Ryan’s Miracle Watch Special Lunar Eclipse Edition 8/2/17

Ryan and I don’t really get all of the hullabaloo surrounding the lunar eclipse today. It was rather uneventful in our opinion, partially because it was overcast where we live, so we couldn’t really see it. On top of that, it only lasted a couple of minutes. It’s like waiting a couple of hours in line for a popular ride at an amusement park that only lasts 30 seconds. In this case, this year’s lunar eclipse has been building up for decades, and the media was hyping it for weeks. What the media doesn’t tell you is the fact that one can experience the full-on effects of an eclipse simply by closing one’s eyes; something that can be done anytime, anywhere. You can even make partial eclipses (such as the one’s seen in the more southern states) by not closing your eyes all the way. Businesses don’t want you to know this. Somebody made a lot of money selling stupid eclipse glasses (Just follow the money. Right?). That said, here’s a picture of Ryan and I viewing the eclipse this morning…

We saved boo coo bucks by using our eyelids. They’re actually  much safer, and our eclipse lasted way longer than 2 minutes…

Acts 2:20   The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 8/20/17

Another weekend is gone…YAY!!! I so look forward to Mondays, because I get to watch over Ryan. How cool is that?

Isaiah 41:10   So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Don’t dread any day…even a Monday. Every day is a gift from God. Embrace it and live it to the fullest!

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 8/19/17

Beautiful day today. 81 degrees with lots of sunshine…

Ryan enjoyed the day with a visit from a former nurse who was with him for at least three or four years. And, Bob stopped by with a Bible lesson. There’s just something about Ryan that makes people want to be around him…including me. And, I’m very fortunate to have the opportunity to be with him all the time. Not only is it satisfying and a blessing, but it also reminds me to pray for his complete recovery…

Thank you all for continuing to pray for him, even though you aren’t able to come around to visit. You are truly God’s servants, and I pray God will richly bless you all for your kindness…

Hebrews 6:10   God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.                             

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 8/18/17

Love my new job (not really a job) hanging out with Ryan. Mainly, because he’s the coolest guy I know. I also like hanging out with him, because I don’t have to shave and can dress however I want. Went out last weekend and bought a few sets of scrubs. It makes me feel like the real deal. But alas, I’m still just a dad and not really a nurse…

Can you tell he’s equally glad to be hanging out with me?

NOTE: Ryan’s head is neither extra-large compared to mine, or extra-small compared to his Lacrosse helmet hanging on the wall. In case you’re confused (and/or as dumb as a rock…not that any of you are), it’s an optical illusion created by the way I took this selfie…DOH!

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 8/17/17

“Don’t become preoccupied with your child’s academic ability, but instead teach them to sit with those sitting alone. Teach them to be kind. Teach them to offer help. Teach them to be a friend to the lonely. Teach them to encourage others. Teach them to think about other people. Teach them to share. Teach them to look for the good. This is how they will change the world.”

Read this quote on FB the other day, and it reminds me so much of how Ryan is. The thing about Ryan is he didn’t need to be taught any of these things. It was part of his DNA; his nature…especially the parts about being a friend to the lonely and sitting with those sitting alone…

Truth be told, Ryan’s been teaching me these things…

Mark 12:30-31   Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 8/16/17

This is Ryan’s Grandma Susan giving him his physical therapy treatment. He is so loved by his grandparents who come several times during the week to keep him limber. Notice how relaxed he is. Again, nothing phases him. That is, except when his buddy Kal does his therapy. Kal doesn’t hold anything back and works Ryan extremely hard. I guess that’s what young guys do…

Anyway, we’re so thankful that Ryan has such wonderful people in his life who volunteer their time to help him along his journey…

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 8/15/17

Ryan had a doctor’s appointment today to make sure he’s good to go for his surgery at the end of the month to remove the kidney stone that’s in him. He wasn’t interested in the slightest…

While at Kaiser, I saw a poor old lady fall over on the sidewalk! At least I presume she was poor – she only had $1.20 in her purse.

 

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 8/14/17

KEEP YOUR FORK

There was a Christian lady who was diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. So as she was getting her things “in order,” she contacted her pastor and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes. She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in. The woman also requested to be buried with her favorite Bible. Everything was in order and the pastor was preparing to leave when the woman suddenly remembered something very important to her.
“There’s one more thing,” she said excitedly.
“What’s that?” came the pastor’s reply.
“This is very important,” the woman continued. “I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand.”
The pastor stood looking at the woman, not knowing quite what to say. “That surprises you, doesn’t it?”, the woman asked.
“Well, to be honest, I’m puzzled by the request,” said the pastor.
The woman explained, “In all my years of attending church socials and potluck dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main courses were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, “Keep your fork.” It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was coming…like velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. Something wonderful, and with substance! So, I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder, “What’s with the fork?” Then I want you to tell them: “Keep your fork. The best is yet to come.”
The pastor’s eyes welled up with tears of joy as he hugged the woman good-bye. He knew this would be one of the last times he would see her before her death. But he also knew that the woman had a better grasp of Heaven than most Christians did.
She KNEW that something better was coming.
At her funeral people were walking by the woman’s casket and they saw the pretty dress she was wearing, her favorite Bible, and the fork placed in her right hand.
Over and over, the pastor heard the question “What’s with the fork?”
And over and over he smiled.
During his message, the pastor told the people of the conversation he had with the woman shortly before she died. He also told them about the fork and about what it symbolized to her. The pastor told the people how he could not stop thinking about the fork and told them that they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it either. He was right.
So the next time you reach down for your fork, let it remind you ever so gently, that the best is yet to come.

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 8/12/17

Football preseason starts tonight…actually it started a few days back, but the Raiders play their first game tonight, so as far as this family is concerned, it officially starts tonight. If you have a problem with that, you can speak to Ryan. No? I thought not…

Please pray for Ryan (over and above how you’re already praying). He had a test come back with a positive diagnosis for an infection. He’s been given some medicine to eradicate it, so the prayer is that the medication will be effective, and that it will work rapidly…Thank you!

Found this picture in Ryan’s closet. Hung it on his bathroom wall yesterday. So profound…

Again, it seems like the weekend is dragging, because I can’t wait until I’m able to watch him again on Monday…