what a day.
i cant catch my breath.
i started the day yesterday with a trip to see my dr. because i was feeling SO yuck. thankfully he is aware of justins situation (because he is justins dr too) and treated me aggressively. i was super careful to not breath around justin and even though i felt like poo i disinfected our room and bathroom.....but unfortunately i was too cooty-licious :(
justin had a scheduled pulmonology appointment today with dr. N. he was immediately concerned with justins breathing and realized that he had a fever. he sent justin straight over for an xray and told him to be prepared to be admitted. he still has pending blood work, but praise jesus he got to come home! he has a steroid induced uti and stinky bronchitis. he is already on 3 antibiotics and is now on another and also an inhaler. it is getting tricky to find medications that he can take for these little bugs that do not interfere with the BIG medications he is on. dr. N wants to keep a close eye on this and will see him again friday.
just as i was getting REALLY bummed. like major bummed. i was reminded of God's precious grace. it was in His perfect timing that justin already had that appointment scheduled for today. it was more than a blessing that the chicken noodle soup fairy stopped by yesterday, the corn dog fairy came by this afternoon and the paleo lasagna fairy came by tonight. i am feeling a LOT better and was able to focus on justin this afternoon. i am still trying to get a handle on our upcoming schedule. he will need to have bloodwork done every week to monitor the prograf. it is a very dangerous drug and has to be watched closely. he will see an oncologist monday to discuss his infusion plan. God gave us another little golden nugget the other day when we realized that we will NOT have to travel to canada for his other medication! one of my very dear friends is married to a magical medicine maker (just kidding...he is a for real legit pharmacy guy) and he will be able to help justin out with that.
in our little world there is lots of yuck...but there is not so much time to feel discouraged. The Lord fills our time with greatness and blessings and answered prayers and friendships and cute little boys.
We sit around sometimes trying to figure it all out. Why is this happening? Why can't we catch a break? Why can't we have just a regular boring life? Even just a normal day?
It isnt our job to figure it out. In Job 38 God speaks to him and asks where were you when I created the foundations of the earth. And Job shuts right on up. Because where we when the Lord created the oceans and clouds and mountains and snow? Job declared he was speechless and in awe...and so are we. Job was shown so clearly the existence of God and I feel so excited that we have too. God is constantly showing himself to us through various pieces of our day. Are we listening? Are we busy talking or planning or worrying? Or are we stopping to make time to listen to his whispers? Are we rushing around busy and never sitting still....or are we stopping to see His great works all around us?
We sure do not have it all figured out. We struggle and we sin and we have crummy stinky days. But...God is still waiting there for us at the end of those days. Holding an umbrella up over our rainy day and pointing to the beautiful rainbow in the distance.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
what a day.
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011
A very close friend of ours who knows our hearts helped us come up with this little prayer request page. Many times people ask us how they SPECIFICALLY can be praying for us. Honestly our needs change from day to day and even moment to moment. We have chosen to live this journey out on the front lines and hope that others can be encouraged by our transparency and never ceasing faith.
There are people far and wide who are keeping up with the mcelhannons and crying out to our Father for us. We have friends standing in the gap on those days when we are just out of words. We are surrounded by such well intentioned people and we recognize that God has opened doors and closed doors for us recently and we could not be more grateful.
So if you are wondering how to pray for us in general...please refer back to this page :)
Many people over the months have asked how they can be praying for us, and we have done our best to communicate openly. Quite honestly we have gone through this trial very publically, which has had moments that are trying, but also moments that have absolutely overwhelmed us with God’s love, grace, mercy, and community. We thought it would be helpful to put together a short general overview of some ways that you can continue to pray alongside us as we continue to seek God’s face, and desire His hand of healing, restoration and redemption.
1) Pray for our hearts to seek God above everything else, and to grow in a love for Him (even more than our desire for healing).
2) Pray for God to heal Justin’s body cell by cell. Pray for God to work from Justin’s head all the way to his toes.
3) Pray for relationships in the house to grow and flourish even through the hard times. Pray for our marriage and for each precious second with each of our boys.
4) Pray for wisdom of those that continue to seek answers medically. We know that God can use any means to heal Justin and we attribute everything that has given us another breath all to Him!
5) Pray for wisdom for our family to know what to do each step of the way (Prov.3:5-6)
6) Pray for great memories to be made and to take advantage of every moment we have. Whether there is sickness or not, we do not want to waste a single moment God has given us.
7) Pray for rest. As much as we are going going going, there will be times that we must simply rest. Not just the physical, because we need to do that, but our rest in the One who created all this and can do whatever He wants, at any time He wants. And so we trust and rest in God.
Primarily, we desire our prayers to be rooted in the understanding of God’s supremacy in all things, and pray as Jesus taught us to in Matthew 6. Following that we offer our requests in faith knowing that God hears and redeems (Romans 8:18-30), and we trust that He will act according to His will.
In Matthew 21 and Mark 11, Jesus tells the disciples that if they “have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith”. We have great faith in who God is and what He alone can do. As we read this passage, we understand that the faith Jesus is talking about is not a faith just in faith, a strong desire, or even a belief that something miraculous will happen (that is simply a strong hope in a change of circumstance). The faith Jesus is talking about is the trust in God’s kingdom, with King Jesus ruling and reigning. This is a faith in the one who holds the circumstance and trusting that He knows everything that takes place in His kingdom and can change the outcomes of anything that takes place because He owns it all! We know that this side of heaven we will experience some of the effects of a broken world. Some of those effects King Jesus will heal and make new immediately. Some of those effects will not face full healing until King Jesus returns (and we LONG for Rev. 19:11-20), or until we join him in heaven. Regardless of which healing it is, we offer our prayers in full faith knowing it is not our (nor your) faith, in and of itself, which heals us, but rather it is the Spirit who is renewing, restoring and redeeming by the command of Almighty God. Our prayer of faith is that Jesus will use this temporary vessel in this mist of a life for his ultimate glory, which he will do because he has already redeemed and brought so much restoration to our family.
So as you pray beside us please join us with this understanding. We are not giving up, we will continue to fight, and the Lord will continue to work, and we worship and praise King Jesus for the great work he has done, is doing and will do!
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011
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Sunday, October 9, 2011
Friday we were given the opportunity to have a whole 24 hours together. No work...quiet time without kids....fun with kids....etc. Some sweet friends got us a night at a beautiful hotel down on the river walk and some other friends got us a gift card for a super yummy dinner. The plan was that we would spend the day together Friday in Boerne just relaxing, then we would take the boys to their school festival (huge deal because justin is never able to attend these types of things), then we would head to the restaurant for our romantic dinner and then to our even more romantic hotel....we were going to wake up saturday morning and just spend time together on the river walk (honey moon style) until we headed to church for side by side.
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Sunday, October 2, 2011
here is what has been happening around here:
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