Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Thanking The Lord For His Mercy

Last night as Nathan was headed to pick up Sara from work he had a bad accident.  As he was coming over a hill he hit a spot of black ice and lost control.  He ended up flipping our van down a hill a couple of times.  By God's mercy, he walked away from the wreck with only minor scrapes and some bruising.

Thank you, Jesus, for keeping him safe and bringing him home to us mostly unharmed.

He's in a lot of pain today.  He did go get checked out this morning, and in God's grace and mercy was able to see a doctor who is a member of our church.  She's an excellent doctor, and when we can't see Darryl, it's so comforting we can usually see her.

She thoroughly checked him out and ran several test and scans.  He's okay.  Just some rough bruising.

We are so grateful.

Hearing him tell me what happened and seeing our van, it's only by God's grace and mercy he walked away.  I've never seen him so shaken as he was last night.

This is what the van looks like.  He took these today when he went to clean out our things.

We have so many blessings to count today.

1. Nathan is okay.  He wasn't killed or seriously injured.

2. No one else, with the exception of the fence the van rolled through, was involved.

3. He's not missing work.  Not great he has to spend his Spring Break in pain, but grateful he's not having to miss work.

4. We have insurance, and our insurance adjusters we have spoken with today have been so nice and helpful.  I've talked to several people from our insurance company today, and all of them have been easy to work with in all of this.

5. He was able to see a doctor we trust, and we know is very thorough.  Darryl will also be by later today, and that gives me a little extra comfort.

6. Our in-laws live just down the street from us, and I was able to call my father-in-law to pick up Sara.  She works just 5 mins from our house.  Nathan had dropped her off last night, and he planned to pick her up because we weren't sure how the roads would be once she got off work.

7. Our 17 year-old's words to me when she came home were, "It's so scary.  It's so bad.  Praise the Lord he's okay."  She's 17 and her first reaction to this was to praise the Lord her daddy is okay.  I cannot express what that does to this mama's heart.  Thank you, Jesus.

8. I have said this many, many times in the past, but it continues to be true.  We have the greatest friends and family.  Our phones have rang all day.  We've all gotten many text messages, Facebook messages and emails wanting to know how he is and if there is anything we need.  It has meant so much us.  Thank you from the depths of our hearts.  It's such a blessing to know we are loved and cared for by those surrounding us, and so many of you are praying.  One of the highlights of Nathan's day was he was able to talk to his brother.  He's in the military and lives away from us.  It meant so much he called to check on him.

I have eyes full of tears this very moment.  Grateful tears.  This could have been so devastating.  I am thankful the Lord spared Nathan's life, and he wasn't seriously injured.

I'm near the end of the bible study One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp.  Yesterday morning we went over Session 4 ... which by far has touched me the most in this study.  We discussed fear and trust ... two of my biggest issues in my life.

We had such a sweet time talking and sharing our hearts.  It was so sweet to see each of the ladies encouraging and loving on one another.  I walked away blessed, and understanding more about truly trusting the Lord.  Little did I know I would have to greatly exercise that trust in Him just a few hours later.

He knew I would need yesterday to morning to help prepare me for last night.

As I am typing this now I can hear Nathan in the other room laughing at something on TV.  Oh, how grateful I am to hear his laugh, and know he's safe.

Thank you, Jesus.  Thank you, thank you!!

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