Tuesday, March 3
Rick and Louise "Petie" Bush
When I was eight or nine years of age, I often visited my dear friend, Ms. Artie T. Aylor, a beautiful, kind, elderly lady in her eighties. Before she passed away, she created and presented me with a personal, handwritten journal, which was inscribed with Bible verses. One of the verses in the journal was the 23rd Psalm. This was such a treasure to me. Though I did not know it at the time, that verse would help me get through many dark days. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
The hardest time of my life was during my early weeks of pregnancy. I developed a blood clot in my brain due to the pregnancy. Over the weeks, as doctors tried to deal with my condition, my husband Rick and I were not given encouraging news. We were told that it was not wise to continue the pregnancy over fear for my health. Rick and I were devastated and very conflicted over what to do. Through my prayers, I experienced an indescribable peace that allowed me the strength and confidence to continue with my pregnancy. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Fast forward almost 27 years and our daughter, Suzanne, is now married and expecting our first grandchild later this year. God is awesome! Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your unconditional love, mercy, and grace and for holding us in the palm of your mighty hands when we have to walk through life's dark and frightening valleys. Amen