Sunday, October 17, 2010

Faithful is He...

God does not love you less today because
of what you did yesterday. GOD IS FAITHFUL
to do what He has promised. God loves faithfully.
God does not have love, GOD IS LOVE.
God defines “love”. Love does not define God.
Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God,
the faithful God. That is His Name. Our Lord is
“called Faithful and True! It is HIS FAITHFULNESS,
not ours, but the Lord is faithful, who shall
stablish you, and keep you from evil.”
FAITHFUL IS HE that calls you, who also WILL DO IT.
Salvation is of the LORD. Rest in HIS FAITHFULNESS!!

The following is yet another way Jesus continues to be faithful to us...

Sunday was a lazy kind of day for both Ben and I. I had to say goodbye to my sis and bro-in-law and their lil Larsen so of course that was not the easiest! Our time with them was so much fun! It was a dreary, rainy day...I think this is the 2nd time it has rained since we have been here! It was super cold too...low 60' was in the upper 90's earlier this week! Cold and wet weather means lazy times and snuggles!
We hung out in the morning and while I was on a task of transfering photos from my old computer to my new one Ben was watching football! He was keeping track of the score for me and when I would ask him what it was he would look at the tiny little place in the left hand corner and read it off to me! He did great and so did our teams!
Lunch came next which was a mixture of his own tray and also some food from the Elks club...on the menu calamari steaks. I asked Ben if he wanted some and he said yes. I was surprised because he doesn't like seafood! I asked him what it tastes like and Ben said, "chicken!" I then asked him if he knew what calamari was (just to see if he remembered) and he said, "squid!" I like calamari but not the steaks so I opted out of it!
We had a little more time to chill after lunch and during the commercials in the football game we got Ben shaved up, teeth brushed and face washed! After this it was PT time...and this was an amazing day for Ben! He did THREE NEW THINGS today and one extra new thing a few days ago that I forgot to mention!

1...Ben did awesome in his balancing on the mat. He sat all by himself and really got his head up alot higher then normal! He did a new leaning over move and balanced himself in that position too for a long bit! Another part of this mat work is that he sat and balanced with his left hand (weaker arm) and used his right to reach across his body, grab the come and stack it on his right side!! He did it first with his PT behind him just in case Ben fell back then after that his PT moved to his left side! Ben loved this new task! (see videos at bottom of blog)

2...Ben has been working on rolling over onto his tummy on the mat for some time now! Usually he needs a little help getting started and then getting on his stomach. This help needed! It took him a little longer but he did it all by himself! Ben did all the right steps and did it well! Of course he was not enthused with the stretching that followed but he managed it well!

3...Ben has been working on his walking with the regular walker and has been doing a great job! He has been working on his balancing while standing with just the walker. Today he was walking (after all his mat work so he was tired) and when he got close to him room Ben's PT decided to take his hands away from Ben and see how he would do! Ben did AWESOME!! He still continued to walk on! His PT kept his hands close by and guided him along! Ben's working so hard to getting to his goal of walking down the hall with just a nurse...he thought of this goal all on his own and I am just fine with him walking down the hall with a nurse!! :) The photo below is from last week while working on his balancing! I was so thrilled with his walking that I didn't get a photo! Next time!!

4...and the bonus!!! Last Friday was pool therapy and Ben always looks forward to this time. Peter, my bro-in-law got to join him this time and they had a ton of fun! When we go back to Ben's room and him back in to normal clothes I told Ben that I was so proud of him! He then in a loud voice said, "I am proud of myself!" I then asked him, "why are you proud of yourself?" Ben responded, "I didn't fall out in what I just did!" Falling out is military jagon for quitting, not able to complete a road march, giving up and everything that has to go along with these terms! So, Ben was so proud of what he did and that he gave his all and didn't give up!! I was so surprised by his response because it is the first time in his recovery that he has said it!! His mood is coming around and he is realizing that he can be proud of himself!! His determination, hard work and faith in Jesus will get him through...yes, and me too!!

1 John 5:14 "And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him."

The faithfullness and love of the Lord is all over this e-mail! The Lord is hearing the cries of our hearts...not just mine...BUT ALL OF YOURS as well!!
I am so grateful to all of your who faithfully pray for Ben and I! I am humbled every day by people who pray for us that we don't even know! That you would take the time to do this for us is amazing and such a blessing! I blows me away and makes my heart happy!! Please continue to pray for us! As you can see they are working and although it is not in the timing that I may want it is in the Lord's and it is here and coming!! I praise Him everyday for what He has done for us and how much He has blessed us with! Ben and I will continue to have faith, trust and hope in Him and Him alone!!

PS...10 more days to get those encouraging notes in the mail for Ben!! See blog below if you have not read it...concerning sending him a note! I will be giving them to him October 27th which marks our 14 months post accident! Thank you!!


Goodnight moon said...

How amazing!!!! He is working so hard and doing such an amazing job! You completely inspire me so much! Your such an amazing wife!

(Could I say "amazing" anymore times in this comment?)

Anonymous said...

Gosh, Katie!! What JOY to see how well Ben is doing. In the third picture of him sitting on the table, he looks like...Why are you surprized, I am a Ranger, so of course I will do it. I am so proud of him. I am proud of you, too. Father is proud of you both, and has many more "surprizes" in store. Much love, Marion

Marquez said...

It makes me smile every time I read these blogs and see Ben doing so well. Keep up the great work, Ranger buddy....and never fall out! RLTW!!

Kahler and Katy said...

Katie- I just found your blog last night and ended up reading almost every post since your accident. What a story/testimony you and Ben have! As a newlywed myself, I cannot imagine something like that happening and requiring me to take on so much leadership. You have displayed such a Christ-like attitude. I'm praying for Ben's full and complete recovery, as I believe our God is so much bigger than any limitation a doctor might put on him. Know that God is already using your story. Stay strong. Carry on with perseverance.


Adrienne said...

I just came across your blog. My heart goes out to you and your family! You are so very strong!! Keep up the great work, both of you! Sending prayers your way! :)

Marcy XOXO said...

Katie I just stumbled upon your blog from another blog that I read... YOU ARE AMAZING! I have sat here the past two days not being able to focus on anything else but keeping up with your blog! Prayers are being sent your way. Ben is such a lucky guy and you are such a lucky girl. I love what the Lord is doing with and through you even if we may not understand it right now!

zkgormley said...

Hey there Katie. Just thought I'd check in with you. I love reading about the faithfulness of our Father - great thoughts. I remember praying for Ben to just sit up and now we get to see pictures & videos of him moving all around. God is good! It won't be long now and he'll be running down that hall :) Thanks for the update.

Anonymous said...

I remember when you said that one of your brothers was told by God that eveytime someone prayed for Ben a new brain cell was healed. I of course thought that was great, but I thought 'when will see the evidance.' We have been seeing the evidance for months now and I praise the Lord! He is so faithful and so good. It warms my heart to hear that Ben is proud of himself. That is what he needs, to not let the enemy tear him down but to know that in the Lord he is not a failure and that the Lord will bring him through.
I love the pic at the top of the blog. It is so simple and yet it jsut radiates with the love you two have for eachother and the Lord. You are both a blessing to many lives.
Many women woudl have walked out on their husband long ago. But you haven't. You stuck it out in the worst times and now you are getting to see the fruit of all your patiance. The Lord has something so amazing in store for you, Katie, that one of these days you will look back and not even be able to see the pain, all you will see is the glory that came from all of this so great is what the Lord has for you.

Rachel Schuman said...

It is so great to see how much progress ben is making! The Lord is doing amazing things for you and ben. I am continuing to pray for ya'll. Stay faithful and strong.

LYDIA said...

I came across your blog this week and read the entire thing. You are both very inspiring. I will pray for you both.