I've had an incredible day. Certainly not the kind of day I had expected. In fact, it was a day I had been most anxious about. But today I felt sustained by the prayers of a faithful group of online friends and our small Bible study group. Any one who has ever been aware of being uplifted by the prayers of others will know what I'm talking about.

Driving home I couldn't help but sing out loud to a particular song by Christian band Selah. This song has meant a lot to me in recent months but especially so today:

Wonderful, merciful Saviour,
Precious Redeemer and Friend.
Who would have thought that a Lamb
Could rescue the souls of men?
Oh you rescue the souls of men.

Counsellor, Comforter, Keeper:
Spirit we long to embrace.
You offer hope when our hearts have
Hopelessly lost the way.
Oh, we hopelessly lost the way

You are the One that we praise;
You are the One we adore;
You give the healing and grace
Our hearts always hunger for.
Oh, our hearts always hunger for.

Almighty, infinite Father,
Faithfully loving Your own.
Here in our weakness You find us,
Falling before Your throne.
Oh, we're falling before Your throne.

You are the One that we praise;
You are the One we adore;
You give the healing and grace
Our hearts always hunger for.
Oh, our hearts always hunger for.

Not only did God graciously give me the strength and peace that I needed today, He also blessed me abundantly in other ways - and not just with the good report we received. No, His goodness extended even beyond that. Much to my surprise, I got to see all five of my sons today. Okay, one I happened to pass on the road so we didn't actually chat, and another stopped and talked to me for only a minute or two in the hospital carpark, but I saw all five of them.

I also got to spend two delightful hours with The Most Adorable Granddaughter#2 in the car. If you've never been in a car with an almost three-year-old who moos realistically and loudly whenever she sees a cow (and this is New Zealand - there are lots of cows) then you don't know what you're missing.

And then there were these other little gems:

"Nana. ... Nan-aaa. ... NANA! ... I love you wery much. ... Nana, I like you."

"I love that bridge. My mummy loves that bridge. My daddy loves that bridge." (DIL#1 had to ask what bridge it was she supposedly loved.)

"That's a horrible bus. ... I love that truck." (I have no idea what she had against the bus or why she loved the truck.)

"Nana! You're going the wrong way," (shouted very convincingly from the back seat.) "Go back! Go back! GO BACK!" When asked which way she would like me to go she confidently replied, "Straight ahead."

Thank You Lord ... for every blessing both great and small.


busymomof10 said…
Hi Jules!

I have been So Busy for So Long that I have been delinquent in visiting my favorite blogs! I need to back up and read why you were at the hospital . . . but just wanted to say I loved this post and am grateful for your good news and the blessings God bestowed on you!
winterwren said…

I am not real up on things lately (obviously), but I am guessing that you (or one of your family members) had medical tests done? And that they turned out well? I am sorry if I missed a blog post about this. Anyway, I am really happy that it (whatever it was) worked out.

Your tales of TMAG #2 are awesome and made me laugh out loud.

Jules said…
Hi Winterwren and BusyMomof10, to protect the privacy of family members I didn't post on my blog about the anxiety that has been hanging over our heads since before Christmas. In fact, to spare needless anxiety we didn't even tell all the family. So you didn't miss a blog post. Suffice to say, even though more tests are needed and perhaps surgery, we can rejoice that we were quickly assured that the diagnosis included the wonderful word 'benign'.
SchnauzerMom said…
How cute, she sounds like quite a talker. I'm glad you got to at least see all of your sons. I love that song.

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