Tuesday, July 5, 2016

New Mercies

The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
His mercies never cease.
Great is His faithfulness;
His mercies are new every morning.
Lamentations 3:22-23

That last line of these verses has been playing over and over in my head.
It's something we, as church-going people, hear all the time.

His mercies are new every morning.


Every morning.

Not the same mercies He extended to you yesterday.
Or the day before.
Or the day before that.
And so on.
And so forth.

His mercies are new.

His mercies are the mercies that you need for that day.

When I buy a new dress, it's one I've never worn before ... one I've never used. It's brand new.
That's the same with God's mercies.
He gives you mercies ... not just a new mercy ... but, plural ... MERCIES.
Think of how many new mercies He bestows on us each day that we are not even aware of.

His mercies are immeasurable.
How many thousands of mercies has He given to us every day? New mercies, not old ones.

Every morning, my prayer has been that God would grant us new mercies for the day ... mercies for our sweet girl and her healing. He knows what she needs. He knows what we need.

I'm beginning to wake up every morning, thanking God for the new mercies He will give us for that day, knowing He will take care of us.

Today actually marks six months that La Petite Belle has been inpatient at Texas Children's Hospital. In the past, I heard people say they'd been in the hospital this long and I thought there's no way I could do that. But, here we are. You do what you have to do.

We made the best of our time here yesterday for the Fourth of July. Beau and La Petite Belle made decorations for her room. I prepared some snacks that she could eat. And, we all just did our best to distract ourselves from the situation and La Petite Belle from any pain or discomfort.

We see La Petite Belle grow in strength every day. Today, she was able to scoot herself into a wheelchair, with some help. Her physical therapists said she wasn't ready. Her legs still aren't strong enough to stand on. However, she insisted that she could get in the wheelchair. And, she was right. Despite what they told her, she did it, even wheeling herself some through the unit. The fact that this girl is tenacious is definitely to her benefit. And, most definitely, if you tell her she can't do something, she will push harder to show you she can.

Physical therapy usually wipes her out for the day and she napped all afternoon.

We continue to wait on these kidneys to wake up fully. Her levels haven't been too bad and she was able to only do three hours of dialysis on Saturday rather than the usual four. The next step would be to be able to transfer her to only three days a week. She has had tiny bits of urine so we'll be thankful for anything right now.

She still has quite a bit of pain. This is the hardest thing for us, as her parents, to deal with and continue to watch her face. We pray every day that this would subside, that she would continue to grow stronger, and God's healing would be complete in every part of her body as He grants her new mercies every day.

Thank you, once again, for your tremendous support and prayers. We love you all and thank God for you.

If you would like to financially support Katie's (aka La Petite Belle) journey to healing, you can find more information here: www.gofundme.com/Katieg.  All funds go to cover medical bills and expenses.