And He said unto me, "My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
2 Corinthians 12:9

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Miracles, Blessings, Thank you’s…

Humbled.  Humbled beyond what we could have even anticipated or expected.  We’re not even really sure of what to say other than first, TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY, and Thank You!  Over the last four days the Foxhole Relief Project encouraged us, carried us through, and reminded us that while the last five years is not what WE had envisioned, it is God’s plan and He SUSTAINS and CARRIES us through the GOOD and the BAD.  Moreover, talk about the body of Christ….YOU….being the hands and feet of Christ on our behalf.  

Thank you to the friends of RHS ’97 who graciously listened to the Lord and began this project.  John 15:13 says “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friend.”  Was this so true?  Many of you were on your knees daily for us crying out to our Father, Savior, and HEALER for M to be restored, Critter and M to be able to bond, and for our family’s strength and needs.  Throughout this weekend we too were on our knees sipping and drinking at the FOUNTAIN that sustains.  Boy was the water ever so good! 

To those that are still reading…There is a GOD.  God created you and I to have an intimate relationship with Him.  Because of sin, which we are born with, we cannot experience that intimate relationship with God.  But the good news is that God sent His Son, JESUS CHRIST, to be a sacrifice for our sin.  More amazing is that Jesus was here on earth fully man and fully God, walked a perfect life, was crucified/put to death on a Roman cross, buried…WALKED OUT OF THE GRAVE after three days.  By choosing to put our full trust in Jesus when he said “I am the WAY, TRUTH, and LIFE- no one comes to the FATHER, but by me” John 14:6, we can experience GOD in a way that is unbelievable.  We now have a great sympathizer…We now have a teammate in life that when things get bad, we can cry out for help and we will be restored.

RESTORED…Many of you over these last few days have prayed for our RESTORATION…note that the word REST is present.  We see that in the Lord’s restoration there also comes rest.  May this be true in our lives. 

Miracle 1:  As you know M receives treatment at home each week.  The last couple of weeks the treatment has left her in severe pain with a migraine headache that will not cease and lasts for four plus days.  As you can imagine, it is very painful and at times unbearable.  Yet, during the RELIEF project, M for the first time received treatment and did not experience any such headache.  Prayer answered…Thank you, Jesus!  Please continue to lift M up as she did get a migraine today that she is fighting and she will continue to receive treatments each Thursday.

Miracle 2:  We have always counted on the scripture in Matthew 6:25-34 where Jesus talks about taking one day at a time.  What comfort to know that even the birds are provided for daily….God cares that much, and yet how much MORE He CARES for YOU and ME!  So, daily we try to focus on TODAY rather than Yesterday or tomorrow.  Many of you that have corresponded have asked “How are you doing?”  While the week or the month might not have been the best, seizure-wise, we can sometimes answer that, “Today is alright.” 

Since your prayers, M has had multiple good days. For example, Sunday, the last day of the Relief Project, M did not have a single seizure!!!  While today she did have a couple, she still seemed to be able to go about a “normal” schedule with little difficulty.  Please continue to pray that we would see a decrease and that M would no longer have any seizures.  Moreover, pray for her strength to STEP OUT in FAITH each day TRUSTING  that God has His perfect timing and plan for her in this present trial.

Sunday, after church, we had a brief discussion on faith.  The Lord brought to mind the story about Peter walking on water to meet Jesus.  You know the story.  Peter steps out of the boat, begins to walk on the water at Jesus’ word of  “Come.”  Then, the winds and waves pick up and Peter begins to sink, cries out to Jesus to save him…Jesus’ response was “why did you doubt?”  Walking through this trial for the last five years has certainly felt like we’re sinking at times.  Yes, sometimes we doubted God’s plan.  We even at times lifted up our plan as an excellent substitute.  Yet, God in all His perfect attributes, knows exactly what He is doing.  That same Peter who began to doubt when the water became rough, was the same Peter that later Jesus said, "and on you, this ROCK, will I build my church and Hades will not overcome it."  How awesome to know that a man who apparently doubted and maybe even struggled with faith, was seen as someone that would bring about the church at the day of Pentacost.  

Miracle 3:  M had a post on our blog that many of you may have read: What’s it like to be a Mommy?  One of our prayers that you faithfully lifted up was for M to be able to experience motherhood and take care of Critter.  Even more, for Critter to not be as fussy so that M could take care of her.  Well today, M had an amazing day with Critter and was blessed with many smiles, giggles, and even a snuggle from her sweet, precious daughter.  What special “mommy moments” happened today that were such an encouragement and answer to prayer.  

These are some of the first real smiles M has been able to enjoy from Critter!

Miracle 4: As you might have already seen, financially you gave above and beyond what was originally set out as a goal from those that initiated this weekend.  We really can’t even begin to thank you enough for your overwhelming generosity.  To know that there are folks out there that care that much for us is unbelievable.  As a direct result of your sacrifice and generosity, Critter will now be able to have a full-time Nanny that will greatly help M as she continues with her healing process.  So, thank you!  It truly does take a village to raise a child… or maybe Texas, the US and 20 countries around the world to raise a child!

So, where to go from here?  Again, a very heartfelt and humble THANK YOU!  To see that PRAYER does WORK.  That if we humble ourselves and cry out to our GOD, He is faithful to listen and answer.  Thank you for giving your time and resources on our behalf.  We look forward to continuing to post on The FOXHOLE and giving you updates to M’s healing. 

Eternally grateful,

B, M, and Critter

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