Thursday, August 8, 2013

My Cup Overflows With Blessings

We have been in our new home at Highfields for almost three months now, though at times it feels much longer. It's four months since Sam had his Fontan heart surgery and to look at him now, you would never guess that his heart was so altered.
Don has settled back into his work with the Blackhawk team like a duck in water (pun intended for those who know Don's association with ducks). A few short weeks after arriving in our new home, Boeing advised the Blackhawk team that the Blackhawks would be winding down at Oakey and that the team was advised to be re-allocated or find new employment by Christmas. Well, that tested our resolve somewhat. However, we believed that God brought us back here and so we prayed and waited. As it happens we found out last week that Don will begin training to work on the Kiowa Jet Ranger helicopters and therefore is well equipped to transition to them when Blackhawk winds down. (Insert giant sigh of relief and shout of adulation to God here).

My Avon business was slow to get going in the first campaign but with prayer and persistence I have seen a massive improvement over the last month and I am just so encouraged and thankful to have a job, where I can be with my boys and help out at school. The book 'How Prayer Impacts Lives' was also released this last month, to which I contributed so that was wonderful to see come to fruition.
In between all of this we have all had the flu in the last month, meant the children basically raised themselves for a week or so there.

Jack has settled in better now to his school and I have seen big improvements in his work. The fact that he wants to read now, just does my heart no end of good. He and Sam look forward to reuniting in the afternoons after school and continuing their superhero games.

Sam is recommencing Kindy on Monday for a day a week, for the first time since his surgery. He is very excited. He is also beginning swimming classes on Tuesday. To see that he has enough energy now to try and swim is just so wonderful. Sam has also begun to see a psychologist at the Toowoomba Hospital once a week. I knew he needed help to overcome his fear of needles, blood tests and ECGs but I was still in two minds about psychologists. There is too much stigma surrounding that profession. So tucking the stigma away in my handbag, we attended the sessions and will continue to do so over a long period of time. His doctor is excellent and it is a play based approach, which at this stage he seems to be enjoying. I am sure with age, God's help and medical help, he will learn to master the fear that so consumes him surrounding these procedures.

For now, I am so thankful to all be well and nearing the end of the Winter months. The change of season is in the air and the ferocious winds today seem to be driving away the remnants of the chilly Winter air. We have a real sense of peace in this place, unlike we have had for some time.
The psalm that follows is often recited at funerals as it seems to bring comfort to those in times of grieving and gives hope. For me, now in this time, God is whispering into my ear to remind me of his presence in our life, the one we are living now. They are more that words of promise for another time, these are words that speak of our life now. These words come to mind and resonate within my soul today. I see the words below reflected in every area of our life and that is what brings me peace.

The Lord is my shepherd;
    I have all that I need.
 He lets me rest in green meadows;
    he leads me beside peaceful streams.
   He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
    bringing honour to his name.
 Even when I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,
    for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
    protect and comfort me.
 You prepare a feast for me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You honour me by anointing my head with oil.
    My cup overflows with blessings.
 Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
    all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord
Psalm 23

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