This morning the three of us went to church-outside of the hospital! Cale has been doing really well with stimulation, so I talked with the therapists to see if today we could try a church close by. I thought it would be perfect that Mama would be here and could help out if needed. Cale did so great! I transferred him out of his chair, and he joined right in with us. The first song we sang, everyone was clapping, I looked up at Cale and he had the biggest smile and started clapping too! Through the whole service, he was able to focus and participate. At the end of the sermon, the Pastor asked everyone to think about a couple points that were pointed out, and then to pray about them. Cale closed his eyes and put his head down and kept it there. After a little bit, everyone started singing and Cale's head was still down. "Are you sleeping?" I whispered to him. "No, I'm praying!" he said! haha! It was so funny how he said it. :)
"But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private."
The sermon today was on prayer. Part of it was about needing to go away by ourselves and shutting the door when we pray. This isn't just a physical door, but a door to the distractions around us. We need to come focused and allow ourselves to enter into the presence of the Lord-not just come with mindless thoughts and babbling (6:7) I've been talking for a few weeks to myself about how I need to work out a better schedule and I need to start balancing my time better with being at the hospital and making sure that I get meaningful time in prayer and reading my Bible. So often, I read or pray while thinking about what time it is, how I need to get to the hospital, calls that I need to make, meetings that are going to happen...and so on. It's my challenge this week to really sit at the Father's feet, drink from the cup in His hand, lay back against Him and breathe, feel His heart beat.
Cale is doing amazing with walking! I think pretty soon, he's going to be walking around the unit without the walker. He's still very afraid of falling, but if he could get passed that, his balance is great. I'm so proud of him!
So...I was only teasing when I wrote last night that I was going to keep Mama here. Well, it really happened, she's still here! I dropped her off at the airport and drove all the way back to the hospital. When I got back, I looked at my phone and had two text messages from her "My flight was cancelled, not leaving tonight." and "Can't leave until Tuesday" haha! I started the car and drove back to the airport to get her! Am I sad about it? Not at all! :)