6th – update

Dear Friends: We had an eventful day today. Kent’s pulse suddenly went up to 180, and stayed between 150 and 180 for 6 hours. During that time he had difficulty breathing. A nurse explained that you would feel like you are running a marathon to have your pulse that high, and anyone would have difficulty breathing. The Dr. figured it out, started medication (that he will be on for 24 hours), and got it down where it should be. The rest of the day was fine. Kent felt as if he had “wasted” a day because he didn’t see much improvment in his breathing, but as I left tonight, his comment was, “It’s OK. I can improve tomorrow.” So his spirit is intact.

One of you asked what verses Kent has mentioned during all of this. The verse that has sustained him throughout has been John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give unto you. Not as the world gives, give I to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” Kent told me that he doesn’t remember thinking or dreaming during the days on the ventilator. The day he woke up, however, was followed by a night without sleep, followed by a 2nd night with 2 hours of sleep. During those sleepless nights, his mind would try to go to the things that could make him anxious and apprehensive. He knew he had to control those thoughts. Before he could even pray about it, that verse came and consumed his thinking. It has continued to pop into his thoughts – when he sleeps or when waking up, during hard respiratory treatments, during events such as today’s pulse issue, and many other times. It’s just continually there. I have a special verse, too. A friend sent it to me, and I have treasured it. Isaiah 43: 1-4, “…when you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown!… You are precious to me. You are honored and I love you.”  Another one that I  prayed for Kent when he was unconscious and still am praying for him is Isaiah 45:3b, “I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness – secret riches. I will do this so you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name.” That verse says that there will be treaures IN the darkness, not just on the other side. Darkness comes in lots of forms in our lives, and God is there, IN it, ready to give treaures and riches. Isn’t that amazing?

When I arrived home tonight, I gathered a friend and my two dogs, and went for a walk around our little lake. It was late dusk, and the trees stood in silhouette aound a stream that wanders north from the lake. As we rounded the bend, we stopped in wonder; we stood at the edge of a Christmas forest. God had decorated the trees, all the way to their tops, as well as the grasses below, with tiny twinkling lights. It was dazzling. Fireflies, thousands of them, showing off their God-given uniqueness. It was so amazing that, when we finally continued our walk, we went half way around the lake and turned around to return home the way we had come. By doing so, we could experience the show again, in even darker night. God doesn’t let one day pass without a demonstration that He is powerful, in control, and aware of us. He gives a happy spot to each day. Just thought you would like to know. In Him, Davidene

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About kenthumphreys
Kent Humphreys has been a business leader for over forty years. He also served as CEO of FCCI/Christ@Work for six years and now serves as their worldwide ambassador, speaking, writing, and mentoring young leaders. He continues to be active in distribution, private equities, and real estate. Kent and his wife Davidene have written six books together. They have three children and eight grand-children.

6 Responses to 6th – update

  1. Debbie Priest says:

    Thankyou, Davidene, for sharing such a beautiful post…love you, and am praying for you and Kent!

  2. Davidene,

    Thank you for sharing how God reveals Himself to you during your walk. I’ve heard it said that agony is spiritually invigorating, but I hadn’t been familiar with the scripture that talks about the treasures in the darkness.

    I am grateful for the technology of blogging so that you can share the treasures you are receiving with people who are eager to cover your family in prayer.

    Shirley Mears

  3. Cathy Westm says:

    Kent’s calmness is an amazing testimony how to focus on God in the midst of letting God handle. Just to imagine how anyone unable to breath… would be able to have such laser focus… now that is 100% the peace of God! John 14:13

  4. Laura Manahan says:

    Just wanted you to know prayers are still flowing daily for Kent and for you. Your strength during these times never ceases to amaze me.
    In a time when you are going through the darkness you spoke of tonight, you have brought all who read this post into their own devotional on God’s love, mercy, grace, healing and light in good times and bad.
    You both have always been, and continue to be, a blessing to me. God uses you more than you will ever know.
    Thank you for being the hands, feet and voice of our Lord and Savior.

    Rest in His Care
    Laura

  5. susan fowler says:

    Continuing to pray! Tell Kent resting is not all that bad. Although I must admit, like Kent, my mind races to things I could be doing. The tough part is to discern which things God has inspired and which He did not. Rest, quiet, listening for His voice. Love that those passages have ministered to you both. Prayers for your improvement are being placed at the Savior’s feet.

  6. Diane Loesel says:

    Dear Davidene, Jon Cook was kind to pass on your update to us. I love it that God is speaking His word to both of your hearts right now – He is so faithful.

    Praying for you, Diane and John

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