Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Thankful Thursday

Thursday Update: I lost 10 pounds overnight on the diuretics. Not the way to lose weight! The swelling has dramatically reduced. Several of you have asked what happened to cause my kidneys to fail---the doctor determined that my kidneys were shutting down due to taking too much ibuprofen and celebrex for pulled muscles while I was in California. The kidney problem caused even more severe lower back pain which made me take even more ibuprofen every 3 hours over a 5 day period. I was in bad shape. Gratefully, I have taken a turn for the better. I have been up a little bit today and am doing okay. Every comment I read, a tear falls. I'll be back soon and able to comment and visit your blog. Just too weak for that right now. You are a beautiful community of His Love to me. I can't tell you how much your prayers have meant to me. I am experiencing peace about "no job" in the midst of my crucial need for one and I know that's God! Phil. 3:3 - I have no confidence in my human effort to pull this off. God only gives grace and withholds no good thing. Psalm 84:11. And it's the beautiful God in you that stirs and shakes and soothes my soul. Thank you so much!! Holding fast to HIM with you! With tears of gratitude, Bev

Wednesday Update: I went throuugh a battery of tests yesterday, an EKG and blood work. The doctor suspected my swelling was due to either a problem with my heart or kidneys. My heart was fine; the problem is my kidneys. They found that my kidneys were shutting down. I have gained 15 pounds over the weekend. I could hardly believe the scales. Water retention. I am swollen all over my body. Still not able to get up but just a little at a time. Thank you so much for your prayers. Today, I am missing a mandatory job training with the school district for a teaching job and so that job opportunity will fall through. I am so upset about it. But, I have to say that there are no surprises to our God. Pray that I find another job real soon. My husband is between jobs right now, picking up odd jobs, and waiting to hear back on some potential offers. Thanks again so very much for your prayers, your support, your love. I am trying to walk by faith not by sight over here. That makes me think of Gal. 3:3 - do I think that I will achieve my goals by my efforts of trying. No, I began with the Spirit and continue to trust Him for the strength I don't have today. Strength in my inner man and outer man. It's not about my resolve but all about my surrender. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen but on WHAT IS UNSEEN. II Cor. 4:18


Susan 3/26/2008  

Bev. So sorry you are in such a bad way. Will keep praying for you, dear Siesta.
What are the docs doing about the kidney issue and what is causing it?
Worried about you. Thinking about you.

Mary Lou 3/26/2008  

Bev, so glad you could get back on line and keep us informed. I have really been thinking of you and lifting you to the Lord. Sorry, about the job. The Lord has something even better for you. I keep having to remind myself to "not fear tomorrow, God is aleady there". I know this is hard, I'm not trying to make light of it. I'm practically there with you and battling satan with praises to our Lord, who is the God of the impossible. I think I know how to pray and will pray accordingly. Walking by faith is not the easiest thing to do, but it is the most rewarding. May He meet you with each breath that you take and may He truly be the lifter of your head today. Praying as I go..

Kate 3/26/2008  

Praying for you!

Julie 3/26/2008  

Praying for you Bev.

What is causing the kidney struggle do they know?
Is this something that they can reverse? What are they doing for it?

I am so sorry you are in the midst of this.

Jean 3/26/2008  

Bev, you've been on my mind for days. I am still praying for you. You are so precious to think of us and keep us posted on how you are doing when you're so sick. I pray that you do not even think about jobs during this time. I know it sounds so cavalier to say don't worry, God will take care of you, but it's the truth with our God.....He will take care of you and even now He is orchestrating your recovery. We love you, Bev.

Love, Jean Myers

annie's eyes 3/26/2008  

Sweet Bev,
I am praying for you, and know it is in God's Hands that will be mighty Healing work. So glad you got to the doctor and are figuring it out. He is with you with a good plan. It is a good plan worth the wait. Don't trust what your eyes see, but believe Him for His promises. I love you and will continue to pray...Annette

Katie 3/26/2008  


I'm so sorry to hear that you're not doing well. I'll definitely be praying for you.

Have they figured out why your kidneys are shutting down? What steps are they currently doing to treat you? (Sorry, doctor in me coming out)


Fran 3/26/2008  

Oh my sweet Bev....
You know this girl here in TN is praying for you every single day.
I love you dearly and pray for comfort and healing very soon. Keep your beautiful heart turned toward your Jesus! He's carrying you and He's right there with you.
You are His beloved child and He loves you more than we can ever imagine.

Hugs and prayers~

Profbaugh 3/26/2008  


I'm so sorry you're having trouble with your kidneys. Of course, I'm going to cover you in prayer. I can't even imagine what you're going through physically. May you feel at least some relief as the doctors work on correcting the problem.

When I read that you missed the school district training which cost you a potential teaching job, the thought that came to me so strongly was, God must really have something special in store for Bev in the teaching area, since she's missed a couple of opportunities. I know that's a weird thought, but I still can't shake it. So, I'm thinking it must be a "God thang!" And you know already what I think about your teaching--you're simply gifted at it.

I'm going to pray for provision for your family too during this "dry" time.

Can't wait to see how God shows up BIG time in your life. Keep me posted.

Much love my Siesta,

jennyhope 3/27/2008  


HIS daughter 3/27/2008  


Just read your post! You dear, sweet woman! I am so sorry for what you are going through. I can only imagine a tiny bit what this must all feel like!

I'm praying and covering you with prayer right now. My heart hurts with you. Keep reaching for HIS hand.

Much love and many prayers,

He Knows My Name 3/27/2008  

dear bev, they didn't waist any time getting to the bottom of this fast. that was an answer to prayer!

our sweet beth has said: God does not meet in emergency session. how true.

when He says NO He has a greater YES! i believe that.

He is working out everything for your good. we must not rely on our finite little brains.

He knows your thoughts before you think them. nothing surprises Him.

when you don't have the words to pray He is interceding for you. He's got you covered.


hugs and prayers ~janel

Nise' 3/27/2008  

Continued prayers for your recovery! I am sorry about the job situation, but know that God has something in store and is busy at work admist this chaos working it all out! He promises it!

Karen 3/27/2008  

Oh, Bev, I am glad that you are doing better. I am continuing to pray for you and your family.

Kristin 3/27/2008  

So glad to hear that they have figured out the problem and that you are improving. I will continue to pray for a complete recovery and for provision for your family! I think of one of my favorite verses..."For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you a future and a hope." Jer 29:11.
Trusting in His plans for you today my friend ~ Kristin

Kristin 3/27/2008  

So glad to hear that they have figured out the problem and that you are improving. I will continue to pray for a complete recovery and for provision for your family! I think of one of my favorite verses..."For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you a future and a hope." Jer 29:11.
Trusting in His plans for you today my friend ~ Kristin

Denise 3/27/2008  

I have not been here in a day or so and tonight I am so sorry to see that you are going through some terrible health issues...... I will pray ..... You keep your eyes fixed on the Father God that heals us...... Your life is and has been in His hands since the day you were but the size of a dot on the top of a needle.. He decided the color of your hair and the color of your eyes,, how tall you would be....... He knows how many hairs is on your head and He is watching you.......... He has heard your prayers and if He has heard you He will answer...... Rest my friend and know that God has Gotcha!!!!!!!!

Mary Lou 3/27/2008  

Praise the Lord that you are better. Sill praying. So grateful that you are at peace about the job. He has something for you out there. Remember with me and remind me if I forget...we don't nned to fear tomorrow, God is already there. Things are changing in our situation. Wish I could call and tell you all, but He is working things for us and we are excited. Hard to change at sixty and sixty seven but with God ALL things are possible. Blessings on you tonight and may you sleep well. Love you in Hin, Mary Lou

Janelle 3/27/2008  

I am so sorry for all that you have been through. What a scary time. Glad to know you are on the mend. God will take care of all the rest!

Alana 3/27/2008  

I had not read Wednesday's post and when I came to your blog it said that about your kidneys failing and I was like "WHAT?". My goodness, friend. Bless your heart. I wish I could give you a hug right now and pray with you. Please know that I am praying for you. Feel better soon!!

annie's eyes 3/28/2008  

I called you back but remembered you aren't getting your messages so I'll leave one here...just in case you get a chance and feel like reading...I am so glad you are feeling a little better, and know God is working mightily on your behalf. I wished I could just run up to Ft. Worth and bring you some chicken soup. Of all weekends to be out of town! I am praying for you and your family. Love, A

Shonda 3/28/2008  

I'm praying for you. Keep holding on to our Lord--HE is life!
Love & blessings-

Jean 3/28/2008  

Hi, Bev,

I haven't gotten anything done for the last two days for checking your blog every 5 minutes to see if you've reported in!!!! Since the computer is upstairs I've been getting a good workout! I am sooooooooooooo glad you are so much better and that the doctors, with our Lord's help, found out what was wrong so quickly. I am also so glad you have peace about your job. I know God has something wonderful in store for you there, you just hang in there and wait for it!

Much love to you,
Jean M.

Ang baylis 3/28/2008  

There's another Siesta in Michigan praying for you this morning! God has everything under control. Keep trusting Him and Keep Believing!
Much love to you, Bev!
Angie xoxo

HIS daughter 3/28/2008  

I am so thankful you are better and on the way to recovery!

Rest knowing that HE is in control. HE is Sovereign over all!

Prayers and Blessings covering you today!

Fran 3/28/2008  

Always praying for you Bev! Always!

I love ya~

Lindsee 3/28/2008  


Have been slowly checking up on blogs and was shocked when I came to yours and saw that all of this was going on! I am so sorry, sweet friend. I hope you are feeling so much better and that you are able to rest, yet at the same time find another job! Know that I will be praying for you!


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