Posted on July 22, 2015
Keeping busy and working hard!
I apologize for not getting an update out sooner! Ron and Linda have been pretty busy! Family and friends have done such an amazing job helping Ron and Linda getting settled into their new home. It is a blessing that they live so close to Jenn’s family and we cannot thank Judy (a family friend) enough for staying and helping out for a few weeks. Ron and Linda have been traveling quite a bit with the company that Linda is working for. Ron is still working very hard on walking, but he is doing a great job keeping up with Linda :) They have traveled to Pennsylvania, where they got to meet up with old friends and see Trevor and Erin, who are expecting a baby girl any day now! Ron has been teaching online classes, which is the perfect set-up for him. They just returned from Pensacola, where they were able to visit with Justin, Jenn and Collin. Justin and Jenn are expecting a baby girl in November! That will bring the grandchildren total to five!
Linda has been having a great time teaching with Baby Lock Sewing Company and appreciates all the support and prayer from them during this difficult time. Because of all the traveling Linda has been doing, they have hired a part-time caregiver for Ron named Tony. Tony has been a huge blessing and has helped to take some of the burden off Linda. Ron has been using a scooter but is hoping to be able to walk again. We ask for prayer for a breakthrough with Ron’s therapy. The doctors will be changing medications and therapies to try and find the right things that will work for Ron.
I would like to share with you some thoughts from Linda’s father, Gordon Upton:
“That Ron’s life was spared on that occasion is a miracle in itself, and also that it happened in an area where Linda could stay with Aunt Hilda while Ron was at the trauma center in Mission Viejo. The journey since that time has been an up-and-down experience of miracle, disappointment, and joy intermingled, but through it all, we can see the very evident hand of God working on our behalf in so many ways, large and small, to bring us to point where we are today.
Though they have been severely tested, Ron and Linda have demonstrated a profound faith in God and know that He is working through every situation to bring about His purposes. The Word of God has always been the source of our guidance and strength, and it is at times like these that we are able to prove the reality of our faith, with the absolute confidence that His promises are dependable and true. We are reminded about what God has said in Psalm 37:23: “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way.” He orders every step we take in life, even though we may not always clearly understand the direction He takes us.
It is also comforting to realize that God has placed a limit on the tests we may face. 1 Corinthians 10:13 tells us: “No temptation (test) has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted (tested) beyond what you are able, but with the temptation (test) will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”
That God has us in “His sights” surely cannot be denied. In Isaiah 55:8-9 we read: “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.””
We pray that you are all doing well and we thank you all for your support and prayer!!