Exactly one year ago this morning my wife Heather was put on a ventilator because she was unable to breath on her own.  At the time, a large portion of both of her lungs were filled with fluid, and her kidneys were failing to effectively drain the infection.  She would soon be put on dialysis as the doctors struggled to fight off the infection that was attacking multiple areas of her body.  Little did my family or I know what struggles we would face over the next two weeks. 

But God was faithful.  He never left us and was a constant comfort in time of need.  This was a time of transformation and renewal, as we died to our own ability and understanding, and clung to the hope of the Father.  As I look back I see God's hand working even today from the events of Feb 2011.  God's wonderful love, protection and nature was proved out during this difficult time, and was so incredible evident through His people.  I am grateful that Heather is still with us today, and healthy once again.  But I am also grateful that God allowed us to experience this trial, that through it we were able to see Him more clearly, and experience Him more intimately.

Romans 12:2 "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect."

4 comments (Add your own)

1. Jim Echols wrote:
Thanks for sharing Donnie, very powerful on how we have a choice to seek God or not in times of trouble.

Tue, January 31, 2012 @ 7:29 AM

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4. Amira wrote:
Wow Elliot. Quite an ordeal for you and quite a story for all to glean many tnhgis.For me, the key problem was the IVR with no easy exit to speak with a human. It just screams out large scaling cost reduction step that in the end does not cut costs.Now on to your issue of identity. I understand that cell phone companies want to protect against fraud and the old scam of slamming where competitive companies would change your plan w/o your knowledge. YET, as you say the method that company was using would not have prevented any potential fraud (which of course you were not perpetrating).An experienced customer service rep (vs. an IVR) could have handled the situation well with insight, appropriate questions, and care. Moreover, cell phone companies could use the same security procedures online banking does i.e. Security keys, images etc So frustrating for you and SO solvable with caring reps and appropriate security procedures.You have my empathy on this one. Maybe that cell phone company should read some of my blog posts on delivering great customer service! Kate Nasser

Mon, March 12, 2012 @ 2:56 AM

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