Hands and house

Hands and house

Monday, August 16, 2010

Memorial Box Monday- My Strength When I Am Weak...

"He gives strength to the weary

and increases the power of the weak."
Isaiah 40:29
    
      I was not sure if I was going to write today...but I do not want to forget God's faithfulness in what He did! I have to have exploratory surgery tomorrow for Endometriosis. This is, in my doctors words, "a nasty, malignant (but not cancerous) auto-immune disease with no cure." I am scared but I am also tired of being in pain. Endometriosis acts kind of like taffy in your pelvic cavity sometimes cementing organs together. I do not know what they will find tomorrow and honestly I am pretty worried. My pre-op appointment was today and the list of 'possible procedures' is pretty long and involved. After that appointment I walked over to the hospital for lab work with my brain reeling. All I wanted was to go home and hug my kids and ignore what was really happening. Doug was not able to come because of an important meeting at work (one of those that you just cannot miss) so I went alone into the hospital.
   They did the little check-in receptionist stuff and then led me to a tiny waiting room to sit until it was my turn with the nurse. I sat there praying, thankful that I was the only one in that room, holding back tears and trying to lay the 'what-ifs' in the Lord's hands. Then it happened, I looked up. In front of me was a giant photo  of a storm weathered tree. The picture was taken by a local high school student and they had titled it "Strength." Immediately, one of my favorite songs started in my head and has been speaking to my heart every since....


   This is the song that I sang over and over again when I was hiking for days on a torn miniscus, it is what I sang in my head when I was in labor with Parker, it is the song that I have turned to time and time again when things have been hard. And today, when I needed it the most, the Lord reminded me that He HAS been my strength each of those times, without fail and that He is here with me now as I face what comes tomorrow. He is my Treasure, without fail the best thing in my life.





    You are my strength when I am weak
You are the treasure that I seek
You are my all in all
Seeking You as a precious jewel
Lord, to give up I'd be a fool
You are my all in all


Jesus, Lamb of God
Worthy is Your name
Jesus, Lamb of God
Worthy is Your name


Taking my sin, my cross, my shame
Rising up again I bless Your name

You are my all in all
When I fall down You pick me up
When I am dry You fill my cup
You are my all in all


Jesus, Lamb of God
Worthy is Your name
Jesus, Lamb of God
Worthy is Your name

In my Memorial Box? That verse from Isaiah and this photo of a tree called Strength...

   To learn more about what a Memorial Box is go and visit Linny's amazing site. There are more stories from others about God's faithfulness there!





9 comments:

natali said...

i love that photo. even though the tree may be weathered by the storm, its roots are strong and planted firmly in the ground. :))

7th heaven: 4Chinadolls 1gentleboy said...

Many prays for STRENGTH while you weather this storm...and I know you will b/c your FAITH is so abundant....that I am in awe.

Cara said...

Oh my! I will definitely be praying for you! Please let me know if there's anything at all that I can do to help! It looks like we're going to be buying our current rental house so we'll be around for a while. :) Praying his blessings and healing over you...

Tara Anderson said...

I'll be praying for you!!!

Renee said...

Shannon
This is beautiful....love the tree and verse on strength. It goes long with Isaiah 40:31
"Those who hope in the Lord
will soar on wings like eagles
they will run and not grow weary
they will walk and not be faint...."
I will be wrapping you in prayer, for the surgery and your recovery. God is with you and loves you so much. He will be in the operating room with you...standing by your side along with ALL those who are praying for you. In your mind take them with you in the operating room and in recovery. Let them surround you with prayer and love....

Barbara said...

Praying that all goes well for you tomorrow. Beautiful post. Thank you for sharing.

Valerie and Jeff said...

Of course the day I don't read blogs ... you make a post like this! I am praying for you!!! Abundantly love will surround you, protect you, strengthen you! Take sweet care of yourself!!!

Hugs,
Valerie

Gretchen said...

Praying for you today. Love you.

Ben and Rach said...

Will be praying for you tomorrow! Sorry you had to go to the appt. alone!

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