Natasha Is Here

March 8, 2009 at 7:26 am 2 comments

 

Natasha Serves Dan Evening Snack

Natasha Serves Dan Evening Snack

Perfect weather greeted Natasha when she arrived from Texas today.   She immediately began to pitch in to help with preparing meals, assisting Dan prop his swollen right leg, helping Dan get set up to rest in the lounge chair outside in the sun, staying with Dan while I went to the beach for the first time in days.  

While at the beach, I walked for 5 minutes and spent the rest of the hour lying on the sand letting the sound of the waves relax my weary heart and mind. Dan was still tired today from the trip to see the oncologist on Friday.  He is hoping that he will be strong enough to attend church Sunday.

Natasha is staying in the Pink Room at the Goose and Turrets B & B overlooking a beautiful garden area.  We are thankful for Raymond and Emily’s hospitality.  By the way, Raymond treated us to our first taste of sea urchin marinated in lime juice.  The reviews were mixed from, “No thank you.  I’ll pass!” to “Hummm, interesting.”  I think sea urchins are safe from this family!

We are definitely seeing small improvement each day.  Dan is faithfully doing his physical therapy which is improving the length of his stride.  God will see us through this.  Our joy was made very sweet today because of phone calls from Dick and Hanny in Holland, and Don and Peggy R. in Alabama…friends for nearly 50 years.

Tonight’s reading is from Acts 7 where Stephen reminds the Israelites of their history about how Abraham was a pilgrim who went where God led him.  It reminds us that we are pilgrims whom God has led to many places in the world to serve Him.  Tonight, Natasha said, “God has a work for you to do here right now.”  We’re not sure what that work is.  We are the ones on the receiving end, being blessed by so many here.  God will make all things clear in days to come. — Anne and Dan

 

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  • 1. Marilyn Holland  |  March 8, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Hi Ann,

    Found this today on Beth Moore’s blog:

    From the March 7 entry in Streams in the Desert by L.B. Cowman:

    “There is no way to learn of faith except through trials. They are God’s school of faith, and it is much better for us to learn to trust Him than to live a life of enjoyment. And once the lesson of faith has been learned, it is an everlasting possession and an eternal fortune gained. Yet without trust in God, even great riches will leave us in poverty.”

    Isn’t that beautiful?

    Sending our love, love, love to you both!!

    Marilyn and Ron

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  • 2. Sherrie Hammond  |  March 9, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Hello Anne, Dan, . . . and Natasha,
    What a joy seeing Natasha’s face [photo] again! Yes, Natasha is right! God has a plan for you and Dan right now (Jer.29:11). Maybe, all the people you want to help will benefit from the current, insightful, spiritual lessons you learn each day during this trying time? The best counsel comes from our own personal experiences plus our daily walk with the Lord. He teaches us, and then, we share the good lessons we learn from Him with other people.

    The apostle Paul wrote half of the New Testament in a humiliating, dirty prison . . . half-beaten up . . . and look how many people the apostle Paul influenced for good all around the world for many ages to come. We never know exactly what God is doing with us when we are in the “thick” of the trials, except the immediate answers He reveals to us and the many insights we discover “today.” One day at a time . . . He reveals His plan and we discover our role in His plan. At any rate, God grows us . . . one day at a time . . . and He makes us better, not bitter, for whatever good future He has in store for us. With God all things are possible when we believe.

    Love to you all,
    Sherrie H.

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