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  1. Troy and Emily Groth on July 19, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Hi Pastor Jeff,
    Just checking in for an update on Amy and the family…trust that Troy and I continue to pray for each of you.
    With love from NC,
    Emily Groth

  2. Karen Roberts (KMR) on July 15, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    I just wanted to let you know I’m still praying for you and your wife. I love your post by the way. Thank you for the encouragement even in the midst of your personal crisis.

  3. Gail Barton on July 15, 2011 at 11:26 am

    I know our Father and His precious Son is so proud of you and your sweet Amy for being so encouraging to your flock as you go through this time of pain and trials. It is so unreal and shocking all that is happening (so thankful you were not hurt in your little vehicle event). We know how close you are (and we) to our Savior and how trusting and faithful. We also know how human we all are and
    know there are times you may be gazing upward and wondering “Lord, what is going on with my family?” So go ahead and flounder dear Pastor because our Almighty King has you thrown over His strong shoulder and the jousling you feel are the stones and rough road He is carrying you over. He is there with you and your family and will never forsake you. He loves you so much. Hold on tight for the deep dives you are taking . He will supply air even as he supplied His blood to save us. Praying daily and often. Thank you for being our Pastor and your fine girl and children are all examples of how you have lead and taught them in Jesus.

    • jeff on July 15, 2011 at 1:13 pm

      Thank you, Gail, for taking the time to encourage us. Thanks also for making it permissible for me to be transparent and speak candidly about weaknesses which i cannot deny. Far from being despondent i am more and more aware that God will never reject the broken and contrite of heart. Therefore we can qualify my family’s circumstances as being good and profitable. Blessings to you and Harry.

  4. Sam & Zack on July 15, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Yesterday we saw the photo of Amy’s right leg after removal of the surgical dressing.As a retired surgeon I was much optimistic because the extent of the surgical wound makes me guess that the problem was in the lower part of the right leg not the foot.Breaking the bones of the foot makes the outcome more complicated.So thank God it is not the foot.I think what you called as “crushed foot” was chattering of the two long bones of the lower leg, meaning that they were broken into several fragments (comminuted fracture).This necessitated surgical intervension to fix these bone fragments.We praise God for His mercy.We know that Amy is in good hands but above all are the tender hands of the Great Physician, Jesus, Zechariah 4:6 “Not by might, nor by power,but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts”
    Your blog today is wonderful.Our human weakness demands” just leave me alone”.We do not welcome any turbulance in our life.When God allows hardships to come into our life we always say “why God?” but you showed us that it is for upgrading our faith and better experience of God’s grace.May the Lord bless you to better minister to your congregation and those who watch you on TV.We now know that we are not the only people who knew you through TV!
    We are praying for all of you.Pray for us too,
    Sam & Zack.

    • jeff on July 15, 2011 at 10:47 am

      Sam & Zack, your comments are always so encouraging. I should clarify that it was her right leg, ankle and foot that were all broken. She has another 6 inch incision on the outside of her right foot that they made in order to fix the damage there. She has metal rods, plates and screws from the bottom of her foot all the way up through the top of the ankle. Regardless of her injuries, we know that she is being well tended to both from helpers on earth and the Physician in Glory!

      • Sam & Zack on July 15, 2011 at 3:40 pm

        Dear Pastor Jeff,
        Sorry for overlooking the incision on the side of her right foot! Anyway it makes no difference in the hands of our Great Physician.He is our Healer.He cares for us. He loves us.God bless you,
        Sam & Zack.

  5. Ann on July 15, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Thank you so very much!

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  7. Sherry Robbins on July 15, 2011 at 6:04 am

    I must admit that I never read your blog until the “accident.” It was an avenue of keeping up with the Lyles and the Samples – and to see how God was working through tragedy in all your lives. Now that you’re back to mini-devotionals – but oh how deep and encouraging they are – I hate I that I never read them before. What an encouragement to my daily walk with Christ! I’m going to hate to miss them while I’m in Alaska for 10 days (7/20-8/1). When I was diagnosed with cancer the first time I clung to Romans 8:28 – all I wanted was for people to see Jesus in me (His purpose for our lives) through what I was going through. Over the years that desire has loosened its stronghold in my heart; thanks for helping me to realize that and helping me get back on track. As I heard a dear Christian sister once say, “I just want to finish well.” I, too, want to finish well. Thanks, Jeff, for leading, shepherding and teaching – always with the truth and gentle, but firm and loving hand. I’m so thankful God lead me to Meadow and that you are my pastor. Your example is just what I need for my “golden” years. Please keep up the blogs:)