Although life was moving at 60 mph and my head was spinning, at least we were no longer dealing with Crohn’s symptoms, strokes, or any other illness for that matter.  Isn’t the Lord wonderful???!!! I praised Him and His goodness in our lives. I had pleaded and begged Him to give some reprieve and that reprieve had come.  To God be the glory, great things He hath done!

As of June 2nd, John was steadily gaining weight and it was an absolute blessing to see “meat” on his bones again! At this point in time, he was up to 145 lbs! If you recall, he weighed 124 just six weeks ago! There was also strength in his arms and he was again able to open that jar of pickles for me 🙂 Not only that but his skin was also changing and had that healthy appearance. It was smooth and supple where before it was rough and dry due to the lack of nutrients. Everything in our bodies work together. When one’s nutrients are expelled as quickly as Crohn’s Disease causes, the effects are revealed in the skin. How thankful I was and I felt so blessed of God to witness this. John had suffered so much the past 13 months and now he was feeling well. I thanked the Lord daily for His mercy in our lives. He most certainly provided us with His perfect gifts! Yes, for me as well! The caregiver suffers inwardly when he/she sees his loved one hurting. As John’s wife and helpmeet, my daily goal was to do all I could to make him comfortable and help his health to improve. When he was in the thick of the illness,” it was frustrating to work so hard but not achieve my goal. The Lord provided grace and comfort, especially when I needed it the most. Like the Apostle Paul, I relied on God’s daily doses of grace. 2 Corinthians 12:9 – And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. I also knew that there was someone out there that could use encouragement in the same way I did. I pray that these devotionals have blessed someone out there in the blogging world! I want to be able to share with you what the Lord has done for me throughout this experience – the ups and downs – the tears and joy – praising Him for good and bad! 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Blessed [be] God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

We were now going through a myriad of follow up doctors’ appointments since John got out of rehab. Our Primary Care Provider did not want to put John back on blood thinners because they caused so many problems with excessive bleeding. He decided to wait for the hematologist to make that final decision despite the two previous strokes. That would be another appointment in the not too distant future. John was so tired of these appointments and would have gladly abandoned them. But I was adamant that he go so that we could finally put his health issues behind us. How would we know if his body was actually functioning as it should if we didn’t follow up with his doctors? It was a must to keep each appointment.

July 4th was coming upon us and we were actually making plans to get together with our youngest son, Adam and his family! Can you believe that? The last get together was Christmas and John was not feeling well so he did not enjoy the festivities at all.  Our lives had been on hold for so long and it was refreshing to be able to plan an event 🙂 It was to be an absolutely memorable July 4th indeed! John was feeling well and was weighing 155! The weight was coming back on quite quickly now that he was healthy. His body was responding the way it should. To top off the celebration, Adam and Bethany announced that they were expecting their third child! Oh what a joyful day! It was as if the Lord had reached down and hugged us all! I love this verse in Zephaniah chapter 1. The Lord joys over us with singing! When His children are blessed, He sings!! What a wonderful God we serve!

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