Ryan’s Miracle Watch 11/14/18

Thank you all for praying for Ryan! He’s feeling much better…fever down, etc. I think we’re getting better at observing and diagnosing Ryan’s symptoms, and treating them early to prevent any unnecessary trips to the hospital…at least, we’ve managed to keep the hospital at bay for the past year plus. It’s bad enough (exhausting) to be home watching him suffer, but magnified when in the hospital. So really, thank you for all of your prayers! They mean the world to us…

People with beards are just people without beards, with beards.

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 11/13/18

“There is nothing more terrifying than being unheard.” – Frank Underwood, House of Cards

I heard this line tonight, and had to turn the TV off. Today, I spent a few minutes trying to see if Ryan could move his fingers (any of them) in response to my asking him to. There was some movement, but it’ll take a lot more time to determine if it was voluntary. Take as long as you want Ryan.

I so want to communicate with him…

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 11/12/18

DEFEATED   adj: what the devil is (notice the tense…it’s already done)

1 John 4:4   You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

Hebrews 2:14   Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil

Revelation 12:10-11   And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.

James 4:7   Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Fill yourselves with all things God, and there will be no room for the devil.

The devil saw me with my head down and got excited. Then I said, ‘Amen!’

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 11/11/18

I was very happy to get home to see Ryan. He greeted me with a whimsical gaze as I told him all about our little getaway this weekend. I’m extremely tired, so I’m going to bed now, so I can be wide awake when I get to watch him tomorrow. Praise God for watching over Ryan while we were away! Oh! And thank you to his wonderful Grandma Susan and Papa for watching him as well…

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 11/8/18

Ryan would like to wish his parents a Very Happy Anniversary today!! TTTHHHHHIIIIRRRRTTTTTYYYY-TTTWWWOOOO YYEEEEEAAAAARRRSSS! Whoa, that’s a loooooooooong time! It’s hard to imagine, we got married when I was 8 years old, but hey, we got married young back in the day…

Ryan gave me a wonderful present this morning when I told him…a smile. Second best gift ever!

First best gift:

Romans 6:23   For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

John 3:16   For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 11/7/18

I’ve been working with Ryan for a few minutes each day, trying to find any deliberate/consistent movement of an extremity. Haven’t found anything yet, but have only focused on the left foot. Tomorrow, I’ll try the right one. And by right, I mean the correct one…ha ha. This process could take a couple of months, but I’m in it for as long as it takes. This is the first step in trying to communicate with Ryan…giving him his voice back. Please pray for God’s strength to come upon Ryan and His grace to allow me to see what I am looking for.

James 5:15a   And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up.

Jeremiah 30:17a   ‘But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the Lord…

Psalm 41:3   The LORD sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness.

 

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 11/6/18

WORRY   action: DON’T

Worry is a conversation you have with yourself about things you cannot change. Prayer is a conversation you have with God about things He can change.

John 14:27   Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 11/5/18

The meaning of opaque is unclear…

Ryan was out like a light during my shift today; as he is on most days. It’s so peaceful being in the room with him when he’s like that; gives me time to reflect on/meditate on/contemplate things. I really hope y’all get to spend time each day relaxing and reflecting. Life is way too short not to.

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 11/4/19

COMPLETE   adjective:   having every necessary or normal part or component or step

                      verb:   bring to a whole, with all the necessary parts or elements

So, the night before last, I woke up at 2:13 A.M. (a pretty normal occurrence) with thoughts running around in my head. I know this sounds crazy to some of (or maybe all of) you, but I believe God is telling (or trying to anyway) me things in the wee hours of the morning; probably because there is nothing else distracting me at that time. Hey look Bret, squirrel!! Anyway, I’ve talked about how God has been showing me the wonderful tapestry He’s making. Well, this time I was thinking about the tapestry as a puzzle; that God is putting a puzzle together. Then I think, ‘What if we are the pieces to the puzzle?’

You know how the excitement builds the closer you get to completing a puzzle, and then, there’s that one last piece you can’t find? It drives you crazy. You frantically look around for the last puzzle piece; on the floor, in your pockets, under the couch, in the bathroom, retrace the steps of the day, etc. Well, one interpretation of my thought about God putting together a puzzle is this: God wants me to approach spreading The Gospel with the same enthusiasm/intensity I had as looking for that last puzzle piece. And, maybe the person you tell about Jesus, and that person becomes saved, is the last piece of the puzzle. The puzzle is now complete, and Jesus will return! Whoa! The mushrooms are starting to kick in…more likely the lack of sleep…

Anyway, the next morning when Ryan and I picked up reading the Bible where we had left off the day before, the passage I posted last night was the one…

LUKE 15:3-7   Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

I know this passage is talking about something different, but it’s kind of similar to the thoughts I was having the night before. Coincidence? I don’t think so. I know God is speaking to me, but I really need His help figuring out what He’s saying. It may mean I’ll keep losing sleep and pondering, but I don’t mind…