Day 1/25/2019 – The Faith of Moses

Isaiah 53:6 (ESV)
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.  Isaiah 53:6

“You learn to glorify God by how you relate to others: with your wife by loving her, with you employer by obeying him, with your parents by honoring them, etc.  All relationships have as their goal either the person coming into a saving relationship with the Jesus, or the person growing in his love and commitment to the Savior.  If your relationship with others does not center on evangelism and edification, you are acting contrary to God’s intent for your life.”  Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)

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This email contains, sequentially: Memory Verse (above), Daily Devotion from “Thoughts From The Diary of A Desperate Man” by Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”), Scripture Reading  (read the entire Bible in 1 year), and Prayer Requests.  
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The Faith of Moses
Day Twenty-five

“By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, …By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; …for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.” Hebrews 11:23-26

Hebrews 11 calls attention to two things that characterized the life of Moses: First, he was a man of conviction.  The author begins by telling us what his parents did.  They made the decision to hide Moses in violation of the king’s edict.  When Moses “was come to years” he made his own decisions.  It was Moses who refused identification with Egypt, choosing rather a life of banishment.  Moses believed the same things his parents believed, but for his own set of reasons.  Moses developed his own convictions.

Second, he had an eternal perspective; he looked at the ultimate rather than the immediate reward.  Moses hoped for an eternal inheritance and thus abandoned any hope for the short term wealth, comfort, and prestige that the imperial court of Egypt offered.

God has no grandchildren.  Each follower of Christ must develop his own convictions and perspective.  The convictions and perspective of others will not carry you through your time of testing.  Those who have biblical models to emulate are indeed fortunate, but such people must be careful and not try to live off of the faith of others.  The story of Moses begins with his parent’s faith, and ends with the faith of Moses.  So must the story of every disciple of Christ.

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Exodus 12-13 Matthew 16 (New King James Version)

Exodus 12-13
The Passover Instituted
12 Now the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 2 “This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you. 3 Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: ‘On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household. 4 And if the household is too small for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next to his house take it according to the number of the persons; according to each man’s need you shall make your count for the lamb. 5 Your lamb shall be without[a] blemish, a male [b]of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats. 6 Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight. 7 And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it. 8 Then they shall eat the flesh on that night; roasted in fire, with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. 9 Do not eat it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted in fire—its head with its legs and its entrails. 10 You shall let none of it remain until morning, and what remains of it until morning you shall burn with fire. 11 And thus you shall eat it: [c]with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord’s Passover.
12 ‘For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord. 13 Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.
14 ‘So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance. 15 Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses. For whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that [d]person shall be [e]cut off from Israel. 16 On the first day there shall be a holy convocation, and on the seventh day there shall be a holy convocation for you. No manner of work shall be done on them; but that which everyone must eat—that only may be prepared by you. 17 So you shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this same day I will have brought your [f]armies out of the land of Egypt. Therefore you shall observe this day throughout your generations as an everlasting ordinance. 18 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread, until the twenty-first day of the month at evening. 19 For seven days no leaven shall be found in your houses, since whoever eats what is leavened, that same person shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he is a stranger or a native of the land. 20 You shall eat nothing leavened; in all your dwellings you shall eat unleavened bread.’ ”
21 Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Pick out and take lambs for yourselves according to your families, and kill the Passover lamb. 22 And you shall take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin. And none of you shall go out of the door of his house until morning. 23 For the Lord will pass through to strike the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the [g]lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over the door and not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to strike you. 24 And you shall observe this thing as an ordinance for you and your sons forever. 25 It will come to pass when you come to the land which the Lord will give you, just as He promised, that you shall keep this service. 26 And it shall be, when your children say to you, ‘What do you mean by this service?’ 27 that you shall say, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice of the Lord, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt when He struck the Egyptians and delivered our households.’ ” So the people bowed their heads and worshiped. 28 Then the children of Israel went away and did so; just as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron, so they did.
The Tenth Plague: Death of the Firstborn
29 And it came to pass at midnight that the Lord struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was [h]in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of livestock. 30 So Pharaoh rose in the night, he, all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was not a house where there was not one dead.
The Exodus
31 Then he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, “Rise, go out from among my people, both you and the children of Israel. And go, serve the Lord as you have said. 32 Also take your flocks and your herds, as you have said, and be gone; and bless me also.”
33 And the Egyptians urged the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste. For they said, “We shall all be dead.” 34 So the people took their dough before it was leavened, having their kneading bowls bound up in their clothes on their shoulders. 35 Now the children of Israel had done according to the word of Moses, and they had asked from the Egyptians articles of silver, articles of gold, and clothing. 36 And the Lord had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they granted them what they requested. Thus they plundered the Egyptians.
37 Then the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides children. 38 A mixed multitude went up with them also, and flocks and herds—a great deal of livestock. 39 And they baked unleavened cakes of the dough which they had brought out of Egypt; for it was not leavened, because they were driven out of Egypt and could not wait, nor had they prepared provisions for themselves.
40 Now the [i]sojourn of the children of Israel who lived in [j]Egypt was four hundred and thirty years. 41 And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years—on that very same day—it came to pass that all the armies of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt. 42 It is a [k]night of solemn observance to the Lord for bringing them out of the land of Egypt. This is that night of the Lord, a solemn observance for all the children of Israel throughout their generations.
Passover Regulations
43 And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “This is the ordinance of the Passover: No foreigner shall eat it. 44 But every man’s servant who is bought for money, when you have circumcised him, then he may eat it. 45 A sojourner and a hired servant shall not eat it. 46 In one house it shall be eaten; you shall not carry any of the flesh outside the house, nor shall you break one of its bones. 47 All the congregation of Israel shall keep it. 48 And when a stranger [l]dwells with you and wants to keep the Passover to the Lord, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as a native of the land. For no uncircumcised person shall eat it. 49 One law shall be for the native-born and for the stranger who dwells among you.”
50 Thus all the children of Israel did; as the Lord commanded Moses and Aaron, so they did. 51 And it came to pass, on that very same day, that the Lord brought the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt according to their armies.
The Firstborn Consecrated
13 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Consecrate[m] to Me all the firstborn, whatever opens the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and beast; it is Mine.”
The Feast of Unleavened Bread
3 And Moses said to the people: “Remember this day in which you went out of Egypt, out of the house of [n]bondage; for by strength of hand the Lord brought you out of this place. No leavened bread shall be eaten. 4 On this day you are going out, in the month Abib. 5 And it shall be, when the Lord brings you into the land of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, which He swore to your fathers to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey, that you shall keep this service in this month. 6 Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day there shall be a feast to the Lord. 7 Unleavened bread shall be eaten seven days. And no leavened bread shall be seen among you, nor shall leaven be seen among you in all your quarters. 8 And you shall tell your son in that day, saying, ‘This is done because of what the Lord did for me when I came up from Egypt.’ 9 It shall be as a sign to you on your hand and as a memorial between your eyes, that the Lord’s law may be in your mouth; for with a strong hand the Lord has brought you out of Egypt. 10 You shall therefore keep this [o]ordinance in its season from year to year.
The Law of the Firstborn
11 “And it shall be, when the Lord brings you into the land of the Canaanites, as He swore to you and your fathers, and gives it to you, 12 that you shall [p]set apart to the Lord all that open the womb, that is, every firstborn that comes from an animal which you have; the males shall be the Lord’s. 13 But every firstborn of a donkey you shall redeem with a lamb; and if you will not redeem it, then you shall break its neck. And all the firstborn of man among your sons you shall redeem. 14 So it shall be, when your son asks you in time to come, saying, ‘What is this?’ that you shall say to him, ‘By strength of hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 15 And it came to pass, when Pharaoh was stubborn about letting us go, that the Lord killed all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the firstborn of man and the firstborn of beast. Therefore I sacrifice to the Lord all males that open the womb, but all the firstborn of my sons I redeem.’ 16 It shall be as a sign on your hand and as frontlets between your eyes, for by strength of hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt.”
The Wilderness Way
17 Then it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, “Lest perhaps the people change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt.” 18 So God led the people around by way of the wilderness of the Red Sea. And the children of Israel went up in orderly ranks out of the land of Egypt.
19 And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him, for he had placed the children of Israel under solemn oath, saying, “God will surely [q]visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here with you.”
20 So they took their journey from Succoth and camped in Etham at the edge of the wilderness. 21 And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night. 22 He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day or the pillar of fire by night from before the people.
Footnotes:
* Exodus 12:5 perfect or sound
* Exodus 12:5 a year old
* Exodus 12:11 Made ready to travel
* Exodus 12:15 soul
* Exodus 12:15 Put to death
* Exodus 12:17 hosts
* Exodus 12:23 Crosspiece at top of door
* Exodus 12:29 in prison
* Exodus 12:40 Length of the stay
* Exodus 12:40 Sam., LXX Egypt and Canaan
* Exodus 12:42 night of vigil
* Exodus 12:48 As a resident alien
* Exodus 13:2 Set apart
* Exodus 13:3 Lit. slaves
* Exodus 13:10 regulation
* Exodus 13:12 Lit. cause to pass over
* Exodus 13:19 give attention to

Matthew 16
The Pharisees and Sadducees Seek a Sign
16 Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven. 2 He answered and said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; 3 and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ [a]Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. 4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of [b]the prophet Jonah.” And He left them and departed.
The Leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees
5 Now when His disciples had come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread. 6 Then Jesus said to them, “Take heed and beware of the [c]leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.”
7 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “It is because we have taken no bread.”
8 But Jesus, being aware of it, said to them, “O you of little faith, why do you reason among yourselves because you [d]have brought no bread? 9 Do you not yet understand, or remember the five loaves of the five thousand and how many baskets you took up? 10 Nor the seven loaves of the four thousand and how many large baskets you took up? 11 How is it you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread?—but to beware of the [e]leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 12 Then they understood that He did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the [f]doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ
13 When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”
14 So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not [g]prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth [h]will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
20 Then He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ.
Jesus Predicts His Death and Resurrection
21 From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.
22 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, [i]“Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!”
23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are [j]an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”
Take Up the Cross and Follow Him
24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works. 28 Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.”
Footnotes:
* Matthew 16:3 NU omits Hypocrites
* Matthew 16:4 NU omits the prophet
* Matthew 16:6 yeast
* Matthew 16:8 NU have no bread
* Matthew 16:11 yeast
* Matthew 16:12 teaching
* Matthew 16:18 be victorious
* Matthew 16:19 Or will have been bound . . . will have been loosed
* Matthew 16:22 Lit. Merciful to You (May God be merciful)
* Matthew 16:23 a stumbling block

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“You cannot know until after you believe and speak; that is the order: believe, speak, know.” Walt

PRAYER REQUESTS  

Pease Pray for Brother Bob Summers that he have complete healing after his surgery for a blood clot in his brain.

Please Pray for Sister Lynn having excruciating back pain problems.   

Please Pray for Sister Courtney who is pregnant and due next month.  Please Pray for her and the baby. And, Courtney was recently diagnosed with a basil cell carcinoma very close to one of her eyes and has scheduled surgery later next month to remove it after newborn has arrived.

Please continue to Pray for Albert Chong, Lee Yih’s son in law; please Pray for Albert‘s wife Christy and their children. Albert had a massive heart attack and was put in an induced coma.
LATEST UPDATE from Lee Yih: It is so amazing that Albert is awake now and off the ventilator so fast!  He has made so much progress in the last 48 hours, and we’re all very proud of him.  He is breathing on his own, feels more comfortable laying there, and is now on a puree diet.  Physical therapy started today, where they actually had him sitting up for a bit at the side of his bed!  He didn’t have a formal neurological exam today, just observations by the nurses and doctors.  They are still treating his rashes, pneumonia, and DVT.  No more Dilantin, just Keppra.  No more Provigil — if he is awake, that is all him!  I did observe some motor tics like repeated grimacing, squinting, tongue clicking, and groans, which may be neurotransmitters misfiring, but we are hopeful that those will go away with time! (For a detailed UPDATE on Albert and family, read below my signature line in this email.  I have attached the CaringBridge link where Albert’s wife, Christie, is now placing all her updates.  You can click on the link, sign up and read all the journals and send a note if you wish.  https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/albertchong/journal/view/id/5c4672e7aed4c2be1ef7e7b2 )

Please Pray for our nation that God would open all our eyes to the sin that is drowning us. Abortion, sex outside of marriage, hatred & divisiveness, greed, pride, only to name a few and only scratches the surface. One recent and heinous example on how this evil tide is moving is in the state of New York, where law makers declare a new law wherein every individual who becomes pregnant has the fundamental right to choose to carry the pregnancy to term, to give birth to a child, or to have an abortion up to term.  “Convicted criminals aren’t subjected to the death penalty in New York state, but now children up until the ninth month of pregnancy can be given lethal injections and poisoned to death,” said Live Action founder and president Lila Rose. “This is no different than infanticide.”  Please Pray and Fast for our nation to turn from this evil that is enveloping us all.   
‭‭II Chronicles‬ ‭7:14‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
“if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Please pray for our Brothers’ and Sisters’ struggling with various addictions. Pray that God would reveal Himself to them that all things are possible through Him… He can Cure any addiction … He is our Great Creator, He is our Savior, He is our Healer …He is our All and All!   

Brother Trevor McDowell requests Prayer: “… my mom entered into eternity last night. I am thankful that she is now home with the Lord. God is good and very merciful. Please pray for our family especially her 9 grandchildren that loved her dearly.”

PRAISE REPORT & PRAYER REQUEST: Sister Marisa went Home to the Lord.  Please continue to Pray for her husband and children.  They are having a Memorial for her Saturday.

Please Pray for Sister Diana who is witnessing to a young person with confused doctrine.  Pray God would speak through her and provide His Holy Clarity directly this young person to Him.  

Please continue to Pray for Kathy, Brother Walt’s dear friend’s wife. Kathy was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune condition known as dermatomyositis characterized by skin rash and muscle weakness, and which had a rapid onset about six weeks ago. There is no known cure. Treatment is chemotherapy to kill the immune system, which is attacking her skin and muscle cells, and prednisone to reduce the inflammatory response.  Please Pray for her husband and their three children; that the entire family, and all looking on, will see the Mighty Hand of our Loving God and Savor on each of their lives.   

PRAISE REPORT:  Brother John LaPorte’s sister Cathy received results from the gallbladder tests after removal and they showed no signs of cancer. Thank you for all the Prayers.  

PRAISE REPORT: Brother Wayde Yeley’s mother is recovering and doing extremely well from her recent heart valve replacement surgery.  

Please continue to Pray for the healing of baby Caden (Kevin Odor’s grandson) – born with Agenesis of the corpus callosum (rare neurological birth defect).  

Please continue to Pray for peace and healing for Marlene Webb – 84-year-old who recently received Christ as her Savior; Pray for her to truly embrace God’s Peace and Plan for her remaining time on earth. (She is very sick with congenital heart failure. )

Please continue to Pray for Brother Juan, David Frear’s father in law. He is recovering from a liver AND kidney transplant.  

Please continue to Pray for Sister Fabiola and her children in Mexico. And, please continue to Pray for her church caught up in the tragedies surrounding the murder of her husband, x-husband and one of her children.

Michelle continues to request Prayer for her husband and herself (Michelle and Jesus Arredondo) as they are wanting to start a family.

Please continue to Pray for Micheal Bolognini and his father, Louis Bolognini.  Louis was released from hospital and taken off cancer medication and went into hospice care. Pray they will experience God’s Presence and Hope in Jesus.  

Please continue to Pray for the Salvation of Hagen who is HIV positive and is deathly ill.  

We continue to ask for Prayers and Gods Grace and Mercy for Baby Grace and her parents, Lisa and Darren.  

Please continue to Pray for Alejandro Corral, his son Alejandro Jr., and his aunt Josefina.  

Please continue to Pray for Brother Steve Venable dealing with ALS.  

Please continue to Pray for our Persecuted Brothers and Sisters and their families that are suffering and giving their lives for our Faith.  10 WAYS TO PRAY FOR OUR PERSECUTED CHRISTIAN FAMILY.. Pray our brothers and sisters will:
1. Sense God’s presence (Heb. 13:5)  
2. Know we are praying for them (2 Tim. 1:3)  
3. Experience God’s comfort (2 Thess. 2:16–17)  
4. See God open doors to evangelism (Col. 4:3)  
5. Boldly share the gospel (Acts 4:29)  
6. Mature in their faith (Col. 1:28–29)  
7. Be granted wisdom in covert ministry work (Acts 9:23–25)  
8. Remain joyful amid suffering (Acts 5:41)  
9. Forgive and love their persecutors (Matt. 5:44)  
10. Be rooted in God’s Word (2 Tim. 3:16–17)
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Stand with your Brothers and Sisters in Prayer and Support. (See: The Voice of the Martyrs: https://www.persecution.com)

Please continue Pray for our President & government leaders that they will would seek God and Walk in His Ways.     

Please continue to pray for Biblical “headship” in families.

Please continue to Pray for all our children.  

Please continue to Pray that there would be a resurgence of Biblical “Fear of the Lord” in the church and in each of us… “to fear the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom.”

Please continue to Pray for Brother Ron Brink’s son who had 3+ military tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and who is now suffering brain damage and PTSD.  Pray for God’s Healing Power to fall upon Johnathon. (Ron is a 20 plus year missionary in Mexico with Touch Baja… for info on Touch Baja and how to touch the Mexican people for Christ, see http://www.touchbaja.com.)

Please continue to Pray for the Sharon India Foundation (“SIF”) to assisting the poor of India.  Through SIF: Widows have received medical treatment and been given quality sewing machines and training on how to use them to make a living. Orphans have been given free education in their neighborhood slum areas.  After natural disasters relief has been provided in the nature of medical, food items, blankets, clothing and building materials.  Bore wells have been successfully dug to provide fresh water to affected areas.  Water purification systems have also been given out on a limited basis. Special shoes have been purchased for lepers with ulcerated feet.  Thousands of books have been translated to assist in the ever growing discipleship outreach of E-Squared (Evangelism and Edification/Disciples).  Sharon India Foundation has no administrative costs and 100% of all donations go directly to the Indian pastors and their ministries. (Let’s reach India and beyond for Christ…see how you can help: https://sharonindia.org.)

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DETAILED UPDATE: Regarding Albert Chong:  

Many of you have told me how you have both celebrated and cried with me, even from afar.  Love your empathy and care for our family!  So grateful that you are along with us on this crazy journey but I hope you are not too distracted and that you are taking care of yourselves too!  

I have observed that Albert has launched 2 movements here: 1) Worldwide prayer movement, 2) Spotlight on husbands’ diet and health.  If it could happen to Albert, it could happen to anyone.  Sorry, men, if your wives have been after you about getting health check-ups and refraining from steaks, burgers, and hot dogs (right before the Super Bowl)!  I know you’ll be thank…er…thinking of Albert when you are munching on your tofu chickpea salad. 

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What Can Albert Do Now?
– Wiggle toes, move legs, lift knees
– Lift arms, squeeze hands, bring hands to head, rub nose, “high five”
– Raise eyebrows, blink, open one eye at a time, open eyes wide
– Cough, gag, swallow, suck, purse lips (refuse to open)
– Sit up on the side of his bed, with help.
– Bowel movements
– Nod head for “yes”, shake head for “no”
– Recognize people
– Point to written words to communicate
– Utter small phrases with guttural, belabored voice!

So, yes!  We heard him speak today!  I was shocked to hear his throaty, guttural voice!  But his voice suddenly came out as he desperately tried to get us to stop the percussive chest therapy, which he didn’t enjoy.  The next couple of phrases all expressed defiance against meds he was taking and how he was ready to get out of there.  I was so surprised that he was talking about the names of the meds as he seemed to have been listening to the nurses!  What a relief that he knows English!  What a pleasant surprise that he seems to have retained some medical knowledge.  His strong medical opinions definitely indicate higher cortex processing, but he is still confused and doesn’t quite know what has happened.  His defiance does shows a fighting spirit and will though, so that’s amazing!  But emotionally, all this is a bit hard for me.  On one hand, I marvel at his progress, and I do want to be there for him and let him know that I hear and trust him.  On the other hand, I don’t like seeing him upset and I do wish he would just submit to his treatments and meals given him.   How do I tell the guy who has a “Trust me, I’m a doctor” shirt, that actually he needs to trust me?  I am caught in the middle: helping the nurses execute (feeding him, making sure he swallows the meds, etc.) and reassuring/comforting him.  I am told that it is normal for patients to be discombobulated after coming out of comas, so I need to be patient.  And I am humbled as I think of the many times I too insisted on my own solution or way, without really knowing everything.  This is an exercise in Trust for all of us.  Trust, in no one but our sovereign and loving Lord, who knows all, sees all, and holds our lives in His hands.

Because Albert is changing rapidly, he is needing a lot more rest and time to sort things out.  So at this time, we will have to cut back on visitors for now.  Thank you for understanding!  Will let you know when he is ready to be visited again!

Please Pray
– Praise God for Albert’s progress in waking up and regaining so much function
– Healing of rashes, pneumonia, DVT, physical tics
– More speech and ability to communicate gently and clearly
– Full recovery of brain functions and physical strength
– That Albert would eat all his food (he’s a picky eater!) and get nutrients he needs
– That all of us, especially Albert, would be at peace and trust the doctors’ treatments
– Patience and grace toward Albert as he changes and recovers everyday

Another rollercoaster of a day indeed!  Yet I am confident that God is the “God of the Hills and Valleys!” (This song was stuck in my head today!)

“Hills and Valleys” – Tauren Wells
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4rRCjrAyCs

Lyric Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iDuZv_5MQk

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