Upheld With His Righteous Hand

We somehow averted catastrophe here in our house. I shouldn’t say “somehow” because I know how. It was nothing other than a healing miracle that took place before my very eyes. Last night Greta had an upset stomach and was obviously coming down with the stomach virus going around. She went to bed crying that her stomach hurt to lay down. She did manage to sleep through the night, but come morning she was sitting in front of the toilet crying that she felt like she was going to puke. William could NOT stay home from work today. It was not an option. We made Greta comfortable up in the loft where I could hear her if she needed me, but away from Nora. After William left for work I went out on our deck and prayed, “WE.CAN.NOT.HANDLE.THIS.RIGHT.NOW, GOD!!! PLEASE TAKE THIS AWAY FROM US!!! PLEASE!!!!” I stared out at the trees and the sky for a few more minutes before I reluctantly went back inside. When I did, there was Greta standing in the kitchen asking for breakfast and wanted to know if she could clean out the kitten’s litterbox. {????? Wait… What?????} It was seriously like night and day, and I say this without any exaggeration what so ever!!! The rest of the day progressed without any incidents. I am still completely awestruck. Thank you, God!!!!!

I was feeling particularly fragile after an experience today that really isn’t worth mentioning because honestly it probably has more to do with the fact that I was fragile and overly-sensitive to begin with. If the wind blows the wrong way, I will cry. Still emotionally delicate from the previous situation, I ventured off to Greta’s dance studio to pick up her summer recital photos and DVD. I checked my eyes in the visor mirror to make sure my eyelids didn’t look like hot dogs before I went inside. Yes, I’d been crying, but not necessarily “sad crying”. It was more out of exhaustion and being overwhelmed with the good and the bad. And maybe feeling a little sorry for myself… yearning for those days when I had absolutely nothing to worry about except whether or not my cordless phone got reception out at the pool or what brand of tequila I should get to go with my frozen margarita mix. As I was walking out of the dance studio a woman approached me to let me know that she’s been praying for Nora and for our family. She gave me a big hug and on came the waterworks again. I needed that hug in that moment more than you could ever know, Paulina! Thank you! So again, I was crying, but now I was crying because God cares so much about me that He puts people in my path to comfort me RIGHT WHEN I NEED THEM. It’s really pretty amazing!

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We leave for Children’s tomorrow afternoon. I feel surprisingly at peace about that. I literally feel your prayers! I was able to unclutter my head this evening (to clear room for the Holy Spirit!) during a lengthy walk through the neighborhood. Nora slept throughout the 3.5 miles. I saw a couple of bird trios and a beautiful sunset. Of course I’d rather be watching that sun set over Lake Huron, but I’ll settle for this!

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I’ll update when I can throughout these next few days! Thank you so very, very much for your continued prayers!!!

So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10 NIV)

24 thoughts on “Upheld With His Righteous Hand

  1. That was so beautiful to read and see how wonderful our Lord is. He heard you call out and was there to give you comfort and peace. Praise God for this affirmation of His love and care for His children. I am so thankful that you received this confirmation prior to your stay at the hospital. Nora looks so beautiful and at peace when she is out with you walking. It is you, Nora, and God. Thanks for this beautiful testimony. Jackie

  2. “Where two or more are gathered in My Name, there I am…”. You are lifted by His love. But do you know how many, many more you in turn lift up to Him by your faith, your trust in Him? Sharing prayers with you and for you. God’s peace always!

  3. HI ALEISA, I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT MY HEART AND MIND WILL BE WITH YOU TOMORROW (ACTUALLY TODAY, IT IS 2:08 A.M.) AND I WILL BE PRAYING FOR NORA ALWAYS, AND HER WONDERFUL FAMILY. YOU AND WILLIAM ARE SUCH GOOD PARENTS. YOUR CHILDREN HAS TO KNOW THAT THEY ARE SO LOVED. I PRAISE GOD FOR THE MIRACLE TODAY WITH GRETA. THAT SHOWS US THAT GOD WILL NOT PUT MORE ON US THAN WE CAN BEAR. HE HEARD YOUR CRIES, AND WAS RIGHT THERE TO TAKE CARE OF EVERYTHING, AND HE ALWAYS WILL BE. SOMETIMES WE FEEL LIKE WE CANNOT HANDLE ANYMORE, AND THAT IS WHEN GOD STEPS IN AND CARRIES US. GOD IS SO GOOD!!!! I PRAY THAT GOD GIVES YOU AND WILLIAM THE STRENGTH THAT YOU WILL NEED THESE NEXT FEW DAYS, AND I KNOW HE WILL. I LOVE YOU ALL AND WILL BE THINKING AND PRAYING FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY OFF AND ON ALL DAY. NORA LOOKS SO CUTE IN THOSE PICTURES. SHE REALLY ENJOYS HER’S AND MOMMY’S LONG WALKS. SHE JUST KICKS BACK AND RELAXES. TAKE CARE AND GOD BLESS.

  4. Yours and your family’s journey is such a testimony and inspiration to many, including myself. Thank you for trusting the Lord, He loves you and will continue to have His name sought out in your struggles. Be encouraged, our prayers are with you and Jesus is walking every step of this journey with you. Praises to our healer for Greta’s miraculous recovery and to the encouragement that you greatly needed. Lifting you up in prayer!

  5. Praying for you all, as always. I’ll try to visit at CCHMC tomorrow or Thurs. Call my cell if I can help with anything.

  6. It was a privilege to be able to administer a little God hug to you today! Our family will keep praying for yours. May you continue to faithfully take each step that God has for you and do not grow weary in doing what is good (Gal 6:9). Praying that the abundance of his mercy and grace would be made real in each day. I’m sure you’ve heard the song, Blessings by Laura Story? I love the end that says:

    What if my greatest disappointments Or the aching of this life
    Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
    What if trials of this life
    The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
    Are your mercies in disguise

  7. I have only commented once because i don’t know you guys and I know a lot of people read this blog but I don’t want you to think I’m crazy or something. This post really touched me though. Here I am, with two healthy girls (Nora and Colleen), but even with all that God has given us, I still find myself crying over the smallest things. I think as moms (and dads), we do so much to keep our kids safe- constant vigilance. My little Nora went through a tough time last summer and had to have some testing done for recurrent UTI’s. I found myself crying daily. I found myself worrying every time she went potty. It was miserable. It was only when I had finally let go and put my trust in God that I found peace. I know this is nothing in comparison to what you are going through, but I wanted to let you know that I am praying for you daily. My Nora asks how baby Nora is all the time and with a lump in my throat, I tell her that she is good- growing and getting to go on vacation….Nora thinks its because she is praying for her….I do too! Good luck this week!

    Bridget

  8. Love the picture of the sun beaming through the clouds. It’s as if God was saying “hello….here I am…I am with you always”.

  9. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your sweet, beautiful Nora. Praying for your continued feeling of peace as you head out today.
    Thank you for giving us the opportunity to get to know your sweet Angel through this blog. I just love that little girl!

  10. Wow, wow, wow are and Nora are two angels piercing sunlight in some of the darkest places. She is SUCH a treasure. On top of the outstanding care you give to her, you are extending to EVERYONE in your life. You are a mom to three precious kiddies, a wife, daughter, friend…. by God’s grace you are completely selfless and rocking in each of these roles. I’ve been following your blog for weeks now and am overcome by the pure love – no matter the situation – that is being shared and demonstrated in your life. You are a woman of incredible grace and humility, God is doing amazing things (trust that!) even though you might not feel that way at times. Maybe others tell you this already but those cries and the anger at God… it’s ok. He’s taking it. Give it to Him. You are doing an outstanding job just being in His will and making Him the center. I’m praying that you have the support and continuous signs of His love because you, Nora, the whole family… are simply amazing!!! Sending huge hugs and love and blessings. And most of all, thank you. Thanks for being so vulnerable, for writing the way you do and also sharing the way you do. Thank you, thank you, thank you πŸ™‚ He is being glorified through you!

  11. It is true that God will only give us what we can handle. God saw your load was too heavy and lightened your burden. God is good all of the time. Thankful for Greta’s miracle and praying for Nora’s!

  12. Your story has not only renewed my faith in humanity, but it has renewed a faith in me I had been avoiding, questioning, and doubting for so many years. Thank you so very much for that. I send my love and prayers!!

  13. ALESA AND FAMILY, I HAVE FOLLOWED YOUR BLOG AND HAVE PRAYED DAILY FOR NORA AND ALL THE FAMILY TOO. DURING THESE NEXT FEW DAYS OF TESTING I KNOW THAT YOU WILL BE UNBELIEVABLY STRESSED, EXHAUSTED, ANXIOUS AND YES TEARFUL. I PRAY RIGHT NOW IN JESUS NAME THAT YOU ARE PLACED UNDER HIS WINGS OF LOVE , SECURITY, SHELTER, SUPERNATURAL HEALING, SWEET BLISSFUL REST, PRAY TO THE NAMES OF GOD- JEHOVAH RAPPHA- THE LORD THAT HEALETH THEE OF ALL THINE DISEASES. THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT NAMES OF GOD ADDRESS HIM WITH THOSE TITLES AND CLAIM EVERY PROMISE THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL BRING TO YOUR MINDS ABOUT THE ABOUNDING LOVE OF CHRIST AND RIGHT NOW I PLEAD THE BLOOD OF JESUS OVER YOU ALL. A FRIEND LOVETH AT ALL TIMES AND I LOVE YOU SWEET LADY- BUT MOST OF ALL THE LORD GOD LOVES YOU WITH HIS ENDING LOVE. I PRAY HE WRAPS YOU UP WITH HIS COMFORT THIS WEEK AS ONLY HE CAN DO. BE BLESSED- NOT STRESSED —–LISA CARTER-NEWLAND

  14. I saw three, only three, birds flying in the pink sky this evening on my walk. I smiled, as they immediately reminded me of Nora and that sign of His Love. I prayed for her, as well as you, Aleisa! May He give you ultimate peace and patience during this time.

  15. Okay I have to admit I am just now reading this. When you mentioned today about Greta and praying…. I was confused and thought oh wow, I totally missed that in reading your blog. Good to see your face today. You’re an amazing mom. Amazing. Praying for a peaceful night at the CCHMC B&B πŸ™‚

  16. As I was pulling in my driveway this morning after working a night shift I saw 3 birds sitting on my porch railing and instantly thought of Nora. Many prayers! I would love to help the family and take a night shift with Precious Nora if the family needs help!

  17. Thank you for sharing your life! I love your honesty and amazing perspective on God’s love, You teach me something new every day! Thank you!

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