My Year So Far

This year has gone by so quickly.

I have repeatedly attempted to post more, but it seems as if things always conspire against me to keep me from doing that. This year has been no different.

Back in February my husband was diagnosed with a growth on one of his kidneys, and some smaller stones that needed to be surgically removed.

We spent most of our time following this diagnosis doing the work around the house and gardens that he would not be capable of doing for weeks after his surgery.  From weeding and mulching, to planting flowers to laying down a stone path; we made sure we got all the tough, strenuous chores done.

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Our neighbors had a tree cut down and Bill has been using the logs to make gnome houses.

He went through test after test and finally  had surgery the last of May.  He was in the VA Hospital in Syracuse for a week.

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Just inside the doors of the Syracuse VA Hospital

 

This was a trying time for both of us.  He was anxious about the surgery, and I was nervous about driving to Syracuse each day.

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Interstate 81, Syracuse, NY

But God is faithful, and answered each prayer in a way that I know could only have been His doing.  From keeping the rain away until I was home in the evenings so I didn’t have to drive through it, to getting me safely through Interstate 81 and the section of Syracuse that is known for drug related crimes and murders, to making sure Bill pulled through and healed properly.  Recent follow-up tests show that things are still clear.  He is scheduled for another test at the end of September and I am trusting the Lord to bring about a good result from this one also.

We took two days to make day trips to the St. Lawrence River.  I love the area and had not been there in many years; so we decided to take a day and make the drive.  We enjoyed it so much, we took another day the following month and went again.

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Thousand Islands Bridge, Alexandria Bay, NY

 

 

Also, the past few months, I have felt a burden to really apply myself to intercessory prayer; for President Trump, for the nation, for the church worldwide and at home, for my friends and family.  I have been reading books on prayer – D.L. Moody, E.M. Bounds, Andrew Murray – and really learning what is required of us in our prayer life; what it takes to pray within God’s will and have Him hear our prayers.

I have to admit that reading these books has made me realize just how shallow my prayer life has been, just how much I did not know about effective prayer.  Make no mistake, I have been praying, but I have realized that there is much room for improvement. I have asked the Holy Spirit to lead me, to guide me, to teach me how to pray fervently, effectively and humbly.  And praise God, I am learning, and growing and becoming a prayer warrior through His leading!

“The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”  James 5:15

© Drusilla Mott and https://drusillamott.wordpress.com, 2017

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This Is The Day

“18 For I consider the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. …. 28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:18 & 28

I find myself clinging to these verses more and more as time goes on.

A few of you know that I have had problems with internet related things.

More than a year ago, my Facebook account was hacked and I was alerted that someone near Albany was signing in to my account. I set up safety features to try and prevent this from happening again, but do not know if any other damage was done then.

Then, about a year ago, my computer was apparently compromised – closing down all security programs to the point that I could not even access their web sites. Then the computer just stopped working. I have not had the finances to repair or replace it, hence my failure to post anything since then.

I went to using my Ipod and then my Kindle to access Facebook- an adventure in itself since the screens and keyboards are so small. I am borrowing someone else’s computer to write this, so am not sure if I will be able to post again for some time, as there are now problems with this too.

Last August, we took my Mom to the emergency room and after various hints of health issues from the doctors; and numerous tests, we were told she had stage 4 lung cancer. She went home to be with the Lord September 16. While we miss her dearly and mourn our loss, we have been able to rejoice in the fact that she is in heaven with her beloved Jesus and will suffer no more.

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Also, in the past year, I had noticed a growth on Chloe’s chest, just under her front left leg. It grew and as she licked it, it became raw and bled. I realized in the past few weeks that it had doubled in size; so we took her to the vet yesterday and was told it was probably cancer. Not wanting her to suffer, we had her put down and have buried her next to her sister, Leah, in the back garden.

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As for myself, the pain and limitations from all the injuries suffered over the years have continued, with the added bonus of having some kind of problem with my inner ears that is causing vertigo to the extent that I have just fallen sideways numerous times. The few times that there was nothing or no one to grab hold of, I have just gone right over on the floor.

Praise God there were no more than a couple of these incidents and no resulting injuries from these falls! The situation is improving steadily and the dizziness is much less.

I cannot in all honesty say I have had 100% peace through all this. I find there are a few things that have bothered me and pulled my eyes downward. But I am getting better at keeping my eyes on Him and not on the problems, and only allow the problem to get the better of me temporarily.

I thank God daily for His strength and support. I have delved more deeply into His Word, drawing on His promises and the knowledge that He is in control.

Thank You Father for the grace and mercy that You shower on Your children.

“This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

© Drusilla Mott and https://drusillamott.wordpress.com, 2016