My heart is so heavy. So many people struggling. Suffering. Walking unimaginable roads marked with pain and learning to cling to the ONE who is faithful in the storm. Today my heart is with each one of them as the holidays approach. I cannot imagine.
I know that many of you know my friend, Dr. Elizabeth. When we arrived home from Bulgaria two years ago, my Hasya was in such bad shape. Some of you may remember that we went to ER soon after arriving home. Our daughter was severely malnourished and dehydrated. We were sent home with the advice, “You’re a mom to many. You can handle this at home.”
By the next day her body was shutting down and I could not wake her up. I was so afraid! Elizabeth was on the other end of the phone constantly–guiding me and giving me advice. I have NO clue what I would have done had she not been there. After monitoring the situation carefully, when Dr. E. finally told me to get in my car with my child and drive the two-and-a-half-hour journey to the children’s hospital in Denver, she was with me every step of the way–praying, advising, and reassuring me that everything would be okay. Goodness, such a blessing in those days! When Hasya got admitted, Elizabeth was so faithful to keep you all updated with all the medical stuff (most of which went straight over my head at that time). She gently held my hand and helped us make all the decisions that we needed to make for our precious little love as we journeyed to get her stronger and healthy.
No words can express my gratitude.
Elizabeth has been such a faithful friend to me–praying for every adoption, and recently, crying out to the LORD for the protection of our embryo babies. Such love.
Today my friend is walking a path that my heart cannot understand. Elizabeth has been fighting cancer for the past few years. With grace and the kind of courage that I long for, she has fought with everything that she has. This week brought more bad news and Elizabeth desperately needs a miracle–the healing touch of her Father in heaven. She shared in her update on Monday, “No chemo. Again. My bone marrow just isn’t participating, my white count didn’t bounce back, and the particular white cells that fight bacterial infections are actually even lower. I guess they’re just tired. I am very, very sad and discouraged.”
Oh, Jesus, be near!
Would you pray for Elizabeth, please? She is a mom to many beautiful children (some with special needs) and a husband who adores her, and they too need our prayers in this season. Would you lift up Elizabeth before throne of GRACE this day and in the weeks to come, please?
You can follow Elizabeth’s updates on her blog HERE.
I am so grateful that we can use social media as a tool to spread the word when there is a need and call upon the faithful army of God when a heart desperately needs encouragement–to know that He is near.
I am SO grateful for your prayers.
I love you, E.