My friends, I can't tell you how touched and moved I am by your outpouring of love, encouragement and prayers in response to my post last Saturday. I’ve shared them with Leslie and she says to tell you thank you—thank you, thank you, thank you for rallying around us. I’m not always good about sharing stuff like this only because I don’t want to burden others nor do I want to put too much attention on me and my family when we have so many needs here. But I am reminded by Abba that He is the one who has led us to become this community, this family. And burdens unshared become too heavy.
So, I will use today’s post to give you an update and a couple areas that need continued prayers. Then as things change, shift and improve in this situation, I will add a P.S. to the bottom of my posts. I am so grateful and touched by your requests to keep you updated. Just, wow…I especially can't wait to share the miracles that are coming.
Leslie’s life verse is Philippians 4:13 and is truly her life’s motto: For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. She clings to this truth and has a great attitude about her future. She and I are already playing tennis several times a week as a way to get her active (an me in shape! Bonus!) and she seems committed to doing whatever she needs to counteract her memory loss. We’ve since learned that the fact that she was a teenager at the time of her treatment will work for her. So, God is already revealing the positive side and blessings in this scenario.
And I am still standing in belief that God will heal her. He did it once before so I know He can and believe He will again. What I am finding fascinating is the ripple effect of this at the moment.
Amazingly, my mother is also encouraging Leslie to believe God can heal her. My mother is a fairly new believer and she herself has experienced God's direct healing of her knee just recently. She had a bone spur that caused her great pain and limited her mobility. I kept encouraging her to pray over it and prayed with her.
The spur is gone! And I can't tell you how overjoyed I was to see her awestruck by God's love and healing. She was like a kid when we walked the beach several weeks ago, excited that she could walk for over an hour!
All this to say. We just never know how God will work in our situations to affect others, too. It's rarely just about us and what we see before us. God’s plans and ways are so far reaching.
For now, please pray that:
- Leslie will stay committed to exercising even after my hubby and I go back to Florida in July.
- Leslie will begin to go deeper in her faith and believe Jesus can heal her.
- Leslie will either adjust to this new medication or that she won’t need it. We’re still working to get the insurance to step in but sometimes those very complications are God’s hand of protection. We’ve seen Him do this before…
And this mama’s heart? Abba has taken great care of me, my friends, through your love and His presence. He has reminded me of things He spoke to me in the past regarding Leslie (turns out He’d given me a word of preparation for this in January of 2014, which I had written in my journal and forgotten) and has reminded me of His intention to draw her into deeper faith through it.
Somehow, this will affect my hubby, too. I’ve not a clue how, but I believe what Papa God is saying and am waiting expectantly and prayerfully to see what He brings forth next. For He is a good, good God. The Great and Almighty Lover of our souls. I am so in awe of His deep reaching love for us.
My friends, your love is a reflection of His too and I am deeply moved and affected by it. Thank you. Your words and prayers have already set into motion amazing changes and miracles. I can’t wait for the day we are together in heaven so I can personally thank and hug each and every one of you. Until then, consider yourself deeply loved and hugged here today. :-)