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December 27, 2020- Update from HOME

Hello Friends,

Josh and Sarah have been home for several days now and have been in the midst of settling in and celebrating Christmas with their boys.  These days have been wonderful in many ways, but they are quickly learning that they are trying to establish a "new normal" for their life and days at home.  After a few days of being home, the adrenaline and excitement of being out of the hospital has worn off, and the exhaustion has hit hard.  Sarah is still in much pain, is limited on the things that she is able to do for herself, and is easily worn out.  

One of the first things they are realizing is that they are going to need help.  There are so many needs: Sarah needs so much physical help right now and the boys are needing lots of care as well.  Josh has been doing a wonderful job of managing both jobs of nurse and "Daddy Daycare" (as he called it), but there is no way for him to maintain all of this on his own for an extended period of time.  Therefore, Josh and Sarah has begun the process of getting some home health care to come in for Sarah a few days a week to help her get back to normal.  She will also begin her physical and occupational therapy this coming week, which should definitely be beneficial in the healing and recovery process.  Many friends and family have signed up to bring meals in the coming weeks, and those started this weekend which has been such a huge blessing.

Both of them are doing well all things considered, emotionally and spiritually.  Josh and Sarah have been very aware of the many ways that the Lord is providing for them through the love and care of others: neighbors taking the boys out to play in the snow, family calling to take the boys overnight, laundry being done, grocery runs, meals being dropped off.  There is a quote by John Newton that has been very encouraging and such a source of wisdom for these days they are walking through:

"I compare the troubles which we have to undergo in the course of the year to a great bundle of sticks, far too large for us to lift.  But God does not require us to carry the whole at once.  He mercifully unties the bundle and gives us first one stick, which we are to carry today, and then another, which we are to carry tomorrow, and so on.  This we might easily manage, if we would only take the burden appointed for us each day; but we choose to increase our troubles by carrying yesterday's stick over again today, and adding tomorrow's burden to our load, before we are required to bear it."  -John Newton.

I have heard both Josh and Sarah say that they are learning to carry the stick for today.  Looking ahead at the "bundle of sticks" or the days/weeks ahead of healing and recovery can be very overwhelming, resulting in anxiety and fear.  But, the Lord is teaching them trust him for today, carrying the load that each days brings, and each day, the Lord is showing His faithfulness to them as He meets them and provides for their needs.

Friends, there are many ways you can join us in praying for them:

1.  Prayer for Healing- Sarah is still suffering much numbness, tingling, and nerve pain.  This is all part of the healing process, but we do not know how long it will take for this to heal completely.  She is also swollen and hurting where the surgery site is.
2.  Prayer for Patience- trusting the Lord for this journey and how long it will last.  Patience and grace with each other and with the boys.
3. Upcoming doctor appointment and physical/therapy appointments.
4. Provision for all needs-  help with care for the boys occasionally, successful appointments ahead, wisdom in decision making, etc.
5. Sleep-  Sarah is having a difficult time sleeping due to pain, so please pray that her sleep would improve!

Thank you again for the ways you are praying and caring for the Sagraves family.  The Lord has been so kind in all the ways he has displayed his faithfulness to their family during this season.

Casey, on behalf of Josh and Sarah

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  • Katie Gammon : We had no idea you have been struggling with this Sarah. Please know that I will be praying for you and your family throughout this journey. I pray that he will give you a peace throughout this process. If we at Children’s Faith can do anything to make things a little easier, please do not hesitate to call!
  • Miriam Broome : You and your family have been and will continue to be n our hearts and prayers. Betty Maples has been so good to keep us posted on your progress, Trust that the New Year will bring healing and joy. Love in Christ - Miriam and Carol
  • Meg Jones : Praying now. Thanks for updating!
  • Burtchel & Carole Coffey : Sarah & Josh, We are so happy that you are home, and there will be better days ahead. We are pulling for you and your lovely family. Many thanks to Casey! Love, Burtchel & Aunt Carole