Friday, May 25, 2012

More Thoughts from Laura

On Tuesday night, after the MRI, Cameron and I were feeling discouraged. We had been told that coming out of sedation, Truman should be much more vigorous. It had been two days off sedation and he was moving slightly, but not as expected. Sitting at the house--because I am staying at the friend's house in town with the children at night while Cameron stays at the hospital with Tru, I began to pray and sing some worship songs to the Lord for about an hour. And then it hit me like a ton of bricks: There is nothing we can offer to God to convince Him to give Truman back to us--we are utterly poor and naked. I can't pay God for Truman's life, or make a bargain with God, or even point to any good deeds I have done--I am bankrupt before God. I have nothing to give, nothing to offer. God does not owe me anything. Even faith is a gift from Him. All I can do is rest on His mercy, His grace, His faithfulness, and the finished work of Christ on the cross. That's it. He owes us nothing, yet He gives us everything in Christ. We owe Him everything, yet have nothing to give.

And then this song came to my lips, the words being:

Blessing and glory, wisdom and thanksgiving, honor and power and might be to our God. Forvever and ever, Amen. Amen. Amen.

Over and over I sang this and felt peace flood my soul. As I laid down to sleep, Cameron called and said that Truman's eyes were wide open! What coud I do but praise God and go and see my son?

God is so faithful, and we have to remember that what outcome we desire does not change His character. He is good and changes not. Our circumstances change and while we feel like we are being blown and tossed by the wind on the waves, our only anchor is Christ--our solid rock.

Truman's still being alive is an act of God. Every step of progress is God. Every person whose heart God has moved to pray is because God has moved that person. God is at work--he is touching Truman, our family, and all of you to bring about praise aand glory for His name. May He be glorified forever and ever. Amen.

In Christ, Laura

27 comments:

....and then there was violet said...

God is so good! Praise His holy name that your baby has come this far. Even though I don't know your family, I am praying each day, several times a day, that His will will be done. We have 5 children and each time I am quick to anger....I remember your sweet family and the trials you are walking through right now. Even though we have no control over what is handed to us, we MUST trust Him and do all to glorify His name. May you see many, many more sweet smiles from your little Truman this weekend. Prayers from Minnesota!

Nicki
andthentherewasviolet.blogspot.com

Jennifer P said...

When God is glorified in the midst of trial and tragedy, it is a beautiful thing. Thank you for your faith that is way bigger than a mustard seed.

Stephanie said...

'Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to thy cross I cling'...how hard it is sometimes to just accept being "empty-handed". But, through his mercy and grace we have all that we need. I am so filled with joy right now for your family. Blessed be the name of Lord! You will continue to be lifted up in prayer.

Kathy said...

Amen!

Connie said...

Dear Mouro family, Please know today as well as yesterday, so many are still Praying for healing for beautiful, precious Truman..Even though we don't always understand the why's of the situation, God knows and He is there with Truman every moment..He is with you and your family every moment.. May God be with you thru this trying time.. Connie in (KY)

Joy said...

This was so beautiful to read, Laura! Your heart to glorify the Lord in everything is so encouraging.

My husband and I were talking about how the Lord had led us to pray for your family in such an unusual way. It got our attention, and we have been faithfully praying for you and checking here for updates. We have rejoiced with the progress Truman has made, and we have wept when there appeared to be a setback.

Truly God is sovereign, and we have nothing to give that He didn't give us. And yet I find great comfort in that. He is so good.

May the Lord bless you as you serve and glorify Him, and I'm so thankful He brought our paths together! You will continue to be in our prayers.

♥Joy

Amy H. said...

Wonderful words Laura, and very true. What we also need to remember is that this situation was not an act of God to facilitate growth. This happened because we live in an imperfect world where bad things can happen. The difference is what we do with them and if we choose to grow from them. God can take any bad situation into one where glory can be given to God! I did not ask to get cancer at 36, with 4 children, and it has been difficult. But over the last 5 years of fighting this, I have learned to take it to the cross, and give glory to God for anyone that draws strength from my situation. I cannot imagine what it must be like to be in your situation, but I pray that you will continually draw strength from our great God. He gave me a song awhile ago as well,
Take it to the cross,
Leave it all behind,
Give God all your worries,
He will take care of you.
God bless you my sister in Christ, and I will continue to pray.

Stacy said...

Laura you are so right. There have been so many worship songs that I've heard this past week and have made me think of your family. And has prompted me to pray even more for Truman and for all of you. And in that, it has caused me to reflect on my own life and my own relationship with Christ. In the hardest times, do I really believe that He Is who He says He Is? Today I was listening to the song "The Hurt and The Healer" by Mercy Me and thought of your family and your life in the quiet hours in Truman's hospital room or sitting at the house when the Hurt and the Healer collide. I pray that God continues to walk you through this difficult time and that your hearts will be continually filled and refilled with praise and adoration for the King of Kings!

Colleen said...

Praise God that He is using this difficult situation to strengthen your faith and your dependence on Him! And, praise Him for all of the answers to prayer...
May the Lord bless you and keep you all close to Him! We're praying in Indiana!

Unknown said...

Romans 8:18: "For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us."

Brenda said...

Your post just brings me to tears. I am so humbled by your experience and in showing us how God is working in your lives. I continue to give Him the praise and the glory. It is such good news to hear that Truman is awake and smiling. It must feel so good to hold your little boy again. I continue to pray for you and your family and the healing of little Truman.
Brenda from Texas
Down Memory La La Lane

Tim and Adri said...

and I cried and cried after reading this...thanks be to God. It's all about Him.
Adri

Missy said...

You are so right that God is truly at work in so many hearts. I can see from your site that lots of people are looking for updates, which is so encouraging because you are touching so many people with your faith in this desperate time.

A wonderful friend of mine is painter and she developed a permanent tremor from a medication causing her five years of relearning to paint again, this time with her fingers, since she can't hold a brush. She often paints biblical figures and writes poetry/praise to God. I think you might enjoy her faith - she says, "My hope is that when you see my work, that you might be encouraged to cope with what you cannot change." You do have a long road ahead with Truman recovering, but he will recover and whatever he can't change back to normal will be his new normal and somehow he will be able to cope with it!

Here is a look at Mary Jane's paintings and an interview with her.

Dale & Summer said...

Just wanted you to know a family in Florida is praying for you and your sweet boy! We heard your story through a couple of mutual friends who posted your need on FB and have been praying daily since the accident. We will continue! He is faithful...the Johnsons

Boys'Mom said...

Laura, I'm Nichole Warriner (Spangler) and was friends with Cameron in highschool. My family has been lifting yours in prayer several times throughout each day since we heard (from Tyann). Your faith is such a testament and Truman is so blessed to have such strong parents. We are celebrating your blessings each time you post them and continue to pray with you for Truman's full recovery. We are also praying for each of you and your children, for peace and a dutiful heart to God. God Bless each of you!

Dale & Summer said...

Just wanted you to know a family in Florida is praying for you and your sweet little boy! A couple different mutual friends posted your need for prayer on FB and we have been lifting you up since. He is faithful! Summer

susan said...

Your comments, Laura, give us an excellent reminder of Who God really is and who we really are. No matter what our circumstances, life goes much, much better when we keep in mind these truths that you so beautifully express.

Ginny said...

Yes, yes, yes. Praising Him with you. Love, Ginny

susan said...

Here in your "thoughts," you give us an excellent reminder of Who God really is and who we humans really are. No matter what our circumstances, life goes much, much better when we keep in mind the truths you've so beautifully expressed.

regina cates said...

Laura and family,

We don't know you; we live in Canada, but I have been storming Heaven for you since I heard about beautiful Truman and his accident. Thank you for your witness to abandonment to God. We have seven kids too, and are your age. Our littlest is 3 months. I've been crying on and off since I heard, not being able to get my mind around the pain. We will be praying for Truman and for you all for a long time, and checking in to see how he's doing. God loves you all VERY much, to allow you to shoulder His cross so heavily.

"For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." Jer. 29:11

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding." Prov. 3:5

Love, the Cates Family

Abby said...

Wow-what a beautiful testimony Laura. God is teaching me a lot lately, about His finished work. Exactly what you were talking about. Our sin-it's canceled. It's finished. Those were Jesus' words. How freeing. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. I'm so thankful to be a part of God's Truman miracle.
Love, Abby

wanz said...

I enjoy and look forward to reading your posts, Laura. Such a women of faith and it's so inspiring. Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us. I'm so happy to hear that Truman is really progressing. Your situation has really touched my heart as it has many others. Thanks again for sharing your heart!! YAY TRUMAN... Keep up the good work buddy... We're all praying for you!! Love in Christ, Johanna from Michigan.

Cathy said...

The LORD is answering prayers of your heart, at its deepest level! Keep singing and praising His Name! ♥♥♥

Alishia said...

I don't love that you're having to go through this, but I love the testimony that you will be able to share. Reminds me of my friend Steve who also made a miraculous--truly miraculous--recoery two years ago: http://steveruetschle.com/
Miracles happen and it's great when we can point others to God. He is good no matter the outcome but isn't it great to be on a road to recovery instead of the alternative. Prayers for you all.

Heather Wiegand said...

Laura, what a gift you have given me, in your time of need. Thank you for your encouraging words. Love, Heather

Elizabeth said...

I am praying so often for you and your family. I am so touched by your sharing.

Even as a stranger to you, I wish I could encourage you more.

I am encouraged by your faithfulness to God.

Dieneke awkoopmans@solcon.nl said...

Thank you for the song.
You are so precious!
I will lift Truman up in my prayer.