Wow... I can't believe how long it has been since my last update. All has been well with Ana over the past several months. There have been some weight issues, muscle cramping, and feeding adjustments in the past couple of months, but nothing majorly bad happening. She is growing like a weed, riding horses, participating in karate, playing the violin, and singing in the choir! Some days her schedule is busier than mine... and it is so wonderful watching her live her life as "normal" as possible! Ana never lets her disease get in the way of the things she loves to do and that is a quality I love about her... DETERMINATION=> Purposing to accomplish God's goals in God's timing regardless of the opposition (II Timothy 4:7-8). I am so thankful that she is not faint-hearted!
Ana has inspired me... helping her has brought to light a passion I have always had for helping others. I have no idea what it will lead to or what God's plans are for my future, but I am in nursing school. I have always had a desire to be a nurse and taking care of Ana has only made it grow! I pray that God will use me however He sees fit. I want to help children who are sick... I want these children to have the same hope Ana has in Christ! So, as you can imagine, I have been quite busy homeschooling four children, tending to Ana's medical needs, and attending college full-time. Life is busy... sometimes busy is good... sometimes busy is a blessing... as long as we rest in Him... as long as we seek Him in our busyness. Our whole family is learning... FLEXIBILITY=> Not setting our affections on ideas or plans which can be changed by God or others (Colossians 3:2).
On another note, we need our prayer warriors to start praying! Shey was laid-off this week and he is in need of work... preferably work with benefits... Ana needs good quality insurance, so she can continue to have access to good quality care. Pray for the financial aspects of her care. We continue to have to pay for things out-of-pocket and that will only increase without private insurance. Just recently the nutritionists learned that she is too low in fluid intake and too high in calories for her metabolic instability. This has led to mixing her already diluted formula with Pedialyte... Have you priced that stuff lately??? It is so expensive... Just pray... Pray for financial provision. I know God is in control... I know that He knows her needs... I know that He will take care of her... FAITH=> Visualizing what God intends to do in a given situation and acting in harmony with it (Hebrews 11:1).
And God keeps sending me right back to Matthew 6:25-34...
“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Thank-you for your prayers...
thank-you for your continued support.