I reflected back at the first few days of our journey; the things I had been thankful for; the scripture that came alive. I continue to catch glimpses of how God is using this. We are humbled to hear people say they are following the blog. We find it a useful tool from the practical sense as it reduces the phone calls of people wondering how Tara is doing. But it is being used far more than that.
On the day Tara was diagnosed the scripture that we first turned to was Psalm 40:1-3. We wrote it out as our very first post and we have brought it up several times since then. It is our constant reminder of God in this trial. It was what inspired us to do the blog (so that many would see and hear about what God is doing).
“I waited patiently for the Lord, and he turned to me and heard my cry.
He brought me up out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire.
And he set my feet on a rock and made my footsteps firm.
He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.”
God is using this situation in our lives to make known His goodness. And many are seeing it. It is not anything we wanted or planned to deal with. It has hurt us deeply and is in the process of changing us, just like Tara’s surgery hurt her to heal her. I hope that this also impacts you and leaves you changed. I hope it challenges your status quo and causes you to re-think your priorities; to live outside of yourself; to do more with the life that God has given to you.
This was a great day for Tara. No nausea all day! She consumed the right amount of food and liquids. I bailed on the first shot to her leg, and had to call in an expert. Tomorrow morning I’ll get it. It should be the exact same as the orange I practiced on, right?
Tara ventured out to Esther’s basketball game this morning. Although exhausting, it refreshed her spirits to cheer for her daughter. When resting at home, the kids wandered in and out of the bedroom all day just wanting to see mom or ask her questions just like the old days. There were at least 10,000 claps and poundings of cups on the table as the cup song was rehearsed over and over…..and over. I joined in because it sounded fun.
Thank you for your prayers and encouragement. We love you.