|Nannie walking outside|
We do not try to stress about each little problem. We pray about them and go on. Our Lord is in control of each situation.
Some of the drama that is going on would be a part of every family's life. My husband is a volunteer fireman for our county. He has been out on many grass fires in the past few weeks. We are suffering from an extreme drought situation this year. We are under a burn ban and also water use restrictions.
We operate 4 rural water systems in the county as our way of making a living. We have two technicians that help read meters and repair leaks. We also have two secretaries to do the paperwork. We each have taken a turn at a virus that has lasted 2-4 days. Even Nannie has had the virus.
One day last week our son in Ghana, W. Africa called to tell us that he thinks his wife's cancer is back. She is just now getting well from Typhoid Fever. Last year she had cancer on her forehead. She had to face radiation treatments before they went back to Africa.
|Joe, Laura, kids in Africa|
In just a few minutes after his call, our daughter in Canada called to tell us she was 8 hours from home with her three little girls and was having a kidney stone attack at the hotel. Her three little girls face asthma, and severe alergies everyday. We were concerned that the girls would not be able to handle their mother being ill that far from home.
|Dave & Mandy & kids|
Of course, we could do nothing to help each situation, but pray. Our Lord heard and answered prayer for both children. Our son called the next morning to tell us that his wife's sores were gone. Our daughter called to tell us that the pain had quit for the time being.
|Dad & Mom|
|Need a starbuck?|
Our niece, Betsy, is our other secretary. She is struggling now with her finances. She got a job she can work on at our office. She has been working many hours each day to keep up with both jobs. She is almost finished with the second job. This week her oldest daughter fell down the stairs at college and has hurt her arm. She had to have it x-rayed. Now she is in a brace. The harder Betsy works the more behind she gets.
|Betsy fixing Johna's brace|
Drama? No, I don't think it is drama. We all have problems. We can look to see how God takes care of us through our problems.
The drama will continue at our house. The principle in Proverbs is still true. "Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox." Proverbs 14:4. Problems come because there is much going on in our lives. I do not want a clean crib with no problems. The strength of a family is measured by the problems that they face.