As you know, the Lord has lovingly allowed another trial to touch our lives. Little Samuel is still in the hospital; he’s still sick, but stable and the doctor tonight said his lungs are sounding a little bit better. We are thankful for the doctors and nurses the Lord has placed here to care for him. Just like we did during my pregnancy, we rest knowing the Lord has Samuel in his ever loving hands.
Either Daniel or I are by Samuel’s bedside day and night (which is why it‘s taken so long for us to update!). I’m grateful for Daniel taking the late night shift as he seems to be able to sleep anywhere…even a cold, hard hospital floor. Though it’s been very tiring physically, the Lord has enabled us to continue with the ministry as well as maintaining most of our schedule at home with the other children. Of course, Daniel and I miss being together as one of us is always here with Samuel while the other is working with the other children. But we pray together often over the phone and happily give up some sleep in the wee hours of the night so we can chat as well.
As you may know or can well imagine, having a sick child is not only physically draining but emotionally hard as well. We have been so blessed to have the love and prayers of so many which I know the Lord hears as He gently under girds us day by day/night by night.
Often times, as we pass through trials, the Lord will give me a special verse or verses to which I can cling. As my mind begins to doubt or fear or as discouragement comes, I say that special verse and let it’s truth fill my heart and mind. How precious is God’s Word! Yesterday, the Lord gave me Psalms 27:14~ “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thy heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.”
I don’t remember how long ago it was that Daniel asked me if I would keep our blog updated. I have always enjoyed writing and am happy to share from my heart what the Lord is doing in our lives as we serve Him here in Mexico. He’s taught us so much, given us wonderful opportunities to share the gospel with those who have never heard, provided for our every need, and carried us through many trials which have caused us to grow in His grace and love Him all the more. We have thanked him for loving us so much to refine us more and more that we may be able to be used by Him. I can’t thank Him enough and through all the difficulties, our hearts overflow with joy each time we see someone come to Christ. We just want the Lord to use our lives to bring glory to His name.
This afternoon, I was sitting by Samuel while sharing some burdens that were heavy on my heart with Daniel. A thought came to his mind that had already crossed my mind as well. He said that maybe it would be best at this time take a break from the blog. We talked a bit and both felt the Lord’s peace over that decision. Right now, I just need to put my whole heart and time into caring for our children and then in the evenings (which is really the only time to use the computer) ….sleep! We’ll will be sure to let you know when Samuel get's back home and will pray about when to continue regular updates.
We are so thankful for those who have blessed us abundantly through emails and comments and most of all, have helped bear our burdens by bringing us before the Lord in prayer. We continue to desire your prayers and during this “break” , please feel free to write us (email or snail mail) anytime. The Lord is so good and faithful.
Daniel and Jaynee
Timothy, Elijah, Rebekah, Benjamin, Abigail, Isaiah, Josiah, Noah, Susannah, Nehemiah, Eliseo, and Samuel Lockwood