I am in the church office today, doing the administrative assistant (church secretary) duties I normally do. I am not feeling well, though. Most of us in our house have fallen ill, actually. The tickle-in-the-throat has developed into other symptoms for many of us. Brian's parents were also staying with us for a long weekend. Instead of spending time with their grandchildren doing fun things outside the home, they were mostly at the house taking on much of the care-taker duties of the sick kids. I worked in the morning on Friday, and then came home and went straight to my room. I quarantined myself because I did not want to get anyone else sick. Brian, along with his parents, took care of pretty much everything else around the house, including the kids. All of that rest really helped me out. I was able to keep my commitments for both Saturday and Sunday, and I am at work today! I am definitely not yet healed, but I know that God will do that for me. Just writing this post, I am feeling better! I can now breathe out of one nostril when I could not breathe out of either just a few minutes ago. I believe most of us are getting over our illnesses now. I am concerned about the new people who I heard coughing this morning, though...
Brian has been asking all weekend, "Can you feel the prayers?" He has been asking everyone to pray for us. And, yes, I have been feeling them! I needed rest, but I also needed God's hand on me. Thank you, everyone, for all of the prayers and taking care of our family. We had some women of the church bring by some provisions, including chicken soup. Yes, we received chicken soup for our bodies, but also for our souls! Thank you, Lord, for allowing us to be in another community where people show us their love. People have gone out of their way for us this weekend, and have continued to offer help. My mom-in-law, Linda, is one of those people. She was supposed to have a chance to relax with us as a family, and instead she has done the dishes and the cooking, and taken care of the boys and men in the house. She has raised 5 children, and totally understands what it is to be the "mom" of the family. My father-in-law has also helped out, but his main focus has been keeping the sick kids comfortable and the healthy ones entertained. Most of my kids did not want to cuddle with me when I came into the room. They wanted to stay next to their grandpa on the couch. When my parents stayed with us last October, they ended up doing similar things. Some of the kids were sick, so they stayed home with them while Brian and I worked. They took others to practice and picked them up from school. We were very blessed then, as we are blessed now! Thank you, Lord, for blessing my children with great grandparents!
This was supposed to be a short blog. I wanted to focus on my misery of a stuffy nose. Thank you, Lord, for making me think of how I have been blessed by others through this! I have been praying all weekend for healing for all of us, but also my friends in faith who are dealing with more severe health issues. I have been encouraged by them. They have found time and strength to pray for my family even in their own circumstances. Thank you, Lord, for putting praying people in my life!
Trust in the Name of the Lord Our God To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you! 2 May he send you help from the sanctuary and give you support from Zion! 3 May he remember all your offerings
and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices! Selah 4 May he grant you your heart's desire and fulfill all your plans! 5 May we shout for joy over your salvation, and in the name of our God set up our banners! May the Lord fulfill all your petitions! 6 Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with the saving might of his right hand. 7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. 8 They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright. 9 O Lord, save the king! May he answer us when we call.
English Standard Version (ESV)