Hebrews 12:1-3

Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we'd better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he's there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!

Saturday, July 6, 2013


Thursday afternoon Sandra had a follow up with her doctor. Just to remind you that the purpose of the surgery was to reduce some of the pain Sandra was having. Already less than a week later her pain is less than before surgery. Her upper back and shoulders are feeling very good, constant bruising she was having is gone and the stiffness of feeling like a "block of ice" is much less as well.  Her incision is healing amazingly well, all 24 staples have been removed much earlier then normal. For all of this we are thankful, as hard as it is to see her not able to walk it is much harder to see her in constant pain.
The other bonus of the surgery beyond pain relief is the decompression of the spinal cord. What this means to Sandra recovering function only time will tell, as her surgeon said "it is up to the man up stairs "
New recovery that Sandra has had is goosebumps and sweating below her level of injury, what this means we aren't sure but we do know that it wasn't there before surgery so you have to think it is a positive sign. Sandra got back to physio (light duty) today and she is reenergized and eager to maximise her return.
A few prayer requests
1) continued healing and recovery of function
2) things to go smoothly as I go back to work next week
We thank you for all your thoughts and prayers,


  1. Mike and Sandra, you are a blessing to us and we are praying for you. You will never know all the people that you are making a difference in. Thank you, PR

  2. Well I got some goosebumps of my own when I read this Mike. Praise God, and thank you for perfect healing. Love to all, Sherry O'Grady Fox

  3. Thank you so much for this detailed update to spur us on to pray specifically for the needs you mention. Closely connected in love, Irene and Charles

  4. Any news? Praying with you for complete healing and wiggling toes.

  5. Still out here and still praying every day for all you have asked for and more. Just think, if you are close in the hearts of those who love you, imagine how close you are to God's heart.
    He is with you and will never leave or forsake you....and neither will we. Onwards and upwards on this journey with you always.....Val & Peter.

  6. We will not be around for a couple of weeks as we are looking after our daughters, house, cottage and dogs. Not writing does not mean not praying. You will be with us in all we are doing as we lift you into Gods heart every day.
    Journeying together in prayer and love always.....enjoy your summer.
    Love Val & Peter.xx