August 12 - Day 59

O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people. For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever. Praise ye the Lord. -Psalm 117

This morning Dean's father prayed for encouragement and the Lord never ceases to amaze us in the little things. His nurse today was named "Providence" and she encouraged us with stories of people who have recovered from Traumatic Brain Injuries. Dean has had countless nurses over the past 59 days and they have all been so special. Dean would be amazed at all the beautiful people from all different walks of life that have cared for him in his time of need. He would also be amazed to know how many people are following his story and praying for him. Our hearts are truly humbled and thankful to be a part of God's family. We value the doctors and nurses more than the condition and location of the hospitals and rehabs. It's the people that make the journey special! The man I married knew this in his heart and even though he can't express his gratitude I know he believes in God's Providence even when our understanding is limited. In Christ, there is always hope and a promise! We are watching and waiting for the storm clouds to pass and the promised rainbow to come!

Today I watched a clip of Dean sharing about his first trip to the Philippines during the winter of 2009. God taught Dean something precious while he was there. It had been over a year since I watched this and it blessed my soul to hear Dean share his heart and thoughts. Here is a portion:
"They are such a unique and special people...The Philippines is not about a place. I guess there are beautiful things there. But the most beautiful thing there is the people. It is kind of odd for me, I approach alot of trips photographically; but anyway, the people are what make it interesting and beautiful. They are so unique in their variety of emotions. You can go from one-hand of the most joyful, excited, happy people that you could possibly meet. Everything is funny and they can have fullness of joy. Then on the other hand, an entire church can be on their knees weeping. They are just that sensitive and tender...The people are amazing and it is really hard to say goodbye." 
The Lord was developing in us an eternal perspective long before we ever met. For this is how I always felt every time I went to the far corners of the world; a piece of my heart was left with the people whom I had come to know as friends. During the summer of 2006, the Lord taught me this truth while I was in Kazakhstan: People make a land special and you can see the fingerprint of God on every person you meet whether you can speak the same language or not. I remember that long flight home alone as I pinched myself to see whether the past two months were all just a beautiful dream. The Lord was gracious to me in bringing me home so I could meet my soulmate 5 years later. Look into the eyes of people, listen to their heart and you will see why God sent his one and only Son, Jesus, on a mission to redeem all mankind.  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. -John 3:16  Dean always talked so fondly of the Filipino Christians and we were planning to go there this December. We continue to walk by faith and not by sight!

We thank the Lord that Dean's vitals have been stable. His swelling continues to reduce and his cough remains strong. He expressed some movement with his right hand in response to us exercising his left arm. He is still on the same medications and today they started treating him with some antifungal medicine for his mouth. He also receives drops in his eyes and may need a patch over his left or eventually have it sewn shut until he is able to have the second phase of his surgery to reconstruct his lower left eye, cheek, nose, and upper jaw. Tomorrow morning he is scheduled for another CT Scan of his face and brain; they will decided whether he is ready to be discharged for rehab. We thank the Lord for hearing our prayers as Dean has returned to his baseline prior to the surgery. The surgeons were pleased to see  his quick recovery as are we. 

This song expresses my heart cry in that we may all Praise the Lord!
Psalm 117 by Seven Places

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord
Praise the Lord, all people praise the Lord
For His merciful kindness
Has been great toward us
And the truth of the Lord
Endures forever
Praise the Lord
Everyday, everyone, every nation cry out
Every tribe, every tongue,
Every nation cry out
Everywhere, in every song,
Every nation cry out

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