4/12/07 11 pm

April 12, 2007 at 11:24 pm 13 comments

finally a calm in so many preparations for mikes surgery and continued care.  mike is officially transferred from Young Life insurance to Illinois Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan coverage by a miracle of God’s grace.  and our neurosurgeons and primary care doctor and his generous flobotomist (sp?) have coordinated efforts to draw blood here at home instead of dragging him into the hospital for those necessities this week.  This included lots of phone calls and home visits between them all.  i guess each detail big and small surprises me.  every day both old friends and strangers, too, go out of their way to smooth rough paths for us.  and it makes all the difference.  each day is a new joy to discover God’s own perfect coverage for us ( i have had insurance on my mind!). 

the image this week of my newly mulched (by thoughtful, diligent church folk) early blooming garden being covered by a blanket of fresh snow caught my attention.  the vivid brown mulch, green shoots and clean white flakes didn’t add up.  it was a picture of nonsensical contrasts.  in some way, i see that image of God in this place in our lives.  why praise the necessity to switch insurance because your bills have exceeded a million dollars, why welcome flobotomists to your house to stick your arms again for the millionth time?  why indeed?  Because our God delivers himself in each moment to comfort and cover.  and his presence is irresistable.  it is impossible not to praise him.  i know it does not add up.  even so, the nonsense proclaims his wonder.

i stayed up watching tv in mike’s room the other night until i heard him ask, “michelle, how long are we going to do this?”  i said, “Do what?”  He answered, “Watch tv.”  He was kicking me out so he could go to sleep.  it made me laugh.  the moaning is still maddening but the inbetweens are, again, a wonder.  he is my husband.  still.  what a miracle.

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  • 1. Sarah Naffziger  |  April 13, 2007 at 7:20 am

    You & your words are such a blessing. Thank you for openly sharing the most private, intimate moments of your life with us. We are celebrating all of the “inbetweens” with you. Tell Mike we say hi & will stop by soon.
    Much love,
    Chad & Sarah

  • 2. Suzanne Riddle  |  April 13, 2007 at 7:50 am

    I praise God for your witness of His provision and faithfulness. I agree with Sarah’s comments above. I have begun my day so very encouraged and blessed by your words. Praise Him!


  • 3. Mike Heenan  |  April 13, 2007 at 8:19 am

    Continued prayers for Mike and his family !!

  • 4. Jane Baier  |  April 13, 2007 at 12:37 pm

    Michelle, Your comments should be required reading for anyone who has ever doubted the existence of a Supreme Being. You, Mike and the children are constantly in my prayers.

  • 5. Chad & Melissa  |  April 13, 2007 at 1:29 pm

    I went on line to read God’s word, because my bible is in my car and how pathetic I am that i don’t want to go out and get it, and since Mike’s website is my home page I stop to read your blog. What a gift from the Lord your words that He has given you to express are to me and I am sure so many others. Over and over God has brought words of encouragement, challenge, comfort, and praise through your guys experience. I sit in stillness and awe of Him and how He turns beauty from ashes. Praise be to Him who draws us into His arms and gives us exactly what we need to glorify Him. Thanks for being God’s vessel to bring me to His feet so I may be still and know that He is God. We think of you often and try to say a prayer when we do. Amazed by Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine, Melissa

  • 6. Vonnie Van Someren  |  April 13, 2007 at 2:41 pm

    Michelle – you are a blessing and your blog always points me(and my family) to our Maker and sustainer, to love and pray more deeply. We are upholding you, Mike and kids in prayer daily. love, Vonnie

  • 7. Emily  |  April 13, 2007 at 4:21 pm

    Before ending my day at school today, I checked the blog as I do so very oftern…Again, you took my breath away with your precious words…I praise Him for YOU – for the words that flow from your heart that touch me so deeply. God’s grace has poured into you, and out from you to all of us who pray and care.

    Thank you for your depth of sharing and your tenacity to love Mike unconditionally…..You are a gift every day.



  • 8. Teena Noffke  |  April 13, 2007 at 4:29 pm

    I am always humbled by your faith and the words that you share in this blog. I find the praise and thanksgiving that you so richly pour out to be a constant reminder to me that there are so many reasons for me to thank and praise God. Thank you for your updates and for being such a postive role model to so many. Please remember that you and your family are covered in prayers by the Noffke Family.

  • 9. Debbie Dixon  |  April 13, 2007 at 8:52 pm

    Michelle-Praise God for His gracious provision and quick acting angels to get health care insurance taken care of for Mike. I prayed faithfully for this since reading your 4/7 post. God’s grace shines through your journals here and I echo your brothers and sisters in Christ in saying I visit here daily and your faith and heartfelt words of love for our Saviour, your beloved Mike and your children are so inspiring and encouraging in our daily lives and spiritual walk. With love and admiration, Debbie

  • 10. Deb  |  April 13, 2007 at 9:21 pm

    Dear Michelle,
    I find myself racing to my computer at the end of a day or business trip to read how you all are doing. I sit here tonight with tears as I read your uplifting comments. God’s presence and Grace is written all over your lives and actions. You are such a blessign to each of us. Hugs to Mike and let him know he is in our daily thoughts and prayers.
    Good nights rest to all of you,
    Blessings abundant,

  • 11. Kim Schutter  |  April 14, 2007 at 10:20 am

    I just continue to marvel and rejoice over God’s tender provision and care for your family. We continue to pray and lift you to our Heavenly Daddy. Thank you for sharing so honestly.

    Blessings to you,

  • 12. Karen Akens  |  April 14, 2007 at 2:20 pm


    I don’t know how I have missed everything that you have been thru in the past year…we still get St. John’s newsletter…and I just read your letter in the latest issue. Your faith has always been an inspiration to me and I just wanted to let you know that you and your family are in our prayers here in Virginia.

    Blessings & peace,

    Karen Akens (your former “office mate” at St. John’s…many years ago!)

  • 13. j zegarski  |  April 16, 2007 at 10:53 pm

    Dearest Mike and Michelle

    God’s love for you is boundless as we have seen and will see.
    Mike is in His hands.
    Forever, Mom and Dad


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