Tuesday, March 25, 2008

"Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. 29 He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. 30 Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; 31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint."
Isaiah 40:28-31

Please join us in praying for the following:
  1. That the pneumonia in Eric's lungs would begin to heal. This way the rest of his body would begin to recover from the septic shock.
  2. That Jodie would be strengthened by the Word, and that her energy and strength would be restored.
  3. That God would give us all supernatural strength as we spend time at the hospital, take of the kids, and travel back and forth tying up loose ends at home.
  4. That God would give Kelley and I wisdom as we stare at the needs here in Birmingham, but also try to gear up for Thailand, continue to raise support (personal and for Thailand), and make a decision on our living situation for next year. (We were desiring to move closer to campus in May)
"But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. 3 For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior."
Isaiah 43:1-3a

"fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
Isaiah 41:10
Visit Eric's Carepage
This is a website where you can keep up with Eric's progress on a day-to-day basis, send prayers and encourage to Jodie and the family, and even tell the nurses "thank you" for their continuous love and concern for Eric's well being.

It is very simple. All you have to do is go to www.carepages.com, then sign-up to be a member (which is absolutely FREE), and lastly type in his carepage name: ericfrye68.

Thank you so much for all your prayers and support!
Forever Written in My Mind
There are many moments in my life that I don't think I will ever forget, and seeing my brother lying in a hospital bed, as I entered the ICU (3rd room on the left), greatly swollen and hooked up to all kinds of machines is one of them. My heart crushed as I see my brother, hero, and best friend helpless in front of me. This can't be reality I thought...but when I made eye contact with Jodie, Eric's wife I realized this was no dream or joke. Then I went over to his bedside and whispered with everything I had in me, "Hey bro, I am here." That has been my promise to my brother over the last couple of days. I am here to pray for you constantly, I am here to love on and encourage your wife, and I am here to walk beside your boys because I know to them I am the closest thing to YOU. This process has been hard for all of us, especially Jodie, as I watch her fight to be strong and trust the Lord, yet deal with the reality of experiencing one of her (or any wife's) greatest fear unfolding before her eyes. In these times is when you find out how strong your faith truly is...Is your faith merely head knowledge or is it a deep conviction? The thought of losing my brother at 33 years of age brings many tears to my eyes and causes my body to shake, but it also takes me to the foot of the Cross. At the Cross, is where the beauty and power of the Gospel humbles me, yet empowers me to embrace the promises of God. God I trust your character and I trust your ways!

"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?...37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Romans 8:28-31, 37-39