Joys and Trials…

Our kids are getting together for a siblings weekend. This brings me joy. There are 5 hours or so of distance between Dan and Jamie and our kids that live on this side of the mountains so they are meeting about halfway.

My dear old Pop is doing pretty good. He has pain in his legs and back and is losing strength but in general his outlook has been so much better since he moved in with my sister and brother-in-law. I’m thankful for my Pop’s living arrangements and thankful for Len and Kathy who are housing him and taking care of him. Working on jigsaw puzzles help his days go by faster.

We have dear friends through the friendship of our son Dan with their son. This son of theirs has a new wee baby boy who was born very early at just 1#7ounces. He has had such a struggle as you can only imagine. He is now 3# and is a little fighter, beating many odds thrown at him.  We rejoice for his weight gain. We pray for him without ceasing. He needs our prayers. We pray for his parents who must be exhausted with the ups and downs that come with the intense cares and concerns for their little boy. We pray for the grandparents that are doing all they can to lessen the load. We are making our requests to God.

We pray for Dan and Jamie’s little flower girl who is fighting leukemia and in intense treatments against this illness. We rejoice with every step forward made in her bodies fight against leukemia and pray for healing.

We also pray for a blogging friend’s son who is fighting disease and is in intense treatments, too.

The Lord is near, be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” ~ Philippians 4:5b-7

We pray for the firefighters and the homeowner’s in all the wild fire areas of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and California. We rejoice that Dan’s friend’s home was spared. We grieve for the 3 firefighters who lost their lives in the fires near Twisp, Washington. In California the Bible Camp where I received Christ as my Savior is being threatened by a wildfire, too. We rejoice for the wonderful work that opened the door for salvation to so many who went to camp at Hume Lake.

We rejoice with my brother and his family because he has a new job after being let go from his job of over 20 years due to his company’s downsizing.

We are still in the waiting room on a new job for Dear.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. ~1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18 (ESV)

With everything that is going on it’s hard not to pray without ceasing. There are lots of things that I didn’t list that require prayer, too.

This weekend we are having a barbecue with our small group. We haven’t met since June so it will be good to catch up. On Sunday our church is closing it’s doors and we are headed to schools in our community to spruce them up for the new year. Community Serve Day is a great event every year that 6 local churches take part in.

What do you have planned for the weekend?

13 thoughts on “Joys and Trials…

  1. A season of prayer for you and are you not thankful that God has given you prayer muscles to be both unceasing, believing, and patient? And yet, while rejoice and believing in prayer there is also Phillipians 4:14 “Nevertheless you have done well that you share in my distress.”

    Praying for all who face distress right now.

  2. It seems we stay on our knees a lot, too, dear ellen…it’s such a blessing to have a large family and circle of friends and we, every one, need prayers….all the time.
    xo

  3. One of the commentors reminded us of what a privilege it is, to carry everything to God in prayer. Where would we be without it? Thanking God for the joy of seeing your kids take time to be together and I’ve prayed again for the wee babe and the flower girl, the young man going through intense treatment and the firefighters there for the dangerous rescue. It’s good to see your dad being so well taken care of. May God bless your family and give you continued hope in Him.

  4. Certainly, we can never get too comfortable here in this life; the trials and heartaches remind us that we are only sojourners. Oh, so hard are many of the situations that are on your heart. I pray with you to our Father of tender mercies.

  5. Ellen – thank you for sharing your joys and your trials here with an open heart and raw emotions! Please know that I am praying for these concerns. So nice to see your Pop’s sweet face and to hear that he is doing well! God bless you for your tender heart!

  6. So thankful we can go to God with our burdens and know that He hears us! Your Dad looks very happy and it brings a smile reading of the close relationship you children and their spouses have!

  7. Joining you in prayer on so many fronts! Though many situations look hopeless to us….we can give them over to God. What a blessing that is.

    Your dad is looking happy…and so sweet!

  8. What a wonderful multi generational post… Lots of joy, some worries, that is how it goes In big families. How lucky for your kids to get together! I hope all of you are safe from these terrible fires and that they are controlled soon.

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