Friday, May 21, 2010

Answered Prayer

I received this from Tracy Shives, who is a part of our church family. What a wonderful story of faith:

I wanted to share this amazing story with you....It gave me chills to hear it myself.
Todd's cousin Jenny has a rare kidney disease and she has been on dialysis every night for the past 3 1/2 years and she has been on the kidney donor list for the same amount of time. Last week the dialysis stopped working and they thought that she was not going to make it much longer without getting a kidney. Her mom Tease (which is Todd's aunt) became very worried and called Becky (Todd's mom) to tell her about everything that was going on w/ Jenny. Becky told Tease that they should call each other every night at 10pm to pray for Jenny together before they go to bed at night. So they did this for 3 nights last week and on the 4th day Jenny got a call that they found a kidney that was a match & she had to get to the hospital for her surgery. It was amazing she had been on the donor list for 3 1/2 years and it truly shows that God was listening to their prayers for Jenny.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

JJ the Fish

I am allergic to anything on four legs; this includes hamsters. I have passed this along to my poor children. They are therefore pet deprived. I have to admit that I am quite happy to be pet free, though, as it has seldom felt like I am missing anything other than more responsibility. (At least, this is what I tell myself.)

Of course,one of the few pets left open to us are fish. So it happened at Christmas: we became the proud owners of three goldfish and one algae eater. This was due the generosity of a sister in Christ who gave us everything from tank to contents.

My kids named each fish. I am not convinced they can tell the three goldfish apart, but they definitely remember their names (alas, I do not). The little black algae eater was named JJ. JJ could be found hugging the walls of the tank, and always required effort to locate. This fish quickly became my sons favorite.

Last night my saint of a husband finally got to the task of cleaning the tank with the kids. It was about a month overdue (ugh...responsibility). When they went hunting for JJ, you guessed it, he was nowhere to be found.

Ray said Jacob sobbed his little heart out. Ray promised him we would get a replacement fish. And I was tucking my daughter into bed last night, she too was telling the story. She shared how she did not cry, but she felt bad for her brother. Then she told me how she prayed with Jacob and for JJ.

I was absolutely touched....and so grateful that this was her response to her hurting brother.