I want to start by thanking all of you for your prayers. I am grateful! God is so good!
Over the past six months God has been faithful to provide a word, a phrase, a scripture verse, and many sweet moments that have served to encourage us and bring us hope. The word He has given us is Gratitude. That truth came from Mike. The phrase He has given us comes from the police chief in Buena Vista, "God has got this!" The scripture verse is Ephesians 3:20 which states, "He alone is able." This verse has been everywhere! I have been writing down the sweet moments, "God winks," or "divine appointments" we have experienced. I want to share with you one of those moments I had this past week.
Three mornings in a row, when I arrived to Josh's room, the nurse shared that Josh looked angry and had not slept well. By day three of this I just wanted to hear, "he slept well mom." I was becoming comcerned and discouraged.
That same day I headed down to the chapel where I often go to pray. On my way back to Josh's room an elderly veteran stopped me and asked, "arn't you the mom who reads to her son in the courtyard sometimes?" I told him yes. He told me he had seen us there often and it really touched him. So much so that he had begun to pray for us and called his daughter back in Denver to pray for us as well. I shared with him a quick summary of what had happened to Josh. He said he was headed to Mass and would be sure to pray. It was one of those sweet moments that reminded me "God has got this...He alone is able!" And to drive the point home, late that afternoon the man saw Mike and I walking through the parking lot and ran over to tell us that he shared Josh's story with the priest and now he would be praying for Josh as well. The man then gave us a small gift he wanted Josh to have and promissed us "good things are coming." We agree! And in these sweet moments our hearts are filled with gratitude for the way the Lord continues to work through others to remind us He is here with us.
St. Paul's prayer for all of us:
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--That you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to the power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen" Ephesians 3:14-21
Josh has begun to develop more muscle in his arms and legs.
He is vocalizing more (making sounds)
He is gaining weight back.
Consistency in therapy.
The transition back to Arkansas.
That his vocalizing would turn into words.
That Josh would walk again.
All in for Josh!