After 6 days of heavy narcotics. not being able to open my eyes or do anything for myself, (there have been some seriously embarrassing moments in the Hurdle house this past week…and I do not even care!!)…the fact that I am on the couch, have my eyes open and can think to form full sentences and can use a little bit of my left hand to type are wonderful answers to prayer!!
Thank you SO MUCH for the countless prayers that have been offered to God on our behalf. We have felt His presence and experienced His provision.
Here’s a sweet photo I recently saw of a group of our precious staff friends who gathered to pray for us last week!!
Thank you so much to everyone for the yummy meals, (they have kept Joel afloat! I will hopefully begin enjoying all things solid today! Yay!) and the cards, balloons, flowers, magazines, gift cards, mix CDS (Maggie, you read my mind) and PRUNES (who knew those nasty little things would become your dearest friends?), etc!!!
Y’all have all provided the most helpful thing for us– you have thought for us! Because when you’re in the middle of it all, you just can’t even think. I want to be able to do that for people now that I’ve experienced how powerful that can be! We are beyond blessed.
I hadn’t yet had the cognition or energy to be excited about the great news of the *benign* tumor being removed, and a successful bone graft having taken place. But today, I am again aware of what a blessing it is to be alive and well and to be on the road to recovery.
I have been daily reminded that regardless of what God would have chosen our story to be that Psalm 63:3 would still be true…
“Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.”
Gotta love having your momma and your bonus momma waiting on you hand-and-foot and spoiling you with Chick-fil-a!
It was such a blessing to have my mom and Joel’s parents meet us in Greenville Monday before my surgery.
We all stayed at our sweet friends’ home (Thank you Katie & Mark!!), ate watermelon, watched USC BECOME THE BACK-TO-BACK COLLEGE WORLD-SERIES CHAMPS and enjoyed being together. I know Joel really appreciated having company this time vs. last time while he waited!!
Speaking of Joel, is he not super-hubs?
He wins the award for “BEST EVER-AT EVERYTHING” in my book. It’s been a sweet time in our marriage. I love this picture–even though it’s heinous–because of the way his arm is draped over the bed. It’s so symbolic of how he’s tried his best to protect and provide for me. And yet, in reality we have both needed the ONLY One who can truly do that!
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
Anyway, I could type all day, but I am sure you have stellar Fourth of July plans to attend to and yummy recipes to whip up…I’ll leave you with a few heart-felt questions for this very special Independence Day!
*Do you know this God who can bring peace to the darkest crevices of your heart? Have you put all your eggs in the Jesus basket? Have you placed your faith once and for all in the perfect work of Christ to pay the penalty for your sin? Do you know the One who longs to place His right arm of protection and peaceful provision over you? We would love to share with you more about how you can know Him. Please email me or Joel. There are also lots of online resources regarding this.
*Do you have a Christian community around you to bear your burdens alongside of you as Galatians 5 talks about? If you had a very rare bone tumor that was eating your humerus bone, who would be the hands and feet of Jesus for you? It can be scary and exhausting to put yourself “out there”, but it’s soooo worth it. Or maybe you’ve given up on “community”. I saw a tweet (yes, I caved and joined Twitter at Greek Summit) that said, “People who love community usually destroy it, but those who love people consistently experience it.” And thought of how if my heart is not to consistently pour into people, then I will consistently drain the heck out of people…just something I’ve been chewing on. :)
*Do you have people around you that you can “think for“? Rather than saying, “let me know if there is anything I can do for you!” Ask the questions that my sweet friend Garner-Leigh always asks, “Do you have dishes I can do?” “Do you need 8 seasons of Gilmore Girls?” (Which in my drugged state I kept calling the Gilbert Girls, no big deal!) “Do you need me to do laundry?” etc. Oh the lessons I learn from 18-22 year old sorority girls!! LOVE!
Okay, well Happy 4th of July from the recovery couch.
Let’s Bless God, America!!!