May 25, 2007

Forsake me not

(Larissa wrote this last night and asked me to post it today. Steve)

One of our friends who is working with Ian reported today that he swallowed around a dozen times while she was working with him. When he was in Children's, it was a good day to have one swallow per session. This may not seem significant at first, but him swallowing more means that he is gaining control of his tongue. We've been told that after he learns how to consistently swallow again, him forming words should come pretty quickly after that.

We took Ian to the movies tonight to see Pirates III. He did really well for about an hour and then he was happy to be home and back in his bed.

As Kristi wrote, this weekend is New Attitude, a conference with Sovereign Grace Ministries. I don't like the thought of being there without Ian. It just feels awkward. But God knew that he wouldn't be there and He knew that we would be wishing he were in Kentucky with us. Somehow this is better and is accomplishing something greater. God can minister to Ian no matter where he is and He can also comfort our emotions of longing to have Ian there with us.

"Forsake me not in my joys, lest they absorb my heart. Forsake me not in my sorrows, lest I murmur against thee. Forsake me not in the day of my repentance, lest I lose the hope of pardon, and fall into despair; and forsake me not in the day of my strongest faith, lest faith degenerate into presumption. Forsake me not, for without thee I am weak, but with thee I am strong. Forsake me not, for my path is dangerous, and full of snares, and I cannot do without thy guidance"


Thank you for praying



Anonymous said...

Laris, I hope God blesses you in a special surprising way at NA. The increased swallowing is a blessing. He is making progress and so are you. I pray for healing for Ian and continued grace for you and the Murphy's. The blog is such a great and specific reminder to us how to pray and what to be thankful for. CW said it better than any of us could. GLA

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Jenny said...

Dear Larissa,

I have felt so drawn to write a note to you. I am not often overwhelmed with emotion for others, but your situation has weighed heavy on my heart since I first heard about it. I check the blog often to see how things are going with Ian, but I think my greater concern is for you. I am about your age, and I can only imagine how much grace has been given to you. You are a testimony of a faithful woman of God. You are standing by your man, and though you are not yet married, you are proving yourself in sickness and health.

I wish I could have been at NA this year- I surely would have found you and given you a hug to let you know how inspiring you are to me. It must be so hard to be there without Ian- there's just something about sharing the joy of NA with your closest friend that can't be replaced. I pray that God fills you with such overwhelming joy and peace this weekend. May you press into Him knowing that this momentary at times suffering is all for His glory and the glory of the cross.

Your Sister in Christ,
Moderator: feel free to pass this along to Larissa w/o posting to the blog.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Larissa. God is making Ian better, little by little by little. I want to be like you; searching out the Lord and His ways while you have to wait for His work. You make me want to be better for the Lord.

Your spirit grows more quiet and more gentle as the days go by. How precious this is to Him.

The Spurgeon quote is another nugget of gold for me to treasure. I will be putting on my desktop and meditating on its truth.

Love you,