Survival 101

When alone in the wilderness, without direction and with limited resources, conventional survival wisdom says to take care of your basic needs first. It would be tempting to try to find a way out before finding a good water source, or before making sure you have a place to get out of the elements, or to be able to protect yourself from wild animals. The goal is survival, but survival is pointless if you cannot get back to the ones you love.

Now you’re probably expecting me to make some spiritual point about this or tie it into our situation somehow. I am not. I was just thinking about the movie The Grey. It was a good movie, and a lot of people were eaten by wolves. When I think about it, I guess that is the point of this blog. What we are up against is far better than being eaten by wolves. I know right?

This was a pretty uneventful day. Tara got her hair cut shorter as it is thinning. She spent some sweet time with friends. The kids also got to hang out with friends. And to top it all off, I had a productive day of work. We are anticipating some tough time this weekend at some point with nausea. But maybe not. Its like preparing for a winter storm. that you aren’t sure will hit. Could be kind of fun just cuddling up in the house taking care of my baby, enjoying the kids. I just hope Tara can find some peace if the pain comes. She will I am certain.

But focusing on the basic needs first, not trying to find our way out of this wilderness today, we are in good shape……today. This particular day has been a day of great joy. Its unexplainable. Don’t ask me why. Thank you God.



11 thoughts on “Survival 101

  1. I love the haircut. It’s very chic. I’m glad you all had a great day and it’s nice to just enjoy a day and not feel guilty about it. Hopefully, the nausea won’t come and it will be a wonderful weekend for all of you. Sometimes we are surprised when God grants us the things we ask, such as good days, and yet we shouldn’t be. God wants to give us good things. I will pray for an excellent weekend for you.

  2. So great to hear you all had a good day. Praying that you will have many more good and great days ahead. Love you guys!

  3. Jay and Tara with the kind of “events” your family has been enduring of late, I am very thankful Tara had an uneventful day. Thank you for keeping us in the loop each day. I pray the pain and nausea stay away. Many blessings to the 7 Maiers for a wonderful weekend together ! Love and prayers continue from CL. Aunt Cathy and Uncle Mike

  4. Greetings,

    So glad to hear that you were able to enjoy a wonderful family day. What a great reminder of the importance of family (personal and church). Praise God for how HE provides even in the mist of a storm.

    What a ministry you and Jay are living and teaching to all of us. What stands out beautifully to us is your faith.

    What is faith? God teaches us in Heb. 11:1-….”being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see”.

    Both of you, are living examples of FAITH!!! Are you weak and heavily laden? Yes, but you keep your eyes on Jesus the author and perfector of our FAITH.

    Praise God for how HE provides for every need. Love you and are keeping on keeping on our knees for HIS perfect healing and for your faithfulness. Uncle Gary and Aunt Barb.

  5. Tara, thank you for allowing me to go with you for chemo. Joy filled my heart to spend time reflecting..I was also blest to have the volunteer young man do hand massage on mom as well as you. Could get used to that. Your gentle spirit and smile to all those in chemo rooms is truly a witness of your faith and trust in our risen Savior whom we serve. To God be the glory. De Silvia’s, your song so ministered to Larry and me. Thank you. See you next week. Love always, Dad and Mom Woods

  6. Thanks for sharing the recent pictures of Tara smiling. Tara, it is evident that God is giving you inner strength to face this extreme hardship. Your life is being used for the glory of God for the building up of His body. I am sure there must be times you wish He had chosen someone else! Cling to the fact that God has a great purpose in your suffering as He prepares you, Jay, your children and children yet to be born to be ambassadors for Christ. You are bearing fruit! You are also privileged to witness God at work in a mighty way in the faith lives of your children. We pray for you continually that you will be strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience. Joyfully give thanks to the Father who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light! From Colossians 1:9-14. We love you!

  7. Grateful for your uneventful. Love the hair it. May try the pixie look? God bless you all.

  8. Thanking God for your “day of great joy”. I love how He sprinkles those in amidst the hard days in order to give us rest. Continuing to pray that God sustains, heals and strengthens each of you!

  9. Beautiful reflection. Thank you–Jay, Tara and wonderful kids–as well as You, Lord. You continue to provide “streams in the desert.”

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