"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen

3/11/09

Word-Filled Wednesday: Content

(for those who read my last blog - I'm back! AND my dear son is feeling MUCH better. Thanks for the well wishes and prayers!)

Welcome to my contribution to Word-Filled Wednesday, hosted each week by the lovely Amy Deanne at her wonderful blog.

Right now, I am writing about a very tough time in my book on God's workings in my husband's health issues. I am remembering, and trying not to relive, some of the confusion and struggle we went through. But it is reminding me of God's great faithfulness.

I felt the need to use a picture from that time for my Word-Filled Wednesday this week.

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Philippians 4:12 NIV

This picture was taken one month and one day after my husband's first craniotomy. There is a lot more here than you might notice at first.
  • If you look just below his hairline, you can still see his craniotomy scar. This same scar would never heal right, and would cause the bone flap to get infected and die, leading to TWO MORE brain surgeries in less than a year.
  • The hat my cute son is wearing? That is the hat Marc wore whenever he went out, partly to protect the scar from infection, and partly to not freak people out.
  • The cane? Partly to help him feel his way around due to his decreased vision, and partly to help him because of his weakness.
  • That book? One of Andrew's favorites. And I DESPISED it. This is a picture of my husband saving me the ickiness of having to read it to Andrew myself. What a sweetie.
During this time, I can honestly say we both were needy and had plenty. God provided so much for us during these struggles, and this picture reminds me of it so well.

Be sure to stop by Amy Deanne's blog for more visual inspiration from scripture.

14 comments:

  1. Wow, what a hard time. I didn't know about your husband.

    God bless you and your family!
    Beth

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  2. timely word...thanks for sharing...said a prayer for you...

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  3. Wwe can see when we look back, that God was there for us in a special way.
    Thanks for sharing that with us.
    Blessings

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  4. I'm praying you through this chapter, JoDear. Loved seeing Marc and Andrew--it's an adorable picture that's loading with meaning!
    Huggles!

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  5. I cannot imagine. Thank you for sharing this with us. I'm going to be lifting ya'll up in prayer. Happy WFW!

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  6. Wow Joanne....wow....what challenges ya'll have faced and what FAITH you display...I'm in awe. Thank you for sharing this with us today...you'll all be in my prayers as you continue to walk this road...

    peace,
    lori

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  7. I cannot wait to read your book. Because your story is amazing. Amazing.

    I love this. Needed to hear it today.

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  8. Wow! What bravery you show in finding the strength to be content.

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  9. They say a picture paints a thousand words...in your case, a thousand memories. What a story you're writing; as Beth Moore said recently in her Esther series, "You can't amputate your history from your destiny." You carry it with you wherever you go. Even with sick kids and sick cords, which reminds me that mine's been acting funny also. Better get to ordering one before the unthinkable happens.

    Love you.

    peace~elaine

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  10. Holding you and your family in my prayers.

    God bless you...Happy WFW!

    ~♥~ Mariposa's Tales ~♥~

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  11. praying for you guys. Hugs!

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  12. Jo, you made my heart sink and praise at the same time. What a magnificent way to share this verse! Love you!

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  13. You really have had a difficult time. I know that God's faithfulness will continue to see you through. Bless you, my friend!

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