Thursday, December 6, 2012

Thursday afternoon 12/6/12

Praise the Lord for good days as well as bad !  It'd be nice if I could plan which days come when, but that doesn't seem likely!

We received a letter on Saturday stating that our insurance would be terminated effective Saturday, December 1st.  This was a surprise as we had just been told earlier that week that we would be covered through mid-December.  However, God's way is always best, and we are thankful for the coverage even through the end of November.  I had already picked up Dale's three-month supply of medication and gotten all immunizations possible, so we are as prepared as possible for the no-insurance phase we are now going through.

I called today to cancel Dale's EEG that we had rescheduled for Monday, December 10th.  I still need to cancel the time off I asked for in order to get him to that appointment.  I also had to cancel our dentist appointments slated for the third week of December for the kids and I; too bad---we really like our dentist.  Hopefully, none of us will need major medical care in the next two-and-a-half months, or we will be paying through the nose for it!  <:-{

It's taken Dale some time to get back to the casual rhythm of walking he had developed before Thanksgiving.  While we were home for Thanksgiving break, Dale didn't do a lot of walking.  This inactivity sapped his confidence and caused him to start taking two steps and stopping again.  Just Tuesday did Dale start going out of my classroom and walking around while the girls were practicing volleyball.  He was doing really well......until he tried to come back in my room and lost his balance.  He toppled over and knocked his head on the floor, leaving a small abrasion.  Dale took this to mean he had done enough walking for one day and sat down to recuperate!

Then, this morning, he was getting a shirt from his closet when his legs gave out.  This time when he fell, his back scraped down the edge of closet sliding door.  He has an eight-inch-long scraped section with some skin pulled up in the middle.  Dont' feel sorry for him---he felt sorry enough for himself.  He was boo-hooing and upset to the point of being angry at everyone and everything around him, as if blame should be assigned somewhere for his fall.  He was so busy yelling at the dog that he didn't notice how badly his arms were still shaking.  When he tried to brace himself to push up onto his knees, his arms gave way and he fell onto his face, adding to the abrasion already present.  I scolded him roundly for allowing his sin of anger to override his thankfulness to God for giving him life again.  Dale has been spewing a lot of anger and bad attitude toward everyone---Dad, Mom, sisters, God---at his shaky condition.  He doesn't like shaking and jerking; he doesn't like falling; he doesn't like not being able to run outside and play like he used to.  I reminded him that God didn't make a mistake when he saved Dale's life.  God didn't heal Dale half-way and expect him to make the best of it.  God is still using Dale today and will continue to do so in the future if Dale will align his attitude and desires with God's plan.  I told Dale he needs to talk to God about his anger, his fear, and his desires and be willing to listen to God's answers in return.  Dale listened to me and calmed down enough to admit I was right and his anger was wrong.  Please pray for him as he daily adjusts to God's new plan for his life.

Again, praise the Lord for good days and bad.  We have a wonderful, almighty God Who loves each of us infinitely.  We have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities; we have a Heavenly Father Who cares deeply about us and only wants the absolute best for us.  He designs our lives explicitly to give Himself the optimum glory.  We experience happiness and true joy when we accept His plans and work with Him toward making them real in our lives.

Jeremiah 42: 6  "Whether it be good, or whether it be evil, we will obey the voice of the LORD our God, to whom we send thee; that it may be well with us, when we obey the voice of the LORD our God."


  1. Hello:

    I wish I had the ability to do more than pray. I can only imagine how difficult it must be to be normal kid one day and then suddenly have life be so difficult. I hope through all this Dale develops a deep, deep trust in The Lord. Here is a joke for him:

    A little boy opened the big family Bible. He was fascinated as he fingered through the old pages. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible. He picked up the object and looked at it. What he saw was an old leaf that had been pressed in between the pages. "Mama, look what I found", the boy called out. "What have you got there, dear?" With astonishment in the young boy's voice, he answered, "I think it's Adam's underwear!"

  2. I pray for Dale daily and am very happy that he is progressing steadily even with the odd setback.
    I am going through some serious balance problems myself and the odd fall as well so I certainly understand the anger problem. I think it's a male thing ;). Get him a punching bag to relieve the stress at's great exercise and good for strengthening arm muscles as well... ;)