10 hours will just take time. It just makes him uncomfortable.

They are saying that we could possibly be discharged from the hospital on Friday. YEAH!!! Bet you would love to see me doing the Happy Dance right now!?

Headed out to walk a few times around the floor with Kevin! Keep praying that all continues to go well and our spirits to remain up. Small baby steps is how we see is best to do this journey!


***Please don’t hesitate to share our story with others through Facebook or email. We have met the most amazing people who are willing to pray for us during this journey! God is continually humbling us!***


  1. So happy to come home from CC to find your update. Beth Moore – that’s a great encouragement! Praying for you there and your family here.

  2. Amy, What encouraging news. God really does KNOW what we need, WHEN we need it and lovingly PROVIDES it to us. Yes, God does give us “double-whammies” when HE is making a point that He wants us to grasp. Interesting that the Psalm that we studied and memorized (again) in our Bible study this past week was Psalm 23. That made your comments extra special. Also, Sissy, Lael and I just went to Beth Moore conference last month in Charleston. She is definitely an anointed woman of God. I’m so glad that you were able to hear her in person. Please know that we’re praying for all of you—for Kevin’s healing, your peace and wisdom and your mom and the girls as they wait for your return. Love, Mrs. A

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