Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
Mom, who is 86 years old, was rushed to the hospital with a broken hip and arm. The following day she had surgery on both areas, the next night she experienced postsurgical psychosis that lasted 20 hours. She slept the next two days.
A week after her fall, she was still unable, or unwilling to use her legs (because of the immense pain and the confusion surrounding it, due to her advanced dementia)
Early on, members of the hospital staff, including the Chaplain compassionately suggested ‘the obvious’ … a nursing home.
But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Again, I reached out to my faithful friends in Christ for prayer.
We prayed for His divine intervention. We prayed the LORD would have mercy on Mom. That He would be the strength in her weakness and hold her up that she would cooperate and follow directions. That He lessen her excruciating pain, enabling her to walk.
- The LORD is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth. (Psalm 145:18)
"… but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer. Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me! "(Psalm 66:19-20)
"The Lord is righteous in all His ways and faithful in all he does." "The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; He hears their cry and saves them." (Psalm 145:17-19)
The next day, Mom stood, gripped her walker, and took a couple steps with assistance. The day after that, she walked to the door of her room.
It has been three weeks since her injury, she continues to increase in strength and is looking forward to returning home.
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak ... but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:29,31)
At night I lay in the recliner next to her bed in the hospital. Throughout the night we pray together and share our love for the LORD. I hold her hand and we express our love for each other … I have heard it said that I am doing a good thing, giving my time. I don’t have to, I get to spend this time with my Mom. Our time together is joy, it is a gift. This time together is the reward! ♡
“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (Corinthians 9:7)
All thanksgiving and glory to God for Mom’s progress. We praise Him and give thanks to our LORD Jesus Christ, that she was never alone (during this pandemic). A family member was with her 24 hours a day to encourage and love and validate her.
"My God shall supply all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:19)
After three weeks, Mom is coming home tomorrow. Hallelujah! Praise God!
"Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you." (Isaiah 46:4)
A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life … … She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.