Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
10 His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse,
nor his delight in the legs of the warrior;
11 the LORD delights in those who fear him,
who put their hope in his unfailing love.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
does my help come from there?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth!
3 He will not let you stumble;
the one who watches over you will not slumber.
4 Indeed, he who watches over Israel
never slumbers or sleeps.
5 The Lord himself watches over you!
The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.
6 The sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon at night.
7 The Lord keeps you from all harm
and watches over your life.
8 The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go,
both now and forever.
It is a psalm that the people of Israel sang as they were headed toward Jerusalem to worship God. To an Israelite, going to Jerusalem was like going home, to the house where their Father was. They would be encouraged and refreshed, they would be forgiven of their sins and made right with God.
As we head for home, we can say without doubt that we have experienced God's protective shade, that He has kept watch over us and that our help has come from Him.
We are all very excited to be heading home, Josh left home on July 18th and has been in the hospital since then.
We are scheduled to be back in Houston next Wednesday August 31st. They will run some more test and start his next round of chemotherapy, which will be 8 days of treatment in the hospital.
Thank you for your continued prayers. We plan on being home later today. We will continue to keep you updated each day of Josh's progress. Please send us your stories of what God has been doing in your lives as you walk this journey with us.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
and know everything about me.
2 You know when I sit down or stand up.
You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
3 You see me when I travel
and when I rest at home.
You know everything I do.
4 You know what I am going to say
even before I say it, Lord.
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 Point out anything in me that offends you,
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.
and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing to you,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
and he turned to me and heard my cry.
2 He lifted me out of the pit of despair,
out of the mud and the mire.
He set my feet on solid ground
and steadied me as I walked along.
3 He has given me a new song to sing,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see what he has done and be amazed.
They will put their trust in the Lord.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. 19 And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike.
And that is what we would ask you to continue to do. Pray for every believer and pray for us, that we would have the right words to say to whomever God puts in our path.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
Hello everybody! This is Josh!
So before I get too far I just wanted to say that I have always been a geek when it comes to movies, such as The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and of course Star Wars! Ever since I was young I have collected figurines, cards, models etc. of these film series. I loved to show my friends, who also collected things, what new item(s) I just got. It was all very exciting but I grew out of it and now they bring smiles to my Nephew Ethan!
Today we received some encouraging news that was much like, "A New Hope" which is the inspiration for my title.
I went in for a CT Scan today and they did a nasal cavity and chest scan and found that I have "fuzzy nodules" growing on my lungs. It sounds worse than it actually is but with this new information they can send the anti-fungal medicine to a specific place rather than filling me with antibiotics. The Lord really takes care of us!
Also I would like to say just how much I appreciate everybody getting together on Sunday to help us as a family! We know we are not walking this path alone and we are grateful that we have such good friends in our Church body! The cards and the letters and care packages have just been so wonderful and are a blessing to have! Thank you for your prayers and your good wishes!
And the hat that won was the red beanie! Thanks everybody for playing along!
The doctor then told us they were bringing in and "infectious decease specialist". They looked at Josh's CT results and told us that they saw some "fuzzy things" (medical term) in his lungs that they believe are fungus. The plan is to start treating him with an anti-fungal medication and then do a bronchoscopy. As ominous as this sounds, we feel a sense of relief in knowing what is probably causing the fever and hoping that we can get the fever under control.
They will try to get a sample of the fungus to determine the best treatment for it. They hope that the treatment will begin to take care of his fever. We have heard different things from each doctor (3 today) about how this will effect our ability to get out of here and head for Dalhart.
At this point we will continue to take things one day at a time knowing that God is in control and will get him home in His time. Pray that the anti-fungal will begin working and his fever will go away. Pray also that we will not get discouraged if our time here is extended longer than we hope.
We also received some pictures of the spaghetti dinner from yesterday that we will post later as well. It is a blessing and encouragement to see pictures of ya'll, we only wish that we could have been there with you.
They still don't know what is causing the high fevers; nothing has shown up on the blood cultures. The next step, if they can't see anything on the CT Scan will be to change antibiotics.
We didn't get much sleep last night as they come in almost every hour between midnight and 6:00 am to check something or draw blood.
My devotions for this morning was again from the 8th chapter of Romans.
In the 29th verse it says "For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son".
Have you even wondered why God allows things to happen in our lives? According to this verse, God knowing in advance that He wants us to become like Jesus, works everything in our live towards that purpose. He desires that the good and the bad things I our lives would make us more like Christ.
Oh, and if you look at the verse just before that, Romans 8:28, it is one of those well known verses by those who are facing struggles and trials. It says that:
"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them."
After 28 days of sitting in a hospital room watching our son get progressively worse from chemotherapy, it is really hard to see how God would work it out for good. That is until we begin to look beyond our small window and we begin to see how God is using our circumstances to bring others closer to Him.
There is no question in our minds that God has drawn us closer to Him in this process and we have seen both our faith and our sons faith grow through this, but we are also praying that God would touch your hearts and draw you closer to Him through this. That your faith in God would grow and other around you would see His light in you.
So if part of this journey is to get your attention and draw you closer to God, if even one of you opens your heart to a relationship with God as a result of what Josh is going through, if even one person who doesn't know Christ, turns their hearts to Him because they see Him at work in you; then it truly will be God working this out for good.
Thank you for your continued prayers.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Josh ran a high fever all night, so they began putting ice bags on his forehead and under his arms. They tests for infection are still showing negative which is a good sign (we think) but they can't tell us why he is running a fever.
They have him scheduled for a CAT scan in the the morning to make sure he does not have anything in his lungs. They are trying to get him moved back to the pediatric floor so they can watch him closer but they are waiting for a room to open up.
This morning in my devotions I read about how afflictions (trials or challenges) can be a means of refining or purifying. The title was Teaching By Trials and was from Romans 8:18.
18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
He went on to say in verse 15
15 But those who suffer he delivers in their suffering;
he speaks to them in their affliction.
We know that athletes grow strong by doing things that are painful, students study to learn, in our marriages we have to go through difficult things to grow closer. In our spiritual live we have to go through times of trials to grow in our faith in God.
In the devotion the author told of a discussion with a doctor who told him that a person who had fought sickness and disease all their lives was better able to resist it then someone who had never been sick a day in their lives.
Our bodies build up immunities to fight off infection by going through the test of being sick. Spiritually, we can build up defenses against sin and giving into temptation through the trials we go through. Our faith is strengthen by exercising it. The exercising part is not fun, but it prepares us for what God has in store.
We don't enjoy being in the hospital watching our son fight off cancer, but we are confident that God is growing our faith in Him and preparing us to serve Him, and we choose to use this experience in our lives and Josh's life to draw others to Him.
We hope you have a blessed Sunday.
P.S. Only a few hours left to vote on your favorite hat.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Be brave and courageous.
Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.
so why should I be afraid?
The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger,
so why should I tremble?
2 When evil people come to devour me,
when my enemies and foes attack me,
they will stumble and fall.
3 Though a mighty army surrounds me,
my heart will not be afraid.
Even if I am attacked,
I will remain confident.
4 The one thing I ask of the Lord—
the thing I seek most—
is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
delighting in the Lord’s perfections
and meditating in his Temple.
What a great question, Why should I be afraid? What do I have to be afraid of if the Lord is my light (in a dark world) and my salvation (from whatever this world throws at me). If He is protecting me from danger, I don't need to tremble, I can remain confident.
The best part is He tells us what we are waiting for, the thing we should be seeking after most of all, that we could live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in His perfections.
I have often thought that David meant that he was eager to go to heaven, but in closer study, what David is saying is that he wants to dwell or live in the Temple, the place were people go to worship God and serve Him.
We don't often think about living at church, but if church was a place that was safe, where we could encounter God in a relevant way and offer ourselves as a living sacrifice, wouldn't we all want to live there?
Today we will wait on the Lord. We long to be back home with our church family, but most of all we know that we don't have anything to be afraid of because the Lord is our light and our salvation.