"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."
What would we do without His presence in our lives?
How do those who are unbelievers find hope?
To whom do they turn in times of grief, despair, and trouble?
So often, I think of theses words spoken by Abraham Lincoln,
“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.”
There are just times, in this life, that we come to the utter end of our own resources.
We reach the exhaustion of our own remedies.
There are times that the situation in front of us demands a power much higher than our own.
How blessed we are, that in times like these, we have a Savior!
A Redeemer...One Who walked this path before us,
and Who "was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." Hebrews 4:15
I come to you tonight with another update and call for prayer for little Brody,
and also a new prayer request for the father of a dear, fellow-Christian blogger...
one whom you may already know and love.
First of all, I just got an email update from Brody's grandmother,
and this is what she said.
"Brody had a rough day, probably due from surgery, and the ventilator seems to be bothering him. The doctors are hopeful that they can take him off the ventilator tomorrow morning,
if his chest X-ray shows more improvement.
That would be a blessing, and that is what we need prayers for."
Please continue to pray, dear friends!
Pray for good X-ray results.
Pray for peace for his dear family and his grandmother, Debbie.
And pray for the MIRACLE that Brody needs to live a long life
and to proclaim what God has done for him.
Let's keep lifting this dear baby and his family to our Father often in prayer.
I have no doubt that He is able to do this, to confound medical science, and to astonish us all!
To read previous posts on Brody, click the following links:
And, now I ask you to add another name to your fervent, effectual prayers.
is in very serious need of prayer.
I will let Chris describe her father's condition, in her own words.
"A couple of years ago, he needed bypass surgery, but was not physically able to have it.
Instead, a brilliant doctor from Emory did high-risk stenting.
For a few years now, he has had only 30% kidney function from one working kidney.
He has neuropathy and several other illnesses.
He had tests done a week ago to check the condition of his kidneys and an Aortic Aneurysm.
At our Christmas Eve party tonight, I found out that one of his kidneys is calcified and the other has several cysts, so his kidney function is getting worse.
Our main concern is the Aortic Aneurysm.
The results are a little confusing, but hopefully Monday morning we will know more.
It seems that his aneurysm has gotten larger and has a rip in it.
Of course, the rip isn't complete or else he would not still be here."
My heart goes out to Chris so much during this time, because I have already walked a similar path.
I know how it feels to tread through the many and varied serious health issues of both of my own dear parents, and I know how overwhelming, terrifying, and difficult it all can be.
I'm sure many of you do, too.
Will you please lift dear Chris and her father, Glenn, to our dear Lord in prayer?
She is responsible for taking him to and from his appointment on Monday,
so I ask that you also pray for peace and traveling mercies and strength for Chris,
and also for her mother, who has health issues of her own.
It has been completely amazing to watch how this blogging community comes together
when there is a need.
You all are some of the kindest, most full-of-compassion, caring, and unselfish people I know.
Someday, I would love to try to write a whole post just endeavoring to find the words to tell you how much each one of you have come to mean to me.
Although, I don't know if such words exist.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart for helping to carry the burdens of others.
"Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ."
One more thing, in closing...
make sure you stop by our new "free thrift store"!
Several items have already found new homes, but there are several still up for grabs.
Lord willing, we will be adding more items one day next week, if not before!
So, check back often!
We would love to bless you!!