Relying on His grace…

This is just a quick update post since I have not posted much in the last week.  The reason being is because I was traveling to the northeast for a busy week of meeting with people and speaking at churches in relation to our mission work in Haiti.  My trip was very successful overall, but very tiring.  I will update more specifically in the next post.

After such an exhausting week, it would have been great to come back to NC and be able to just relax for a few days with my family in our home, but such is not the case.  Instead, my return trip back to NC has taken me straight to the hospital parking garage of Duke University Hospital where Susana is currently inpatient for her stem cell transplant.  Instead of being able to kick back and relax, I am called upon immediately to relieve my wife who has been so gracious in staying inpatient with Susana for the past 6 days while I was traveling.  Susana wasn’t supposed to go inpatient until just a few days ago, but it just so happened that she was brought in early.  This put an extra burden on Maria since I was gone and unable to share the responsibility with her.  She has done an amazing job.  She had not been outside in 6 days, so I drove straight to the hospital to take over so that she can get a break.

Well, that break consists of driving 5 minutes away to our one room hotel where we are currently living for at least the next month.  That break consists of staying at the one room hotel and homeschooling our other daughter Isabela.  But truthfully, it is still a much needed break from being cooped up in this tiny hospital room for the past 6 days.  And so I pray that the Lord brings refreshing to her tired body.

I am really tired.  It has been a long week of many meetings.  And also lots of driving.  And it has been challenging to come back and really switch gears in an instant as I need to be there for Susana and put all of my attention towards caring for her.  And so I have needs.  My wife has needs.  Isabela has needs. And of course, Susana has needs.  That is why we all need to fully rely upon the grace of God to sustain us all.  We must remember His word that states, “My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches and glory.”

Susana is very weak and she has been vomiting a lot for the past several days.  She just finished the high level dose of chemo that she has been on for the past 4 or 5 days.  This is the chemo that is so intense that it will hopefully destroy any microscopic cancer cells that may be remaining, but in the process it wipes out so many other good cells in her body that it leaves her with nothing.  That is why she will need the stem cell transplant which is scheduled for Thursday.  Please pray that her body gets the recovery time that it needs in these next few days of rest before the transplant She is on so many different medications right now in order to help maintain balance to her system.  Right now she has a fever which she has had all day.  She pretty much has just laid in bed all day in and out of sleep.  Being in this hospital with her hooked up to all these different lines and pumps and such is a harsh reality to come back to.

I’m thankful for the grace of God that truly is sufficient in all situations.  And this is one of those situations where we need it most.  I’m thankful that our heavenly Father knows our needs before we even ask Him.  This is good to know since right now I am so tired that I can’t even think clear enough to pray and ask Him.  So, I’m relying on His grace…

6 thoughts on “Relying on His grace…

  1. Keeping your family and Susana in my prayers. Praying God’s peace and grace on your family. Also praying for strength for you all.

  2. wish I could be there to help you all out at this time; you all REALLY need it. Praying our Great and Awesome God will sustain you all, and bring you all the much needed rest and peace and strength you ALL need. Precious Susana: Alyssa, Jacob, and I, as well as MANY, MANY others, are praying for you fervently! Hang in there sweet girl; as daddy stated, “My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches and glory.” One of my favorite verses is “I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phillipians 4:13

    “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will GUARD your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7

    “Now may the Lord of Peace Himself give you peace at ALL times and in EVERY way…” 2 Thessalonians 3:16

    “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

    “Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him!” Isaiah 30:18

    “Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.” Psalms 31:24

    “Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.” Psalm 126: 5,6

    “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26

    “The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; He is their stronghold in time of trouble.” Psalms 37:39

    “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.” Nahum 1:7

    Praying……………..I

  3. I wish I was there to help you all; I know you could really use it. (I sent a reply a couple hours ago, but it got erased by accident, when I sent it.) I pray that our Great and Awesome God will shower you ALL with the strength, peace, and rest you ALL need, and that He will sustain you through this time. Hang in there sweet Susana: Alyssa, Jacob, and I and MANY, MANY others are holding you up in prayer fervently! One of my favorite verses is “I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phillipians 4:13

    “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him.”
    Nahum 1:7

    “The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; He is their stronghold in time of trouble.” Psalms 37:39

    “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalms 73:26

    “Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.”
    Psalm 126:5,6

    “We live by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7

    “Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.” Psalms 31:24

    “He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.”
    Psalm 112:7

    “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” Proverbs 18:10

    “You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety. You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid, and many will court your favor.” Job 11:18,19

    “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
    When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah 43:1,2

    Praying……..

  4. Cody,

    You may not remember me, but I met you several years ago at an orientation for the DBA’s Moldova ministry. Our church has been following your updates and is praying for Susana and for your family continually. God is with you always (Hebrews 13:5). God bless you.

    Gayle Clifton
    Upper Seneca Baptist Church
    Germantown, MD

  5. Praying for all of you! I know that sometimes hospital days can feel never ending and sleep is often difficult. I pray that all of you will be able to get some rest tonight. Hang tough and let us know how we can be praying.

    Psalm 121
    I lift up my eyes to the hills-
    where does my help come from?
    My help comes from the LORD,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

    Under His Wings,
    Jeannie

  6. Praying for the stem cell transplant today…………REST in Him. Praying that our wonderful, all sufficient, Soveriegn God will shower you all with His great Grace and mercy…………His mercies are new every morning. GREAT is His faithfulness!!!

    In Christ’s name,

    Rebecca

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