I’m probably getting ahead of myself. So backing up a bit.

Today was icy and cold and snowy. But it didn’t really stop us from enjoying our family time away. We ate fun food and shopped and relaxed and worked out and enjoyed some pool time as well. It’s been a nice and relaxing couple of days and amidst the normal busyness of life, I’m really, really thankful for this time that we have together.

I got text updates from Sally all throughout the day. And I have to say that I’m so thankful for these, as Michael is constantly on our hearts and minds. The testing that they have been doing this week did reveal some bacteria, so he is back on antibiotics and things have been pushed back a bit. The storming was better today and they are working out medicine combinations that will best help with this. And so it’s a bit of a holding pattern while these things all get worked out.

Sally did share that through these past few days, she is gaining some knowledge that is helping her as she makes upcoming decisions for what is the best treatments for Michael. So we can be thankful for how God is revealing these things to her.

And tonight (well, this morning, if I’m being technical because it’s 1:30am and I’m huddling at our hotel desk trying not to wake our kids as I’m typing out these thoughts) I happened upon a very random chapter of the Bible that tied into thoughts that I had wanted to share. Because in situations like Michael’s, you tend to take it one day at a time.  Which is probably the best way to do it.  But I couldn’t help but start to think ahead.  And I really do believe in my heart that God is going to restore Michael to what He knows is best.

And with these thoughts, I happened upon a story in the tiny book of Joel.  Israel’s crops have been destroyed by locusts.  And while that sentence in itself sounds so foreign to us, bear with me.  Anyhow, they’ve been destroyed.  And it’s hurt them and I’m sure they sat there looking at their present and their future and worrying and wondering how it was all going to turn out.

But God, in His great love and faithfulness promises to restore all of those broken crops and all of that time lost.  And not only does he promise redemption and repayment, but an abundance of blessings that are both physical and spiritual as well.  And the bottom line, is that no matter what we are going through and no matter how hopeless our situation, God can restore the broken.  He can bring healing and abundance and blessings.  But we need to have faith that He can and that He will do this.

Tonight, we can continue to pray that God will restore the injuries and brokenness of Michael’s accident.  More importantly though, we can pray for the faith that we need to know that God will do this and that He will work great things into Michael’s life and into the lives of all of us touched by his story.  Thank you again, for all of your prayers and for trusting in the mighty ways that God is working during this time.

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Written by lauraherr8

I love Jesus, my Youth Pastor Husband and our two beautiful children. I'm a professional photographer and I love people, especially kids. My best days include time with my family, Hot Yoga and a Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream cone.

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