Thanking God…and You

Most of you know during the past several weeks, circumstances with my mother-in-law’s health have pushed us to our limits. I began writing about increased demand back on January 11th, and that post referred to events beginning even two or three months prior to that. God has graciously provided strength upon strength. Earlier this month on the blog, I bragged on Him, but I’ve just got to do it again and offer my thanks as well.

I’ve seen God’s hand in our lives in so many ways lately, but three different days from this past week come to mind today. On Tuesday, I had three errands to run in a short amount of time before I needed to be at the hospital. Once again, I felt God carrying me — not only because He loves me, but also because of the prayers going up on my behalf. I found the closest parking space and no one ahead of me in line at my first stop, an empty drive thru at the second and third stop, and no waiting to pull out into traffic along the way. Smooth sailing. And as I sailed, I thanked God as each blessing unfolded before me.

God’s perfect timing continued when I arrived at the hospital. As I was getting on the elevator, Lyndsay, a good friend of Kristin’s from high school days was getting off. She no longer lives in town, and I hadn’t seen her in a very long time. What a blessing to get a hug from her and chat for a minute. If I had not arrived at just that moment, our paths probably wouldn’t have crossed. Isn’t God good?!

God blessed again on Thursday. Don’s mother’s doctor needed to talk with him about an urgent issue, but Don can be very hard to catch on the phone, particularly this semester. He’s in class all morning long, but he popped into his office at one point and found the phone ringing. It was the doc. Connection made at just the right time. Knowing the chances of that happening, I’d call that a mini-miracle — if you can call any miracles “mini”. See a pattern developing here? :)

Split-second timing made all the difference once again on Friday, only this time it saved my skin. I came within inches of getting hit by a car as I walked across the walkway at the hospital’s entrance. I had my head tucked down against the wind and looked up just in time to stop dead in my tracks as a car whizzed past, the driver peering into the hospital rather than looking for pedestrians. I gasped in horror as did another woman who saw the whole thing. Talk about God’s intervention. I’m still thanking God for that one!

If you’ve ever wondered if your prayers make a difference, let me assure you they do. I have felt them and seen them at work time and again over the past few weeks. How I thank my Abba Father (see my last post) for His tender, loving care — and how I thank you for your prayers on our behalf. They’ve made all the difference.

Does anyone else need prayer right now? Please share with a comment. Let us help carry you!

“He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart…” Isaiah 40:11

*As of this minute (and I’ve learned I can only go minute by minute right now), Don’s mom is back at home in her assisted living facility, but she is extremely weak and feeling bad much of the time. They will try the out-patient infusion treatments beginning again tomorrow.

Flickr photo by kelsey_lovefusionphoto


  1. So awesome, Cheryl! I would ask for your prayers as I head out to Dallas next week for 10 or more days to care for my mother-in-law, as she recovers from a difficult surgery. She is a JEWEL, and I count it a privilege to be able to help; however, past history tells us that she has a very difficult time with anesthesia and multiple medications, making for difficult recoveries from surgeries. God has brought her through THREE cancers and double knee AND hip replacement, so I know He’ll be carrying her through this. Prayers on her behalf (and mine!) are appreciated!


    P.S. SO GLAD you’re alright! Yikes!

  2. Hi Cheryl. I saw your Mom-in-law and Don this weekend. Glad she is able to be back home for a while. My great-Grandmother (her neighbor!) asked me how she was doing.

    Good luck to you guys.

  3. Melinda, thanks for sharing your prayer need. Sounds like you and your MIL both will have some difficult days ahead. You’ll be in my prayers. God bless!

    Jessica, I was so sorry to miss seeing you (and the baby!!) when Don did! Drove me crazy when I heard that :) Thanks so much for taking Amelia into Don’s mom’s room so she could see her!

  4. What a testimony to God’s love and timing.

    Lord God, I lift Cheryl’s mother in law up to You. I ask You to continue to pour out Your mercy and grace, Your healing power on her. Please continue to provide for her needs, for every little detail. Please continue to give the time miracles to Cheryl and Don they need. Please refresh them as well. In Jesus’ Name I pray.


  5. PTL! He is soooo good to us.


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