After a week in the hospital and many prayers, little Samuel was able to come home today. He's doing so much better and we appreciate your prayers as he continues to recover here at home.
This past week was one of the hardest weeks I've ever gone through, not just with Samuel being sick but another trial as well. The Lord gave me much alone time (very rare :)! ) there in that hospital as I sat for hours by Samuel's bedside. My heart hurt so badly and all I wanted to do was cry out to the Lord and read His Word. Daniel is always so strong and encouraged me to keep trusting the Lord. He reminded me again and again of truth that my mind and heart were forgetting. The book of Job and the Psalms became so dear to me. At the beginning of the week, I just wanted to lay down and cry, but after seeking the Lord those first few days, I just wanted to praise Him and sing. He again lifted my burdens and the joy and peace He gave! He keeps working on me, changing me, molding me...and how it hurts! His ways are so much higher than our own. But how wonderful it is to know Him more!
Thank you all so much for praying; I know often those words may sound trite, but oh if you could just see how the Lord answers your prayers! I told you all that I would update again once Samuel came home. Daniel called me from the hospital early one morning this week. He told me he honestly thought the Lord was going to take Samuel home to be with Him that past night. I thought maybe my next update would be letting you know that Samuel was home with his Heavenly Father. Each morning, we thanked the Lord for giving Samuel one more day. How short time is for all of us. Do you long for Heaven more and more? Do you long for His Kingdom to come? My heart longs for it much more than it did before. And my heart longs for those who do not know the King of Kings...who do not have them as their own Savior...How he wants them to come to Him while there is still time.
I cannot explain it, but we are seeing the Lord open hearts here like never before. Daniel would preach and preach and preach and come home saying, "Jaynee, we need to keep praying...they can't hear." And now, there seems to be a softness in their hearts...they are listening...they are coming. Our burden for their souls deepens.
Why the Lord chose us to go here for Him, I do not know. But I do know He has called us, sustains us, and continues to prepare us more and more for the work He has for us to do. May He receive all glory!
If any of you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord and you want to know Him, please email us.
(*Amanda, please email me again). How we want you to know His mercy, grace, love and forgiveness in your life...what joy He gives!