Saturday, December 1, 2018

December Beginnings - Prayer Requests

Though I have been home since Tuesday, I have not been able to post as much has been going on.

Thanksgiving was delightful and tiring all at once.  Everyone was sick.  Everyone but my son-in-law and me were on either oral steroids and/or antibiotics.

I prayed that God would keep me well until I arrived home so I could be of help to my daughter.  God listened to my prayers and though I began feeling sick over Thanksgiving weekend, this virus really hit me hard the day I arrived home.  Since then, I have been coughing etc almost nonstop. And I did get my flu shot a few months ago.  Still, I cannot complain because I was able to help with the sick grandchildren when I was there.

Lilah Rose has been feeling better.  Her tummy issues seem to have been solved.  Thank you for praying for her.

And life continues with all sorts of twists and turns that are unforeseeable until in hindsight you see God's hand at work. I am learning more and more each day that we are in His hands and all we have is His.

I may have mentioned that my husband has been under the weather for quite some time.  Until he received the complete diagnosis, I didn't want to share (without his permission). He has leukemia.  Now it isn't the worst kind of leukemia (is there a good one??) but treatment when necessary has good chances for remission. He was diagnosed with a different cancer about 10 years ago, had treatment, and that cancer is all gone or so they thought. He is feeling pretty good right now but a simple virus is a struggle.

We have some decisions to make and I kindly ask for your prayers.

* My husband's health

* Finding a good home for Lilah.  I can't board her every time we need to see a cancer specialist etc.  It isn't fair to her and it isn't best for her.

*Wisdom as far as deciding where to move.  Yes, we will have to leave our beautiful woods of NC and most likely move back north.  There are really good cancer hospitals in Philadelphia.  My second daughter, son-in-law and 2 grands live in NJ near Philly.  That is what we are thinking now.  There aren't such great hospitals in SC where my eldest daughter is.

*Finding the right house and buying it

*Selling our house in NC

Thankfully, we are pretty ok financially and can buy a house up North and get settled before having to sell this one.

God is gracious, loving, and freely gives us His peace. We do have God's peace in all this but sometimes it is a little overwhelming thinking of all the above details. I know God is working.

I am learning to let go. My little house in the woods is His. My dog is His. My all is His. And we are but weary travelers upon this earth. Though I will need to leave my lovely woods, heaven will be more beautiful than here.


  1. Gina, I will definitely pray with you about these things. It will be tough times, but I pray that all the little things will fall into place so that you can concentrate on health.

  2. Dear Gina,
    I'm sorry you are not feeling well and hope you soon regain your strength. You are facing many challenges with God's strength, and I pray that his presence will guide you as you make many decisions.

  3. Our far away church is in NJ 45 minutes from Philly near Princeton. It's a really lovely area and I think the Princeton area could be very enjoyable for ones who are retired also. If I can be of any help (I live a good hour drive from our far away church so I am limited) let me know. Meanwhile, I will be praying. I am so very sorry to hear of your husband's illness, cancer is so hard. I have friends who live in Philly and commute to our church. Lord have mercy on the many things (Change, moving,...) that you are facing. a big (HUG)....

  4. Dear Gina,I'm sorry for the trials you are experiences now. It's so hard when these trials happen during the holidays. Though it is difficult we know God is good and He cares for us. He has the perfect house already chosen for you and your husband. He will also be with you and your husband as you face his leukemia diagnosis together. I will be praying. By the way, you should be getting your ornament package soon. If it doesn't arrive by Friday, please let me know.

  5. You and your family will be in my prayers.
    Hang in there and take it one day at a time.
    Sending {{hugs}} and warm thoughts your way.


  6. I'm keep you and your husband in my prayers. I know this is a difficult time for you with so many changes and unknown things ahead. But you have strong faith and we know that God will work things out for you. Sweet hugs my friend, Diane

  7. So sorry all were sick over Thanksgiving, I am glad it waited to get to bad for you until you got home, it is so much better to be home if you get sick. I am so sorry to hear about your husband's diagnosis, I am thankful that you are able to move closer to better hospitals. I know it will be hard to move and give up your little lyla rose but will pray it all goes smoothly!

  8. Gina, I tried to comment yesterday but for some reason my comments are not being published by my Google Account. I wlll certainly be lifting you up in the days ahead. Hugs! Arlene

  9. oh my, dearest Gina, you have a lot going on in your life right now, but you are trusting in Our Lord. Prayers for you, my friend.

  10. My heart breaks for you Gina, and yet I know that the strength of the Lord will be with you as you make these tough decisions. Prayers for your husband's health, and for yours too. I know how much you dearly love your NC home, and sweet little Lilah, and how difficult this move will be in so many ways. I pray the Lord gives you strength, wisdom, peace and comfort as all these decisions come about. Blessings and hugs :)

  11. Ladies, I am so touched by your words and prayers. Thank you. Thank you!

  12. Oh, Gina, I am so very sorry to hear this and I will be praying extra hard for your husband's recovery and for you both as you take this new and courageous journey together. Being close to family and good health providers is so important at this challenging time. You gave Lilah Rose a good start in life and she will now be a blessing for another family. Please remember to take care of yourself, now, especially. Sending you love and hugs xo Karen


But oh! the blessing it is to have a friend to whom one can speak fearlessly on any subject; with whom one's deepest as well as one's most foolish thoughts come out simply and safely. Oh, the comfort — the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person — having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away. ~Dinah Maria Craik, A Life for a Life, "Chapter XVI: Her Story," 1859