“Praise the Lord; praise God our savior! For each day he carries us in his arms. Our God is a God who saves! The Sovereign Lord rescues us from death.” (Psalm 68:19-20 NLT)
Sitting on the airplane and watching the sun rise early Sunday morning March 26th, I reflected on the brevity of life. Just the day before, I awoke reading these words from Psalm 68 and had even highlighted them. I thanked God for His daily care in my life and then went about my morning, working outside in the yard.
By mid-morning I got a call regarding Emily, which would drastically change everything. Struggling to breathe, Emily had gone to the hospital that morning thinking she’d get a breathing treatment for her asthma and be sent back to her dorm to rest. However, the day progressed, and Emily found herself in crisis in the emergency room. Throughout the day, breathing became extremely labored, causing her heart rate to became dangerously high. Since the various efforts to relieve her weren’t working, the doctor finally decided she had to be intubated.
Thankfully, God provided for me to travel to NC to be with her. After a long day of travel, I finally arrived at the hospital to see my daughter sedated with an extremely large tube protruding out of her mouth, a tube no-one should have to put down their throat. As I settled in for the night, the nurse sat with me for a long time and shared all the specifics of what had transpired prior to my arrival. She even emphasized if Emily hadn’t come to the hospital, there’s a chance she wouldn’t even be alive today. Shocked and relieved all in one, I thanked the Lord for saving my girl and rescuing her from death. In the days surrounding this time, I would experience God’s carrying presence through others.
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2 NIV)
I want to thank all who reached out to our family during this time. Emily was never alone while I traveled to be with her; money was given to help us with the extra cost of travel; a car was provided for me to use during this time; food was prepared for me as I stayed with Emily at the hospital; smiles and hugs were shared to remind us we weren’t alone; my laundry was lovingly washed and delivered; countless of prayers were sent up on our behalf, and numerous encouraging phone calls and text were received. I honestly believe hundreds were involved in carrying us through this time and administering love to our family in one way or another. Thank you seems too small of an expression to really convey how very grateful we are as a family to each one of you. We are meant to do life together, and I was reminded over these days in the hospital how valuable relationships with others are.
After resting for a few days in Greenville with family, Emily returned to school, and I returned to Texas. In a couple weeks, she will have further tests on her lungs to determine what has been causing her breathing problems over the last few months. Her lungs looked like a 70-year old smoker’s, we were told, which is definitely not normal for a 20-year old woman. Thankfully, I can return to be with Emily during these tests. We are praying for a clear diagnosis and ultimately for complete healing for her lungs. Thank you for continuing to pray with us along these lines.
Addtional Prayer & Praise Points:
- Currently, the students from the DTS I’ve been staffing are on outreach in Mexico. I’ve heard good reports that the Holy Spirit is working in and through them, ministering to many they’re encountering. Praise the Lord!
- Richard has been hard at work in the Advancement Department. We are praying for an increase on this campus of men and women coming to be trained. YWAM Tyler is passionate about helping people know Jesus, and Richard’s efforts in this department are crucial in getting the word out. Please pray for God’s anointing on these projects.
- Audrey has been busy this spring with track and soccer. Her transition to Christian Heritage School has been a great one, and she’s thriving there in many ways. Praise the Lord! I am grateful for this answered prayer. We continue to pray for an open door and favor in her immigration case.
- Richard and I plan to return to SC and NC in June to reconnect face to face with our dear family and friends. Pray for God’s provision for our travel expenses, needed rest as a family, and divine appointments with others.
Life is short, and we never know what a day might hold. Thankfully we have God and each other to carry us through.