Sunday, July 15, 2007

Answered Prayer

Well, our cooler is working again. Praise the Lord! I saw on one of the thermometers it was 105º F this afternoon. I was running any kind of errand I could think of so I wasn't in the hot house. What was the problem? We don't know. The circuit breakers or whatever it is on the fuse box all checked out perfect. I've laid down the law...if it acts up one more time...we. are. getting. a. new. cooler. Period!!! We aren't even in our normal time of triple digit temps yet.

So praise the Lord for His mercy in allowing the cooler to once again come on after dinking with it. I praise the Lord for the "investment" of numerous fans over the last several years. Downstairs, with the fans going, and one doesn't move much, it is significantly bearable without being too hot.

Jim went to church...nauseated, hurting, etc but it was good. He sat out in the foyer, on the couch, so he could get up and go spit etc as needed without disturbing anyone. One of the blessings about being in the Lord's house is we have a new air conditioning system in our church because we have a new church building. We had our first service in it back in March. It was a long time in coming but it was fabulous to finally be through with construction so we could worship in it.

He is not talking very much at all. Hurts too bad. The pain medication is being consumed again, right on time. :)

I guess that's about all for our day here. We are going to hit the bed early tonight so we can get up and get busy in the morning. Well, technically, that is so I can get busy in the morning. LOL!

Blessings to all! Thank you, Pilgrim Pals for all your prayers! And, thank you to everyone else who has been faithful to pray! Especially our family!!!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Only 3 more treatments!!!

This will be a very short post because I awoke this morning sicker than dog. (No offense to the dog world.) But of all the days to be sick...I couldn't believe it. We had a window man scheduled to come out to give us a bid which had to be canceled. Then, our furniture was due to arrive this afternoon and it did!! Pics will have to follow after I feel better. But PD had to take care of all that. Our good friend C drove him to his radiation treatment and will again if she is needed tomorrow. However, I am desperately praying that I will feel 100% better!

He only has 3 more treatments!!!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Only 4 more treatments left!!!

My prayer partner and I planned on getting together this evening for prayer and dinner. Actually we planned on it yesterday but a friend of ours whose husband is out of town asked to join us for dinner. That was okay because we had already set aside tonight too so we just decided that we would pray later this afternoon over an early dinner.

Again I am reminded to be 'flexible' when making plans. Right before C had called to tell me she was on her way, I received a phone call from an elderly widowed friend who is recently back in town, now to stay. It was her daughter and husband's anniversary today and they were off celebrating. She called to see how Pilot Dad is doing as well as myself. During our conversation she asked if we could go out to dinner tonight. I told her I would call her back and let her know.

Then the phone rang and it was C telling me she was on her way. I explained the situation, how my heart had been moved to include her in our dinner plans. We could still pray etc...So we decided to pray first then pick up S and we thought of another elderly widow, D, to invite. So I called S back and told her that C's husband was out of town too and, what would she think about inviting D along too? She was delighted with the whole idea! Well, it turns out it is going to be her birthday on Friday! So the two 70+ year olds and the 50+ year old women had a delightful dinner this evening.

I have to remind myself to remain flexible to God's leading and direction. I should not be rigid in my scheduling of my day but allow the Lord to direct my steps for His purpose. Two ladies were lifted up and encouraged this evening by the fellowship of two other ladies who were delighted to sit and listen to them share what was on their hearts and minds.

Now, I am off to bed. I do not want to be awakened in the middle of the night like last night. I want to sleep through until it is time to arise and face a new day...truly a gift from the Lord! :D

Only 5 more treatments!

Good morning, everyone! How did you all sleep? Well, I hope! It is quiet this morning. I awoke at 4 am and haven't been able to get back to sleep...yet. I kind of thought this pattern of mine had actually ceased but I see it hasn't totally gone. Do you realize that Pilot Dad has been off work for 3 months, 1 week and 2 days? That staggers my mind when I think of the time like that. In all that time he went in for 1 day of work. My starting point for all this was April 16th which was the day of his first surgery. And now, IT. IS. ALMOST. OVER!!!!!

The other countdown which we are experiencing is the date Pilot will arrive home for a short visit!! Only 17 more days! Pilot Dad's last day of radiation is July 17th and beginning today we only have 17 more days until we see PILOT!!! No wonder I am unable to sleep!! The thoughts just keep exploding in my mind, so full of joy and happiness, excitement, and did I mention JOY?!!!

Well, it's now about 5:30 am and if I want to be able to get through my day I need to go back to sleep for a short while. See you later!

Monday, July 09, 2007

Only SIX more treatments!!!!

A week from tomorrow (Tuesday) will be our last treatment!! If it is possible for 2 over 50 adults who are so tired and slow, we would almost be giddy! ;)

I'm listening to Pilot Dad as he composes a new arrangement of music on the keyboard. He plays by ear and "tries" to learn the notes but he sits and it just flows. The tune he was "composing" is so mellow and restful. Just what I need today.

Besides our heat hovering at 100º F or above we are having to deal with so many fires. The biggest one which has closed our major north/south freeway has now become the largest fire we have ever experienced in our state. So far, it has scorched 300,000 acres. They have had to close our freeway several times since it has jumped the road so often. We are even experiencing the gray haze of smoke in SLC. The last I had heard it was still 0% contained. It has affected us asthma sufferers something terrible. The fire began Friday from a lightening bolt.

All of this reminds me of an illustration I heard a number of years ago about surviving God's wrath. In the olden days when people traveled across our country by wagon they were sometimes confronted by a raging fire. The way they would combat the fire was to burn a large area themselves. Once the area burned is large enough and is doused out the family would go huddle in the center of their burned out area. The fire would burn up to their burned out area and then go around it, not touching the people in the protected already burned area.

Can you envision that same idea with the cross, with the blood from passover? We stand in His blood, claiming it for us, God's rage will pass around/over us since we are protected by His already spilled blood.

Colossians 4:2, "Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it [prayer] with an attitude of thanksgiving..."