Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tuesday 30th June

Things not too bad - all a bit tired but we are OK. Been one full month at home today.
Ange has put on a little weight - which she really needed to. Ange went to a dinner on Sunday for people looking after people at home. She met three Christian ladies there who all knew about Georgie and who had been following the blog until I felt I had to close it off to the public. She was able to update them. Narromine Baptist prayer group are coming to our place tonight to pray. After seeing so much hardship at Westmead it is hard to be moved about a lot but kids suffering and peoples faith - they move us.
I met a couple at church on sunday night and the girl said she had become a Christian through reading the blog. The verses and peoples faith combined spoke to her. She had been a leader at the Baptist church girls club which Georgie used to go to. She said Georgie always used to ask lots of questions about God and always wanted to know more. We were thrilled to hear all of that.

A pastor friend sent me this quote today and I thought it pertinent especially as I was told the same thing yesterday from another person. Be specific.

This is a quote from David Jeremiah.

How often have we prayed something like, "O Lord, be with cousin Billy now in a special way"? Have we stopped to consider what it is we're requesting? Imagine that you are a parent who is preparing to leave your children with a babysitter. Would you dream of saying, "O Betsy, I ask you now that you would be with my children in a special way?" No way. You would say, "Betsy, the kids need to be in bed by 9 pm. They can have one snack before their baths, and please make sure they finish their homework. You can reach us at this number if there's any problem. Any questions before we go?" We are very specific with our requests and instructions for our babysitters. We want them to know specifics. It should be no different with prayer.

I thought about this and recalled the situation where Jesus asked the man "What do you want me to do for you?"

Friday, June 26, 2009

Friday 26th June

A reasonable week though not as good as the week before with Georgie having more seizures and coughing at times.
Most of the nurses are a big help during the day. Mostly we are managing to get a reasonable sleep at night.
Many things have been provided and we often say to each other that God has and still is taking care of basically all our other needs.
One of the young drs who used to look after Georgie in Westmead has also been up here for the last six months at Dubbo. He was killed in a car accident on the way home to Sydney on Monday.
We were very sad to learn of this as he was a really nice guy and a good dr. We had quite a few discussions with him about our faith. The last one I had he said he was "searching for God" and immediately a nurse came in and demanded his attention elsewhere and I never got another time to talk with him. He had been asking me about how Georgie was so close to dying from pneumonia only the week before but he said you were not worried and he wanted to know about faith. (I remember that night well as despite all the chaos with drs and nurses attending her she seemed to be fading quickly and couldn't breathe. At about 3am he said I think you better ring your family to come in.- He said to me later "ordinarily I would have said it was very imminent but I can't predict anything with Georgie") Yet there was a peace in the room I could feel as soon as I went in and it seemed to me that the worse she got the greater the peace became.( this is what the bible speaks about as the peace that transcends all understanding)
I was able to tell him this day after that night that I had peace because if she died she would be in glory with God in heaven and we too would see her again, yet more than that I knew she wouldn't. I just knew she wouldn't and so I did not have to ring Ange and wake her up. I shared with him about faith as he inquired. I don't know what he did with our conversations. We know God is a just judge. We'll miss him.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Friday 19th

A "pretty good" day.
Funding has come through for Georgie to help with her care at home for 4hrs per day for a year. Praise God for this. The fundors also hope that this will free Ange up to maybe start doing an odd day of school teaching again if she wanted to which will be great for her as she is a good teacher and misses it.
Ange says Georgie has been stable but would love to see some real improvement in Georgie with seizures etc.
Georgie has a nasty cough but doesn't seem to have got any worse over the last week and no temp so probably nothing too bad.
I 0r 2 of the day nurses at home are believers also and one said count me in for praying for a miracle too. She reads bible stories to Georgie and plays Christian music. Pretty cool huh?

Monday, June 15, 2009

Monday 15th June

We've been enjoying having Georgie home with us for nearly the last two weeks now. Ange says "I don't ever want her going back to hospital again!".
(Unless she got very sick well she probably won't have to.)
We seem to be managing and getting some sleep as well. It is busy but we are all much happier with her at home and we think Georgie is too as she is more settled.

So thankyou to all of you who are praying for Georgie and all of us.

Another note there have been kids at school who have contracted swine flu. Please pray for the family/s affected.

"Forgetting what is behind, let us run the race with perseverance....

Thursday, June 4, 2009

We've had Georgie back at home since Tuesday with a nurse at home from Uniting Care during the day. It is a bit like when you have a new baby at home eg hard to sleep properly, up and down at night etc.

Am currently reading a really interesting book on prayer called "Prayer Works" by brother Andrew. (of Open doors and "God's Smuggler") It is very challenging. His emphasis is on perseverance in prayer and avoiding what he calls fatalistic attitudes to the problems we both have and see in the world. Taking part in and even helping form God's plans through prayer.Bringing about change through persevering in prayer.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Monday 1st June

A difficult weekend for Georgie - not the worst though.
Plans to bring Georgie home now on Wednesday with some at-home help promised on weekdays for this month.
We will just have to see how it all goes.
"let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith" Heb 12v2