6/8/06 3:55 pm enough and more

June 8, 2006 at 3:52 pm 8 comments

Sometimes Judas makes a lot of sense to me.  That's how i know i am in trouble.  In John 12 there is a story about this Mary friend who breaks a jar of expensive perfume (they emphasize it is pricey) on Jesus' feet.  His FEET!  Then Judas pipes in to say that  surely needier people could have made better use of the money this flagrant act wasted.  After all, it was money down the drain (I couldn't resist).  The story conjures up the word "extravagant" which also goes by lavish, unrestrained, wild, fantastic.  This is the only way I can describe God right now.

Lavish, unrestrained, wild, fantastic.  Extravagant with his love.  I receive more MoRE MORE than I need.  I receive food for every hunger, cards for every ache, gifts (books, bags!) for every lonely moment.  I have more resources and help at my disposal than I could ever need.  And i will admit that my self-sufficiency gets in the way of all this help but I have been trying to relax and share the burden.  I sometimes feel like I can handle everything–we are surviving–we are doing Ok with an impossible situation.  Yet God seems to want me to know that my "OK" is nothing compared to HIS "overflowing".  So he uses each of you to pour himself out upon our family.  So there is no moment where we don't feel soaked by his love.  Thank you, each of YOU, for that.

1 John 3:1
    How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!

Meanwhile…Mike is wonderfully fabulously back at Marionjoy and I am so glad.  He is back to the rigors of his therapy schedule there and will quickly regain some of the progress he lost over the last few weeks.  Everyone working with him before was so encouraging and excited to receive him back and are quite certain that we will see Mike improve quickly.  He is alert and participating actively throughout the day.  His mood seems to fluctuate a bit and i try hard not to read into what might be going through his head.  That way I don't accidentally plant or project my ideas onto him.  He is entirely coherent and capable of his own thoughts without squashing them with mine.  Some days he seems relaxed.  Some days he seems distant and avoids eye contact.  I am not surprised that a coherent person in his position might experience a range of moods and i try to love him through each good or bad day and not take it personally.  I believe it is probably healthy to have visitors consistently however he feels and just keep visits shorter on harder days.

Please pray that Mike would allow God charge of his thoughts, peace in the process, safe travel for Mike's 3 brothers and Jim Hudson from California all in this weekend.  Pray for progress toward capping his trach again so that he would be able to verbalize again soon.  Pray for muscle tone, range of motion and plain energy to keep up with busy, stretching days.  Please pray and praise God for this continuous flow of gracious and compasionate caregivers who pray and celebrate right alongside all of us.  It is a precious privilege to see the unique job so many in this field do in investing themselves in a stranger's life.  They make an enormous difference every day and I thank God for how fortunate we have been in all we have met.

thanks and love,  michelle 

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  • 1. ngervel  |  June 8, 2006 at 4:13 pm

    Michelle, I read this exact story in my Bible reading this morning, and here you are, referring to it! This shows how the body is intereconnected and working together for His good! Mike continues to be lifted up in the Gervel household!

  • 2. Gail and Phil Ebersole  |  June 8, 2006 at 5:30 pm

    Michelle you are in our hearts and prayers daily. I am not surprised that Mike has different moods…He is always his worse critic and he must be frustrated when he can’t do something. I hope he has a great weekend with Jim and his brothers…Love, Gail

  • 3. Rachel E  |  June 8, 2006 at 10:59 pm

    Hi Michelle,
    I just wanted to let you know that I love reading your posts – thank you for sharing so openly with everyone. I check here daily, though leave comments only rarely…but know that I am always thinking of and praying for you and Mike and your kiddos and your whole extended family.
    Love, Rachel (and Mitch and Caden)

  • 4. Lisa Haid  |  June 8, 2006 at 11:04 pm


    As I read your words, my eyes fill with tears of joy. Thank you for sharing your highs and lows, your happiness and your sadness, everything you have with all of us. While I’ve missed you both so much since I moved, I think of you all the time and pray for you constantly.

    You and Mike mean so much to me – to so many people – and I thank God for his grace and his constant love.

    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.” – Psalm 3:5-6

    With love and prayers, Lisa

  • 5. summer  |  June 8, 2006 at 11:39 pm

    michelle my belle….i hope you are feeling my love and prayers from afar. i sure do miss you. we are praying for you and for mike all the time. today all the women on assignment prayed for you guys. thank you for the great card…it makes me smile each time i read it. i am loving the verse you wrote in it in galatians 5. you always have a good Word for me to ponder:) it is sure not the same without you here…but know that you are always close in our hearts and prayers and minds and that you and your fam make us smile more than once each day! i love you my sister, my friend.

  • 6. Emily Bishop  |  June 9, 2006 at 1:41 pm

    Praise the Lord…back to Marianjoy….and thank you Michelle for your honesty and openness as you walk with Mike every moment. You are showing Mike the closest love to God’s – unconditional…..He knew that Mike needed you as his partner and He prepared you well for such a time as this. We willl keep on praying day after day alongside of you.


    Emily Bishop

  • 7. Heather  |  June 10, 2006 at 8:42 am


    I have really been reading the Psalms lately and Psalm 91 jumped out at me.

    He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
    I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
    Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with h is feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your sheild and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalk in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.
    A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your evyes and see the punishment of the wicked.

    If you make the Most Hight your dwelling-even the Lord, who is my refuge- then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to gurad you in all your ways; they will lift you up in thier hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

    “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

    May you find refuge in our Lord and may He cover you and give you peace.

    As always you all are in our prayers. Thank you Michelle for the updates. I know some days must be harder than others to write something. Keep doing what you are doing. God is with you and so are so many others.

    Love and continued prayers,

  • 8. Beth Noffke  |  June 12, 2006 at 11:00 pm


    Last night was amazing! It may have been one of the funnest nights I have had thus far this summer. Your kids are so cute but I thoroughly enjoyed hanging out for 2 hours afterwards. We need to hang out again really soon. I love you! God Bless


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