Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all;
No one can snatch them out of My Father's hand.
John 10:27-29 NIV
Monday, September 28, 2009
Searching the Bible on Behalf of us Bereaved Parents
as we Grieve Our Great Loss…
By Your Side
– Tenth Avenue North
Why are you striving these days
Why are you trying to earn grace
Why are you crying
Let me lift up your face
Just don't turn away
Why are you looking for love
Why are you still searching as if I'm not enough
To where will you go child
Tell me where will you run
To where will you run
And I'll be by your side
Wherever you fall
In the dead of night
Whenever you call
And please don't fight
These hands that are holding you
My hands are holding you
Look at these hands and My side
They swallowed the grave on that night
When I drank the world's sin
So I could carry you in
And give you life
I want to give you life
Cause I, I love you
I want you to know
That I, I love you
I'll never let you go
How do I survive? How do I face each day?
How do I go on knowing I’ll never see my baby girl again this side of Heaven?
The words of this song tell me why – He is by my side, and He’ll never let me go. He loved me enough… He loved my baby girl enough… to drink the world’s sin so He could carry me in…so He could carry her in…to Heaven that night.
She is safe; my baby girl is safe. My baby girl that I love with all my heart…is safe with Jesus, is safe in His arms. He holds her close to His heart; He carries His lamb. He took her to safety.
He was there that night, with her, with her when I couldn’t be… He grabbed her up in His arms…and took her to safety…
Safety forevermore…from the Enemy, the Enemy who was out to destroy her life… And he did; the Enemy did destroy her life that night…but not forever. The Son of God died so that couldn’t happen. He put Life inside her…that wouldn’t die…that would never die…but would live eternally…By His Side.
And that is why I can live…that is why I can go on…that is why I can have peace…in the midst of my pain…because I know…He Is By Her Side, and…He Is By My Side.
And we are both…Alive in Him. Her spirit is alive. Alive. Alive in Him.
She is safe. She is alive.
She is with Him. She is with me.
And we are both…
By His Side!
11 He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart…
1Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
Hebrews 11:1 NIV
13It is written: "I believed; therefore I have spoken."With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak, 14because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence. 15All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause
thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.
16Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
17For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
18So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.
For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
1 Corinthians 4:13-18
So I fix my eyes
…not on what is seen,
…but on what is unseen.
For what is seen
but what is unseen
Thursday, September 24, 2009
9/22/09 I fell three and a half weeks ago. I had awakened from a nightmare at 4:45 am on a Saturday morning, and knew I needed to go to the den to read awhile before I would wind down enough to go back to sleep….
In a sleepyheaded stupor, I walked down our pitch-black hall, deciding not to turn on the light so that I wouldn't awaken my husband. Feeling my way along the wall, when I got to the doorframe of what I thought was our den, I turned and stepped in…only to find myself stepping down….
I sleepily wondered to myself,
"I don't remember
Then, I felt myself plunging full-speed down onto what I quickly realized were our basement stairs! I "flew" down eight of the fourteen steps, landing on the eighth stair, sitting up….
my "wings" were not wings at all,
but were my ribs and hips!
Three days later, I went for an x-ray and discovered I had two broken bones in my left pelvis! But when I met with the Orthopedic doctor for the second time today for another x-ray, the doctor discovered
I had broken not two bones as we originally had thought, but
all 3 bones in my pelvis
– the ischium, pubic bone, and ilium –
were broken in two!
as my highly-educated husband Tommy likes to so eloquently say,
"Elvis done broke her pelvis!"
Three weeks ago, the x-rays only showed two breaks; the third break had been camouflaged by some ligament-damage, effectively blocking the view of the 3rd breakage site!
"That's what I consider a major injury!"
my otherwise nonchalant, under-stating orthopedic surgeon declared this morning.
Looking at the x-ray, I noticed the breaks were aligned one on top of the other in a straight line. I later said to my husband,
"I feel like the lady the magician sawed in half!”
My husband affirmed,
“Only you were sawed in half vertically,
I am doing physical therapy three times a week, and am healing nicely, but it will take three to four months to completely heal the bones. A walker is still indicated for the next 4 weeks when I will see my doctor again.
Still, no surgery, no cast, and no brace is needed!
The bones will heal themselves!
Physical therapy continues so that I keep my range of motion in play. All should heal back so that I will be back to normal. There are no displacements, my hips are still even, and my legs are still evenly aligned according to the doctor….
Thank You Lord that You heal the bones back with no medical intervention!
What miracles I am watching take place!
What miracles our bodies are!
I wonder, why is it
broken bones heal back completely,
but when a child dies . . .
our broken hearts never will?