Randy’s brain surgery is December 6th at USC!
I wonder if it includes a diploma.
I think Randy looks pretty good as a Trojan. He will be going in on Tuesday December 6th to have his tumor removed. We are mourning the loss of his hearing and gearing up for nausea and dizziness. “If Randy wasn’t already dizzy, he’s in for a rude awakening.” Two nerves will be lost to remove as much of the tumor as possible and save his facial nerve. I like his face. Despite the losses we feel grateful for the expertise of our surgeons and we are looking forward to 6-8 weeks of togetherness for his recovery.
I remember being in the thick of heart failure, knowing Ian needed a miracle or a new heart to survive. Life was uncertain and there were many things I could complain about, many things to fear, many things out of my control, and many things to make my heart heavy. As I read through the Psalms I was reminded over and over to come to the Sanctuary and find Refuge in God’s house. I felt desperate for His refuge. I felt welcome to dump all my complaints, fears, and worries right there. But He invited me to do so much more.
“Offer to God a SACRIFICE OF THANKSGIVING and perform your vows to the Most High. And Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.” Psalm 50:14-15
Wait a minute, there are still things that make my heart heavy! My husband has a brain tumor that’s taking his hearing away and threatening his facial nerve and breathing. And I didn’t even finish Ian’s quarantine yet! And God wants me to be Thankful?
Thanksgiving is easy when everything is going our way. Anyone can do that. But it takes a “sacrifice” when there are burdens we carry and pains to bear. We sacrifice them by laying them down on his alter, out of our own hands and into His. We sacrifice them by giving up control and adding TRUST. We sacrifice them when we let go of grudges, forgive, and ask for forgiveness. We sacrifice them when we give up our way and let Him direct our steps. THEN the practice of true gratitude can begin. Then we can call out to Him. Then He will deliver us. Then we will glorify Him.
This psalm gives me words to say when life is hard and it transforms my thinking from fear to thanksgiving. When I was growing up, Dad would say, “Count your blessings when you can’t fall asleep. 1…2…3…” I have to keep practicing it even now. Want to do that together?
Please join us for an evening of Worship and Prayer to Practice Thanksgiving.
This Saturday, November 26, 6 pm
Crossroads Community Church, 25991 Pala
Mission Viejo California 92691
We will spend some time in prayer over Randy before his December adventure. We’d love to pray over your needs as well.
Potluck with your leftovers!
Main Dish will be provided.
Get up on your horse and head on over to Crossroads this Saturday!! We’ll see you there!