Thursday, February 12, 2009

The NEW Normal

Joy has been quite the trooper the last few days I have been out of town. It seems that when there is a holiday or one of us is out of town, the blessed fever pounces on us. Just today, MDA called to say that James tested positive for the flu. We are all on Tamiflu and will hopefully make it through relatively unscathed.

As Joy and I were talking today, this turn of events truly represents our "normal" at this stage of our life. I think that God has put on both of our hearts that things are not as they are intended to be. One, James has leukemia. Two, he's going to get sick more often than most kids because his immune system is compromised from all the poison we are pumping into his body. Three, we will have frequent trips to the hospital. This is our "normal." I am not sure why it took us 1.5 years to accept this "normal," but we are at a place of acceptance today. God is sovereign. God is love. God is always with us despite our crummy circumstances. There's a strange kind of peace in that. I know that we aren't immune from feeling frustrated or overwhelmed. That will come again in due time. TODAY, we feel the peace of the Lord. That is good. Thank you for continuing to pray for us and James' daily healing.


Alisha said...

You guys are truly an inspiration to everyone you come in contact with! Joy - Seeing your smiling face at SonKids is always a reminder to me that we are to CHOOSE joy, regardless of the difficult circumstances we might be facing. Thank you for being a living testimony to God's grace and goodness....and know that you are all in my prayers. I consider it an honor to have been James' teacher, if only for the short time I was in his classroom....he is an amazing little guy, and I can't wait to see what God has planned for him in the future!!

Alisha Beard

Shannon of "Room for More" said...
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Shannon of "Room for More" said...

I found your blog from Abby's. We live in Magnolia, right outside The Woodlands. We aren't far from one another! I am praying for your sweet little one. I will be following. Our family will continue to lift yours up in prayer.