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I Have a Shelter

With Olivia's surgery last Monday evening, I never accurately explained how 
grateful I am to the Lord for His hand upon us.  

I was pretty calm the whole time we were in the emergency room 
while the doctor was examining Olivia and even during the CAT scan.  

But when I had to sign the papers giving the surgeon permission 
to operate on my "little girl" I really almost lost it.  

See, I didn't want to sign the papers. 
I wanted my husband to be there with me. 
I wanted HIM to sign the papers. 
I thought it was HIS place to give this permission,  NOT ME.

I started to have a little pity party for myself.
I thought, Why Lord?  
Why can't my husband be here?  
Why can't he sign these papers?    
Do I really have to do this now?

My pity party was useless and only lasted a minute because   
I knew I had to sign the papers. 
My husband was halfway around the world
 and he didn't even know what was happening.

So I gave in and signed the papers allowing the surgeon 
to remove my daughter's appendix.

It was at that exact moment that I felt this incredible peace come over me. 
Something I've only felt a few times in my entire life. 

And I knew at that moment I wasn't alone.  
That I've NEVER been alone. 

At that moment I knew, 
"That in my weakness His strength will not forsake me."  

Not just this past Monday in the emergency room and 
not during this past year with my husband in Afghanistan,
but my entire life. 

The simple words, Thank You, don't seem enough.

So I will continue to live my entire life being grateful 
for all the times when I've been weak, 
My Lord has made me strong.

And that I do have a shelter in the midst of any storm.


  1. Hey pretty are never alone...and yes, your Savior is a shelter in the time of storm.

    I count it a privilege to pray for you this morning. Hang in there...and God bless!

    Much to be thankful for this Thursday!

    Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

  2. Thankful for the Lord being in your life, and for our paths crossing in the blog world.

    Thanksgiving blessings to you.

  3. So thankful that we know who holds us through thick and thin. Praying that your daughter recovers quickly. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. We have a lot to be thankful for, don't we.

  4. We all should be thankful that God is always there to give us the strength and true "peace" that we need. Thanks!

  5. What a comforting lesson to learn. One I have learned many times and continue to learn. We are never alone. :)

    Wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving Day!

  6. So glad that you remembered He would never leave you alone. And He wouldn't leave your Colonel alone, either...

    Have a blessed week. :)

  7. Good Morning my friend,

    I know that peace of which you speak. I am glad, beyond words that the Lord once again, softly and lovingly wrapped His arms around you, and gave you comfort and peace during that difficult time. Please know that you have been, and will remain to be, in my prayers.

    Please know that I am praying for your daughter and a speedy recovery. It is so hard to see our little ones in pain.

    You are NOT alone....Ever!

    Please let your sweet and brave hubby know that there are people here in western NC, that still pray for him daily.

    We just found out that our little redneck Marine (Bobby) will be going to Afghanistan in January.
    There are no words describe our fear. So please know your hubby, you and your family are in our prayers. Tell your hubby....THANK YOU!

    Love & Prayers,
    Have A Peachy Keen Day!

  8. I LOVE this song!! God is so faithful, even in the midst of our trials. Praying for you and your family this Thanksgiving.

  9. I am so glad you felt the Peace of GOD right then and there - what a great gift - and yes he is always there - whether we can feel Him or not.

    Hope your daughter is doing well.


  10. Oh my goodness.. how did I miss this? I'm glad it's all behind you and Olivia now, and I assume she's doing okay! Bless you and your family... it won't be long now before that wonderful homecoming :) Hugs, Tammy

  11. Oftentimes, we don't recognize when He is with us, when we receive His blessings. It is only when we sit and reflect on His love for us do we realize that we were touched by his hand. "Be still and know that I am God." How could we ever live without Him? Hope your daughter feels better soon.


  12. Such a beautiful post. May your family have a blessed Thanksgiving!

  13. No, never alone ♬ ...

    Happy Thanksgiving Lois and I hope you get to talk to the Colonel!

  14. Bless your heart, Lois! I've been reading your back posts and I see that you've had your hands full. And you've handles it like a champ! It is scary doing things alone, but you sound like the proverbs woman! Your husband can rely on your decision. And what a great mom! I'm sure your daughter will be as reluctant to leave you as you are to send her. God sure is good to help us deal with all these things, as your testimony declares. I hope things quiet down over the weekend and you can just enjoy some peace for awhile!
    Happy THanksgiving!

  15. Oh Lois,
    Thank you for sharing how GOD is ministering to your heart and to your family.
    Truly, HIS Strength carries us through each trial!
    I pray that your daughter is much better now and that you will be celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends. Sending my love and ((HUGS)).

  16. The death of sin began for man with a lie and man is moved to live everlasting life through the blood of Jesus Christ the Truth.


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