Posted on April 7, 2017
We have had answer to prayer!
We have been provided with full time child care. This is huge! As one of the biggest concerns for me was to make sure the children would be taken care of while I am doing the next phase of treatment. Due to the side effects of the medicine I will not be able to fulfill my duties as a mother and everything else that comes with it. I will be exhausted and out of it for awhile. We are hoping my body will get accustomed to the medicine, however, we don’t know how long that will take or if it will happen at all. We were warned to have help on hand.
This as you can imagine was a big area of stress for me. I know that my treatment is important. But I also want to make sure my family is taken care of. It’s tricky when you don’t have family near by to call on at a moments notice or when a long time crisis hits your family.
The Lord answered our prayer in an unusual way.
Last year I was speaking to a long time friend of mine. She happens to live in another state. I was a bit stressed out that day relaying all the details that needed to come together for me to get better. “How in the world will I be able to do my treatment if I don’t have full time children care?” It seemed impossible to me. My friend is a very calm, grounded person. She told me that she felt that we needed to pray for a young woman to come help us. Specifically, to live with us full time while I did my treatment. She told me that she lived with a family to help them out when she was young, and that would be the best solution. I of course thought that was a great idea, but how in the world would will we find someone to do that? I will admit that I was doubtful that this would ever come about. Plus, the thought of having someone that I didn’t know come live with us full time made me a bit nervous.
Several months went by and I didn’t think much about it. I received a phone call from my friend who told me she had been praying and patiently waiting for the right time to talk to a young woman that she was acquainted with. She recently felt the right time had come and told her about me. A few days later in December I received an email from the young lady. After some back and forth, she agreed to come visit us and see if it would be a right fit.
And, long story short and several months later, She is here to stay for the duration of my next phase of treatment.
I am so very thankful. She quit her job, left her family, and agreed to move to a whole other state to help us. People she didn’t even know until a few months ago. The cherry on top is that she comes from a family with many children. She happens to be the oldest of 10 and they also homeschool. She can already drive a large 15 passenger van, and she is familiar with gluten free diets, and other specialized diets. PLUS we all really like her. We clicked right away which was very important to me since I may feel vulnerable during my treatment. I wanted someone that I was comfortable around. All of these details have made the transition so. much. easier.
Now, that’s pretty amazing in it’s self. When you put all of the other details together you can’t help but be amazed at God’s goodness. How He has been preparing for all of this to come together for several months now. Including the fact that we now have an extra room for her to stay in.
God is good. I am amazed that this is all happening.
The reason I write all these details down for you is not just because I want you all to know-there is that- but the other reason, is that I want a record of the blessings that have come from the hardship that this has been. I need to see it on paper to remind myself. I am only human. It is easy to forget about all the blessings and answers to prayer.
On the hard days, thoughts will creep in my head. “Yes, we got through that hurdle. But, OH! Look at all those other hurdles! They are so big! How will God take care of those? There is no way He is going to answer that. Surely He will say, that He has done enough and I am on my own now.”
We all need to be reminded of the blessings and to continue to remind others. This is why I write all of this. Sometimes to do that you need to be vulnerable with your doubts, and weaknesses.
If you don’t share the battles, the victory at the end will not seem as sweet.