Sunday, October 14, 2012

A 30 Day Prayer

art by Kathleen Jaeger
For 30 days my father-in-law has been in the hospital. For half of those days, he has needed help to breathe with a ventilator. For 21 of those days, he has been in ICU. For the last week, he has been in a regular room with no major set-backs. This week has been slow & steady progress, much better than the drastic up & down roller-coaster we had been on.

A week with no major set-backs has meant that I have cleaned the bathrooms, straightened the house, made a meal plan for the first time in awhile. My daughter was able to practice the piano every day.

The past thirty days -- though filled with crisis, pain, tears, confusion, and a lot of driving. They have also been filled with time spent with friends and family around the table sharing stories. Lots of prayers and hugs. Lots of out of town family coming into town.

Today I felt very, very drained. In my devotional the verses said, "Consider it all joy when you encounter trials of various kinds..." and "bring the sacrifice of thank offerings..." Though the week itself was lighter, I think the stress & difficulty of the past 3 weeks caught up and came crashing down upon me.

At just the right time, a friend sent a note with a Starbuck's gift card and a verse about the soul being weary...at just the right time there was spiritual encouragement at a Bible study and a very real meal delivered to me & my family.

It is easy to think of how tired I am. How hard it has been. It takes effort to focus on the amazing timing of events displaying God's love and care in the midst of great strain. But I do want to focus on that. This post is part of that...but know there is struggle and there is life. And there is  a God who cares about us all.

Thank you, God for breath. Thank for the progress of my father-in-law this week.
Amen.

Also linking with Jen, click here for more encouragement.
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How about you? Has there been a season of trial in which you could still see God working and displaying His loving-kindness?

9 comments:

  1. I'm so glad that your Father-in-law is doing better, and that you are growing in the Lord through this tough process.

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  2. What a rough patch you are going through. I am sorry.

    Sending love and prayers from Chicago.
    Glenda

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  3. So glad your father-in-law is improving and that you had some tangible signs of support during your trial. Thanks for sharing your testimony of God's faithfulness, Kathleen! Blessings!

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  4. Praying for your dad in law, friend. Rest in Jesus, girl. He promises us a lighter burden in exchange for our heavy one. Lots of love.

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  5. oh friend. asking the imperfect team to pray for you tonight, and for your father in law. may your whole family know God's healing touch. love, e.

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  6. Praying for you and your family and father in law right now.

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  7. Praying for you, for encouragement and rest, and that God will continue to shower you and your father-in-law with his loving care at just the right time.

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Thanks for being part of the conversation...I love hearing from you. Kathleen

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