God is Good ... All the time!
It feels like a long time since I have written. It feels strange not to write a Friday blog anymore, but I think it's time to write only once a month. I am still doing well. I'm feeling good most days and have been improving in most activities of daily living. I am gaining weight and I'm told that I'm looking more like myself again. I still need my walker to get around and I also have blood pressure problems which cause me to faint. My biggest issue seems to be fatigue. I feel like I could sleep all day. The grandchildren are such a joy. Last weekend the whole family gathered and we celebrated birthdays for Andrew (7) and Austin (6).
|Austin, Andrew & Andrew's cousin Kristin at a birthday celebration!|
|The Princesses don't mind a little dirt to go with all that glitter...|
Our son Adam graduates from law school this month. I look forward to reporting on his graduation ceremony next month. Please pray that I will be strong and able to attend the graduation - it promises to be a great day and one I am really looking forward to. Adam also has received a job offer. He will be an Assistant State Attorney here in Pinellas County.
Last Sunday I had the pleasure of teaching our Bible study class at our church. The class has been so supportive of our family since my diagnosis. This Sunday I have been asked to share my testimony with a young adult Bible study class at Skycrest Baptist (Clearwater.) At the end of May, I'll be sharing my testimony with a Bible study class at Calvary Baptist (Clearwater.) All of these classes have been praying for us. While we know many of the members of these classes personally, there are many I do not know. It is my sincere hope that my testimony will be an encouragement to those who are also walking through their own "tall weeds."
When I was a mediator, it was not uncommon for attorneys to ask if they could speak to me privately. They would share personal issues they were dealing with. If I had experienced similar issues (such as raising children - parenting issues), I felt more comfortable talking to them and trying to help. If it was an issue I had never dealt with, I always felt inadequate. Many times the only "help" I could give was to just listen. There were a few times where I felt there was nothing I could contribute and all I did was listen. As they left they would say "thanks, that was helpful." All I had done was listen! After everything that has occurred the last several years, I am more sympathetic to those with serious health issues. I've "been there, done that, and have the T-shirt to prove it."
The writer of the book of Hebrews in the New Testament describes Jesus in this way:
Hebrews 4:14-16 KJV
Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
In prayer, I have poured out my request for relief and have found HIS mercy and grace to help in my time of need. It may not always come as quickly as I wish, but as I look back over the last year, HIS timing has been perfect.
Dear God: Thank you for all your blessings. Please give me strength to teach and share my testimony. May it bring encouragement to those who hear. May Your Name be praised. Until June 1.
God willing. Bob