Fathoms of Hopefulness ~ Update on Me and Jim

Photo taken by Jim, of a rainbow he saw while on a trip with the plane.

Photo taken by Jim, of a rainbow he saw while on a trip.  There is bright sunshine and a rainbow ahead!

Points of hopelessness
Dots of despair
Junctures of painfulness
Spots of heightened care

Inklings of uneasiness
Moments of tears
Situations of dreadfulness
Nights of worrisome fears

I thought it was finally time to update my readers on me and my husband.

Yes, you read correctly.  Me and my husband.

Prior to my neck surgery, I described it as another bend in the road with my health.  I never dreamed that during my recovery, my husband was also going to face a health challenge; one that nearly took his life.

My recovery is progressing well, but was more difficult than I anticipated, due to a 6 week complication of my lower spine deteriorating from being off NSAIDs.  Things finally turned around to where I went back to work part-time; however, I’ve experienced some dips with my neck, from the added stress about Jim.  Overall, though, God is keeping me strong and moving things along!

Jim’s struggle has been a huge bend in the road.

What started with some testing to decide the source of a fever and abnormal blood values, turned into a succession of two prolonged hospitalizations for him, including three days in ICU, after nearly bleeding to death from complications following a liver biopsy.  He is in the hospital still.

At this point, what we know from the testing is that he has an inflammatory, treatable condition of the liver. Unfortunately, he also needs surgery to remove his spleen and we will then know the cause of the enlargement of that organ.  He also has an underlying secondary infection, but it is responding to treatment. 

The bottom line is that my sweet husband is a very sick man, but God is guiding his team of specialists toward finding answers, and they feel as though he will soon experience restored health. He longs to return to his job as a jet pilot. 


Throughout my journey with my neck surgery, I admit that there were extremely painful moments and dots of despair, times wondering if I made the right decision.  Times of questioning whether I would fully recover.

However, going through this harrowing experience, of nearly losing the love of my life, was worse.  There were absolutely situations filled with dread and plenty of tears.  There were long nights of sitting upright in waiting rooms, praying against worrisome fears.

Here is the good news:

Throughout it all, God did and continues to show Himself mighty.  He performed a wondrous deliverance by saving Jim’s life.  How we praise Him!

As promised, He never left us alone and is still our Shelter in the midst of the storm.

More than anything, I’ve discovered afresh and anew how much I need and can depend upon Jesus.

Friends, as humans we sometimes cower in discouragement or fear, but we need not.  We can instead experience:

Fathoms of hopefulness
Loads of comfort near
Plateaus of healing
Showers of blessings dear

Provision of peacefulness
Interludes of joyful cheer
Strengthening of trustfulness
Manifestations of God’s power clear

God is greater than our mountainous obstacles. With His help, we will make it through.  Because of Christ, we know with certainty that our future is secure in Him.  We have fathoms of hopefulness!

I pray that you have all been well.  I miss reading your posts and interacting through blogging, but my husband needs me more.

Jim and I both covet your prayers.  We would also love to know of any ways in which we could pray for you.

As always, blessings


52 thoughts on “Fathoms of Hopefulness ~ Update on Me and Jim

  1. Karina Susanto

    Dear sis Sue,
    I am so surprised read your post this evening. I was sending you an email reply this morning. Sis, I could feel how’s your situation there especially to Jim. Here we just keep pray and always pray for both of you. There is nothing impossible before God and He will not leave us alone. Amen! Be strong, sis 🙂 we always love you. Many love and blessings to you and Jim.

  2. gwennonr

    It is great to know how you are doing. You and your husband will be in my prayers. May all your pains and struggles bring you ever closer to the tender heart of Jesus! And it sounds like that is already happening, Sue.

    I covet your prayers today for my 14-year-old daughter, who is having tonsillectomy surgery this morning. Knowing that even surgeons have bad days, and this is an elective surgery (which I have delayed as long as possible), I have a lot of fear for my daughter right now, even knowing (but probably not fully trusting) that God is in control.

    Thank you!



    1. heavenlyraindrops Post author

      Gwennor, I am just getting home from the hospital late today. I pray that everything went well and for a speedy recovery. The older you get, it can be a painful, but I will pray she improves quickly and that it alleviates her symptoms…blessings. God is able!

      1. gwennonr

        Thank you, Sue. The surgery went well, and the recovery is going well, too.

        I pray your own recovery is going well.

        Thanks again,


  3. Rene Yoshi

    Oh! Praise the Lord for His mercy in allowing you and Jim to continue enjoying one another’s fellowship and not calling him home just yet. Praying for you both as well as the medical team. ((hugs))

    1. heavenlyraindrops Post author

      Thanks Rene. Yes, I was not ready for him to go to his heavenly home. I told him that he cannot go first. Preferably, together in the rapture! 🙂 Pray specifically for surgery he is having in the morning. They must admit him to ICU for a day or so afterwards, since he has been so sick. Blessings all the way back your way. Miss you, 2

  4. Rob Barkman

    You both are in my prayers. May the Lord meet both of your every physical and spiritual need. May He give wisdom and strength to the doctors treating your husband and may He grant you a special measure of grace and strength to continue on. Lord bless you both.

  5. Tapestry Treasures

    The promise of God’s covenant was sealed with a rainbow. His people walk in the favor of the Lord. I recently read a verse in Psalms that I have fallen in love with…Ps. 89:8…”O Lord God of hosts, who is a mighty one like unto You, O Lord? And Your faithfulness is round about You [an essential part of You at all times].”

    May our Healer touch and complete His good work in you and Jim. May your health be renewed, restored and returned to overflowing Joy and fullness of strength from the crown of your heads to the soles of your feet. To God be the Glory. Amen Blessings ~Zoey

    1. heavenlyraindrops Post author

      Zoey, what a beautiful translation of that verse. Jim and I continue to see evidences of God’s mighty power being released into this journey. Thanks very much for the prayers!

  6. Unshakable Hope

    So good to hear your update, Sue. Wish it was better news, but God is obviously sustaining Jim and you and I know that will continue.
    You are both in my prayers.
    (I love the rainbow).

    1. heavenlyraindrops Post author

      Thanks, Bill
      I pray for you when God brings you to my mind. For continued strength and mercy day by day. Your prayers mean so much.
      And yes, I love the photo, too. Was just with his iphone. Very cool rainbow with the little cloud!

  7. Jane Bridges

    Praying for you guys as you already know!!! Thanks for the update. Tell Jim I love him and you and will continue to stand with you in prayer for COMPLETE restoration in your bodies to perfect health!!! In Jesus’ Name!!!!

    1. heavenlyraindrops Post author

      Thanks! I appreciate you and miss you guys. Will do my best to update more often. Has simply been a wild ride lately. But God continues to strengthen us day by day. And is so very good.

  8. Annette Hand

    So happy to see your post today! It’s good to know that God is in the healing business and is in control of Jim and you! Sending Manu prayers and my love!

    Sent from my iPad


    1. heavenlyraindrops Post author

      Thanks Annette. I miss my blogging; continue to write things on a writing app on my phone. Just no time to post.
      We are believing for that revealing and healing of which Ive spoken. Blessings

  9. adaisygarden

    I agree together with all these who have lifted you & your husband up in prayer to the One who can heal and restore completely. May you sense His strong arms around you and the comfort and peace that He brings. Praying that the Healer will manifest His power to your husband and to you today!

  10. Patty B

    prayers for you and Jim – you take care of him and yourself. I know God is with you both and may His presence give you both strength and comfort. {{Hugs}}

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  12. Pastor Roland Ledoux

    Sis, this rainbow is such an inspiration and such a blessing of assurance and especially since Jim was able to catch it. I know the Holy Spirit brought me by today and when you have time, I want you to just visit this post, it coincides so much with this picture and what you guys are going through. I just came across it today in my rounds of my fellow Brother’s and Sister’s sites. The link is: http://my52sundays.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/after-a-rain/
    He’s another Christian Brother and if you haven’t visited his site, when time permits, just check it out, you will be encouraged and inspired as well.
    Again, Sis, God bless you and Jim and all of yours and your continued ministry to all of us!


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