Saturday, June 27, 2009

God is in Control

Philippians 3:20-21
"But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body."

Tammy really likes Twila Paris' music, especially this song.

Recently, a friend of mine has been going through some really difficult times. Some family issues have been stealing his joy. As we talk a couple of times a day, I try to remind him that God is in control. He is a believer, and he often beats me to it. When he's describing the latest issue, he'll say, "But God is in control." My prayer for him is comfort and peace, and as long as he remembers that simple truth, he will have that comfort and peace.

Sometimes when we go through difficult times, our minds will tell us that God is in control, but our hearts will forget and fret. All of us have struggles and difficulties of one kind or another. It is a constant battle to not let those times steal our joy.

Look at the words to Paris' song:

This is no time for fear
This is a time for faith and determination
Don't lose the vision here
Carried away by emotion
Hold on to all that you hide in your heart
There is one thing that has always been true
It holds the world together

God is in control
We believe that His children will not be forsaken
God is in control
We will choose to remember and never be shaken
There is no power above or beside Him, we know
God is in control, oh God is in control

Tammy continues to improve. She's still in the three-steps-forward-one-step-backward plan. But the forward steps seem to be bigger. After battling high creatinine levels (which reflect dehydration and her liver and kidneys being overworked) for several weeks, the numbers are getting better. She went to the clinic on Thursday and didn't need fluids for the first time in several weeks.

Also, the nurse practitioner gave her permission to go to her parents' house for July 4 and be around family, even though the 100th day is not until July 10. She still has to be very careful, and can't love on her nieces and nephew too much, but to us it's a big sign of progress.

We're not out of the woods yet. The 100 days will not lift all the restrictions, but the fact that we're less than two weeks away is exciting for us.

And we're holding on to the fact that God is in control of the whole situation.

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