Sunday, November 26, 2006

Our healing journey and more...

"Do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed." -- 1 Peter 4:12-13

It's been a while since my last posting. Since Star and I got back from Hongkong, I had to catch up on work. What can I say? It's been such a wonderful, wonderful time for us. Not the illness part, but experiencing God's faithfulness once again. While the kids are not yet fully well, we continue to be overwhelmed by how God has been walking us through.

One important lesson I've learned in our experience is to never, never disregard the power of prayer. To many of us, prayer comes as the "last resort." When we can still do something about the situation, we do what we can. Then, we turn to God when all else fail.

But to us this time, the challenges were just too great. My husband and I could do nothing but to still ourselves before the Lord and pray. And then we stayed back and let Him move for us. There is no telling how amazed we are by how things turned out.

Ben recovered quickly. While he stayed in the hospital for 13 days, the extent of infection in his lungs would have required longer confinement. Star, on the other hand, had a smooth work-up in Hongkong. As a bonus, we both enjoyed our trip. Since we came back, Star has far lesser nosebleeding episodes.

We cannot thank God enough for how He walked us through our trial, for the outpouring support of friends and for the abundant provisions. God used so many people to bless us in so many ways. What can we say? We did not deserve it. We are overjoyed. As always, God is good all the time.

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3 comments:

  1. hi drea,

    finally added your link to my blog...I could only imagine the tests you and dick have been facing...but thank God that He's held you in his hand all throughout...


    romel

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  2. hi mel!

    so good to hear from you. amen and amen! God is good all the time. i have always been confident He will walk us through.

    hope everything is well with you there. good for you (or is it bad? - hehehe!), you are spared from the roller coaster rides of emotions here as we face storms of different kinds -- the greatest of which is the con-ass, i guess.

    keep in touch...

    drea

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  3. romel3:00 PM

    hi drea,

    how is everything for you? I hope you're ok...

    I'd like to share this quote passed on to me by a friend yesterday -- it reminded me of keeping the right focus on things:


    "A life of faith produces two things. First it enables us to see God in everything. Secondly, it holds the mind in a state of readiness for whatever may be his will. We must trust God for whatever depends upon Him, and only think of being faithful ourselves in the performance of our duties."
    - Francois Fe`nelon

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