August 13 - Day 60

 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. - 2 Peter 1:2-8

This morning began early with anticipation for his discharge and scheduled CT scan; however, we waited until 3 pm for his transporters to take him downstairs. He grasped my hand for the long ride down through the hallways. There was another man parked along the the wall in line for a scan. This man was unable to move his head due to a neck brace but with eyes wide open he was able to talk. He seemed so alone and I couldn't help but notice how thankful he was when someone spoke to him. Every soul longs for love. Within minutes Dean was taken away and once more I was left waiting in that hallway. Another man was rolled up and left along the wall for his scan. He saw me talking to Dean and asked if he understood. I shared what happened for awhile until Dean was finished. By the end of our conversation, he admitted that life was precious and being a father of two he would reconsider the risks he takes on a daily basis.

Today was very long not knowing whether Dean was going to Kessler or not. Time seems to be irrelevant at hospitals but by the same token it is of essence. Dean's vitals have remained stable. The doctors seemed to have no major concerns based off his CT scan. Thrush has developed in his mouth since he keeps his jaw clamped together. This makes oral care challenging so we ask for prayer that no further infections develop. Around 8 pm, Dean and I moved down the hall from our double room to a private room where we were prior to his surgery. The plan for discharge to Kessler is tomorrow or whenever all the details are finalized. In my younger years, I thought I would travel the world and live out of suitcases but those thoughts changed when my dreams came true and I married the "one whom my soul loveth." -Song of Solomon 3:4  I was finally ready to nest and play house with my precious husband! (I've shared at college and camps to my peers and young girls about keeping themselves pure as they wait for Mr. Wonderful! Passion and purity is a beautiful gift a woman can lavish upon her husband.) But now I feel like we are nomads left to trudge through foreign deserts with broken suitcases. Even though my heart has been seared, I am clinging to every promise for I know my Redeemer lives! He promised to never leave us and His promises are true!

L.B. Cowman shares her experiences and heartbreak through her devotional, Streams in the Desert.

Go to the depths of God's promise,
And claim whatsoever you will;
The blessing of God will not fail you,
His Word He will surely fulfill.

How can God say no to something He has promised?



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