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Posted 2016-02-19T15:08:53Z

facing the hurdles of today

This week Marian and Jim took the first steps to enroll in Shell Point's Hospice program. This will provide a number of benefits even while Marian is at home and then excellent end of life care in the hospice unit. Marian continues with much tiredness but is eating quite well and is as active as possible. Both she and Jim are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and affirmation they are receiving daily from friends and family far and near. Marian reports that she is free of pain and other complications. Please continue to pray.

Yesterday Jim was reminded by a friend from the Woodshop of the last sermon he preached in December 2015. It was titled "When Life Hits the Wall" and centered on the way Jesus dealt with the approach of the cross, and how we may face similar hurdles. All Jim can say is that such a sermon is easier to preach than to live out! But God is our helper, even in this!

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Comments (7)

  • Janet Howard
    Janet Howard

    I am walking this road with you, truly. Am continuing to remember God's constant care, guidance and comfort and support from friends near and far during our days of pancreatic cancer. Am glad you have chosen Hospice care. It's such a great program and the care and meds we received while still at home were so helpful. My hymn for today was one you both know so well. I sang it again for you my dear friends. Be still my soul: the Lord is on thy side. Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain. Leave to they God to order and provide; In every change he faithful will remain. Be still my soul; thy best, thy heavenly Friend Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end. Be still my soul: thy God doth undertake To guide the future, as He has the past. Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake; All now mysterious shall be bright at last. Be still my soul; the winds and waves still know His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below. Be still my soul, the hour is hastening on When we shall be forever with the Lord. When disappointment, grief and fear are gone, Sorrow forgot, love's purest joys restored. Be still my soul; when change and tears are past All safe and blessed we shall meet at last. You both, with specific and different needs, are in my prayers throughout the day and night. Your longtime friend, Janet

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Grace E. Nelson
    Grace E. Nelson

    Good Morning, A very rainy one here in eveerett but it has warmed up quite a bit. Some of the Spring flowers are showing their lovely head. Those old large Camelia bushes are fighting to keep their blooms in all this rain. I have two hyacinth inf full bloom. Each Spring I have purchased the potted lbubs and let them bloom. Such a sweet fragrance. I was glad to hear that you are not in pain Marian and I know you both are resting under His sheltering wings. Do know my prayers are often with you. "I called to the Lord, and He heard..." and keeps on hearing. Lovingly, Grace

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Jo Klenk
    Jo Klenk

    Marian, I'm so glad your pain is under control and you are able to eat. We miss you in swimming and choir especially and send our love. Tim and Jo

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Kenneth Nesselroade
    Kenneth Nesselroade

    Marian and Jim, you are both on my heart uncounted moments every day. My heart is filled with great love for both of you! I am so close by and await the moment for another brief visit.

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Neal Clarke
    Neal Clarke

    Marian and Jim, we too are part of your prayer team. The mysteries are great, but God is greater and the good He has promised will be just that. Love in Christ, Neal and Carol.

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Kate Sullivan
    Kate Sullivan

    This is the day the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad. I hope you're able to get outside and soak up some sunshine and the beautiful Florida February day. I hope you know all the prayer warriors who are on your side and continuing to pray for you all. There are many who read this blog and are uncomfortable leaving messages. You are so well loved and held in the hearts of all the pray for you.

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Philip Skellie
    Philip Skellie

    Dear Jim and Marian, You are in our prayers. I say "Amen" to your statement that "It is easier to preach sermons than to live them". As I grow older (just turned 67), past messages haunt (?) remind me both of my faithlessness and His gracious faithfulness. His Word is true whether or not I always live up it and He loves me despite my faltering faith. A missionary gave me a verse some years ago which I keep in my wallet. In the Living Bible it reads, "Lord, when doubts fill my mind, when my heart is in turmoil, quiet me and give me renewed hope and cheer". Ps. 94:19. I don't like Bible pills, but this one certainly encourages me and I hope will do so for you. You are loved. Phil and Becky

    4 years ago · Reply