Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Coming into Bloom

One of the jokes at our house over the past years has been that there is one thing we really grow well here. Can you guess what that is?

We grow grass, and lots of it! It's been growing especially nicely for the past few weeks as we've had a lot of rain, with a few moments of sunshine 'sprinkled' in (joke intended!).

Being from Oregon, rain and green grass makes me feel all warm and cozy, which has been exactly what I needed for the past 12 days as I've battled sickness.

I've spent a lot of time in bed or on the couch, recovering from bronchitis, tonsillitis and a sinus infection. While that part has not been fun, I've so enjoyed the rain pattering on my window, and the occasional glimpses outside to see our spring coming into bloom.

I finally felt like I got my brain back yesterday - it's amazing how good it feels to THINK again! I'm now looking forward to a full recovery of energy and strength, which is on the rise today.

Thank you to those of you who prayed for me. It's been a very sweet time with the Lord, with much time for prayer and solitude. I'll be glad to get back to life, but also feel thankful for these days of rest and quiet. God is always good, and I bless Him for being near to me!

Saturday, May 18, 2019

The Shepherd's Care

I had planned to be in Poland at the European Leadership Forum today, to be a part of this with Dave, Tyler and Claire.

They were teaching a seminar this afternoon on the topic of "Family on Mission" that I was to be a part of. I received a note from a friend who's there, who sent the photo saying all three are amazing teachers. That makes me happy to hear!

Where I am? At home on Day 3 of antibiotics for bronchitis, tonsillitis and a sinus infection. A triple whammy.

I went to the doctor on Thursday and found out the news, and have been worse before getting better since then. I'd been warned that the strong antibiotic might have an effect on me as the toxins of bacteria were being purged...and that warning turned out to be correct. I have been sicker the past two days than I have this whole time.

By this evening I'm finally starting to feel the good effect of the antibiotic (followed up by a probiotic three hours after each antibiotic) but am pretty wiped out.

I've been thinking a lot about Psalm 23, something Dave taught on two years ago at our JV spring conference. Sometimes the Good Shepherd makes us lay down in green pastures. This may not feel like a green pasture, but knowing my Shepherd, I trust that if he's laid me down, it is.

The doctor said I need to stay down until at least mid-week next week; a relapse from such a strong virus is possible, he said.

My body doesn't yet feel like anything but resting right now; we'll see how I feel in a few days! I kept my window open today and could hear the birds chirping on the first sunny day in a while. It was soothing; as is my Shepherd's care for me.

Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:6

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Day Five

I sure didn't expect this.

Today is the fifth day I've been in completely in bed, sick with whatever it is that has hit me. One moment it feels like a sinus infection, the other, bronchitis. Whatever it is, I am feeling pretty miserable. I've done everything I could think of to fight this off naturally, but since that's not working very well I'll head to the doctor tomorrow to see what he says.

Since I don't think you want to see a picture of "sick me" I'm posting one of Dave from this morning, from bed, where I watched him do a JV Webinar for our staff.

I'd love to write more about it since it's such a great thing we do once a quarter. Dave teaches from the Word, has different JV staff give updates from around our 15 countries, and gives general news to keep us all in the loop of our JV family.

But since I'm so low right now I'll just post this, and ask you to pray for me. I see the doctor here in town at 9 tomorrow morning.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Mother's Day: on the couch

On this Mother's Day (my 30th!), I spent it on the couch, sick with a horrible cough. There are sure worse things that could happen than that on a day like today!

I'm thankful that I have three awesome kids who made me a mom; that I have my own mom to honor today; and that I have a mom-in-law that I love too!

My sweet Claire, my last born, ministered to me on this Mother's Day, when I could hardly get out of bed.

She made lunch, brought me GF carrot cake (from Haley's recipe with lactose free frosting that is SOMETHING ELSE...I love frosting so I'm a good judge!), and brought my favorite soda: Almdudler from Austria! THANK YOU CLAIRE!

I think you brought me something else but right now can't remember it!

Dave brought me flowers, which was extra sweet considering me didn't get home until 4 AM (delayed flight, then a late night train ride) and had to be up to PREACH at church at 10. HE is something else!!!

Besides being something else, he's tired too...but still sat here with me!

All things considered, it was a very sweet Mother's Day, being confined to the couch.

Oh and Dave made me a fire and brought me special chocolate from Switzerland so that's good too!

Loved talking to the kids today; love talking to them on all days! But it was sweet to be honored by them, just as I honor my mom and mom-in-law today too!

Happy Mother's Day all of you AMAZING MOMS OUT THERE!!!!

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Didn't See That Coming

This morning I woke up completely and absolutely sick. I sure didn't see that one coming.

Claire and I did our Velvet Ashes retreat yesterday, and while I felt a tickle in my throat at times during the day, I had full energy and was feeling pretty good.

But this morning was a COMPLETELY different story.

I was coughing as if I'd had bronchitis for weeks (or had been smoking for twenty years...which obviously was not true even though I sounded like it!). My body thoroughly ached and I had a splitting headache along with the sore throat (probably from coughing so much).

Today was supposed to be an early Mother's Day for me, with Tyler and Lara coming to make lunch, and Claire, Judah and Asher here too (Dave is still in Switzerland with GYI). But that was not to be. I spent 99.9% of the day in bed, sleeping, when I wasn't coughing violently.

I finally got up to go downstairs and at least try to eat and drink something. What a good time it was to get up!

The days are getting longer here, and this was at just a few minutes before 8 PM!

With a hot cup of tea in hand, I stood at the window watching as the sun set, not wanting to miss the beauty of the day ... because I'd already missed a certain part of its beauty that didn't get to happen due to being sick.

All these years I've trained my mind to be thankful, no matter what. So I stood here praising the Lord and thanking Him for meeting me in a sun set, and obviously lying me down in "green pastures", though I didn't know I needed it!

Here's to a better day tomorrow, whatever that might hold!