Jehovah was not in the wind. And after the wind, an earthquake: Jehovah was not in the earthquake.
And after the earthquake, a fire: Jehovah was not in the fire. And after the fire, a soft gentle voice. (1Kings 19:11-12)

Friday, August 22, 2008

In Everything Give Thanks

In some ways it has been a tough summer and yet the Lord's goodness and mercy shine through. With death, heart abnormalities, hospitalization for an in-law family member, and other medical issues the simple day to day stuff seemed insignificant. And yet the toilet training, the school planning, cleaning, making meals and such had to continue.

It is great to be able to get away from the mundane and take a breather.

We still had much to be thankful for . . .

106. with much thanksgiving I held my little nephew the day after he had his angiography . . . he is doing very well!!

107. a Saturday to enjoy a beach and a museum on an island

108. we have been thankful for how our gardens turned out this year



beets . . . so far two jars of pickled beets

cucumbers . . . some to eat and some to pickle

and some sweet peppers . . . as well as peas, beans, spinach, dill, celery, carrots, and a few strawberries

109. time away at the cottage . . . resting, reading

110. enjoying the outdoors with our children . . . walking, rowing,

111. beautiful colours

112. campfires at night with sticky treats

113. a walk on a beautiful summer day not far from home

114. a place for little legs to rest

115. a wonderful day at the African Lion Safari . . .

116. daughter cutting off more than 10 inches of blonde locks to donate

Friday, August 1, 2008

In HIS Hands

When my sister called me on Wednesday within the hour of hearing that Grandpa had passed away I was not prepared for the words she managed to speak.

Mixed in with tears and much emotion were the words, "It is not a heart murmur, it is a narrow heart valve." Those words meant that my little four week old nephew had some sort of heart abnormality, but there was so much uncertainty and fear and pain ahead.

It was a difficult day for my sister and brother in law. Now they knew something was wrong, but the doctors knew further investigation would be required.

It was a hard day for Mom as she had flown out to see her Dad and yet by the time she arrived she found out that her Dad had passed away and now her Grandson needed medical attention.

Dad had almost arrived home from driving seven hours to get Mom to the airport when he heard about his Grandson and so he had more driving ahead in order to go help his daughter.

It was a hard day.

Yet, through it all I knew they were trusting. She felt numb, and confused, and scared, worried, but she knew that the Lord God of all creation had formed her little son just the way He intended. He would be glorified through it all.

We talked together how even though we don't understand it, God is good.

She talked about what his name means and how she is sure God has special plan for him.

The following day they met with the Doctor and were told that their son is doing well despite having Pulmonary Stenosis and that he was going to be put on a waiting list so he could have a catheter put in place to widen the valve that regulates the blood flow into the lungs from the right ventricle. They were told they would probably hear something next week.

But not 12 hours later they were back in emergency as they were called back in to get more required tests completed. Then sent off this morning to the Children's Hospital to see the specialist. After more hours of testing it was determined that the catheter would need to be put in to place tomorrow morning.

"The Strong Boy" as he is being called by the nurses and doctors has many praying on his behalf. He has a very capable Doctor performing the procedure and the Great Physician watching over him.

We continue to pray.

Know that the LORD Himself is God;
it is He who made us, and not we ourselves . . .
Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
For the L
ORD is good;
His loving kindness is everlasting
His faithfulness to all generations.
Psalm 100:3,4,5

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