Hi dearest friends and family,
I know many of you are remembering me in prayer today with my appointment with Dr. Singh at Johns Hopkins this afternoon. However, Jack and I need extra prayer today.
The past few days have been pretty lovely. Friday night we had a date night and went out for dinner utilizing a gift card that a friend had sent us. Saturday we awoke to 4"s of snow and we came downstairs to discover someone had already shoveled our sidewalk. I was able to be at church this past Sunday for the healing service which was extremely powerful. I got caught up with some sweet girl friends in 3-D for a little over an hour last evening. I received in the mail yesterday, a CD entitled "Hidden In My Heart, a lullaby journey through scripture." It will be serenading us to Hopkins today. These are just a few of the blessings.
At 1:00 AM today I awoke to horrific pain. In stead of feeling like a mac truck hit me, it felt like a fleet of 18-wheelers ran me over. In stead of a few knives stabbing my abdomen, it felt like a good 2 dozen were stabbing and twisting all over my stomach and back. I took my strongest pain pill (equivalent to 2 IV injections in the hospital). Typically, this knocks me and the pain out in under 10 minutes. By 2:40 AM the pain was not only still present, but getting worse. On a scale of 1 to 10, it was a 15! I took another strong pain pill. I have NEVER taken this much pain medicine at a time. After about another 30 minutes it started to kick in. I must confess that when the pain gets so intense, I ask Jack to pray and ask for forgiveness. Jack, has to remind me that this is not my fault and it is not punishment. It just feels like torture. I practiced my mom's prayer mantra: "I love you, I trust you, I don't understand." I still have pain, but it is manageable right now. I wasn't able to go back to sleep, so I am feeling extra weak.
Please pray for strength for both Jack and I, as Jack's night was also disturbed. Again, I ask that you join me in requesting that God would provide Dr. Singh with insight and wisdom with regards to the cause and solution.
Lastly, but certainly not least, please pray for Cherie & Randy Riggs. Randy is the head pastor at my church (First Pres. on Orange Street). Cherie has battled cancer for a looooooooooooong time and now there are no more medical treatments to aid her health. Pray for comfort and peace to surround them and God's wholeness to fill Cherie.
As always, I am honored to join each of you in prayer and grateful for your love and support.
Blessings and deep gratitude,