Thursday, October 18, 2012

Why My Blog has been Silent

Hello dear friends!  It has been a blessing to receive emails and messages from some of you checking to see if I'm OK, since my blog has been eerily silent for over a week now.  Thank you for noticing . . .and caring!  

After receiving word from my Dad last week that my Mom might not make it through another night, Tiffany and I rushed to SC on Wednesday morning to be with her.  When we arrived, we discovered my Mom in severe respiratory distress.  It was an intense and heart-wrenching afternoon as we (along with my Dad and my daughter Ashlyn) did all we could to help her!  Many times we thought she had breathed her last  . . but after a period of time, she would gasp for air and painfully fill her lungs once again. During those difficult hours, while we were gathered around her bed praying and crying, Tiffany read scripture to her and Ashlyn read the words to this song over and over, bringing her much comfort in her time of suffering.

"Jesus, draw me ever nearer
As I labor through the storm.
You have called me to this passage,
and I'll follow though I'm worn.

May this journey bring a blessing,
May I rise on wings of faith;
And at the end of my heart's testing,

With Your likeness let me wake.

Jesus, guide me through the tempest;
Keep my spirit staid and sure.
When the midnight meets the morning,
Let me love You even more.

Let the treasures of the trial
Form within me as I go,
And at the end of this long passage,
Let me leave them at Your throne."

After getting Hospice started and getting my Mom moved to a hospital bed and started on Oxygen, we were relieved that she was able to breathe more easily and be more comfortable.  But, her adventure was far from over.

The past week has been an emotional roller coaster, with ups and downs, highs and lows.  My Mom has knocked on heaven's door more than once, only to rally again.  Each time, she "complains" that she has been "robbed!" Convinced that the end of her journey was at hand, and longing to see the face of her beloved Savior, she was disappointed to be stuck with our concerned faces once again!  ;)

We continue to wait for God's perfect timing for my Mom's graduation.  We don't know if she has hours, days or weeks left on this earth, but one thing is for certain, she will use the time she has left to bless others with her unwavering faith, her love, her generosity, and her selflessness.

Regardless of whether we have a doctor's diagnosis hanging over our heads, as my mother does, we are all in the same boat -- we don't know whether we have days, weeks, months or years left on this earth.  How will we invest the time we have left?  Will we seek to heap up earthly treasures, worldly wisdom and fleeting riches for ourselves and our families. or will we invest in heavenly treasures, eternal souls, and the lasting riches of God's Word???

"But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."  ~ Matthew 6:20-21


Gracenotes from Graceville said...

Dear Elizabeth,
Thank you for sharing your trial.... I know how to pray more specifically.
I am praying for sweet tender moments with your mom.... The words she says now will be etched into your memory and will echo in your heart and mind when she is gone.
I am praying for your strength.....that God would grant you sweet rest while you care for her.
I am praying for God's peace to permeate everyone there and fill your mother with His presence.
I am praying that He will be glorified and that others will be drawn to Christ through her life, even at her crossing.
2 Corinthians 4:15 - 18..... Praying that you and your loved ones get a glimpse of Paul's perspective.

Tammy Erow

Karissa said...

Praying for your whole family:) I have lost all of my grandparents, each to a different thing (NOT being old age), so I understand what you and your family are going through. Keep trusting in God!!!!

Phyllis Sather said...

I had a dear friend who was close to death. Every time she would be conscious she would say, "Oh, am I still here?" She too was ready to meet her Savior.

Carol Anne Wright Swett said...

Elizabeth, I understand every word of these struggles as my mom spent the last 7 weeks of her life in ICU on a vent and survived 2 bouts of sepsis in the process. I can only groan on your behalf as you wait. I often say that I am more at peace knowing she is gone than I am with how she left us. May the Lord comfort each of you and may he grant physical comfort to your mom as she awaits his arrival to carry her home.

Brianna said...

I'll be praying for you and your family especially during this time. I know what it's like to lose a grandparent (my grandpa passed away 3 years ago), but I know that God will get you through this time.

The Mayo Family said...

Oh Elizabeth!
Each day I would check to see your Mom's next post for Monday was on....if you will.
Yesterday I said to my girls...
"I hope nothing is wrong with her Momma"? UG! When I saw the post today ...I feel so badly as I know all too well the pain of our Momma's leaving & I know the heart feelings of "take her Lord, but I want her too"! May God's peace be very near to "ALL" of you at this time.
My heart felt love & prayers~
I am so thanking the Lord that yall just were able to celebrate your birthday & spend that time together & your sis...God was so good to give you all that time together!

Hillary Gould said...

Thinking and praying for your family!!!

The Momma said...

Elizabeth -

You and your entire family are in my prayers!
As I help my mom this week (she had surgery on Thursday), I will especially remember you in my prayers!


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