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Seeking His FACE…

My second devotional reading this morning was even more on target than my first.  God truly know where we are and what we need.  Mom’s next new mantra is “patient endurance.”  Being a go-getter it is hard for her to slow down.  She will and can do it.


Psalm 105.4 Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.

Isaiah 40.31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Lamentations 3.24-26 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

These days we seldom have to  wait patiently for an answer or request. Today, we expect everything at lightning speed and assume tomorrow’s response will probably arrive even faster!

So it’s easy to start expecting God to work this way; that we’ll pray in the morning and have an answer by lunch. We think God isn’t listening because it’s taking so long.

God wants us to wait with patient endurance for answers and then, watch “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful” (Colossians 4:2 NIV). Waiting on God is how we were designed so that we would be always aware of Him at every moment.

What are you waiting for? God’s timing coupled with our patience renews our strength, increases trust (faith), ensures obedience, and leads us to peace. Can you be patient with God?

Lord I seek you today! I pray for strength on this journey. You have been so very good to our family.  You have taken mom to heights we didn’t expect to see so soon. You have had your hand of protection on her this whole time. You knew in advance all of this would be happening. You knew you would be the one we lean on. You knew we would be angry, frustrated, stressed, confused, sad, excited, happy and the list goes on.  You also knew  we knew you were our protector and our comforter.  You want us to reach out to you and ask for help.  So here I am seeking your face!!  And of course you are answering daily with many Godincidences…

Your face has shown up so much from the beginning! For dad it was the EMT workers who first responded to the 911 call.  Your face showed up when you had her airlifted to the best of the best – even though her PA is a Mizzou fan. 🙂  Your face showed up when the doctors joked about mom’s skull being in the cafeteria freezer.  Your face showed up on all of the faces of the ICU nurses. They cared for her like she was their own mom.  Your face showed up on a cleaning lady at the hospital who went out of her way to help us and then came back to get a piece of mail I needed mailed.  You face showed up when the physical therapist worked with mom and discussed how awesome it would be for God to trust us enough to go through trials like Job.  Your face showed up on the Debbie, the patient care advocate that assured us mom was in the right place after a scary start to a regular room. (She was off-balance going to the bathroom and very unsteady! Her CNA said her paperwork stated she didn’t need assistance. NOT!) Your face showed up on Sara, the other patient in mom’s room.  We wanted a private room but the Lord knew we would need Sara.  I decided to go to the hotel to get rest. It was a very conflicted decision! During the night, Mom couldn’t find the call button and tried to get out of bed on her own.  Sara called the nurses.  Mom was okay but Miss Independent wanted to do it herself.  She gained herself a new roommate after that-me.  Your face showed up in the caring nurses and CNAs on the floor.  They would check on her even if they weren’t assigned to her again.  Your face showed up in the beautiful flowers she has received.  And who gets flowers from a car dealership, a pharmacy and an auto part company? My mom! She is so loved!  Your face has shown up through the numerous emails, phone calls and Facebook posts. Your face has shown up with the visitors she has received. She is receiving all of the love she has so generously given out all these years!!!

She is amazing. She is still caring about others around her – cleaning the sink when she is finished brushing her teeth.  Sharing the TV with Sara and worried that she is the one controlling it.  Little things like this show me how blessed we have been because she is doing what Eddie Lou Taylor does naturally! It is still there. Praise the Lord!

Thanks for joining us on this journey! My blog will be my letter to the world about my mom…about my dad…about the AMAZING FAMILY the Lord has blessed me with.  We are running this marathon together…good thing we are all active. 🙂 Until next time!

ALSO – We are now officially on the rehabilitation floor. Woo hoo! Let the work begin!! Thanks for your prayers…we feel them.

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TEAM effort….

1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV  …  So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God!
Philippians 2.1-4
1 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
The Lord is truly showing up! As I have said in the past, the Lord knew I needed a team for this part of the Boston journey. He provided in a BIG way!!!  He provided me with a TEAM of people to help me get to the finish line!  This is the email that I sent one of them last week after receiving the summary of our 5k plans: (Bayside…this is for all of you!!!)
I just read this twice…with tears in my eyes. Tears of joy! God positioned you and your group in a place at a time He knew I needed you all! I will never be able to truly put into words what all of this means to me! There are so many emotions running through my head…God has us in His hands.  He is going to carry us through to the finish line! I am so glad to be on this journey with the best team every…your team! Kathy, the Team Hoyt contact person, was truly amazed I wanted so many shirts. I told her it was because I had the best team!!! Thanks again for your willingness to help me…I don’t deserve it! :o) God brought you all to me b/c He knew I couldn’t do it alone!   You all are awesome! Thanks for putting God first! 
This journey is about God.  He is with us every step of the way.  He is and will continue to be glorified through all of the happenings…the 5k, the Penny Drive, the Butter Braids…all of it!
Status update:
Run for Trish 5k for Team Hoyt – OFFICIAL – we have entry forms out there and ready to pass out!
We are online with Chattanooga Track Club:
and Road Id:
Pennies for People –  Officially under way…I received a surprise box FULL of pennies and change last Saturday during our 5k planning meeting. They officially started the campaign with their generous donation. THANKS!! This week, I showed the Team Hoyt video to all of my students at school. The campaign to help others who can not help themselves is now under way!
Butter Braids –  People are ordering and waiting to taste these scrumptious pastries!! Yay!
I have also received donations from former Run for God Bible study members…such an encouragement!!!
God has His mighty hands in all of the projects listed above!! We are at $1400 online.  Every dollar and every step is for Him!
Yard Sale: March 31 we are having a Trash for Treasure yard sale with all proceeds going to Hoyt Foundation.
My current training week looks like this:
4 days a week – 40 minutes easy – we are running around 9:00-9:15 pace.  My trusty Garmin tells us when to slow down and speed up…It has been yelling at us a lot.  We are supposed to train easy these days.  (still working on getting foot 100%)
1 day a week – we go long. Today is 80 minutes…praying rain subsides before too long.  I have to run! 🙂
My foot is feeling better and better. This is an answer to pray.  Thanks to all of you who are praying for me!  On that note, all of you reading this are part of Team Trish for Team Hoyt! Thanks for tagging along, praying for and being a part of my God-given journey!  You are living examples of Philippians 2.1-4.  I need you! God gave each of you to me, whether I know you personally or not.  How amazing is our God? He loves us so much! First He gave us His one and only Son to die for us because we are sinners!! Then during our daily journey He provides for us in ways we don’t even know to ask.  God’s grace is sufficient for each of us!!!
2 Corinthians 9:8  And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.
Truly running blessed and THANKFUL!
Trish 🙂

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