Jim spent the weekend with family while I have been in Houston, visiting my children and grandson. Even with the busyness, I’ve enjoyed the blessing of sharing it all with my daughter, son-in-law, and grandson. Each have contributed in various ways and I’m feeling very blessed to be sharing this experience with them. Today, I took Colton (now 16 months old) on a 7 hr. shopping trip for India necessities! In and out of the Texas heat, up and down so many aisles, and still Colton kept the smiles and hugs coming. What a blessing to have this special time with him today. I shall take all his smiles and kisses along in my heart and look forward to more upon my return.
I’ll also be taking along plenty of medicine. The past 2 weeks, I’ve experienced renewed attacks of allergic reactions to insect bites, especially mosquitoes. Last summer in India, I developed a new allergy to insect bites & stings which left me with hives much of the time and even swollen lips one day. I struggled with the allergies throughout this past year but the reactions gradually weakened and I thought this challenge was behind me. Apparently not. Two weeks ago, a mosquito bite caused my entire forearm to swell and turn red and just a few days ago, a single mosquito bite caused a large knot on my forehead that turned bright red and looked like I had been hit with a golf ball! So, just as I prepare to leave, I am once again reminded of the weakness of our bodies and the strength of our Great Protector and Great Healer. I am armed with a suitcase full of creams and ointments, sprays and chemicals. After hearing a number of home remedies from friends, I even made room in the suitcase for Bounce and Windex! If nothing else, I should smell good while I scratch. But all the remedies in the world are pointless without the healing touch of the Father. Jim has a special prayer request for rest while in India and our 2 day journey half around the world will be difficult in this regard. So I humbly ask for your prayers for our health in India. It is our Heavenly Father who has called us to India and it is He who will lead us safely home again. Thank you, in advance, for your prayers.