Taken after lunch this afternoon
I know that we are about due for an update. I will start with Matt. He is doing really good. He is responding to medicine really well and has had minimal side affects. I notice that he is a lot more tired so he takes more naps and he says that he has (what feels like) heartburn. That has really been it. The Dr's continue to fill him with blood and platelets. Tests are coming back good but I have (wisely) been advised to not put my trust in Dr's tests and what they say but continue to put my trust in the Lord. Matt's parents left yesterday and he has had more visitors which he looks forward to when he is up to it.
As for how I am doing.....I have mentally written this part of the blog over a couple of times. I share because I don't know how to be anything but honest and this blog is kind of like a diary. WHY I make my diary public, I don't know.....some of my friends don't know.( I laugh as I write that) But I feel better. Would it really do anybody any good if I just share the times when my faith and trust in the Lord are strong and unwavering? Then you wouldn't think that I am being honest. When you hurt and struggle, you wouldn't think that I could relate at all. Well I can.
I actually had a really good day yesterday, soccer game, pictures, washed cars, clean apartment. As we were talking to Matt last night, he asked me to bring him some chips. That was it. I got mad and irritated. I said, "Matt, I am dealing with money, bills, insurance, the girls, schedules, babysitting, bible study, cleaning and your chips are the last thing I am going to worry about."I ranted to him about packed days, schedules,etc. while he listened and apologized. Then, of course, I felt bad and apologized. We got off the phone and I knew my attitude was bad, I tucked the girls in and said prayers (while in my head thinking that here I was alone doing all of this by myself again.) I was irritated knowing that I needed a spiritual spanking. I prayed for the Lord to take it all from me, did part of my bible study, hoping that Jesus was going to have me read something that was going to change my attitude and heart. I went to bed and woke up feeling the same.
This morning on my way to church I was still praying about it, when we got to church and I stood there singing(or listening) , something that my friend had said in a conversation at bible study came into my head. We were talking about the book of Psalms in the bible. How that book is a very emotional book and filled with people crying out to God. My friend had said,"God can take your anger at Him." I started to cry. It was as if the Holy Spirit told me exactly what was bothering me. I was mad at Him. I don't want to be. I just stood there thinking..... I don't want to be a spokesperson for trials. I don't want to be a cancer advocate. I don't want to "hold down the fort" all by myself. I don't want to drive to Nashville everyday and find places for Lucy to go. I don't want to be used by Him in this way. I don't want this to be God's best for me and my family. I don't even want this to be my attitude. I don't want this bad attitude in my heart.
Then to make matters worse, I started to think of all of the people working so hard for my family. Even with this terrible attitude, the Lord is working on blessing my family. He can take it. All of it. And still working everything for my good. My best.
I wish there was another way. Another way for Him to be glorified, teach me lessons, minister to others. So what was my conclusion today? What answer did I come to? It's not all about me. I'm so glad that He offers forgiveness. He died for my attitude. I need Him.
Standing there in church I told him simply that I trust Him. I don't like it. I don't get it. But I trust Him.