"What would have become of me had I not believed that I would see the Lord's goodness in the land of the LIVING. Wait, hope for and EXPECT the Lord. Be strong and of good courage and may your heart (Ned) be sturdy and enduring.....Yes, Wait For and Hope For and Expect the Lord."

Psalm 27:13-14 (Amp)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

In Preparation

I know I had promised to update more frequently as of last week; however, Ned's week really went downhill last week and the recover has been an effort. Last Thursday, Ned was diagnosed with pneumonia and MRSA sepsis. It initiated such a vascular balancing act that we got very close to a point where I felt we may have to let him go. It just so happened that a last ditch effort by his doctor at the moment returned him to the upswing- Thank the good Lord for Dr. Primis!!

One thing I really wanted to share was how I have know that God had prepared me for this situation with Ned. On the Saturday prior to Ned's accident on Sunday, I dropped in my parent's house to let their dog out while they were out-of-town. I picked a book off the shelf called "The Hiding Place." Nothing flashy or fancy about the book, in fact it looked ages old, but it caught my attention. I read much of the book prior to bed and then woke at 2am and finished it before Sunday school. That is extremely out of character for me. I never awaken during the night unable to sleep and I haven't read a book in a day since, maybe, college (actaully more likely to have been in the interest of meeting a due date). In my opinion, the book is profound.

The jist of the book is that there are these two sisters who assist Jews in the underground effort to escape Nazi rule. Their father has taught them all this Biblical truth all their lives and they use his wisdom as teaching tools in the concentration camps (true story). The lesson I most took away from the book was their ability to thank God and give glory to God regardless of the situation at hand. As soon as Travis handed me Ned that Sunday, although he was blue and not breathing, there was within me somewhere a small voice reminding me that if God was present in the Nazi concentration camps, then He was present here; if He could work miracles there, then he could work them here. The truths in that book have allowed me to remain focused on the positive and to give thanks to God for the small things we have or little blessings received. It also leads me to be thankful for the annoyances in life!!

I now know why I grabbed that book and why I stayed awake all night reading it. I needed to know that God's grace and mercy sometimes takes the form of fleas (you'll have to read it)!

Much Love....Good Night,


Beverly said...

We continue to pray for Ned. So glad God prepared you for this part of the journey. I read that book some 30 years ago (also saw the movie) and I, like you, was profoundly moved by the simple, practical faith of Corrie Ten Boone!

I'm glad that God continues to make his presence known throughout this whole ordeal. He is a good God.

Emily said...

Man...are you amazing. It's so true - that God puts these things in our lives that don't make sense at the time but then make perfect sense exactly when they need to. How well thought out is His plan for us that He provides these things? And how much easier does that make it to trust in Him and His plan.

I love you guys and am continuing to pray pray pray for all of you as well as the medical staff who are treating sweet little man. See you soon!

Anonymous said...

Amazing story! Offering lots of prayers up for Ned. Praying for strength, peace, comfort, faith and hope for you all. God Bless!

Jamie Conrad said...


How amazing! I am so anxious to read that book - I'm going to head out tomorrow to pick up a copy! Isn't it amazing that when we really believe we cannot handle anymore than we have already endured, God gives us the strength and wisdom to continue? You are such an amazing mother and your gracious heart and love for God will always shine into your boys' lives.

You are in our prayers. I think of you all throughout the day and have been waking at night thinking of you all. Every time I think of you, I say a prayer for all of you and the staff at LCH.


thhupernannie said...

But he said to me, "My GRACE is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."
2Corinthians 12:9

Praying for all of you.

Alex, Ingrid & Alina Houchin said...

Hi Betsy,
So sorry to hear about Ned. We are praying that he gets wells soon.

Liz Rich said...

We are still continuing to pray for precious Ned. Please let me know if there is anything else we can do for you!
Rusty, Liz & Par

Gideon, Mama, and Dada said...

We are friends of friends, and just wanted to tell you our church family has been praying for you and your entire family, and I've thinking about you every day. We've read Ned's story, and hope and pray God is not finished writing it yet.
Paula P

Vicki Jensen said...

Still praying for Ned and your family.
mom to Jack