My Dad the Comeback Kid, the Power of Praise, Prayers, Determination, Ice Cream and Acceptance, 06FEB
No doubt that your prayers are appreciated and WORKING for my family. I witnessed great improvements in my Dad yesterday, which baffle doctors and yet show us the power of the complex human body and fighting spirit. The power of time, 48 hrs, from catatonic-like stroke OR seizure OR sepsis-symptoms OR who knows to a man determined to eat ice cream by his own spoon last night. I believe in the motivation of ice cream. My truth is that the Lord is in charge.
I walked into the hospital room and my Dad knew my name. Enough said.
I could say that asking for prayers makes me feel like “the boy who cried wolf” whenever I see rebounds like this (and he has had MANY, lucky blessed). But prayers are NEVER wasted. I am EVER appreciative of your prayers and my dad is far from rebounded perfectly, this IS a step down the road as an 80yr old. And yes, it IS tough to see him and everyone get older and less robust. But it is acceptance of the natural aging process, plus a refreshed outlook everyday of “what’s today’s reality”. I count blessings that I have parents who can get older, kids who are busy. No one could tell me that the Lord is not in charge… I count blessings for EXCELLENT health insurance and the spirited care of the hospital staff this time in a hometown hospital. It also reminds me to get my own physical and mental self more robust while I have the chance. My praise is most crucial, praise comes first.
And acceptance, endlessly I can tell you when I and we have been amazingly surprised that after accepting a certain level of any situation, the saving grace and SURPRISE of the Lord shines beautifully thru. Yes, everything good comes from God, this too. Doesn’t it seem that God wants us to not complain but understand? I witness to acceptance with actions and game plans ready, not defeat but resolution. With my mom and brother accepting the fact of increased work on their part in order to get my father home for his care, I witness their commitment, game planning, drive. How blessed am I to be from this great example of family strength, blessed beyond my wildest dreams. My mom knew every nurses name, the ultrasound tech’s baby, knows the ever-shifting baseline of health too.
Well, isn’t that the Lord too?! Lord-strength, determination and drive in His Home-Kingdom combined with His ultimate people-placing power. Not people-pleasing but people-plan-pursuing. God works His system. It is HIS.
I believe in the power of acceptance.
I believe in the Lord tweaking our existence in amazing ways.
I believe in the power of praise.
I believe in my earthly Father’s and my Heavenly Father’s Willpowers. I believe.
I’m blessed to know that we are blessed and no matter the circumstances things could ALWAYS be worse.
Praise, Prayers, Determination and Acceptance.
Witness, Witnesses, Witnessed, Witnessing…
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
The Golden Rule
“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
Build Your House on the Rock
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”