Oct 12, 2007

Ian continues to gain strength in his ability to sit up and hold himself there. He's been using a bar in front of him to hold onto and balance himself. It's incredible to see the progress that he's made since he came home from the hospital.

So when is this going to end for Ian? That's all I want to know and I feel like that's all that I'm waiting for. We're still holding our breath. I'm praying for complete healing on earth or for the Lord to return. I'm waiting for the day when we have a normal Friday night together, maybe going on a date or watching a movie together. And I'm waiting for the day in heaven when Ian will receive all that he's waiting for.

Until then, we press onward, asking for more and more grace.

"Preserve me, o God, for in you I take refuge."
Psalm 16



Anonymous said...

Dear Larissa,
I don't know what God has planned for you or for Ian, but I have a feeling that if Ian IS healed in this life, "a normal Friday night" will never be as it was before. Your lives will never be as they were before, because God is using this trial in your lives to transform you into the image of Christ. It's a mystery why he chose this specific trial for you, and something different for the next person. I pray you continue to find grace in this season (however long it may be) to rejoice that he is using this trial for his majestic glory. Also, even though you desire (and I desire this for you!) for Ian to return to the way he was, be glad that if he IS healed, he won't return to the way he was, because he will be more like Christ. I have followed Ian's story since the beginning, and I continue to be amazed at God's grace in your life, Larissa. I respect your faithfullness, endurance, and patience in the midst of pain and suffering.
With Love,
A Sister in Christ

leslie said...

as i had coffee with a friend, we discussed how Jesus loves the journey and we so often are focused on the "goal". i just began to reason through, out loud, a particular "journey" the Lord has had me on these past 2 1/2 years. as i was talking to my sweet friend i just blurted out that, "i think the Lord may sometimes keep us on our journey longer than He had intended (not that He didnt already know it) bc its taking us a little longer to comprehend that He alone is the goal." when i said that it was like so many things became so clear. it kinda reminded me of the israelites in the desert for 40 yrs and how they kept getting distracted or whatever.

your journey has been an amazing encouragement to me! i just really felt like it might help to just be reminded that He is the goal from someone you dont know. never in my life have i witnessed someone walking in such a tough place with such hope and faith and utter trust in the Lord's goodness. bc He is so good.

recently at church we discussed the story of shadrach, meshach and abed-nego. i never, i guess, noticed daniel 3:17-18, "...our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. BUT EVEN IF HE DOES NOT, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up." oh the faith! your faith reminds of these most godly men.

i pray that this was some sort of an encouragement to you and that the Lord will filter out anything that is not.

p.s. sorry so long!

Emmie said...

I Corinthians 15:58 is what I want to give you. Keep on--faint not! You are loved and prayed for in Central Texas.

Anonymous said...

God Bless.

Anonymous said...

How do we lay hold of God's promises in light of our situation? I truly don't know. I am viewing them in light of eternity, not for this world. Does it give me peace? Not necessarily....but it does allow me to at least to resign myself to what he has given us. Laris, you still have hope......he is still alive. His progress is agonzingly slow....for him and you. I love you all, gigi