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Posted 2016-03-30T00:01:53Z

the new normal

We seem to have hit a nice plateau that I will describe as "The New Normal". Marian seems to be stable for the time being, even improving in energy and increasing in activity. Today Jim returned to find that Marian had stripped the bed of its covering, taken it to the laundry room across the hall and washed, dried and then reinstalled it on the bed! Marian sits up all day, does some walking in the long hallway, and enjoys laughing and smiling, sometimes at my clumsy cooking!

We have been overwhelmed by the loving care of friends who have, often unannounced, done little things and big things to make our days go more smoothly and easily.

But Easter has reminded us also that as believers in the risen Savior, we live a "new normal" life. No longer do we need fear death as the end of all that is worthwhile, but welcome it as the entrance into an eternal life, the full nature of which we can glimpse but not fully grasp. God is still God, and He is still Good!

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Comments (9)

  • Norma Wheeland
    Norma Wheeland

    We love the "New Normal" and we are continuing to pray for you and your family!

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Willie Demarest
    Willie Demarest

    I am continuing to pray for Complete Healing, no matter what the doctors say or think. This New Normal may be the Lord's step by step answer to our prayers.

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Dotty Morrison
    Dotty Morrison

    I'm thankful to God for blessing you with this new time with more energy to enjoy each other and your family.

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Phil Skellie
    Phil Skellie

    Think of you often and with every thought Is a prayer-may God's daily mercies be evident in your lives as you have already experienced. Phil and Becky

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Carol Tucker
    Carol Tucker

    We are so happy to hear about the improvement and doing the simple things. I must admit John makes the bed; even washes the linens and remakes it. My oxygen level doesn't give me the air I need for such tasks. But sometimes reading about another's efforts and their" new Normal" puts a new perspective on your own way of living. So even from your experiences you have reached out with support for another. We are blessed by your day to day acceptance. We miss you and pray daily for your peace. John and Carol

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Neal Clarke
    Neal Clarke

    I praise the Lord with you for the "New Normal." With Divine comfort and strength along with the confident expectation of resurrection and eternal life I would say you have the best of all normals. We'll continue to pray for God to complete his work.

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Pamela Levy
    Pamela Levy

    Am so happy to hear of the improvement. Being able to be up all day, and not be overly tired all the time is "huge". I give thanks right along with you. I can see the smile as you walk the halls, and "appreciate" Jim's cooking. Love it, and love you both more. With you in spirit, and walking the walk with you. God is sooo good, every day all day. Pam

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Rick & Beulah Johnston
    Rick & Beulah Johnston

    Marian, I'm amazed and awed! I wouldn't have that kind of energy even as I sit at the "well" end of the spectrum. How we rejoice with you in any and every report of what God is strengthening you to accomplish. What a God! What a faithfully GOOD God! You know what I think of so often? Those triplet prayer meetings we used to have with Esther King. They were such an encouragement to me. And now, you, your radiant spirit and joyful hope are ministering encouragement to me. We love you. Beulah

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Sheron White
    Sheron White

    Good news! This is all great news. Thank you for the updates. Sheron White

    4 years ago · Reply