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Home and Resting in Him!

Thank you all for your prayers. God is good. The complications from heart surgery have me on complete bed rest for several weeks. I’m thinking of this time as my 40 days in the desert resting in Him! I pray as God heals my physical heart He will create a right spirit in me and prepare me to serve Him.

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Like most mothers, I am not used to bed rest. This is a new experience for me. I have never been unable to do for myself for a length of time, but sometimes we need to lean on others.

My daughter, Rebecca and her five children are here taking care of me (and Ronnie, my youngest children, and the horses). It’s been a real blessing to have my grandchildren here. Rebecca is a wonderful cook so I’m enjoying gourmet meals! (Another good reason to have a full quiver.) They have been here a week and will stay until Monday. Some dear friends have offered to help after they leave to come by to help out. I am so blessed with loving and giving family and friends.

I can’t read well because I can’t get comfortable enough to hold a book (they removed a vein from my arm for my heart). But I can listen to the Bible on tape and audio sermons. It’s been a refreshing and encouraging time. I’m studying sanctification and listening to several encouraging missionary stories. A dear friend sent me a great sermon series on Israel from South Haven Baptist in TN along with a quilt to cuddle in as I listen!

In case you missed the news, or if you are new here, on July 6 I had open heart coronary bypass graft (I’m including this link to a video because it is such a fascinating procedure). I was recuperating very well but then I developed Pericarditis (inflammation of the heart lining) and went back into the hospital for a few days. The Pericarditis causes constant sharp chest, shoulder, and back pain that can only be relieved by anti-inflammatory medication which I cannot take (stomach bleeding issues). I should heal in 2-3 weeks. I’m on a home care nursing plan where a nurse comes to our home. My blood pressure runs very low (about 80 over 40) so they are keeping a close watch on my vitals. The bigeminy (erratic heart beats) are very frustrating but I’m almost getting used to them.

Those of you needing help with the Blog or who are awaiting email responses – thank you for your patience. I will not be back to work even part-time for several weeks.

The Lesson Plan Bank is under development, without me, and it’s coming along beautifully. Thankfully, I wrote the design and plans before the surgery so the the I.T. team has been working on it for some time. When I get back to work I’ll fill you in on the exciting details.

I’d appreciate your continued prayers for our family as I recover.

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  1. Hi Robin-
    I am so glad that things are working so well. In all you have gone through, God has been there, and is still there, using all you’ve gone through before to bless you with.
    I agree with the full quiver. What a blessing to have sons and daughters- (I don’t have in-laws yet) what a blessing to continue to reap the blessings! I am so thankful God spoke to our hearts and we heard Him in that area! It is God’s design to pass His blessings down through the generations, while still allowing us parents/grandparents to be a part of it all.
    So very happy to hear how the Biz is going; God was at work in all of that before you knew this would come about, praise His name!
    Yours is just another family I am thankful for and proud of as a Mom to many and a woman/wife striving against my nature to be what God has called me to and given me to care for.
    Praying for you and thinking of you!
    Love, Jacque

  2. Oh praise the Lord! It’s wonderful to be able to hear from you.

    I’m praising God with you for the blessings of family. It’s great to know that you are eating well- healthy and nutritious food to aid your recovery. And also listening to sermons and teaching- Oh Robin, do you ever stop??? ~smile~

    Continue to get loads of rest, good food and good company, while sitting at the feet of the Father in teaching.

    Blessings in abundance have come your way, and will continue to,

    Love
    Susan

  3. Hi Robin, so nice to “hear” your “voice”! We are continuing to pray for you. What a blessing your family is, and what a great time to be fed from the Word of God! If you are listening to sermons I can highly recommend the vintage classics you will find on http://www.sermonindex.net. My favourite has been David Wilkerson and there’s quite a few of Leonard Ravenhill. Godly men speaking the truth boldly. God bless you Robin.
    Love,
    Christine

  4. What a blessing to have such a loving and godly family.
    This is what we all hope and pray for!

    I am also very excited to hear the Lesson Bank is in the process of being written!

    FINALLY! God is making a way to allow us all to share! Praise His holy name!

  5. Penney Douglas

    Oh Robin,

    Thank you for keeping us posted. You are such an inspiration to so many. Praise the Lord for His blessings He has bestowed on you. Thank you for continuing to care about all of us even as you go through such difficult times yourself. I’m so glad I found you and the group that has gathered around you. I have 9 children. I let God have lordship over my womb several years ago, and I feel so blessed. My oldest is 16 and youngest is 6 months. Thank you also for the chance and the encouragement to blog. I’ve just set up a blog on your site. I understand that it will be a while before you can get it up and running, but that’s fine. I’m enjoying thinking on “paper”. It really is helping me to synthesize my thoughts and learn while I’m processing what I want to write about. I can really see how important writing is in the learning process. This is causing me to realize that I need to have my kids do more writing. Anyway, thank you for everything, and take it easy. Do only as much as the Spirit leads you to do and what you know you are up to. We will all still be here when you are completely recovered. As with everything, your work will wait. You just need to spend this time with the Lord and get completely well.

    Love,
    Penney

  6. Robin: So glad to hear that you are home and resting. DO NOT OVERDO IT! I’m sure that your family will make sure you don’t. I’ve been keeping the SSSS going each week . . . it is growing slowly but surely as more and more readers discover it. By the time you recover, we should have a great group participating!

    Prays for your ongoing healing will continue . . .

    Blessings to you and your family.

  7. Terri Layne

    Robin,
    God bless you! So sorry to hear about the complications, but again you portray a Godly response to your situation and you are such an example! I’m sure you will have difficult days and moments (being in the desert isn’t much fun.) Hang in there and be encouraged by God’s sovereignty and how He plans to use your illness to minister to others.

    I’m hesitant to suggest this, but I am aware that taking fish oil can help with arrythmias. It’s inexpensive and maybe worth a try. Janet Parshall features Jean Carper from Stop Aging Now on her program and she has excellent capsules.

    Also perhaps an OT or PT can devise something like a page turner for you so you can read in bed without having to hold the book. They have things like this for quadriplegics. You could also check with a medical supply store.

    God bless you and you are in my prayers!
    Terri Layne

  8. Dear One,
    I’m praying for you – I TOTALLY understand the difficulty of not being able to DO for your family! Jesus is in TOTAL control…just sit back & enjoy!!
    Love,
    Jammy

  9. Robin,

    I am happy to hear that you are doing better. REST! Get well! Enjoy your time off!! In the meantime, we are praying for you!

    Amy

  10. Sharon Sue

    Continuing to pray. I rejoice that you were able to post a note to let us know how you are doing. God bless.

  11. Jillian Fourman

    Dear Lord,
    We lift up Robin for Rest and Strength Lord. Lord fill her with Your Presense. Lord Renew and Refresh Robins’s Body, Soul and Mind. Lord, give Robin PEACE as she learns a new journey of RESTING in You….You are in control in this season. Lord being a chronic illness sufferer which puts me into complete downtime to Renew with You is a wonderful time of Your Presence Lord….I pray the same for Robin as you Heal her body. We thank you Jesus Amen

    (((HUGS)))
    Jillian in TN @}—-
    Volunteer for Rest Ministries and Above Rubies

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