Praise God from whom all blessings flow

This last month as we went through our medical crisis and came out the other side, I continually said “Thank you, God” for the words of encouragement and support and the prayers that were lifted up to our Heavenly Father on our behalf. God was caring for us in so many ways, from the wonderful SOWER family that was physically at our side (along with the staff here at Diamond Arrow!) to our extended family and friends that prayed alongside us for healing and wisdom and comfort. Even when my prayers could hardly get past “Oh God, Oh God, Oh God”, your prayers were lifting us up. Yesterday as Gary had his second CT scan and another visit with the neurosurgeon, we knew that so many were holding us in their thoughts and prayers. And the news was excellent! Even though the SDH was still evident on the CT scan, it remained stable and Gary was not displaying any “deficiencies”. (That means after holding his arms out, palms up, for several seconds he could touch his finger to his nose (oh, while his eyes were closed). Last visit he was close – this visit he was right on target! The Dr. chatted for a minute or two, then shook our hands and wished us well as we travel back East. What wonderful news! We’re finishing up some projects here and we should be on the road after church on Sunday. We’ll be taking it slow and easy – stopping to hug friends and family along the way and making sure we catch any “must see” areas as we go. Thank you so much for all your thoughts and prayers.

Yet even as I am thanking you, I need also to be thanking God for these times. Sometimes when you hear the words “emergency brain surgery” and you are thousands of miles away, saying “Thank-you, God” doesn’t come all that easy. I’d like to share excerpts from a small devotional book by Ruth Myers – 31 Days of Praise – that have touched me deeply as we traveled these unknown roads.
Father, I’m so delighted that You are both loving and sovereign, and that You cause all things to work together for good to those who love you, to those who are called according to Your purpose. …In spite of what I think or feel when I get my eyes off You, I choose not to resist my trails as intruders, but to welcome them as friends.
Thank You that each difficulty is an opportunity to see You work…that in Your time You will bring me out to a place of abundance. I rejoice that You plan to enrich and beautify me through each problem, each conflict, each struggle…that through them You expose my weaknesses and needs, my hidden sins, my self-centeredness (and especially my self-reliance and pride). Thank You that You use trials to humble me and perfect my faith and produce in me the quality of endurance…that they prepare the soil of my heart for the fresh new growth in godliness that You and I both long to see in me….I’m grateful that you look beyond my superficial desire for a trouble-free life; instead, you fulfill my deep-down desire to glorify You, enjoy Your warm fellowship, and become more like Your Son.

May this be my daily plea!

So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (The Message)

5 thoughts on “Praise God from whom all blessings flow”

  1. 31 Days of Praise is a great book. I read it often as I went through my treatments and the devotional of the day always seemed to be just what I needed to adjust my focus and perspective and to give me peace.

  2. Lynne – I often use that book for our group devotions and usually preface it with “this is book given to me by a good friend who is a cancer survivor. It meant a lot to her – and I’ve been blessed by it each time I read it!” So, thank YOU!!!!

  3. HEY THERE! I stumbled upon your site probably because my hubby and I are Christians and we love to go RVing and I am into sewing. Anyhow…I wanted to give you a big yahoo for taking such awesome travels with your hubby. My husband and I would love to hit the road someday (but we are busy raising kids, pastoring a local church, and the list goes on); anyway… it is great to hear your stories of serving the Lord. Wishing You Every Blessing this Side of Glory, Marjorie

  4. Thanks for stopping by, Marjorie! I love visitors – especially ones that say “Hi!”. We have been so blessed to be able to a part of the SOWER ministry and serve the Lord around the country. With the added bonus of being able to see this beautiful country at the same time -well, I don’t think “empty nest” gets any better than this!
    Blessings to you too! – And we’ll look for you down the road :)!
    Stephanie

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