September 16, 2010

I can't do this without crying....

but I'm gonna try!


UPDATE:We learned this morning that David will be going home on Thursday with hospice care. Thank you for continuing to lift him up.
A fund has been set up for expenses, please ONLY give if you feel led. You can designate any gift for the Eddy family. The address to mail donations to is:
Victory Baptist Church
278 Victory Church Rd.
Sylva, NC 28779


David has good days and not so good days. He has good nights and not so good nights. I wish I could be there with him.

He was off of the ventilator for nearly a week, but his body just wasn't strong enough. He's back on the respirator full time again. They haven't yet found the root of the initial reason for him going into the hospital in July.

Talking with Mom today, they have mentioned them taking David home with a hospice nurse to care for him there.

Can I tell you how much I have cried? and prayed? and cried? and praised?

Oh, my....David. My kid brother!


I see the world differently for having David in my life....I see through rose colored glasses - the ones I borrowed from him! Seriously, I have never seen him ANGRY! He would rather laugh at anything than to be upset about it! I think he LOVES laughing at us, his big sisters! He does that alot! I asked some of my Facebook friends to share a special memory of David and two of my friends from high school mentioned his smile! Yeah, it's a very special smile!

He loves to touch....just reaches out and touches whoever is walking by! He reaches out to touch and says our name, usually to answer with, "I love you."
When he gets excited, he LOVES to clap; for someone, something on TV, something that was said...he just claps - LOUD! That boy has some strength!
He loves to sing....it has always been a comfort to me when we visit Mom and Dad, or they come stay at our house for a while, to hear David 'sing'. When he goes to bed at night, he rocks from side to side and truly makes a joyful noise! If he stirs in the night, he comforts himself with the same motion.

I know it may seem funny that it is a comfort to me. You see, though, when I was 17 or so, it bugged me to wake up in the night and hear him singing....our rooms were side by side. After My Dear and I married, in the five months I still lived with Mom and Dad, I learned to enjoy that noise, knowing it would be absent for most of the nights ahead.

I wanna hear him say, "I love you" again....I wanna hear him sing himself to sleep. I want to feel him reach out for me when I walk past....I WANT him to be okay!

However, I am a big enough girl to know that I don't always get what I want, that is God's department. So, I'm trusting God to take care of David, in His way.

Thank you for taking the time to read about my special Sunshine. Thank you, also for continuing to lift David and our family up in prayer.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow....

God's girl,

Pamela

September 10, 2010

Out Live Your Life by Max Lucado - a book review


You were made to make a difference

"Salvation is the work of Christ. Compassion is the consequence of salvation."

I want to be clear up front; this is a Christian blog book review of a Christian book written by Christian author, Max Lucado. I certainly pray you will read and be blessed!

This book, Out Live Your Life, is written in true Lucado fashion...down to earth and easy to read. Mr. Lucado's position is one that we've heard many times,"None of us can help everyone. But all of us can help someone." Then he continues, "And when we help them, we serve Jesus." Mr. Lucado gives stories of how people have made a difference in the lives of those around them and specific ways that you and I can give of ourselves.

Mr. Lucado bookends each chapter, there are 16 in all followed by a discussion guide, with scripture and at the end of each chapter is a prayer asking for what is specifically mentioned in the previous chapter. For example, the prayer that follows the chapter "Stand Up for the Have Nots" includes, "Help me to be creative without being condescending, encouraging without being egotistic, and fearless without being foolish."

He is only asking for what God has already asked of us....Luke 10:27 He answered: " 'Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' "

I've told My Dear, it is like a change of thinking for me. One principle that I have walked away with is that I can help those around me and not ever even have to mention the name, Jesus. I realize that when I say something along the lines of I am here on behalf of Jesus, or my church, I look arrogant to the 'least of these', and that is not my desire! That is the impact the book has had on me personally....how might it change your thinking?

I would recommend this book for every Christian who has ever read through Acts and wondered if we could still look like the first century Church. I would recommend this book for every Christian who has ever asked, "How can I serve those around me?" It is truly an easy read that can change our thinking.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow....

God's girl,

Pamela

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”