Monday, April 30, 2012

Being Blessed in the Storm


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 You are probably aware of the health issues Ryan has been facing.  The best word to describe our last month is a "storm".  Oh man we are being refined and stretched in ways we never knew possible!

You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat...

Joshua 25:4

We're both learning a lot right now.  I am especially being shaped in humility to rely on others  (meals, prayers, serving us), a need for prayer running through my bones, the faithfulness of a Proverbs 31 wife, and living out a call on my life to be Ryan's Help meet.

It's honestly hard to really thank the Lord for this trial, but I know we won't come out of it unchanged.

We thought we saw progress in his health as this week but it didn't last--as of Sunday night Ryan says he is pretty much back to "square one". So while we're still in the midst of the storm I wanted to share how we've been SO blessed by people and I hope it might inspire you to love on those close to you learning about sickness, suffering, or new life seasons.
  • Food- the international language of showing love if you ask me!  We have been SO blessed by meals brought by. It is exhausting to even think about meal planning, shopping, cooking, and cleaning up.  Phew!  Sweet friends and family bringing by meals has been our sanity-keeper!
  • Prayers- a simple text or phone call that let us know we were being lifted up really encourages us.  I think it reminds us that we're not facing this alone. The elders of our church surrounded and prayed for us this morning and that was just like water to our thirsty souls.  So incredible!
  • Help- our generous, incredible friends and our families have been by on the roughest days to clean up or help around the house.  Wow!  Who does that?!  Such a relief to get chores done.
We'll continue to keep you updated on Ryan, his health, and what we hope will be progress.  Share other ideas or action you've ever taken to serve someone in a tough season-I want to know for the future!
My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.

Psalm 119:50

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5 comments:

  1. "It's honestly hard to really thank the Lord for this trial, but I know we won't come out of it unchanged." Wonderful attitude Carly, one I'm sure the Lord will bless! I love those ideas- I think if people do 1 for someone in need it isn't too big of a deal for them, but as you said can make sure a difference for those in need. Great post!

    Prayers continuing to be sent your way!
    Nicole

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  2. Thanks friend! We're so grateful for the Lord in this--I don't know how people face anything hard in life without Him.

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  3. So glad to read about all the help and the presence of friends who share their faith and hold you up in prayer. When our family walked through a difficult season I relied on the faith of other believers. I also kept a journal (didn't have a blog at that time). It was good to have a record of how God loved us through his people.

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  4. Praying for your husband Carly! So glad that you have people standing with you and blessing you during this time!!

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    1. Yes mam Katie, me too! Thanks for lifting him up. We are SO ready to have some answers and I know Ryan is ready for relief.

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