My Father’s Passing

My father passed away on Wednesday morning. He was living in a nursing home due to failing health and dementia. Even though my mother and the rest of his family were gone, he would still ask me if I had spoken to them. Living to ninety nine proved to be very challenging for him. Especially with dementia.

From what I’ve been told, it appears that he had a massive stroke. He had been in the hospital for a week, for altered mental status, the same time that I was in the hospital for pneumonia. He came back to the nursing home and at 6 am the next day he was gone. He also had brain cancer and had been on hospice for several months last year.

I’m very grateful for the care that he received in a Catholic nursing home. They were very compassionate and patient. He also received excellent medical care. I took great comfort that he was in a Christian environment.

Although my father didn’t want a funeral, he will have a military burial with a full gun salute, to honor his military service in WWII. We will receive the flag from his coffin, which I plan to frame. Then he will be laid to rest next to my mother. Something that he had wanted for a very long time.


The Lord Who Heals

So many people are in need of healing, including children. Please join me in praying for all those in need. God knows their names and specific needs.

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I will be posting a healing scripture every Sunday along with a request for prayer for those in need.

Be Thou My Vision

Author: Eleanor Hull and Mary E. Byrne

Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, and I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High king of heaven, my treasure Thou art.

High king of heaven, my victory won,
May I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my vision, O ruler of all.

Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my soul’s Shelter, Thou my high Tower:
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.

Irish Hymn

I chose this very beautiful Irish hymn for my weekend hymn. It’s also one of my favorites, for its message of total trust and devotion to Jesus.

Celebrating Saint Patrick

I chose this Prayer of Saint Patrick because Jesus is my Savior and Lord. It truly describes my relationship with Him, especially since my medical problems began.

Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland because he brought Christianity to the Irish people. Before Patrick, Ireland was a pagan country. The very same pagans that were converted by Patrick once held him hostage for six years. He escaped, was reunited with his family, and entered the priesthood. He returned to Ireland, years later, and began sharing Christ with the Irish people. Eventually seeing the conversion of an entire nation. Saint Patrick’s Day in Ireland is a holy day and celebrated solemnly as a religious holiday.

I’m going home from the hospital tomorrow. The pneumonia is responding well to the antibiotics, and I’m feeling better. Once more, Jesus has been with me.

I also received some wonderful news. My new heart valve is working very well. There is no heart failure and the level of my heart murmur has reversed. I was in heart failure before the valve replacement surgery. I also had a cardiac arrest early in the surgery. Yesterday, when I heard my heart beating during the echocadiogram, I realized, once again, that I received a miracle. I am so grateful to God for my life and the gift of His Son.

Good News

I’m back in the hospital with pneumonia and sepsis. Not good news. However, my doctors are on top of things and I’m responding to the medications. This morning I also had an echocardiogram of my heart and received some very good news.

My pre surgery heart murmur has reversed, the new aortic valve is working well and there is no heart failure. I’m very grateful to God for this news.

It Was A Great Night

I’ve been battling the flu for several days. But, I couldn’t resist working with my new silicone molds and new clay. It was a great night, and I can rest tomorrow.

The oval and tile molds were from Etsy. The flower molds and heart mold are from Martha Stewart’s craft line. All of the molds were very easy to use, and the clay popped out without needing a mold release. A real plus. The Etsy seller, Mold Muse, also does excellent work. They’re one of my favorite sellers.