I am starting this letter the same way I started my day...."When upon life's billows you are tempest-tossed, when you are discouraged, thinking all is lost, count your many blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord hath done". 2014 has been a difficult year for our family but we have received many blessings along the way, and I THANK YOU for having a part! Your prayers, love gifts, phone calls, cards and emails have encouraged and sustained me. God's perfect timing has made itself known over and over again. Although it gets scary at times, I am grateful for HIS provision and cling to HIS precious promises!!
Hospice thought we were losing Billy this past March and had me make burial plans. I was concerned BJ wouldn't get home in time...but he did...and nine months later, Billy is still with us. Outside a few lucid moments, he doesn't recognize us, but he is comfortable, less irritated, eats with assistance, and sits up occasionally.
I have been encouraged with visits from family and friends at just the right time. God has made it possible for me to visit Billy almost everyday, except for a few breaks that I have been advised to take in order to be refreshed. This letter has been the most difficult for me to write because my heart is very heavy. At this present time, I have so many hurting friends and loved ones who are facing uncertain circumstances which will affect their Christmas. Yes, they know the Lord, and yes, they know God is Sovereign, but in their humanness, there is sorrow. I trust we will stop in the midst of our busyness to count our many blessings and pray for those who are experiencing a difficult time.
As we celebrate the Reason for the Season, I would like to say THANK YOU again!!
From our home to yours, Merry Christmas and a Blessed 2015!
Paula Speer (Billy)