Forever Faithful

After months of waiting, Mom’s surgery day arrived.

I left my house before sunrise on Thursday for the hour-long drive to the hospital. My nerves were frazzled. Many prayer warriors were hard at work though, lifting my concerns heavenward.

Those petitions were answered in a mighty way. Mom came through with flying colors! The surgery — a partial mastectomy — was successful, with no complications. And thankfully, there have been no noticeable cognitive changes. (Normally this is a concern with dementia patients following general anesthesia.)

Truly, we could not have asked for a better outcome.

All smiles 24 hours post surgery!

 

After only two hours in the recovery room, Mom was discharged. She returned to her nursing home, and slept peacefully for most of the afternoon. And she even ate dinner with the other residents! My heart is overflowing with gratitude and relief.

The Lord’s faithfulness is incredibly humbling. His love and care, and attention to every detail, is evident in all that He does. I am blessed beyond measure!

Thank you to everyone who kept us close in prayer on the days leading up to Mom’s surgery, and all day on Thursday. Indeed, those prayers are still being felt as we await pathology results.

I want to conclude today’s post with the first verse and chorus of a beloved hymn:

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

“Great is Thy faithfulness,” O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

“Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!”
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
“Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me!

 

Seeking Serenity

After a week of tragedy in our nation, I’m feeling somewhat numb. This comes on the heels of the cancer diagnosis in my own family last week. Sometimes life can be overwhelming.

Yet amidst the chaos, I look out the kitchen window and see all the flowers in our garden that continue to bloom. Thankfully, they are unaffected by the day’s news.

The colorful zinnia at the top of today’s post is a reminder of the beauty that surrounds us. Each new day, as one flower wilts and drops its petals, another opens its face to the sun. And from that flower, comes life-giving nectar for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Amazing! Some would call this the circle of life. I see it as a reminder of God’s love for us.

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My favorite times of serenity are spent walking in the woods, sitting in the garden, or listening to the birds. It is a pleasant way to shut out the world, or at least hold it at arm’s length for a while.

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. – ‭‭John‬ ‭16:33‬

When you take time to seek it, you will always find peace in the stillness of God’s presence.