Floyd's week has gone smoothly. His eyes continue to be irritated/infected off and on but on the whole he seems peaceful. I love that he always has smiles - even on the days that seem harder for him. He continues to be alert and responsive with the carers that go to be with him.
One reportback from a carer that particularly touched me this week… The carer explained he was facing some decisions and asked that Floyd would be praying for him. Floyd reached out his hand to the carer, closed his eyes, and began making some sounds that the carer interpreted as prayers! The carer said it was a very special experience.
We've also been sensing though, that as his awareness grows, it is sometimes hard for him to face his situation. We are feeling to pray for increased grace, ministering angels, and the sweet comfort of the Holy Spirit for him.
Recovering from my 3 rounds of chemo, the large and small surgeries and the complications that came - well, it's been a "battle." I have been diligently working on rebuilding energy and strength. It has been challenging and "fought" for!
The weather has turned quite cold - probably because the wind that has been blowing makes it feel so much colder. It's been too cold for me to do my deck walking to build my strength, but I want exercise - so I have been walking "loops" inside the house!
This week as I walked, I looked out to the ocean. The water was rough because of the wind - lots of bouncing white caps. There were a number of windsurfers out enjoying all this. I watched them skimming along the top of all the rough water. As I watched this, I felt the Lord speak into my heart that His grace is like what I was seeing. His grace enables us to skim along the top of the "rough water" of life! He keeps us afloat in the choppiness of all the things that come our way. That is such a wonderful gift and blessing!
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13
"As for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me." Micah 7:7
"Let (God) have all your worries and cares, for He is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you." 1 Peter 5:7 TLB
"The Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear not be dismayed." Deuteronomy 31:8
In my weak moments when I lean into Him, I'm so glad that He's "got" me and that He's carrying me (and you) over the rough water. How faithful He is!
One of the things I'm also so grateful for is that the Lord takes us on difficult paths at a "pace" that we can handle. Now, granted, some days I wasn't so sure I could handle it! I wondered if it was too much. But God knows us, and promises to not give us more than we can handle. And He gives us the courage to keep up with the pace.
"Jesus immediately said to them: "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid." Matthew 14:2
"The Lord is with you, He is mighty to save." Zephaniah 3:17
And a second thing I'm so grateful for is that He's a God who is involved in the details of our lives! He doesn't leave us to toddle along on our own. He's right with us in every single detail. I've seen it over and over and over again - not just on this unexpected journey, but in all the 50 years that Floyd and I have been involved in ministry. God's involvement in the details keeps me from feeling I'm alone on this journey.
"The eyes of the Lord are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love." Psalm 33:18
"I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand." Psalm 73:23
His faithfulness is firm and secure. As I hold on to Him, I won't get blown about by the hard things that come along! My heart praises Him.