Today we enjoyed our second Snow Day, made official when our church cancelled its services, small groups and classes for the day. It was nice to take the day off, and while we spent a good chunk of it shoveling, we also enjoyed another day of downtime and a few good games of football. It also gave me the chance to go looking for pictures to share, and these are the ones I found.
For quite a few years, every Saturday in the fall, Jeremy gathered together a group of our students to play Flag Football against other churches for Youth for Christ.
Now the only thing that my husband loves more than watching football, is playing it. These Saturdays were a great way for him and our students to get out and enjoy some fresh air and some good friendly competition as well.
Michael was a key part of the team that year. He was always ready to follow any play that Jeremy would give him and did it with a smile and a great attitude every time. I think that’s something that I’ve always appreciated about him. His smile and his attitude.
His athleticism was always pretty key too.
And I thought these pictures were fairly fitting for today. First, because Sundays are football days, at least in our home. We’re all a little bummed that the Seahawks are out, but we did have a pretty good time cheering for Peyton and the Broncos this afternoon. The second reason that I thought they were fitting, was because the sheer determination and focus of the football pictures reminded me of a few things that tied with with my Michael update for the day.
As of this afternoon, Michael continues to be doing relatively well. His ICP numbers are continuing to stay low, which is really quite a blessing. It was only a week ago, that they were so high, but thankfully ever since have slowly gone down. He also continues to do well with his “food” which will hopefully help his body to be well nourished and really start to heal. The biggest change is that in the coming days, Michael will start to come off some of the heavier medicine that has kept him sedated so his brain and body could heal these past two weeks. There are a lot of unknowns with this and it naturally is something that could use lots of prayer. They are hoping that he won’t have any bad side effects to withdrawing from the medicines and again just that his ICP numbers stay normal.
In times of uncertainty, it’s so good to remember to stay focused. Also, to remember what it says in 2 Timothy 1:7. God did not give us a spirit of fear. Sometimes, it’s hard not to be afraid of the unknown. It’s hard not to be afraid of what the future may hold. But it’s in these times that we are reminded of the spirit that God gave us. It’s one of power. Of love. And of self-discipline. So tonight, we pray that for Michael and for his family and for us, his friends. We pray that we all will continue to keep our amazing friend in our prayers. And that in our lives, we can also live the truth of not being afraid, but of living determined and boldly, the amazing life that God has given us.