God is good
Psalm 103 (New Living Translation)
Praise the LORD, I tell myself; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, I tell myself, and never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He ransoms me from death and surrounds me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle's!
The LORD gives righteousness and justice to all who are treated unfairly. He revealed his character to Moses and his deeds to the people of Israel. The LORD is merciful and gracious; he is slow to get angry and full of unfailing love. He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever. He has not punished us for all our sins, nor does he deal with us as we deserve. For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our rebellious acts as far away from us as the east is from the west. The LORD is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him. For he understands how weak we are; he knows we are only dust. Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die. The wind blows, and we are gone – as though we had never been here. But the love of the LORD remains forever with those who fear him. His salvation extends to the children's children of those who are faithful to his covenant, of those who obey his commandments!
The LORD has made the heavens his throne; from there he rules over everything. Praise the LORD, you angels of his, you mighty creatures who carry out his plans, listening for each of his commands. Yes, praise the LORD, you armies of angels who serve him and do his will! Praise the LORD, everything he has created, everywhere in his kingdom. As for me – I, too, will praise the LORD.
GOD IS GOOD! He has been so faithful and He hasn't ever left us. Honestly, I don't feel ready to walk this road again, but we take great comfort in knowing that He promises to be here with us.
This morning we will take the kids out to the zoo and this afternoon we will take Abby to Phoenix Children's Hospital to have some labwork done and to tour their PICU. Please pray for C.R. and I to know when to advocate for Abby and when to abide by the policies of the hospital. I feel a little anxious about learning how they do things at a new hospital. Pray even now for ways we all can show the love of Christ to everyone we encounter at the hospital.
Please also pray for all our children to be at peace. Daniel is much more aware of the seriousness of the situation than he was last year. He is pulling out all his best smiles and charms trying desperately to make everyone happy :) Elizabeth is hanging on to me more than usual-she knows something is happening. And, Josiah is worried and learning to take his concerns to the Lord. It's beautiful to see.
Pray for our families who will be caring for the children while we are at the hospital. They have the hardest job...I know...I do it every day :)
Thank you, thank you, and thank you. We can't say it enough...you all are such an encouragement to us. We so appreciate your prayers on our behalf, your words of encouragement and offers of help.
God Bless you all!