Ben and I are pretty consistant about doing devotions at night before he gets all settled and sleepy. I kept up with my own for awhile but recently (probably since we have been here) it has not been that consistant and the Lord has really been talking to me about this. So, I have been reading through Romans and am only about 4 chapters in to it. There have been several scriptures that have already hit home. Some are encouraging, some convicting, revealing and most all about faith! There is the well known one about Abraham never waivering in his faith and his faith growing stronger and then one that I discovered about him that was interesting. In Romans 4:18 it says, "Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping-believing that he would become that father of many nations." I so want to be more like Abraham. Yes, he has his lying, cheating, crazy ways but he was a man of great HOPE and FAITH! Talk about a waiting period that he had in his life...waiting to become a father for so many years that it was deemed impossible! Oh I am waiting too! I am waiting for many, many things! Do I want to wait any longer...heck no! Will I, heck yes! Some days I don't think I can put another foot in front of the other! Some days I want to stay in bed all day long. So, yes, sometimes my faith and hope are weak...that is ok I have found out...as long as I don't lose it!
I have faith and I have hope....I want to build it more and more! I want it to grow and while it is growing continue to praise Jesus.
One more scripture I came upon in devos with Ben is Psalm 105:19. It says, "Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the Lord tested Joseph's character"! Oh boy...this has been my road for the last 9 months and I think it will continue from here on out! I just found this scripture quite interesting and confirming as to what is going on! Just a lil glimpse into what Jesus is doing in my heart!
To update all on the sleep study that took place this last weekend! It went well and we both survived the night together! Ben was sleeping every time I woke up (and that was every 3 hours) and I was trying to get sleep! My bed was a chair that folded into a bed. It was about 24 inches wide and as hard as a piece of plywood! All in all it went well. They do not have any results yet but I am anxiously awaiting them!
On to the PRAISE REPORTS!!!!
Today after I was outside doing my devotions I came in to find out that Ben's doc was trying to get ahold of me. I found him and Ben's case manager and they told me that Ben's time here will be extended another 60 days!! This is huge as we were looking to go to another facility the end of the month! Thanks to a mass amount of prayers and Ben's hard work we will be staying a bit longer!! I am going to be looking at another place in Cali this week and also a place in NJ later this month or the beginning of next just to be prepared for our next phase. If God decides that He wants to do all the healing here then we will just go home after here! Please keep us in your prayers as that time gets closer!
Seoond praise report is that Ben's feeding tube is coming out today!! He has been eating his 3 meals a day of regular food for over 2 weeks now and doing really well! His fluids still need to be thickened a bit but other than that he is doing great. All his meds are not given in pill form and he is able to swallow them all!
I will be updating again soon! This Thursday I am driving to southern Cali to look at a rehab place and then hanging/resting/sunning for a few days with friends in San Diego! I will try and post updated, specific prayer requests soon!!