Thursday, November 22, 2018

Thanksgiving and Praises

We eagerly looked forward to the homecoming of our beloved Luke Fisher family, which came from Sudan this summer to have their third baby in the States. Baby Lynnea Rose, who was born on July 1, stands most prominent among the richest blessings of the past year.



This precious girl has taken our hearts by storm! We are so thankful to have her as a part of our family, especially after her very eventful first couple of weeks of her life.



She was born with a tumor on her low back which called for the involvement of a neonatal surgeon, who recommended prompt surgical removal.

The surgery had to be postponed a few days, as she developed an abnormal heart rhythm which became the priority, as it threatened her life and health.



It is amazing how greatly beloved a newborn baby can become in spite of her short lived presence in the world, and how painful the thought of losing her! We were blessed to be with Luke and Chantee for her birth and the prayerful days that followed.

In my anxiety, I turned to the Psalms frequently! A favorite and familiar place to find comfort and peace in time of need. I was privileged to stay by our baby’s side with her precious mommy, on the week she spent in the NICU.



“I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and he gave ear unto me.In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord.... Ps. 77:1,2a

The Psalms are replete with tokens of God’s tender mercies. They create a safe place for humanity to voice its complaints in adversity, wrestle with doubt, remember and recount God’s faithfulness, seek refuge in His promises, and surrender into the hands that were nailed to the cross to rescue us from eternal loss. There we attain faith’s victory and can find comfort and perfect peace, regardless of the outcome of our trying circumstances.

“Will the Lord cast off for ever?
and will He be favourable no more?
Is His mercy clean gone for ever?
doth His promise fail for evermore?
Hath God forgotten to be gracious?
hath He in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah.
And I said, This is my infirmity:
but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High.
I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember thy wonders of old.
Thou art the God that doest wonders…
Thou hast with thine arm redeemed thy people…” Ps.77:7-11,14a,15a

I am so thankful for the Psalms-that place of safety and refuge in time of need, and for all of God’s word. I am therein always reminded that, regardless of my trying circumstances, I can remain steadfast in the assurance that God is ever faithful! I need not fear anything that could transpire while our lives are fully surrendered into His hands.

“Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.” Prov. 25:4

“He that spared not His own Son but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”

“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” He.13:8

“He healeth the broken in heart,and bindeth up their wounds.

He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.

Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.” Ps.147:3-5

On the 4th of July, I wrote in my journal: “Lynnea is in the hands of God—the only safe place in this world. He can be trusted with my heart and my treasures!

‘The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him,in those that hope in his mercy.
Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem; praise thy God, O Zion.
For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; He hath blessed thy children within thee.
He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat.’ Ps. 147:11-14

🙏 I cling to Your promises!”






At the age of almost 5 months, Lynnea is happy and thriving! Her tumor proved to be benign. She is being weaned of the medication she takes for her arrhythmia, which her cardiologist expects her to outgrow well before her first birthday.




At the age of almost 5 months, Lynnea is happy and thriving! Her tumor proved to be benign. She is being weaned of the medication she takes for her arrhythmia, which her cardiologist expects her to outgrow well before her first birthday.

God be praised! He never leaves us nor forsakes us whether we are standing on the mountain tops or walking through the valley of tears! 

Thank You Father, for bringing Lynnea Rose into our family and for sparing her life. Thank You for teaching us You can be trusted, regardless of the temporary outcome. Enable us, especially her precious parents, to teach her to love You supremely and serve You all the days of her life.

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