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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Back in Oklahoma for a week

Well, my dad finished his radiation treatments on his brain this past Thursday and won't begin the new treatments for the tumor in his Chest until next week. As I was listening to the Doctor saying he would have this short break until the next treatments begin and then later that day I got to go to work with my dad and he was sharing with his secretary that he planned to work quite a bit next week until his treatments began I felt like this might be the right time to return home for a few days. It would allow me to help out my Dad and stepmom not have to fly both of my kids home and also to get my car back home. I told my husband this was the situation and he said that maybe I should come home and I shared that was what I was thinking but asked him to pray and then we would get together later and see what the Lord spoke to each of us. I didn't want to do anything out of the Lords will and I especially didn't want my emotions leading me at this time. I prayed throughout the day and felt that the Lord was saying to go home but I am big on hearing confirmation! I told my Stepmom was we were considering and she said "I think this makes to the most sense right now" 1st confirmation. Later my brother called and we were able to resolve our issues and he said "I really think you should come home and take a break before dad starts chemo"~ out of the blue hmmmm. confirmation #2?
When I spoke with my husband, he said the same thing and I truly felt peace about my returning. confirmation #3.(my husband and I have learned that when there is a decision to be made we each seek the Lord individually, and listen to HIS answer and come back together, if we both have the same answer then we trust the Lord has given us this unity and we proceed) (I know the Lord can and does use us to help or speak in situations like these but my ultimate confirmation comes from HIM)When I spoke with my dad about it, I could tell he was having a hard time with me leaving but he also shared that he knew I couldn't stay forever and would be very happy for me to return. This was the hardest for me to handle and almost where I allowed my emotions to lead me. God tells us to seek HIM, to pray always and to not lean on our own understanding. While it is very hard for me to leave and be away from my dad for this week, it is also wonderful to hold my grandaughter(she is crawling now too!), see my stepdaughter, spend time with my mom and stepdad and catch up with some friends, and of course be with my Husband. His love, support, prayer covering and overall willingness to be there for me no matter what has drawn us together more than I ever imagined possible. I am so blessed to be his wife!

I would encourage anyone going through a tough season in their life or maybe just needing an answer for something, to seek the LORD, ask for HIS manifest Presence! He longs to be with us, to fill us, to encourage, to speak, to comfort and to pour out wisdom, love, joy unspeakable and yes when we are in the middle of a storm, HE longs to show us HIS mighty Power, Strength and Sovereignty. We must be still, we must seek, we must listen and be willing to HEAR WHAT THE SPIRIT IS SAYING! Open our ears Lord, and our eyes too!




Love and Blessings


15 comments:

chicamom85

I stopped in for Spiritual Sundays and was happy to read this delightful post. I was especially glad to see that you look for the confirmation, I do this also and am afraid sometimes that this is a form of doubt. I feel so happy to know that someone else does this!!
Thank you for sharing and God bless you and your beautiful family.

Anne

Sheryl

what a beautiful family. i love the way you sought after God for confirmation.

i read several of your posts. so sorry to hear about the struggle your dad is having, however, it sounds as if God is really at work in the midst of it.

i think i found you from sue at pear tree lane.

RCUBEs

I believe the Lord does give His answers, first to us as we seek Him earnestly, then to others as a way of confirmation. It is difficult to be away from your dad as you have been a great support for him and I honestly believe that it contributes to his well-being, as well.
"There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven."-Ecclesiastes 3:1.
It's great that you always trust in God's perfect timing. God bless you and your beautiful family.

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane

Loren,
What great words of wisdom you have shared with us today. So many times, especially us women go on our emotions, but you chose to seek God, I think that is awesome. I know it must have been a very difficult decision to leave. But like Sheryl said God Is working. I will continue to pray for your family.
Blessings,
Sue

The Real Me!

Oh my friend. Such a hard time for you all. My husband and I do the same thing though. We will both go pray about a situation separately and then come back and tell each other what the Lord was leading each of us to do.
I know you know that the Lord is in control of it all and he LOVES you all very much.
Hugs
Kim

SmilingSally

Life is a precious gift, and you've already been good to your father. Now, while he is in this in-between period, enjoy your home, your husband. Remember that life with hubby is to be enjoyed too. Happy Spiritual Sunday.

enchanting cottage

This is such a great reminder how we need to call aboun the Lord. I will keep your father and your family in my prayers.
Ginger

Andrea

Loren,
I am thankful GOD revealed HIS good and perfect will to you. So many times we miss it b/c we are too busy or seeking our own agenda. Thankfully, you were listening and quite in tune to HIS voice.
Sending prayers, andrea

pileofsmiles

Hi, Loren:
You are not only a wonderful friend and sister in Christ, but one of the neatest life coaches I know. I'm so grateful for the Lord's comfort in our friendship and the wise teachings you share. I have to tell you, I feel such joy here. May many be blessed and watered by the way you share your faith and family. I continue to pray for your dad. Your granddaughter is absolutely beautiful, just like her Nana!

Many hugs,
Mary

Lisa

God is so good to confirm His word and His will for our lives. Have a restful time at home, enjoying your family.

Heart2Heart

Loren,

Perhaps your confirmation about returning home is to strengthen you and give you rest you need. You are taking on a huge load with your dad right now and you need to recharge those power batteries of yours right now by returning home.

God will watch over your dad in your absence. There is no one greater I am sure you would trust to take care of your dad. Rest in that!

You are in our prayers as you return home. Here is your 4th confirmation, my word vefication for this post is Packe!


Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Jennifer

AWW... the picture of you and your granddaughter is so precious!! She's adorable! God knew you needed some time to be home for a little bit... a good time to fill up on all that love & support!

Hi! I'm Grace

May God bless and deals with your dad's operation. Have a happy Monday ahead, Loren. :)

christy rose

Loren, I know your time home will be refreshing and enjoyable. God is great! He loves you! He loves your dad! He loves us all! He will revitalize and strengthen you and your whole family as you go through this health issue of your dad's. Look to Him constantly and you will be amazed at the peace that you will find through it all!
I read your dad's message. He seems to be a wonderful man with a lot of gusto to live a long and exciting life. I was touched by what he wrote. Praying for you all,
Christy

Girly Muse

Thank the Lord that he speaks when we need to hear him most. Glad you're going to be home a bit to recharge and be with your honey. He sounds like a jewel.

Love this picture of you two!!! Beautiful!

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