Sunday, August 31: Jack
slept in peace, resting through the night, late into the morning.
While he was not physcially able to go to the Freedom
Christian Church picnic today, he
was there in spirit. Peggy and Bob visited today, and while he
didn't say anything, he knew they were there and appreciated their
visit. Jack observed the Sabbath day as he rested all day. Hallelujah!
The psalm for today is Psalm
130:5-6 I wait for the LORD, my soul
does wait, And in His word do I hope. My soul waits for the Lord
More than the watchmen for the morning; Indeed, more than the
watchmen for the morning. NASB
Scripture for today comes from Isaiah
43:10&13 "You are My witnesses,"
declares the LORD, "And My servant whom I have chosen, So
that you may know and believe Me And understand that I am He.
Before Me there was no God formed, And there will be none after
Me. "Even from eternity I am He, And there is none who can
deliver out of My hand; I act and who can reverse it?" NASB
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Saturday, August 30: Jack had a restful night. He started the day
saying "Hey, Homer!" and "I'm doing good!"
albeit quietly. Warren visited early to see Jack, which was an
answer to one of his prayers. Jack quickly gave Warren a "thumbs
up" greeting. We are praying that Jack will have the strength
to attend the Freedom
Christian Church service and picnic
at Warren's home tomorrow. Jim, Nancy, Matt and Pat visited early
in the afternoon. Please remember, Jack loves visitors, so stop
by when you can! The Psalm for today was Jack's grandmother's
23:4 Even though I walk through the
valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with
me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. NASB Jack comes from generations of faithful people,
who we are confident are praying without ceasing directly before
the throne of God as intercessors for his healing and restoration.
After Jim's family left, Jack
got out of bed and sat in his wheelchair for about an hour. It's been a week since he was out of bed. Hallelujah!
Jack ate well today and is breathing much easier. He fell asleep,
so peaceful and calm, while we were reading scripture and praying
with him. Donna read Isaiah
41:9-13 'You are My servant, I have
chosen you and not rejected you. 'Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen
you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My
righteous right hand.' "For I am the LORD your God, who upholds
your right hand, Who says to you, 'Do not fear, I will help you.'
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Friday, August 29: Jack
had a peaceful night. In the morning, he responded to Homer with
"Hey, Homer!" When asked if he was doing good, he said
"unh, uh!" and if he was feeling better, he said "yup!"
He talked with Donna and Karolyn, his nurse, when she examined
him today. His grandparents ended their visit today confident
in his improved condition. Karolyn told them that God had given
Jack another chance, and she loved to visit Jack because the Spirit
of God was with him. Amen and
Hallelujah! Today's psalm is
66:16-20 Come and hear, all who fear
God, And I will tell of what He has done for my soul. I cried
to Him with my mouth, And He was extolled with my tongue. If I
regard wickedness in my heart, The Lord will not hear; But certainly
God has heard; He has given heed to the voice of my prayer. Blessed
be God, Who has not turned away my prayer Nor His lovingkindness
from me. NASB Scripture for today
40:28-29, 31 The Everlasting God, the
LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth Does not become weary
or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength
to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power. Yet
those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will
mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary. NASB
Jack rested all afternoon to be awake for the James
5 prayer group from Freedom Christian
Church to come visit this evening
for worship and prayer. It was a blessed time, with Jack quietly
singing and worshiping along with everyone else. This group is
certainly among the saints praised in Psalm
16:3 As for the saints who are in the
earth, They are the majestic ones in whom is all my delight. NASB
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Thursday, August 28: Psalm
145:18-19 The LORD is near to all who
call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill
the desire of those who fear Him; He will also hear their cry
and will save them. NASB We praise
the Lord for delivering Jack through the night. He had 3 seizures
and stopped breathing several times, each time getting mouth-to-mouth
resuscitation from Donna to resume breathing. The Lord blessed us with the knowledge we needed,
the medications Jack needed and the equipment to start giving
him oxygen when it was needed to help his breathing. At 4:30PM,
he is awake, drinking juice, and visiting with Dan and Alicia
and Donna's parents. He gave a "thumbs up!" to the family
as a sign that he is "doing good." Jimmy and Nancy visited
later in the afternoon. Jack and Jimmy arm and finger wrestled
and shook hands to show his thanks for their visit. Hallelujah! Earlier
in the day, Susan sent us an Oswald Chamber's devotional The Unsurpassed Intimacy of Tested Faith that is so inspirational in Jack's situation,
click here to read. Note that it is actually scheduled
for tomorrow but she was led there today... on His schedule, not
the worlds. Another sign of His handiwork... I'm a terrible speller
so I looked up "resuscitation" in the dictionary because
it was not a choice in the spellchecker. What I found was that
"resuscitate" is several words after "resurrect"
and has the same meaning in the dictionary. Donna was certainly
prompted to resuscitate Jack last night. Four times she breathed
air into his lungs to open his breathing passages. Thank you Lord.
Jack finished the day peacefully. He didn't eat or drink much
but he took all his medications and his body functions are working.
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Wednesday, August 27: We have received an urgent prayer request for Kurt and Pam Scarbro. Read Pam's message here, and join us in lifting Kurt and Pam before the Lord. Jack had another restless night. Donna was up with him for several hours during the night but he is resting quietly and calmy at 7AM. At 7:30AM, Jack answered Homer's daily greeting "Hey, Goober!" with "Hey, Homer!" When asked if he's getting better, he said "I'm getting better!" Hallelujah! Today's scripture was 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 All praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the source of every mercy and the God who comforts us. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When others are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. NLT. I realize this was a repeat of the introduction above but it is worthy of repeating. Jack was restless during the day but was speaking a little. He ate well during the afternoon. Jack struggled to get through the night. We were without power for about 4 hours after the storm last night but it had no effect on Jack's care. See Thursday above.
Tuesday, August 26: Jack
had a restless night but is sleeping soundly at 7AM. Harvey Cohen,
Bev Mohr's friend, sent Jack a message offering the Hebrew prayer
that Jesus called the most important prayer of all in the Book
of Mark (12:29): "Hear
O'Israel the LORD your G-d the LORD is ONE! Amen" Harvey explains
"the Hebrew word for "hear" also means "obey."
Since all those in the Abrahamic Covenant are consider "Israel",
we are to hear the Word of G-D and to obey it. If we do this,
He will fulfill His Word to you." Jack welcomes his brothers
and sisters with the Bosko Ministries prayer chain to his web
site, and is blessed by their support.
Jack was very restless during
the day but he eats well and his body functions are all working.
Donna's parent arrived at mid-day for a visit. Linda and Susan
visited late in the afternoon. Jack loves having visitors. We
all do... It is such a blessing to be with those who are sent
by the Lord to comfort and encourage Jack and to see how they
in return are encouraged by Jack. Psalm
27:14 Wait for the LORD; Be strong and
let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD. NASB
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Monday, August 25: Jack was restless through the night but is not in pain. At 6AM, he isn't talking but is arm wrestling to show that he's awake. At 7AM, he's talking to Donna as she gives him breakfast. He says "Hey, Homer!" and "unh, uh" when asked if he's doing good. Jack was quiet the rest of the day and very restless. He ate and drank well during the day. His restlessness became a seizure around 8PM. We were able to interupt the seizure and gave him some sedative to keep him calm. His restlessness continued through the night with no further seizures. Thank you Lord... Psalm 62:5-8 My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken. On God my salvation and my glory rest; The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God. Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. NASB
Sunday, August 24: After
a quiet and peaceful night, he was awake early. He is drinking
a lot of water and juices, and was able to swallow a pill, which
is a good sign. Homer asked Goober how he was doing. Goober didn't
speak an answer but when again asked if he was "doing good,"
he said "unh uh!" and that's good enough for us! We
were a bit behind in reading e-mail to Jack but caught up this
morning. Today's scriptures come from Ridge Psalm
46:10 Be still, and know that I am God
NIV, and from Ron and Darlene
4:3 But know that the LORD has set apart
for Himself him who is godly; The LORD will hear when I call to
Him. NKJV, and Isaiah
43:1 "Fear not, for I have redeemed
you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine." NKJV The family listened to a service tape from Freedom Christian
Church. Then... Jack got up into
his wheelchair for a couple hours. He got some sun and fresh air
in the back yard as the pictures show. Hallelujah! Lin visited
in the afternoon with a tape of today's church service, and two
cards signed by members of the church. We are thankful for the
love and encouragement they provide, and thank the Lord for bringing
us into their fellowship. Jack was very restless during evening
prayer time but at the end, he said "Amen" and "Hallelujah"
as clear as he ever did. These were the only words he spoke all
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Saturday, August 23: Hallelujah! Early this morning (1:30AM), Jack's moaning brought us to his room. Donna was able to give him some water and fresh juice, as she had done 4 hours earlier. He was opening his left eye slightly, and gave us a "thumbs up" in answer to a question (and the prayers of the saints.) His brother Mike came home at this time and Jack gave him a "thumbs up" greeting. He went back to sleep and slept soundly until around 8:30AM. Homer greeted him with the usual "Hey, Goober!" He responded "Hey, Homer!" Hallelujah! He hasn't spoken since Wednesday. We asked him how he was doing? He couldn't answer verbally but he was squeezing our hands and arm wrestling as if to tell us that he's "doing good!" His left eye was opening and closing, and he smiled as we were rejoicing and thanking God. Jack was responsive to Amy's visit. He gave her a "thumbs up" greeting and even a couple smiles. We had much to rejoice and be glad about today! Hallelujah! Psalm 41:3 The Lord will sustain him upon his sickbed; In his illness, You restore him to health. NASB
Friday, August 22:
Jack had a very peaceful day but remains in very serious condition.
His breathing was much improved and his body functions were working.
He showed signs of improvement with response in small ways to
those around him and drinking small amounts of water and juice.
you read these verses, know that the Lord has, is and will continue
to answer these prayers as they are spoken.
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Thursday, August 21: Jack's condition was very serious today. Our prayer requests and healing prophesies were affirmed by several intercessors who pray for Jack. The Lord is showing His power at work providing care and grace for Jack. We ask for continued prayer for praise, petition and deliverance. Psalm 34 tells us about praise, petition and the promise of deliverance. Jack stands solidly upon Psalm 118:29 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting. NASB He "slept" most of the day but was responsive to several visitors during the day. He did not eat or drink today, although Donna was able to give him a little water periodically. The signs to the medical care team were not good until they found out that blood tests taken yesterday revealed his dilatin (anti-convulsive medicine) level was very high, which could be the cause of the symptoms he is showing. Praise the Lord for prompting Donna to ask for the dilatin check. As we are witnesses to His grace and mercy for Jack, we learned today that Louise Patton, a beloved sister-in-Christ, went to be with the Lord Wednesday evening. Louise celebrated her 90th birthday recently. She lived a long life in the service and glory of the Lord, and is now safely home with her Lord and loved ones. She died at the same time in the evening that Jack was struggling with nausea and breathing difficulty. The Lord works in miraculous ways. Louise and Jack shared a faith and trust in Jesus that was rewarded last night. Each received the deliverance they prayed for! Halleluyah!
Wednesday, August 20: Jack slept peacefully through the night. He told
Homer "I'm okay!" this morning. He was awake for most
of the day for the first time in many days. Donna was very encouraged
by his activities. He was up for dinner, ate well, and had a couple
visitors thereafter. While he was quiet and appeared to be falling
asleep, he gave a "thumbs up" sign that he wanted to
stay up with the visitors. While
the day was a good one, the night became challenging. Before midnight,
he was nauseous with the dry heaves and then had difficulty breathing. He was given medication for the fluid in his
throat to help him breathe better and he slept through the night.
Our prayers were answered and the night was not as difficult as
it looked like it was going to be. Isaiah
64:4 Since ancient times no one has
heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you,
who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. NIV
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Tuesday, August 19: 2 Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight. NASB Jack slept peacefully through the night. He greeted us this morning saying he is still "doing good!" The scripture chapter for today teaches us how this can be true when our earthly bodies are afflicted. The verse for today was chosen because it is apparent that Jack's eyesight is impaired. The doctor tells us this is from continued growth of the tumor. Jack's walk in faith and hope continues. The Lord is Jack's refuge and strength. This morning when we got him cleaned up for the day, Jack got out of bed for Donna to change his bedding. He stood by John and they walked around the room in His strength. Please pray with us as we call on the name of the Lord in praise and petition. Cry out with us for the Lord to deliver Jack from his afflictions. Our eyes have seen His grace and mercy in Jack's life, and we believe He will be glorified in the victory He will give Jack. Jack slept through the morning but at mid-day told Donna that he was bored. Donna and Mike got him in his wheelchair and took him for a stroll down the street in our neighborhood. This was a beautiful day with the sun and wind, and not being too hot. Jack certainly found the joy and gladness promised for today. He was up again for dinner, and a visit from Pastor Chris. As we have come to rejoice in, Jack ended the evening with Amen and Hallelujah!!
Monday, August 18: Jack
was awake early after a restless night. He said "good morning!"
to Mom and Homer, and "I'm doing good! How are you?"
We're doing good, too, Goober! ...and he went back to sleep. Jack
was awake at mid-day for awhile and again for dinner. He got up
for dinner and was able to stand but not walk very far. He had
a visitor for a short time and then a quiet evening just sitting
in his wheelchair. He continues to end the day with Amen and Hallelujah!
91:14-16 Because he has loved Me, therefore
I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high, because he
has known My name. "He will call upon Me, and I will answer
him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor
him. "With a long life I will satisfy him And let him see
My salvation." NASB
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Sunday, August 17: Jack was awake early when we cleaned him up for the day and fed him but he fell back to sleep and slept through most of the day. Dan and Alicia visited late in the afternoon. Jack got up for dinner with them. He walked, as before, out into the family area to "show-off" for his brother. After dinner, he watched SlamBall on TV with Dan and Alicia. We are thankful for the joys of the day. Jack waits patiently in faith, trust and with courage. He ended evening prayers with "Amen" and "Hallelujah!" Psalm 41 :1-3 Blessed is he who has regard for the weak; the LORD delivers him in times of trouble. The LORD will protect him and preserve his life; he will bless him in the land and not surrender him to the desire of his foes. The LORD will sustain him on his sickbed and restore him from his bed of illness. NIV
Saturday, August 16: Jack was quiet and peaceful through the night but apparently awake a lot of the time. These are good quiet hours for prayer! He was awake early when I checked on him. He was talkative with a sense of humor but was tired, saying he was "okay" not "doing good." I asked him to try to go back to sleep. He responded with a laugh and said "that's easy for you to say." That is the truth but there is One capable of all things. Jeremiah 32:27 "Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?" NASB Jack did get back to sleep, and slept until Noon. He ate a good lunch, and was awake most of the afternoon. He got up for dinner, and watched the start of the Raven's game. Our spirits were soaring high last weekend with all that Jack was able to do. This week was back to earth with the seizure on Thursday and the nausea last night. Nonetheless, we know that Jack's shepherd still cares for him. He is not afraid but hopeful for the future. Psalm 23
Friday, August 15: Jack
was awake early, "doing good!" as usual. We cleaned
him up, gave him his medications and he went back to sleep. He
awoke again at mid-morning, ate a large meal, and another a couple
hours later. He slept again for a while. Donna reads a lot to
Jack. He is most responsive and attentive when she reads from
his Bible. He was up in his wheelchair for dinner. When he got
out of bed, he was standing strong; however, he wasn't able to
walk to the eating area. He ate a good dinner, and we talked about
going out to be with the James
5 prayer group at Freedom Christian
Church but he didn't respond to
the idea. After dinner, he watched some baseball on TV but he
got nauseous and went back to bed. Yes, sometimes the Orioles
make us all sick. Donna read some more to him, and we ended the
day with praise and prayer. He continues to wait patiently in
faith, trust and with courage. Amen and Hallelujah! Psalm
25:5 Lead me by your truth and teach
me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope
in you. NLT
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Thursday, August 14: Jack awoke early in the morning, saying he slept good and was feeling good but wanted to sleep some more. Donna was up to check on him at 3AM and found him wide awake, so he didn't exactly sleep as good as he said he did. He never complains or speaks of anything negative unless he is really hurting, and then we have to ask him first. His trust and hope is well placed in the Lord. Psalm 40: 4-5 Oh, the joys of those who trust the LORD, who have no confidence in the proud, or in those who worship idols. O LORD my God, you have done many miracles for us. Your plans for us are too numerous to list. If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end of them. NLT Jack slept all morning, ate a very big lunch, and slept until 8PM. He ate a large dinner and was awake for a couple hours before going back to sleep. The periods of sleep are sound and peaceful. Psalm 127:2 ...for he grants sleep to those he loves. NIV Jack ended the day saying "Amen!" and "Hallelujah!"
Wednesday, August 13: Jack is awake in the dark at 5:30AM. He starts
the conversation saying "Hi, Homer!" and says he's "doing
good!" He says "Hi, Mom!" to Donna over the intercom.
Each day brings new joys and gladness for us. God's love is so
evident in the people who call him, pray for him, visit him, and
send him cards and email messages. Karolyn, the nurse, visited
today in the early afternoon and was happy with his condition.
Jack slept a lot today. He was up briefly to sit in a chair at
mid-day but went right back to bed. He watched a couple videos
in the late afternoon. Around
5:30PM, he had a moderate seizure, the first since July 19, some
3 1/2 weeks ago. We were able to stop it and did not need to give
him any sedative but it made him very tired afterward, and he
was not hungry for dinner. Jack
again ended the evening praise and prayer time with "Amen!"
and "Hallelujah!" Psalm
66 "How awesome are Your works!"
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Tuesday, August 12: Jack is wide awake at 6AM, and very conversational. He is "doing good!" and said he feels much better today. He was up for lunch and for a mid-day visitor. After a nap, he had visitors at the end of the afternoon, who stayed for dinner. Jack got out of bed for dinner, and walked into the family area again, showing his visitors the new strength he has been blessed with. After dinner, he watched a comedy video before prayer time. Jack again ended the evening praise and prayer time with "Amen!" and "Hallelujah!" Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus, and 13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. NASB
Monday. August 11: Happy birthday, Aunt Peggy! Jack is awake early this morning. He slept well
and is "doing good!" The last 3 days were very exciting,
filled with joy and gladness. We have seen great and mighty things.
We rejoice and glorify the Lord for His lovingkindness is great!
The scriptures for today are from James
12: Blessed is a man who perserves under trial; for once he has
been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord
has promised to those who love Him, and 17: Every good thing given
and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father
of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.
NASB Jack rested most of the
day. The last 3 days were very tiring for him but he will get
stronger as he slowly resumes physical activities. He had visitors
before and after dinner. He was out of bed for dinner but returned
after he had eaten. Jack again ended the evening prayer time with
"Amen!" and "Hallelujah!"
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Sunday, August 10: Happy 1st Anniversary, Dan and Alicia. Jack had a restless night so he slept late and missed going to church. He was awake around 10AM. We cleaned him up for the day, and he ate breakfast before we listened to the tape of last Sunday's sermon. He took a nap, and got up at 3PM. He walked, as yesterday, from his room into the family area. Today, it took half the time it took yesterday. We took him outside to get into the swimming pool. With balance support, he walked down the steps into the pool. He had a great time in the water, and got some good exercise. After getting out of the pool, he stayed outside for quite a while, quietly watching the wildlife in the back yard and eating dinner outside. Six weeks have gone by since we were able to do that. He sat in a chair for a while after coming back into the house. When he got up he had the balance to almost stand by himself, and actually took a few steps without help. What a glorious day! Jack again ended the evening prayer time with "Amen!" and "Hallelujah!" Psalm 138.
Saturday, August 9:
Pastor Chris proclaimed Psalm
34 to start the James
5 Prayer Meeting Friday night. We
proclaim it again today! Last night, Jack was tired but excited
about his Friday night at church so it took him a while to get
to sleep. He slept soundly until around 9AM when he awoke, telling
us how thirsty and hungry he was. He talked on the telephone with
his buddy Warren, who had successful surgery yesterday for a hernia.
Jack ate and drank a lot before his Grandpa and Mickey visited.
Jack's Grandpa delivered a huge fruit basket from our cousins,
the Smith family of Virginia, Minnesota, and New Jersey. During
their visit, Jack wanted to get out of bed. He surprised everyone,
including himself, when he walked (with Homer helping to hold
him up but his legs supported him, and he moved them to go forward)
from his bed into the family area. He was cheered on by John,
Donna, Mike, Grandpa and Mickey. This was quite a feat. It is
a distance of some 40 feet. He ate lunch with John, Donna and
Mike, and went back to bed to rest for a while. When he awoke
around 4PM, he got out of bed and stayed up until 9PM. We read
a backlog of email cards for Jack, and watched several of the
insprirational web movies available at www.dayspring.com. He ate
a big dinner and watched some of the Ravens' football game. What
a blessed day! Jack ended the evening praise and prayer time with
"Amen!" and "Hallelujah!"
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Friday, August 8: Jack was asleep in the early morning, and slept until mid-morning. He ate a big breakfast and did some exercises in the afternoon. What started as a quiet day got very exciting in the evening. Jack was up for dinner where we were talking about Mike going to a concert in Towson. We said something in jest to Jack about going out but he wanted to go out, so we took him to the James 5 Prayer Meeting at Freedom Christian Church. Jack was greeted with joyous celebration (no surprise over that!), and participated in the worship and prayer fellowship for an hour and a half. Pastor Chris proclaimed Psalm 34 to start. There were lots of Hallelujahs for Jack and for Miss Louise, our 90 year old sister-in-Christ, who is in the hospital and had miraculously had gotten better Thursday evening. Psalm 16 was the scripture Lori had offered to Jack for today. It was offered in prayer for the James 5 group, after which Paster Chris rejoiced and shared that it was Miss Louise's favorite Psalm. Jack gave everyone a "thumbs up!" when he left the church. What a blessed evening! There was more praise and prayer at home. Jack ended the evening with "Amen!" and "Hallelujah!" Jeremiah 33:3 Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know. NKJV
Thursday, August 7: Jack slept soundly through the night and awoke around 9AM. He awoke and was very conversational. He ate a lot for breakfast and went back to sleep for a while. He had lunch with his grandparents, who then returned to PA in the afternoon. Ellie visited in the afternoon. Jack was up for dinner with Dan and Alicia. We talked about their plans to celebrate their 1st Anniversary this weekend. They will be going to Niagara Falls and then to Toronto. We are so happy to have Alicia as part of our family. Linda visited in the evening with her friends, Donna and Jean. Jack was excited to meet them, and we remembered their worship for Jack on July 8 in York, PA. They joined us in worship and prayer for Jack. What a blessed time! Jack ended their visit saying "Hallelujah!" Psalm 143.
Wednesday, August 6: At 6:30AM, Jack is awake and smiling when we enter his room. He slept well during the night but he went back to sleep until late in the morning. The last couple days, he's been increasingly tired and sleeping more. He was up for lunch and then slept during the afternoon. He was up for 3 hours for dinner and to watch some baseball. He ended prayer time again with "Amen!" and "Hallelujah!" We are thankful for the joy in each day, and we wait patiently in faith and trust in the Lord. Psalm 100.
Tuesday, August 5:
At 6:30AM, when I walked into his room, Jack gave me the "thumbs
up" sign to signify another "doing good" day. He
said "good morning!" to Homer, who asked if he could
say the same to Donna. He burped and then said "good morning!"
to Donna over the intercom. Linda tells us that, in Japan, a burp
is the highest compliment to a Chef in a restaurant. What a way
to thank someone!? God is worthy of much more, for sure. The Word
for today was Psalm
18:1-2 "I love You, O LORD, my
strength." The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn
of my salvation, my stronghold. This
Psalm has such great images of God's saving power in action. Later
in the day, an RN visited for her examination, and gave some suggestions
for exercise and home treatments. Jack's grandparents arrived
from Nazareth, PA for a visit. He was up for dinner with the family,
looked at pictures Warren and Susan sent him, and watched a little
baseball. He really enjoyed the digital pictures of the senior
Kuhn's birthday party, and the FCC VBS. When he went back to bed,
we read to him from "He Still Moves Stones" by Max Lucado,
and he "pumped iron" for a while. He ended prayer time
again with "Amen!" and "Hallelujah!"
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Monday, August 4: Goober was awake and said "Hey, Homer!" when I walked into his room at 6:30AM. He then said "good morning, Mom!" to Donna over the intercom. He's certainly "doing good" to start today. After a good nights sleep, he had the same smile on his face that he had in the picture below. He went back to sleep and slept until late in the morning. His good buddy, Warren, visited, which made his day. The nurse also visited today and was happy with his condition. He was out of bed for 4 hours to eat dinner and watch some of the Orioles baseball game. He ended prayer time with "Amen!" and "Hallelujah!" His final words of the day were "Good night, Homer." Lori sent Jack an e-card with these scriptures for his healing: III John 2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers, Matthew 9:35 And Jesus went about all the cities and the villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of disease and all manner of sickness, Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and to-day, yea and for ever, Psalms 103:3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; Who healeth all thy diseases; ASV
Sunday, August 3: It's
going to be another good day, as Homer and Goober start the day
standing beside his bed. Jack slept well and was bright-eyed when
Donna got him ready for the day. He ate a big breakfast before
getting up. He was able to stand by himself, again beside the
bed holding the handrail. He tried but couldn't take any steps.
We took him outside by the pool and let him watch the birds and
the flowers, and Donna and John catch up on a little yard work.
We couldn't talk him into going into the pool but that might not
be too far fetched. The swimming would be good exercise... for
us all! After sleeping most of the afternoon, Jack was up for
dinner and a visit from Pastor Chris and Amy. After Chris prayed
for Jack and the family, Jack said "Amen" and "Hallelujah!"
Ron sent Jack these scripture verses: 1
John 5:14-15 Now this is the confidence
that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His
will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we
ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of
Him, and 1
Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written:
"Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the
heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love
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Saturday, August 2: Jack slept better through the night and was awake at his usual time. He ate a big breakfast to get ready for the day. You can see from the pictures that he was "doing good!" today. He exercised, read the paper, and posed for a number of pictures (not his favorite thing to do.) When he got up, he actually stood by the bed holding the handrail without help. He tried taking some steps but isn't quite ready to do that. He was up for lunch and dinner. It was a great day! Lori sent an e-card with the scriptures of encouragement for the day: John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 we are pressed on every side, yet not straitened; perplexed, yet not unto despair; pursued, yet not forsaken; smitten down, yet not destroyed; Romans 8:28 And we know that to them that love God all things work together for good, even to them that are called according to his purpose. Matthew 6:34 Be not therefore anxious for the morrow: for the morrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. ASV
Friday, August 1: Jack had a restless night, so he slept late. He did get up for lunch and dinner, and was talking much more. It was quiet day for Jack as he did not want to listen to any music during the day. Donna asked him what he was doing without the music to listen to. Jack said he was just "maxin' and relaxin'." He watched a couple videos after dinner. Our greatest joy for the day was when he stood by himself holding the handrail before getting back into bed for the evening. As Psalm 66 proclaims, we have such an awesome God. We were blessed with His lovingkindness each day during the month of July and have faith that it will continue into August. Hallelujah!