Saturday, July 14, 2012

New Mercies Each Morning

As Anthony wrote, yesterday was a hard day.  Maybe one of the most discouraging we've had.  This morning he shared Lamentations 3:22-26...

    [22] The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
        his mercies never come to an end;
    [23] they are new every morning;
        great is your faithfulness.
    [24] “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
        “therefore I will hope in him.”
    [25] The LORD is good to those who wait for him,
        to the soul who seeks him.
    [26] It is good that one should wait quietly
        for the salvation of the LORD.
    [27] It is good for a man that he bear
        the yoke in his youth.
(Lamentations 3:22-27 ESV))

Here's a few mercies this day...

Toothless beauty!
We went to dinner at one of our favorite places, Santiago's in Loveland. Lydia was enjoying a sopapilla and when she cupped her mouth.  We ran to the bathroom and pulled out right there.  What a cute girl!

The Logging Team
This morning a big truck pulled up in front of our house with a log splitter.  Shortly after came lots of strong hands with another log splitter and other wood splitting tools.  Away they went.  We have a woodburning stove that heats our basement in the winter and we had a huge pile of wood that needed to be split.  These guys from Anthony's office and our church split the wood, stacked it up, and cleaned up a mountain of bark and scraps.  They were so fast, they cut down a dead tree in our front yard THEN they cleaned out our garage which was has become a disastrous, dumping ground.  They installed a screen door that has been sitting along the wall of the garage for 2 years and fixed the drive through window on our front door which used to hold an intact screen.  When everything in life is so out of our control, a clean and tidy garage sure does make it feel a bit better.  Now, if we can figure out a place for all the bikes we might actually be able to park in that garage!

Rourke got to do some manly things like use a log splitter and then Mr. James took him and some of the other young muscle men out back to shoot the BB gun.  That's a sweet day for a 7 year old!
And our MOST exciting mercy thus far had us jumping up & down!  Here are the girls saying, "Thank you, God!"

Esther's hemoglobin and platelets were so low yesterday they had scheduled a blood and platelet transfusion for this morning.  BUT....her levels jumped up and her ANC went from 9.8 yesterday to 74 today!  My faith was so weak yesterday, I was sheepishly asking for something in the 20's.  If it's over 100 tomorrow, she'll get to come home and we have a week together before we have to start our next chemo treatment. New mercies, new mercies.


  1. Thank you Sam for reminding us that God is faithful! In my own life and my own situations I have made my fair share of sheepish prayers at times. But what a gift it is to read about the reminder of just how big this God we serve really is! Continuing to pray for your family that Esther can go home tomorrow and things will go smoothly next week.

  2. Jumping up & down & praising the Lord with you!!!

  3. Praise God for Esther's progress! What wonderful friends to come and do all they did, such a blessing. You are so loved, relish in just that for a minute!

  4. We sang the song "Still" at church this morning and every time the chorus came up, I thought of you guys. "When the oceans rise and thunders roar, I will soar with you above the storm. Father you are King over the flood. I will be still and know you are God." The video I found online has a lot of extra stuff in it, but in case you wanted to hear the song, here is the link: I hope that it can be an encouragement to you as you walk with God through this stormy season. I'll be praying for you and your family to soar above it all with Him!

  5. YAY! My mom really liked seeing the pictures of Frannie, Lydia, and Rourke (and Zinnia). That is so cool the Summitviewers came together to help you all out! And YAY GOD that Esther's blood count is so much better! :) We prayed for you again in The Firehouse :)

  6. We Pray for all of you everyday! My boys spend extra time in prayer just for Esther! Every time I read your blog i am reminded of God's love and Mercy. Thank you for your blog. I find myself talking more to God and being more loving to my family. You are in our thoughts and prayers!

    Danelle for all