I shared this on The Daily Drew this morning and thought I'd share with you. I am a journaler and an (insecure) blogger so I find putting my thoughts on paper helps me. Now the wonderful thing about journaling is you don't have to watch grammar and punctuation, etc you just pour your heart out.
So here is my heart.. I have to tell you last night was hard on us as a family I think it's the first time the "severity" of what has happened with Drew hit me.
On the first day, we had a doctor who was incredibly positive, the nursing staff was positive and I clung to the positive. I felt that was God's special gift to me, like he put me in a bubble. Last night we met with the Dr. because Drew wasn't as responsive as he had been. Now keep in mind his vitals were very good all day yesterday and both his cat scans were very good, but this doc painted a different picture than the doc did the day before. We left the hospital a little downcast until God reminded me of something that had happened earlier that evening.
I had decided to go out and get some fresh air and exercise. I know I need to keep myself healthy. (Please pray that I can sleep because the first night I didn't and then woke up at 4 this morning) As I'm walking I'm thinking to myself I should listen to the Bible while I'm walking that's one thing I know will help me. Thank goodness for aps that read it to you. So, I'm trying to figure out where to start and I am reminded of reading the Psalms starting with the date that it is. So I listened to the 11th, then went to Ps. 41. As I'm listening a verse jumps out and me and I highlight it and it keeps on reading to me. I then realize that it's not the 11th but the 10th and go back and start over. Big deal you say? Well after I finished with the walk is when I came in and the doc wanted to do another cat scan and the negative happened.
Fast forward to 10:00 at night when I'm talking to our nurse daughter Carissa Steere who is in San Fransisco supposedly on vacation and she was really struggling with the negative thrown at us today. While talking to her God reminded me, Barb look up that scripture you highlighted today. So I go back in there and this is what the verse says:
The Lord sustains him on his sickbed;
in his illness you restore him to full health.
So I read the verses above it:
In the day of trouble the Lord delivers him;
2 the Lord protects him and keeps him alive;
he is called blessed in the land;
you do not give him up to the will of his enemies.
3 The Lord sustains him on his sickbed;
in his illness you restore him to full health.[
I am just loving that God is so personal that he wants good things for us and he loves me so much he gives to me in such a personal way. And it's amazing that his word (the Bible) is as relevant today as it was when it was written.
The Lord sustains Drew on his sickbed;
in his illness you restore Drew to full health.
God in in infinite mercy gave me this verse to hold onto and I'm holding tight.
Jesus touch my boy and restore him to full health. Thank you in advance in your precious name. Amen
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Monday, March 10, 2014
```It is ironic that I plan to post this series today on Loving your Body and yesterday at 8:00 am I got a phone call every parent dreads. Mrs. Camp this is Liz a social worker for Bronson Emergency we need you to call this number as soon as possible. I received a call that my 22 yo son Drew had been in a snowmobile accident 4 hours from me and had been airflighted to Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo which is 3 1/2 hours from us. I will tell you that, that drive for 3 1/2 hours was torture. I had no idea if he had any brain function, but just that he was alive. We were told he was in stable condition but air transport and stable don't go hand in hand.
I am happy to report that Drew is in the trauma ICU in stable condition. He broke his neck in 3 spots but God in his infinite mercy spared all damage to the spinal cord and he can move all of his appendages. He does have two brain bleeds in the brain, not between the brain and the skull which is better. Thank you God AGAIN! The doc did tell me when we were reviewing films of his that he has seen people come in here way worse and walk out just fine, I'm clinging to that. He will be sedated for the first 5-7 days so the next few days will be a little gruesome as we WAIT! We would covet your prayers as we know they are our life line.
Uncle Drew and Beckett
Sooooo... this leaves me with a decision to make. Do I proceed on with what I planned to do or do I just scrap it because I have no idea what my life will look like? After prayer I've decided to not to do it this week, I will be at the hospital nonstop for a while, but I have lots of down time too. (aka waiting time) so will evaluate as I go. I will need to learn to love my body in the "hard times" and the not so easy times.
Here are some pictures of my adventurous boy I'd love to share with you!
Here is a picture of our older 4 kids performing a Christmas program, I love their smiles.
I would LOVE your prayers, we soooo need them and we know our strength comes from the Lord.
If you'd like you can follow Drew's progress you can at "The Daily Drew".
Friday, March 7, 2014
Hi guys!! I would like to share with you a new blog series I'm going to be starting. Last year my daughter Adriane said, mom you should do a blog series on health and exercise. You've never done anything on your blog in this area. Recently my daughter Carissa said to me, Mom you need to do a blog series on health and exercise, you've never done anything on this topic. Well.... there is something about me you need to know, I can't get on my blog and teach something I'm not doing myself. I need to be willing to live it if I'm going to write about it. So after much soul searching and prayer and looking at things around me I've decided to take the plunge into this area ( and I mean it's a plunge!)
This is not going to be a "diet" series but a "Love your Body" series. I want to focus on liking my body right where it is. It is a gift from God and to beat it to a pulp every day of my life is NOT being a good steward. Side note, have you ever thought back 10-15 years and remember thinking you were so fat and now you'd do anything to go back to that size??? Well, I think it's crucial we learn to LOVE us just the way we are right now. Then and only then we will see lasting changes.
My thoughts are this:
1. I want to share a life lesson activity every week to look inside at what's really going on. Lasting change won't happen until we make some internal changes.
2. I'd like to share a series of easy exercise routines. I get bored easy and if it's boring I won't do it. I also know I won't do anything if I don't have a plan so now I will have no excuses.
3. I will share a healthy recipe I'd like to try each week as well.
4. I'm will be open to sharing whatever God shows me as well as what I'm learning about myself.
5. I will be doing everything I write about (at least that's my goal and with putting this into print, I have to right??)
I will start the series on Monday 3/10 so if you have someone you think might be interested in following along, please send them my way or share on your social media. If you have a suggestion of something you'd like covered, leave me a comment and let me know. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. You can leave a comment or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Disclaimer: I am in no way an expert in this area. I'm sharing things I'm willing to try, if you feel it's uncomfortable, unhealthy then PLEASE follow your own instincts. I will be sharing things I find from the Pinterest or the internet.
Looking forward to growing and learning with you!