Thank you Father for answering prayers, for your Spirit who moves and stirs our hearts to You. Thank you for this precious Mother’s day that Theresa might never have had. We are honored and humbled to be recipients of your Blessing Theresa as you have. Thank you all for your continued prayers, which God has been pleased to answer.
For now, we are off the roller-coaster ride. Theresa has made steady improvements through this week. Lyrica continues to keep the needle jabs at bay, and Theresa is sleeping well. She has been able to make meals most nights, going out shopping, and get back to doing normal life stuff. She still has numb toes and her position sensors have not returned, so she stumbles easily. She still has days of intense fatigue. She went to Church today, the first in 4 months, and it felt so good having her there. We both cried tears of joy. After Church we dropped the kids off at home and got a coffee at Starbucks (she had received a gift card at Christmas and she mistakenly thought she wasn’t allowed to have coffee, which was cleared up Thursday) and then we sat in the van facing the lake in Borst Park and talked and had tears of joy and Thanksgiving. To think of missing helping our daughter find a dress for prom, or missing weddings and grandkids – to miss being a grandma – we talked about these things. How can we not have grateful hearts that we are here now, on this side, able to think about the future, and God willing partake in together. We are aware that we have grown up a lot these difficult months of pruning and refining that has been our path. We are in awe and humbled to be where we are, looking forward, making the most of each day. The cares of this world have lessened in their importance. All that this world has to offer pales in significance to truly connecting with your soulmate and with the One who made our souls. He is faithful and true. He has seen us through. It is like we are falling in love all over again, connecting as kindred spirits, where selfishness and arguments have no place, only serving and loving unconditionally. We are in a good place because of our journey. Theresa will get her next treatment on Thursday, but we don’t anticipate any issues other than the fatigue (which lingers) and intestinal sluggishness that comes from it.
Prayer is our soul’s connection to God, our utterances carried by His Spirit – a direct connection to the One who is for us. Beginning in Luke 18:1, Jesus told his disciples a parable that reinforced the idea that we “should always pray and never give up”. A devotional from The Practice of Prayer states it this way “The failure to persevere is the most common problem in prayer and intercession. We begin to pray for something, raising our petitions for a day, a week, or even a month, but then if we have not received a definite answer, we quickly give up and stop praying for it altogether…Pray until what you pray for has been accomplished or until you have complete assurance in your heart that it will be. Only when one of these two conditions has been met is it safe to stop persisting in prayer, for prayer not only is calling upon God but is also a battle with Satan. And because God uses our intercession as a mighty weapon of victory in the conflict, He alone must decide when it is safe to cease from petitioning”. Thank you all who have been prayer warriors for Theresa and our family. Thank you for continuing to uphold us. I covet your prayers and ask they continue. The work isn’t done yet, but we are on verge of a mighty victory.