Thursday, February 25, 2016

Hello out There!

Well here it is, the first post in about 2 1/2 years. Why has it been so long, you ask? Well in a word, myhandsful.  You have known from the beginning that I am a care-giver for my 3 children with type 1 diabetes, but since August of 2013, I have been the care-giver also to my mom after she was widowed. Shortly after deciding to move her from San Diego to Orange County, she was diagnosed with a rare form of dementia called FTD (fronto-temporal-degeneration). She was living independently, and I would visit her weekly, when I was able to get away from my kids' homeschool and extra-curricular schedules. As an only child, I was the go-to person for her medical and household needs, but this too was becoming too full for my hands and we decided to move her closer to us and into assisted living.

Add to this our own sale of our home and a move back into Orange County for us to be nearer my husband's work and you can imagine the plates we have been spinning. Throughout, God has been so good. He has gone ahead of us in each new trial that confronted us as well as preparing the way for new opportunities. Paul writes in Philippians that he has not yet attained the goal which was set before him, and I feel I have not yet "settled in" to my new circumstances, but like Paul I press on. He says that there was a reason he was "laid hold of" by Christ, and that is what keeps him going onward. We know that in each change that has come over the past recent years God was moving and orchestrating 'to will and to work' His perfect plan. (Phil. 2:13, Phil. 3:12)

Dear Lord,
Thank you for these faithful who care enough to want to know what you are doing in the lives of your children. Thank you for the way you have provided and led throughout the myriad changes life has brought to all of us at myhandsful. Thank you that we can trust You to plan and complete your will in our lives. Amen

Monday, August 26, 2013

This too, Lord?


This too, Lord?

{excerpt from God Still Meets Needs: a collection of devotions available on amazon.com}
By Traci Thompson

 
Exodus 9:16 “But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.”(NIV)

 
            My faith struggled a lot in dealing with the diabetes in our family (four out of five with type one) but I was always so grateful that financial struggles weren’t thrown into the mix. I even had an entitled sort of view of it that “God has asked so much of us already, I’m sure He wouldn’t put us into financial hardship along with all the health issues.” It was a situation where I said, “Everyone has something that God tests them with through which they learn dependence on Him and mine is the health of my spouse and children–money–that’s for someone else.” Then, the wolf came to our door…

 
            That week we had scraped the bottom of the barrel, our bank account. For the first time I felt real fear and doubt. Were we actually going to miss this month’s payments? Were we really at a place where we couldn’t afford to buy a can of coffee? My husband and I just sat down together and said, “Perhaps so.” We offered ourselves to God’s will in prayer and set out the next day to do whatever was in our power to do–send out more resum├ęs and show up at both jobs each day. Two days later, and two days before the first of the month, I opened the mail to a rebate check for an energy-efficient furnace we bought the previous winter–just enough to cover the payments ahead.

 
            Thank you, God, for your incredible faithfulness…if You want to show Your power by sustaining us through the disease in our household or by filling our empty pockets or in the never-ending oil jar*, well then, we just praise Your Name for all Your wondrous works!


*I Kings 17 and II Kings 4