Jesus, Narcie, and a Topsy-Turvy Week

Every week is an adventure! Who knew that last Saturday, November 1, we would have the earliest recorded snowfall in South Carolina? I ended up driving through a rough stretch of it to get to my brother who was hospitalized with a heart attack. Since Saturday he’s had a total of two, his renal function needs to improve, and God bless his wife. She is literally the best thing that has ever happened to him!

Last Saturday was also my first Apple Fest at St. John’s and it was unbelievable. What an amazing gargantuan task to turn the church into a mall with crafts, treasures, jewelry, casseroles, baked goods, apples galore, clothing for sale, and a silent auction. I suspect that $20,000 was raised for missions. Saturday night was frigid and I was unfortunately on hand to see my SC Gamecocks humiliated by Tennessee. Sunday was wonderful with an attendance of 1061 as we celebrated the Saints and had a baptism!

Monday was the day for my brother’s second heart attack and oral surgery for me. I have been loopy to say the least. My brother is improving, but slowly. Caleb is home from visiting a friend which is grand, but along the way this week there have been 3 flat tires, a hack on my bank account, Cindy locked her car keys in the car at work an hour away. Oh well, the list of the ups and downs could go on, but…!

I am grateful. When I make my pledge to the church this Sunday the most important Bible verse in my mind will be I Thessalonians 5:18, “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” This doesn’t mean that the topsy-turvy circumstances are God’s will, but giving thanks is! Saying, “I’m doing okay, under the circumstances,” sounds pretty good, but as Christians we are never “under” the circumstances. Thanks to Christ we are more than overcomers. Romans 8 reminds us that NOTHING can separate us from God’s love and care. My giving needs to reflect just how grateful I am for a God who helps us overcome our circumstances!

Yesterday afternoon brought the best news of the week. Our daughter, Narcie, went for her usual 3-month MRI on her brain tumor. She’s had two brain surgeries in the past 4 years and the prognosis hasn’t been a good one. Her doctors have been very blunt, but she’s a fighter and full of a realistic faith. Yesterday she had the MRI and then met with the oncologist. He gave her good news that the tumor was not growing then she asked the question she had not been wanting to ask, “Has my prognosis changed?” Originally they were thinking 3-5 years, but the doctor said yesterday that he thought he could conservatively push her survivability out another 6 on top of the four. We are ecstatic!

I know that there are situations where there is despair beyond hope and I commiserate with those of you who live in chronic chaos, pain, or dilemmas of any kind. I also know this: No matter what we go through or how down we feel, Jesus is more than ready to hear, listen, and respond. Sometimes we don’t get the response that we prefer, but we have a friend in Jesus who has been to the grave and back to set our course on the path to hope and heaven.

I don’t what this week has done to you, but in all of our topsy-turvy lives, Jesus remains constant. Hang on to that, no matter what. Thanks for your prayers for Narcie. I am grateful more than words can express.

Almost Plucked Rooster

 

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21 thoughts on “Jesus, Narcie, and a Topsy-Turvy Week

  1. Happy about the news with Narcie, hope your brother continues to improve and hope this week is a better week. Take care and give all a big hello from the Stokes family….

    1. Thanks, Danny and Phoebe, miss y’all! tim

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  2. The Sumwalt family has been blessed by God for allowing us to have the McClendon family in our lives. Your family has a special place in our hearts. We will continue to pray for Narcie and your brother.

    1. Thanks, Dave, miss you all! tim

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  3. Great news. Grace to you and your family….. H

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    1. Thanks, Herman! God bless you and yours, tim

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  4. Tim,

    I did not know about Narcie, what great news to receive. Hold fast to the Lord. I love the piece from 1 Thessalonians you brought up. It follows the to that I strive after, “Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17

    I’ve been praying for you brother since I heard the news last week. I haven’t gotten to tell his son that yet. Actually I’ll get on that now.

    Thanks for the inspiring article,
    Daniel

    1. Daniel, Thank you for the support and prayers, tim

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  5. Sorry about your rough week, but as you said Christ is with us. Even my new knee has not given me that much trouble. The best news is your daughter’s improved outlook. Blessings, Bob Prather–Ann also

    1. Amen, Bob! Glad you’re doing well, too. Thanks for all that you and Ann do! tim

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    1. Bill, Thanks for the prayers! Miss seeing you, tim

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    1. Peggy, Thanks for the prayers. God bless you, too, tim

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