I have set the Lord always before me. Because He is at my right hand I will not be shaken. Psalm 16:8
The Monday before we went to Cincinnati, before that trip was even on the radar, I shared a brief devotional thought in our worship meeting about how one of the most important things for our people to see in us as worship leaders was an unwavering trust in God. To see that we live out and believe the words we sing each week even when life is uncertain and difficult.
Apparently, the Lord was laying this verse on my heart because I needed to hear it. Whenever I have faced weak moments during the past two weeks, the Holy Spirit keeps bringing this verse back to mind and reminding me that Jesus is always faithful. He is always trustworthy and always keeps His promises. He is also the God of the impossible who can make the sun stand still. When we set these truths about the Lord before us and keep our eyes fixed on Him, circumstance tend to look different.
Ferris and I both firmly believe that the Lord has spoken to us that the end result of all of this is that the girls will be healthy and well. Since we know the end result, now we must walk through the process of how God is going to accomplish it. The process is not always easy, with today being one of those difficult days, but I am learning to lean on God in a whole new way. To pray Scripture in a way I never have before. And I am seeing the Lord show up in my weakest moments to give me a strength I know comes only from Him.
So I am praying that through this process Jesus would shape my character and heart to be a man who is not shaken by what He sees, as I so often can be, and that He would give me the grace to have an unwavering and dangerous faith.
Liana's not doing well. As I said earlier, the surgery went smooth on Saturday, but she's since taken a rough turn. Her lungs are really inflamed and filled with fluid. The doctors said she's the worst in the nursery now. They gave her steroids earlier today to help her lungs, so we're believing that they will grow stronger quickly. Please pray that they will. If the steroids don't strengthen the lungs, the doctors said there's not much else they can do for them. Believe with us, pray with us.
We Were Far From You - Elevation Worship (1:00 only)
It was great to be back today, and worship was extremely powerful for me. There isn't much I can say to communicate what was going on in my heart, but I was moved by how good the Lord has been and how He has the power to make the broken things new in our lives. In every area of life, God is in the business of restoration and healing. That very timely theme ran through so many of the songs that were picked over a month ago.
On another note, check out the new Elevation Worship site. You will find some cool stuff like chord charts for all of the songs that are on the CD that will be released next week.
Today was a great day for the girls. Liana ended up having the surgery for her heart but did amazingly well. Ferris has all the details about both girls.
On another note, I don't think I have ever been more excited about leading worship than I am about tomorrow. God has been so good to us and our girls and I can't wait to celebrate who He is and all He has done.
The doctors told us today that if Liana's heart valve (PDA) isn't closed tomorrow than they will recommend surgery to close it. Adleigh's hasn't closed either after two rounds of medicine, but since she is doing better they are willing to watch and wait with her. Please pray that they both close and that neither has to undergo surgery. Closing the PDA should help Liana overcome some of the respiratory issues she has had, so this is a big one for her.
We praise God for a good report on the brain scan. We got the results back late tonight and the Lord is working to heal Liana's brain. The doctor said it looks to be resolving which means that it hasn't grown, and is actually starting to clot and dissipate. This is the first step in the healing we have been praying for with all of you so please continue. Ferris has updates and all the details on specific ways to pray for both of twins on her blog.
I go back to work tomorrow. Everyone at Elevation has been so supportive and allowed me to take all the time I needed to be with Ferris and the girls. Being back at our house and work is one way for us to walk in faith and trust that God is healing and watching over our twins. We believe that they will be home and healthy soon.
The first time I changed Adleigh's diaper. Actually, the first time I ever changed a diaper period. Do I get extra dad points for doing it with a diaper that could be my cell phone holder?
Thank you so much for all of your encouraging comments. We have been filled with such strength from the Lord as a result of your prayers. Adleigh and Liana have had two great days and we are expecting a miraculous day tomorrow when they do the brain scan again.
He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Romans 8:11