UPDATE on the young man waiting for a new heart. I will call him Neb.
Neb, the young man in my previous post has had a harrowing week. He had the longest surgery recorded, 18 hours, in a South Carolina hospital, was left with his chest cavity open to ensure his new VAD (Ventricle Assist Device) was working properly and to control bleeding. He was finally closed up 2 days later only to have complications over the weekend that required emergency surgery to receive a new VAD. This surgery was 8 hours. His liver and kidney have no function. The VAD seems to be working so far. ANOTHER UPDATE JUST IN…..from his sister “crashed this morning and they had to use the defibrillator on him. He is stable now”
How do we remain steadfast in prayer and hopeful when life seems impossible. No matter how hopeless a situation seems God has the power to change any desperate situation at any time. Here is how we can remain hopeful:
- Remain steadfast in prayer
- Look past the situation and look to GOD
- Stay in the company of other believers to encourage you
- Don’t forget about God’s miracles
Some people are not inclined to share their troubles. My good friend who has been posting the medical updates to my Thursday Ladies Group recently said “Without sharing we miss out on the blessings, connections, grace, and love that God intends through relationships with Him and others” Oh my gosh that just blew me away. I couldn’t agree more! Imagine how many new relationships and increased depth of other relationships we are missing out on by not be vulnerable with others. If you don’t have a group of close friends, family or a faith group to confide in, get one! I really can’t stress enough how enriched your life will become with these relationships and sharing your struggles, successes and worries.
Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? “Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it… But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.”
This is my all time favorite granola! No oil or butter makes it healthy too:)
3 Cups oats (not quick cooking)
1 C nuts (almonds, pecans, or sunflower seed)
1 C shredded unsweetened coconut (Get the bigger flaked kind)
1 t cinnamon
A pinch of salt
1/2 C maple syrup (good quality, not pancake syrup)
1 C dried fruits (dates, cranberries, blueberry or currents)
Preheat oven to 150C or 300F
1. Cook oatmeal on top of the stove in a large saute pan for about 6 minutes or until
fragrant, add nuts and cook 2 more minutes. Add coconut and
cook 2 more minutes, stirring frequently.
2. Remove from heat add cinnamon, salt, and maple syrup. Stir and
transfer to a large cookie sheet and place in oven.
3. Bake for 10minutes, stir and bake another 10-15 minutes.
4. Remove from oven and stir in fruits, is using, let cool. It will crisp
while it cools.
**I usually don’t add the fruit to the granola once out of oven but
put it in when I am eating. If you add it to the whole granola it may take away from the crispness