Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Feeling Anxious

Yesterday afternoon I received a phone call that caused me great anxiety regarding an important decision that we are in the process of making, 5 minutes later I received another phone call from the same source again causing those horrible anxious feelings to surface. I immediately starting fretting, and thinking of all the worse case scenarios that could happen. I tried to call a couple of people to discuss what was going on because isn't that what friends are for, but no answer anywhere only voice mail. Then inside of me that small voice of God telling me to not be anxious, just to trust Him in everything and He would work it out and then the words to one of my favorite songs "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee". I wish I could tell you all the questions and anxiety went away immediately but that wouldn't be true. I still have a ton of thoughts and questions in my head regarding how everything will work out but God reminded me again this morning that His plan is so much better than my own. I'm such a control freak that I need to know how every t will be crossed and every i dotted but God is the one in absolute control of our lives even though I tend to only be hanging by my fingertips at times. You know I have this mental picture of me hanging onto a ledge and when I get tired and anxious God is right there with His shoulders just letting me sit there to continue hangin on. What an awesome thought about our ever faithful God.
By the way I did receive phone calls later that evening but God had already done the work and I could actually laugh about my anxious feelings. The situation is far from resolved but I do have perfect peace.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Update on John Price

This is a picture of Papaw along with a few others in the group, he is the one behind the motorcyle in the long sleeve black shirt with his mouth open, white hair and sunglasses.

Just wanted to give everyone an update on Papaw (John Price). He is now breathing on his own, ventilator is off, and the chest tube is out, there is no change with the blood clot on the brain. The problem is that he still has 9 broken ribs, is in a drug induced coma, is now running a low grade temp and still isn't responding appropriately to questions being asked. There is still some swelling on the brain and the neurologist feel somewhat hopeful that his neuro status will clear up but only time and prayer will tell the true outcome. His wife is very exhausted as she is spending all of her time at his side, please continue to lift her up in your prayers.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Need a Laugh?

A friend of mine sent this to me today, I've seen it before but got a good laugh out of it none the less. Enjoy!

Country Funeral
As a young minister, I was asked by a funeral director to hold a grave-side service for a homeless man, with no family or friends. The funeral was to be held at a cemetery way back in the country, and this man would be the first to be laid to rest there. As I was not familiar with the backwoods area, I became lost; and being a typical man did not stop for directions. I finally arrived an hour late.

I saw the backhoe and the crew, who was eating lunch, but the hearse was nowhere in sight. I apologized to the workers for my tardiness, and stepped to the side of the open grave, where I saw the vault lid already in place. I assured theworkers I would not hold them up for long, but this was the proper thing to do. The workers gathered around, still eating their lunch.

I poured out my heart and soul. As I preached the workers began to say "Amen," "Praise the Lord," and "Glory"! I preached, and I preached, like I'd never preached before: from Genesis all the way to Revelations.

I closed the lengthy service with a prayer and walked to my car.

As I was opening the door and taking off my coat, I overheard one of the workers saying to another, "I ain't never seen anything like that before and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years."

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Prayer Request

Some of you may know that Wayne rides in a motorcycle club called the Seed of Abraham whose sole purpose is to minister to other motorcylists who do not know Christ as their personal Savior. One of the guys (John is his real name but he is known as Papaw to the group) in Wayne's club was involved in a very serious motorcyle accident on Sunday afternoon. The details are still sketchy as far as what happened but we do know that he was riding to work and went down on the Sherman Minton Bridge. John was stat flighted to our local University hospital (Level 4 trauma center). The injuries sustained are brain swelling, blood clot in the brain, crushed eye socket, punctured lung just to name a few. He is in a drug induced coma at this time to try and prevent any more intracranial pressure from movement. As of yesterday, John is responding to verbal commands but just not appropriately, when told to move 2 fingers he moves his entire hand. He has been upgraded from critical to serious and will be undergoing surgery today to repair the crushed eye socket. John and his family and the Seeds would certainly appreciate any prayers. This is a guy who has been riding for 30 plus years, his wife has been by his side since the accident and certainly needs God's sustaining strength to help her get through this difficult time. You can check out the Seed of Abraham club link by clicking:

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Alcohol Anyone??

I had to take care of a patient today that had cirrhosis of the liver, liver failure and needed to have a transplant that isn't going to happen due to other issues. This patient has been told he has less than 6 months to live with 4 of those months already gone. I felt empathy, sadness and disgust all at the same time because I knew that this patient's condition was brought on by alcohol abuse. This individual is an alcoholic who has lost all of their material possessions, and familial ties except for a mother who currently has multiple myeloma. It literally broke my heart to see how sick this individual was but how their lifestyle brought on this horrible illness so thus my title. I have never seen a person so juandiced (yellow) in all of my life, even his hair looked yellow; it is a picture that will stay in my mind for a long time. Again I ask, alcohol anyone???????

Monday, October 15, 2007

Miracles on the Roof

Wayne and I had been dreading this past weekend because we knew there was going to be very little if any time spent together. I was going to have to work this weekend and Wayne was going to put a new roof on his parent's house. Wayne's parents needed a new roof put on and Wayne was the man for the job. The roof ended up being worse than originally thought (isn't it always) so the job was going to take longer and cost more money than they planned. Wayne's dad started tearing off some of the shingles on Friday morning and by afternoon his knees were really bothering him, he continued to work like a trooper though. On Saturday the job was continued and miraculously Wayne's dad had gotten off the roof to get a drink of water because as he was coming out of the house he went down on the back steps he was having severe chest pain. To make a long story short Larry (Wayne's dad) had to be rushed to the ER for severe chest pain that was unrelieved by 3 nitro pills. Larry has a history of heart disease, open heart surgery, and stent placement. ER ruled that Larry had a mild heart attack but no permanent heart damage was done, what a miracle.

Wayne was feeling very overwhelmed with a torn up roof that had to be covered and his dad in the ER. He started calling around asking some friends if they could help out and from the moment that folks started arriving to help there were always five people on the roof working even though people came and went all day long. God lifted this burden and other people were there to share the load. Another miracle on the roof. I'm happy to report that the roof is complete and Larry is feeling somewhat better. He is still in the hospital and there are some more test that are being ran to check out a few other things but things are improved.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Review of the past couple of weeks

It has been a busy couple of weeks around our house we've had the school play, been on fall break and celebrated a graduation. Caleb was the sheriff in his school play How the West was Dunn what a great job learning the lines and performing he did. We were so proud of him. That evening before the play he said to me, mom, my stomach feels real funny, I just don't know if I can do it. Once Caleb hit the stage he didn't appear nervous at all. The cast and teachers at St. John's did a great job on the play, jitters and all.

Caleb gets two weeks in the fall for break because St. John's has a balanced school calendar so he has enjoyed himself immensly. We were able to visit the children's museum in Indianapolis as one of our fun trips. It had been a few years since I'd been there and so much has changed. They have the coolest display of hand blown glass 3,200 pieces to be exact that were blown in Seattle and flown to Indy for this display. The display stands approximately 48 feet tall and weighs 18,000 pounds. The glass is simply beautiful, several variations of color and shape. Some of the highlights of the day were the train center, game center, robotics center, the race car and of course the carousel ride and so many others things. When I asked Caleb what his favorite section was the science center took the number one spot. In the science center we were able to dam water, play with the display of the balls that would bounce and turn depending upon which lever you turned, made DNA of wheat germ and got to take some home (yummy). Caleb was asked to be part of a video that was being filmed that day and he had to act like he was running off of a slide. The day was so packed with interesting things to do and it helped to stimulate Caleb's brain that had been on vacation for a week. He has already asked when we can go again.

Another highlight for us this past weekend was that my mom graduated from college. She is 51 years old and got her college degree. She has worked so very hard the past few years to achieve this personal goal that she had set for herself. We celebrated by having a open house for her with friends and family. Mom I just want you to know that I'm very proud of you, what an achievement. My mom has some very serious health issues but decided she wanted to achieve this goal overcoming personal obstacles. Way to go!!!!!!

This was a favorite picture taken this weekend of Wayne & Spencer (nephew). Wayne had just taken Spencer over to pet the horses in the background. I took numerous photo's but my computer is just way too slow to try and load them all.