I woke up this morning feeling a bit down. A few minutes of scripture study on my own and then a few more minutes with the children, followed by prayer, really helped.
A while later, I received a phone call from a close friend who had felt to share with me an impression that had come that he and his family were to "rejoice in faith" for little Talitha. As I spoke with him, he explained that "the blessings she has received and the prayers that have been offered up for her by thousands...have ensured that her life is completely in Heavenly Fathers hands." Exercising faith to rejoice even during the trials is one way we can show Him that we trust Him and are relying on Him when it matters most instead of tail-spinning lower and lower to the treacherous, often blind understanding of our own minds where doubts and fears prevail.
The beautiful hymn keeps coming to mind, "we doubt not the Lord nor His goodness; we've proved Him in days that are past." That's why we can build on the Rock with complete confidence and know for a surety that when the "rains come down and the floods come up" we can stand firm and not be washed away.
I'm learning that those storms of life can come when you least expect. And it can get crazy and it can hurt...alot. I'm also witnessing first hand that the power of God is real and that He is still perfectly able to quiet the wind and the waves.
Well, I accept the invitation to "rejoice in faith". I'm so grateful to the Lord and really do love Him. These experiences of the past several weeks make me want to be better and do better.
Talitha continues to do well. The methotrexate levels dropped to 2.4 this morning and are down to 0.38 tonight. Anything above 0.1 is toxic enough to burn her skin in the fingers and toes from the inside out so they are vigilant in monitoring her progress and are pleased that the levels continue to drop. They believe Talitha could be ready for the next chemo injections as early as tomorrow night.
Rejoicing in Faith,