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After All That Has Happened . . . I Am Still Thankful

May 24, 2010

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A lot has happened these past two weeks. I felt like I was both physically and emotionally drained.
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Last week my Ma underwent surgery. And then the next day, when we woke up in Ma’s room, my sister was already covered with rashes and swelling. The symptoms were consistent of an allergic reaction (but thankfully the breathing was ok), and so she was rushed to the ER and that same day she was admitted in the same hospital.
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That was how my family’s days were spent. My Pa with Ma in another room/building and me with my sister.
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I wanted to be strong and we were doing ok with Ma but being in the ER with my sister and knowing that my Ma is worrying and stressing back in her room, and still haven’t recovered from her operation – – – I broke down for a moment.
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I was filled with worries and I felt so helpless. I didn’t want to add to what my Pa was already feeling. But it just can’t be helped. I’m still human.
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Pa consoled me that all these are part of life and that these are just trials we have to go through and that we should not lose faith. I knew that. I knew that all along. It’s just hard to see them both ill at the same time. Very heavy deep inside.
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What am I thankful then?
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As the days passed, everything seemed to calm down. Ma calmed down (which she needs) and my sister’s condition slowly became much better. Some new conditions surfaced but the doctors were very positive about it.
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I feel like the little deer being held and feel safe again – assured that everything will be ok.
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I am thankful to God. Before Ma’s operation . . . to my sister’s unexpected hospital admission. . . up until coming home, He has been with us all along. Always.
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Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
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Yes, I had a time of feeling so weak and helpless but I knew at the back of my mind He was there. I just had to express what I felt and let it all out. He was the one we turn to for everything. For in Him everything is possible. And in Him everything will fall into place.
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Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” – Romans 5: 3-5
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It was hard at the very moment but the faith and hope were there.
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He blessed the doctors, the nurses, other healthcare providers, the medicines for my Ma and sister’s recovery.
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I am thankful that Pa(even his arthritis cooperated) and me are well so we can care for the family. Though we spent our days separate from each other, still it was good so that we both can attend to their needs.
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We all have our special someone. That person , aside from our family, who we know will also be with us in any situation. I am thankful to you. You have anticipated my need and without question, you traveled right there and then to be with me . . . to be with us. I felt that you care and love my family as if they were your own and we saw and felt that. My family appreciates you being there and I know they love you too.
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I am thankful for my Aunt who have been there and helped arranged everything in the hospital so that my Ma and sister would be attended by the doctors she knew best and that they have rooms that will be available and be comfortable with – even my sister’s. Her concern and always calling and making sure that anything hospital-related, she will make sure everything will go well.
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I am thankful to my Aunts and Uncles, cousins and their families. I know that we were on their prayers. And we needed that the most.
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I am thankful to friends who have prayed and showed concern.
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I am also thankful to blog friends. Yes, I haven’t told you about what our family will be going through until now. But now that we are home and we have regained some strength, your blogs and the things you post that is full of happy thoughts and inspiration helps brighten one’s day. . . helps brighten my day.
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All these goes back to God. Because of Him, he has blessed these people who surrounds us to be with us in times of need.
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Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.” – 2 Cor 1:3-7
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27 Comments leave one →
  1. Melly permalink
    May 24, 2010 8:10 pm

    Oh Sweetie, you certainly have been through a lot and you know what it’s ok to break down even Jesus broke down. I know that you are all being held in His healing arms. You my sweet friend are such an inspiration to me and to so many others and I’m sure to your family also. Take care of yourself and those you love, you’re in my prayers 🙂
    Love & hugs
    Melly:)

  2. May 24, 2010 9:27 pm

    Dear Li,
    I am so sorry to hear what you have been through with your mother and sister. I pray that each new day brings healing from above and continued courage and strength for you and your Pa.
    All your words, and how far you have come through this happening, is an inspiration to all. God uses us in unique ways to deliver his message of love and faith.
    You have been through so much and remain so strong. Take good care of you too so that you can be there for your loved ones.
    You are such an inspiration to me. My prayers will be with you and your family in the days ahead and beyond.

    Thank you for taking the time to stop by and your kind words.
    Keep Proverbs 3:5-6 close to your heart.
    Love to you and blessings always, Celestina Marie

  3. May 24, 2010 10:47 pm

    Oh my goodness, Li!!.. You’ve been through a great deal, haven’t you! I’m so sorry to hear this, but glad to hear that there’s hope! My prayers are with you and yours during this time, that God is watching over you and caring for you all. It’s funny, as right at this moment, I am working on squares for my Blessings project (new project and blog), and prayer just so happens to be the focus of these squares right now!… God bless you Li, and I hope you’ll keep us posted on how your mom and sister are doing… In the face of all this, I hope your faith stays strong, and that you remember to take care of you! ((hugs)) ~beansie

  4. May 25, 2010 3:25 am

    Wow, you have been through the mill. It never rains but it pours… Just keep telling yourself things will get better, because they WILL. Sending all positive thoughts your way.

    Re PS – Beverly has been posting about the anniversay a couple of times – I thought it was last week, but it’s actually this coming Saturday.

    Thanks so much for visiting and leaving a comment – especially under the circumstances. Take care, much love.

  5. May 25, 2010 9:53 am

    (((((((( Li )))))))) (((((((Li’s family ))))))))))

  6. May 25, 2010 12:56 pm

    Li you have a very strong loving family I can tell. I love the way you call your parent’s Ma and Pa. LOVE that. Be strong. I know it’s hard. I’m going through some touch times with Randy’s prognosis. He has Fibromyalgia and it stinks : ( But we take in one day at a time. Women like us do our best don’t we Li?
    Stay positive and I will too.
    I wish you could witness my river and my sunsets. Maybe one day Li you can come here to my little part of paradise and sit with me and watch the world go by.
    Sending you hugs and kisses across the miles.
    Love Claudie
    xoxoxoxoxo

  7. May 25, 2010 8:23 pm

    My heart and prayers are with you and your family. It’s so hard to watch your loved ones suffer and feel so helpless. The deer pic is so precious and perfect for this post.
    Take care my dear.
    xo-jj

  8. May 25, 2010 9:03 pm

    Dear Li, I am so sorry to hear about your Ma and your sister. My goodness, your family has been through so much. Illness in those you love can test your faith without a doubt. I have been there and in the end you must pray for relief from all the stress and worry and for healing for your loved ones. I know you did that and I am glad you had so much support from your family. That is God’s blessing for you. I too have the most wonderful supportive family. We are very lucky.

    Hugs and prayers go out to you all,
    Jeanne

  9. May 26, 2010 7:13 am

    Hi there, I came across your blog on His Pink Princess. Sorry to hear that you have been going through so much.. How wonderful that through the hard times Jesus is right there with us…..where would we be without Him. Hugs Lisa

  10. May 26, 2010 3:05 pm

    Yikes, it sounds like you and your family have been going through a very rough time. Thank goodness everyone seems to be on a path to healing. I am sure it was very scary for you and I probably would have broke down too. Take care and I’ll say a prayer for you and your family.

  11. May 27, 2010 3:22 am

    Hi there, thanks for dropping into my blog… I had taken my Hidden Treasures blog off my porfile…due to nosey friends. I will now reinstate it so you can check it out. Id love to have you visit it…
    I hope you have a lovely day and that you are finding things abit easier to cope with.
    Hugs Lisa

  12. May 27, 2010 3:30 am

    Oh, my sweetest Li! I only wish I had known this so that I could pray for you while this was going on in your life! Oh, precious girl! I hope and pray that all will be well with your family. In Jesus name, I ask the Father for all blessings and good health for all of you, that the Lord will bless every single thing in your lives and heal all infirmities or worries. Sending you big hugs across the miles….

    XO,

    Sheila 🙂

  13. May 27, 2010 3:35 am

    Well it would help if I gave you the right blog address wouldnt it !! LOL it is treasure not treasures … thanks for being so determined to find me LOL!! Melly is a sweety and has been following my blogs for quite sometime now.. Hugs Lisa

  14. May 28, 2010 10:36 am

    I’m so sorry you have been having a tough time. It seems to me that when one thing happens other things always happen at the same time. Even though it usually works out in the end at the time your going through them it can be so frustrating. I will say a prayer for you and your family.

  15. May 28, 2010 12:04 pm

    Li, checking in with you again today to see how things are. Also, I want to thank you for your sweet greetings to Mr. M. He appreciated it SO much. It made his day! 🙂

    I will be MIA for a few days due to some things going on here , but I will be back online with bells on next week.

    Sending love your way…

    XO,

    Sheila 🙂

  16. May 29, 2010 5:14 am

    this is so sweet…i hope everything is looking up

    xoxo
    sara

  17. May 29, 2010 8:54 am

    Oh, Li, I am so sorry you have been traveling through some troubled waters. It is okay to feel overwhelmed at times. The Bible says God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness. We have such a gracious God, don’t we? who is always there to help and strengthen us in our time of need. I pray for your mom and sister to continue to get well. Love and prayers~ Vicki

  18. June 1, 2010 3:33 pm

    MY DEAR LI,
    I AM HUGGING YOU REAL TIGHT IN PRAYER AND HEART. I AM PRAYING FOR YOUR MA AND SISTER.
    IT MAKES ME THINK OF THE STORY I HEARD ABOUT THE CHICKEN INSIDE HIS EGG…AS HIS BIRTH APPROACHES, HE EVER SO SLOWLY STARTS PECKING HIS WAY OUT OF THE SHELL.. SOME ONE COMES ALONG AND SEES THE CHICKEN PECKING AT HIS SHELL TO GET OUT. THEY DECIDE TO CRACK THE EGG AWAY FROM THE CHICK THINKING THEY WILL HELP HIM GET OUT. THE CHICK DIES….WHY…BECAUSE HE NEEDED THE STRUGGLE PECKING TO GET OUT OF HIS SHELL IN ORDER TO GET STRONGER AND WHEN THE TIME IS RIGHT HE BREAKS FREE OF THE EGG SHELL AND HE LIVES….THE REASON BEING HE WAS BEING PREPARED FOR HIS BIRTH…OUR TRIALS ARE LIKE THE EGG SHELL…WE MUST SEEK GOD AND PUSH OUR WAY THROUGH…WHEN WE MAKE IT THROUGH THE TRIAL, WE ARE STRONGER, CLOSER TO GOD, AND WE CAN SURVIVE.
    YOU HAVE BEEN IN THAT EGG SHELL FIGHTING YOUR WAY OUT AND OH LI, YOU ARE GOING TO BE MUCH STRONGER AND DO EVEN MORE FOR GOD’S GLORY. BE PROUD OF YOURSELF. A GOOD CRY RIDS THE BODY OF TOXINS…IT IS HEALTHY. MY GOODNESS, WE ALL HAVE VERY WEAK MOMENTS. HOWEVER, YOU ARE ONE OF THE KINDEST PEOPLE I HAVE EVER MET.
    I WILL BE PRAYING.
    LOVE, HUGS, AND BLESSINGS
    SIMPLY DEBBIE

  19. June 5, 2010 9:42 am

    Good Evening Li…
    I’m so relieved to hear that all is well now with your Mom and Sister. You and your Father have been the rocks of the family and for that you will be blessed greatly.
    You have many prayers from all of us in blogland. Let’s lift it all up to Him and have faith. And in the meantime, don’t forget to smile 🙂
    Big hugs to you sweet Li…
    you are not alone

  20. June 6, 2010 11:23 pm

    Dear Li,

    I am just now catching up on your blog. My goodness, you have had your share of worries and stress. I am so sorry. But it seems as if things are getting better and that your mother and sister are well on their way to total healing. Bless you and your father for being the towers of strength you have been. It is perfectly natural to falter, to tire, to worry. But doing what you have done – think about what you are thankful for – is just the right thing to do.

    Bless you, friend.

    xo
    Claudia

  21. June 15, 2010 3:58 am

    Li, precious, I’m thinking of you and hoping that things are much better in your world. Please know I’m sending you hugs across the miles…

    XO,

    Sheila 🙂

  22. June 20, 2010 1:11 am

    Li, this is the world’s sweetest post, and it is just like you to be this sweet and praising of the Father and of others. You are a true sweetheart, and I’m so glad that things are better for you, dear. So very glad. I pray that they improve with each day’s passing. Be blessed, my friend, be very blessed!

    Happy Pink Saturday to you…

    XO,

    Sheila

  23. June 20, 2010 1:15 am

    I know I have commented before, but each time I read this, I see something sweet and wonderful from you, and I see your heart praising the Lord. That always makes me happy.

  24. June 20, 2010 5:26 am

    Well, what a story –to have 2 ill at the same time and then have to be in separate places. I can see how overwhelming that must have felt. I love how God’s presence can still and quiet our hearts…I experienced this when my hubby almost died from a surgical accident. I love the picture of the deer you shared—that is how I felt at the time. I hope you will continue to feel His presence and that his mercy and grace will sustain you and your family.

  25. July 11, 2010 3:05 am

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