I want to apologize for having skipped last week. Sometimes life just gets in the way, and that’s what happened to me. Things just seem to be extremely busy for me right now. I’m having to work really hard at budgeting and organizing my time.
One more thing, I want to thank my faithful followers. Even though I don’t respond personally to your comments, whether here or on facebook, please know how much I appreciate your encouragement! You are what help me continue doing this. I am also praying that God is reaching people I don’t even know about, and that He is speaking to them. That would be SO awesome! So thank you!!!
Usually I like to share with you, my friends, what God is teaching me. However, today I just feel so compelled to share what God is doing in the lives of some OTHER people. He keeps bringing this verse to mind, to remind me to be thankful for what I have!
Philippians 4:11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.
Some of you know this story, but it bears repeating because God is SO GOOD! On May 19, 2011 there was an accident at one of the Cement plants here in Midlothian. Five men were doing routine maintenance on a kiln at the plant. As they were working somehow a fire started in the kiln. All 5 men were burned and taken to area hospitals. One was treated and released. The other 4 were taken to Parkland Hospital’s Burn Unit. One was transported by ambulance, the other 3 by Careflight. Parkland has one of the largest and best burn units in the nation. Three weeks after the accident one of the men was released. The other 3 are still in the hospital.
Let me concentrate on these 3 and tell you the rest of the story. Just after the accident, I became very concerned with one of the men in particular. I discovered that a friend of mine knows them. She posted on facebook that he, Brent, was not doing well at all. So I began to pray for him. A little while later, my friend posted a link where I could follow his progress. So I did. God began working in amazing ways! The next thing I find out is that Brent’s wife, Jenice (pronounced Jeneese), and their children attend Stonegate church. The same church we attend. So now I’m really feeling like God has directed me to follow this man’s progress for a reason.
Exactly 3 weeks after the accident I decide to go to the hospital and visit Jenice. I felt a connection with her like I had known her for years. Don’t you love it how God allows us to feel that instant bond with our brothers and sisters in Christ? Jenice told me about the other 2 men that are there in the hospital, Nick and Troy. I got to meet Troy’s wife Pei (pronounced Pay). Since that day I have stayed in touch with both Jenice and Pei. I love these ladies! When their husbands have good days my heart rejoices. When it’s a bad day my heart aches. I am so thankful that God has allowed me to make these new friendships! What a gracious God we have!
Now let me share the way God has blessed in healing of these men. As I understand it, when they were admitted, all 3 were burned on over 75% of their bodies. When someone is burned this severely, the chance of survival is minimal. Yet God is healing them one day at a time. The road is long and tough, but God is faithful! Nick and Troy are both still in the BICU. In this unit they each have a nurse with them 24 hours a day. They are only allowed a maximum of 3 visitors at designated times during the day. Each of those must scrub up and gown up like a surgeon before they enter the room. This means even their wives only get to see them 6 times each day, and those visits are limited to 30 minutes. However, over the holiday weekend Brent was moved to the acute care section of the burn unit. Here the restrictions are less, but in order to keep the risk of infection down Jenice is asking that visitors be kept to a minimum. He still is at great risk of infection due to the wounds.
Obviously their journey is not over so please keep them in your prayers. I will keep you updated.
One more time I am simply in awe of my God and the way he takes care of His children!
If you are interested in following the progress of these men you can do so at the following links:
(For Nick's you may be required to create an account. It doesn't cost anything it is simply for the patient's privacy.)
Living in Grace,