March 13, 2011

Sunday March 13, 2011 7:00pm

Yesterday was a rough day for Garren. He was experiencing some mild neurostorming. This is common for patients recovering from traumatic brain injury. BAsically your body gets stressed out, and you tend to have a higher heart rate, fever, along with other symptoms. He's had a more relaxing day today. He's getting rested up for another big week of therapy.

His eye continues to remain red and irritated. We are working with the doctors to try and figure out exactly what is going on, so we can help it heal. It looks better than it did the other day, it's just still a little red and swollen.

Nancy and I continue to be completely blown away and overwhelmed by the help that is pouring in. From the funds that have been donated to the work on the room, it is hard to take it all in. Today a family came up to me and handed me an envelope. They said they had unanimously decided as a family to give up their family vacation over spring break and give us a donation instead. I said, we are simply blown away. Thank you!

I have spoken with two individuals in the last couple of days about possibly getting a van...donated. We haven't gotten any details from either source yet. But I told someone today - "God has blessed us so much, every detail so far has fallen into place, I am not worried at all about getting a van. I know that God will provide." God is so good, and so faithful. We are so humbled by the generosity from so many people.

In my Bible reading today I read Psalm 120:1 -
"In my distress I called to the Lord, and He answered me."

How awesome it is to see answers. We pray for Garren's complete healing and restoration. Of course, we'd rather see Garren just get out of bed and walk to the car. But God has a different way of doing things. And even though His way is a bit more costly, and requires a bit more equipment, He supplies those needs, and in the end He gets all the glory. In our distress we have called out to the Lord. And He continues to answer us, a little bit at a time, day by day, one day at a time.


Anonymous said...

What a story! I was on my way to Columbia for a conference yesterday morning about 7:15. About 7:45 the Holy Spirit prompted me to pray for Nancy and Garren in particular. It is such a priviledge to be able to pray for such godly people. We love you. We continue to pray for you. We hope you had a restful day today. Love, the Austins

Kitty @ Four Little Toms and a Mom said...

To the family giving up their vacation... You happy people. I get chills at the thrill of how you'll feel at the end of April knowing you remained home and the vacation that would have been over anyway is still blessing God's kingdom. And that this treasure will never burn, like the vacation days that end when the vacation is over. Bless you!

Anonymous said...

What a testimony to the faithfulness of God ;-) as we watch ALL that God has done on your behalf it builds us all up in our faith. We keep checking in to see what God is up to in your lives each day. It's exciting for us all.
Thank you Lord for your goodness and provision! !
Chris & Rich C.

Kim said...

As we were singing "Your Grace Is Enough" today in church the line "you use the weak to lead the strong" made me think of Garren. In his current weakness he is leading others to use their strengths: prayer, building skills, generosity, and bringing out the strengths in others that they may not even know about yet to bring God glory. I will keep praying, especially for his eye, and his complete healing. I love you all!

Michelle Singleton said...

I have been out of town the past 3 days and had no computer access. One of the first things I did when I returned was to pull up your blog and read your update... wow! I love reading about the many people who are blessing you and your family. God is Good and He is Faithful! And He provides for us in so many ways.

Garren (and each of you)remain in our prayers. We look forward to hearing about another good week of therapy.

Anonymous said...

I can still read your hurt and pain, even though you are trying to remain strong....continue to cry out to our God...I am going to pray that God will put His arms around you and Nancy today, and that He will help Garren to get better in a big step today...with God all things are possible...lean on Him...we are here for and prayers, Sandy & Russ

Anonymous said...

Our God leads us into the storm so He can show Himself more gloriously faithful to us. Hoe would we know Him intimately if He did not lead us into impossible situations so He can teach us about Himself as a promise keeping God. I would never KNOW Him if it were not for the trials He's seen me through or delivered me from. He is an awesome God. And I do know it is easier said than done to trust when it is so dark you can't see your hand in front of your face. That is when you have to trust in the dark and fight the good fight of faith.

Donna Lochridge

Anonymous said...

I can't imagine how overwhelming it must be to process all of the generous acts you've experienced throughout this's overwhelming for me to read about and I'm just an outsider.

I had never heard of neurostorms until I read about them on the Brewer's journal several weeks ago. It can't be easy for Garren when he's enduring the storms and I know it must be hard for you and Nancy too, so I will ask in my prayers that they pass quickly. If there is a postive side, then I guess that would be that Garren is moving another step closer to restoration.

We will continue to pray for his eye, the storms, and for the van to be donated. Thank you for remaining faithful and sharing your heart. In for the long haul, The Sisk Family

wendypoovey said...

Simply, amazing. If anyone has ever had any doubt that God provides for his faithful ones, the doubt should be erased now.