Praise God! At least one of the prayers we prayed was answered. A nurse stepped up and took on tonight’s and tomorrow night’s shifts, so I’m going to get a little sleep. Thank you for praying.
Now, if God will quickly answer some of those other prayers we’ve prayed, all would be well in the world. In His Time…
Noc nurse called in sick again; this time, for the remainder of the week. So unless another nurse steps up to take a shift or two, I’ll be staying with Ryan through the night for the next several…nights, that is.
A couple of prayer requests for him: 1. His O2 sats are running low again from time to time. Prayer that God would cause him to take deeper breaths and fill his lungs with O2. 2. He bit his tongue the other day, causing him to bleed quite a bit. I was able to get it under control by rinsing his mouth thoroughly and giving him a sedative to relax and prevent him from clenching his jaws and reopening the wound. Prayer that God will cause him to relax without the use of additional medication (we’ve worked on weaning him off of many for the past several years).
Thank you all for continuing to support Ryan in prayer! xoxox
One of my favorite songs sung by a group from my homeland…
Happy Father’s Day to all those who are blessed to be called dad! And to everyone else, may blessings abound…
PARENT noun: a father or mother; one who begets or one who gives birth to or nurtures and raises a child
The day Ryan was born is the day I became a parent; more specifically, a father (a male parent). What an amazing day that was. I remember the day like it was yesterday. I was sitting under a giant oak tree in the hospital courtyard reading a newspaper while Janine was signing in for an appointment with her doctor, when a nurse walked up to me and stated that Janine’s water had broken, and she was about to deliver our baby. Without looking up and without hesitation, I responded with, “I’ll be in after I finish reading my paper”. Out of the corner of my eye I could see the blood race out of her face and her jaw drop to the ground in utter shock that I’d said such a thing. “Just kidding!” I said, and immediately got up and followed her into the ER where Janine was already being prepped to deliver Ryan. He was born a few minutes later (C-section because Ryan was breach).
I don’t know how much nurturing I did for Ryan over the years, but know he’s nurtured me way more than I ever did since his injury. What a blessing from God he is!
Now, the best Father’s Day present, EVER, would be for God to completely restore him. Please Lord…
Proverbs 23:24 The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.
Another work week’s come and gone. Time to reflect on and praise God for all the wonderful things He did for me/us.
For us, He made Ryan comfortable, and got him back on track oxygen-wise. He continued to shield us from COVID-19, which could be devastating to Ryan’s well-being. He produced some wonderful vegetables in our garden; including green beans, zucchini, various lettuces, cilantro, parsley…etc. In general, He more than met our provisions…as He always does…even though we sometimes take them for granted. This afternoon, He kept our neighbors from getting hurt, when a few large branches from a dying oak tree fell on their house…and protected me from injury for a few hours while using my chainsaw to cut it up. Overall, I’d say we had a pretty excellent week here.
How about you? I’d love to hear what He did for you, if you care to share.
1 Chronicles 16:8 Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.
Ryan wants to congratulate his cousin Brad for graduating from the police academy today. Please join us in praying for this young man; that God will protect him as he protects and serves his fellow man…and woman.
Romans 13:4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.
WHAT LOVE IS:
1 Corinthians 13:4-8a Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails…
WHAT WE’RE SUPPOSED TO DO WITH LOVE:
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.”
Luke 6:27-36 But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
Just got back after being in Mt. Shasta for three days. While there, I was shocked to see no one other than business people (retail, restaurant, grocers, etc.) wearing masks. I felt a little out of place wearing mine; except when shoveling a forkful of food in my pie hole. I didn’t mind, however, because 1. It’s natural for me to feel a little out of place and 2. I wanted to make sure I didn’t bring anything back that would put Ryan in any sort of jeopardy.
I get to be with him tomorrow! AWESOME!!
Didn’t post last night because I’m up in the mountains doing some work. As you will recall, or not, the internet up hear is really slow, and therefore takes an exorbitant amount of time to post anything, because I can only type at a rate of what seems to be three words per minute. I just didn’t have that kind of time yesterday. Well, you’re in luck, because today I do have some extra time…if you can call any time extra.
Anyway, two days ago I posted that Ryan was doing well with his O2 stats. Well, at around midnight his nurse called in a panic, because she couldn’t get his O2 above 80-something. I got up, went into his room, and in 15 minutes got him back on track. Problem averted for Ryan, but not for me trying to get any sleep for the rest of that night. Oh well…Ryan’s the only one who counts anyway…Gotta love that kid! And, I do…
Ryan’s O2 sats have been really low for the past week or so (in the upper 80’s to low 90’s range), causing us to supplement with his O2 machine. Haven’t had to do this in quite a while, and I don’t believe ever for this length of time. Last night and today, however, he bounced back on his own, and we’re praying his sat level will remain in the mid to high 90’s without the supplement. Please join us in that prayer…