Tuesday, August 19, 2008

God is in control!

"For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life , as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? "Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? "And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?
Matt 6:25-27 (NASB)

No matter what life may bring, God is in control of it! When things seem tough, pray for strength and it will be given to you. When bills pile up and you don't know how to pay them all, seek His guidance and He will provide you a way out. When you experience the death or illness of a family member, bring it to the foot of the cross, for everything that happens is done for the glory of the Lord.

You may ask, "How can God be glorified through the death of my mom/friend/spouse?" The answer is simple...it was God's will. In this fallen world there is sickness and death and there is no way around it. We are ALL going to die and some will go through a long sickness before leaving this earth. We don't know what our future is, but we can be assured that God does! He knows what your needs are before you do. Seek His face and rely upon Him and He will answer your prayers.

The funny thing about God is that you may not get the answer that you wanted, but you might get something better. For many years Dawn and I prayed to have a baby. Although we did get a baby, she was flawed by human standards. It wasn't exactly what we asked for, but we still see her as a blessing and an answer to prayer. We truly feel that we are more blessed because she is special than if she was a normal child. We are meeting people and experiencing more of life because of the challenges that we are being put through. We are different people today than we were a year ago and our little blessing has done much to change our attitude towards others and our reliance upon the Lord.

Today, Emily is doing great and getting stronger as the days go by. She has limitations and some of them we don't know if she will ever overcome. The one thing that we do know is that she has everything she NEEDS. I know this because God is all-sufficient! He meets our needs and pours His blessings from Heaven down upon us.

I realize that I may sound a little preachy today, but I am not going to apologize for it! God has blessed me beyond measure and I want the world to know.

As for Emily...she is doing well. We have resorted to putting her in her Pack N Play in the living room when we go to bed. There were too many nights that we would end up doing it at 3:00 in the morning and we got tired of waking up and having a hard time getting back to sleep. We thought this was a passing phase and would only last a few days, but after a week, we prepared ourselves for the long haul. We know that we need a larger apartment/house, but God keeps leading us to stay here for a little longer. When He moves us, we'll go (that's our motto).

Not much has changed here in the past few weeks, which is why I haven't posted anything in a while. She has not had any appointments or therapy in a few weeks. She had one therapist cancel last week and the next one is Physical Therapy on Thursday. She has been eating great (although it is always a struggle) and is gaining weight daily.

One of the challenges that Emily has is her digestive track is not working normal. This is common in children with Cerebral Palsy and she in on medication for it. When she has trouble going to the bathroom, she is not a happy camper. The last few days, things had not been moving as they should, so I increased one of her medications. Let's just say that she is most likely feeling pretty good today! Things have been moving along just fine. She is sleeping now and who knows what surprise awaits me when she gets up?

We are still on the hunt for a stroller. Friends of ours lent us one, but it is too big for Dawn to maneuver. We need something light-weight that has all the things to give Emily the support she needs. We bought a new car seat a month ago, but until we get the stroller, we can't use it...unless we want to carry Emily everywhere we go. Even the carriages in the store won't work because she can't control her head. As I mentioned above...God knows what He is doing and we have faith that we will find one soon. The funny thing is that Dawn found one, she is just trying to get it at a good price and it has taken a while. I'm sure she could write a funny post about her month long adventure to find this stroller.

Well, it's time to go and feed the little blessing. I hope all is well with you and feel free to leave comments...

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Anonymous said...

You know even if you don't have anything going on, pictures of Emily would be just fine!!!! We always love to see pictures of how she is growing!!!

You guys are truly amazing parents!!! But I've realized parenting comes a lot easier when you keep your eye on the Cross!!

Love you guys, Carrie Williams

Anonymous said...

Mike and Dawn, Lynn here.
This is the first time I have left a comment on your blog, though I check it daily for new additions, so I am not sure if I am doing this right. I just had to tell you "thanks" for this inspiration, as it came during the time needed for me personally. As I e-mailed to Dawn a few days ago, we are moving toward returning to Louisville, striving to trust every step, which doesn't come as easily as it did in the past. Your blog is a breath of fresh air to me as I read and re-read the additions. They never leave me the same. You all are amazing witnesses to me personally and I could never thank God enough for your willingness to share your lives with us in friendship. Love to little Em.