Pressed though not Crushed

Jeremiah Philip is due to arrive April 13

“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair…”

2 Corinthians 4:8

There are times in life and moments in ministry when Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 4:8 are a fitting description.  This week, Phil and I found ourselves in just this tension.  I tested positive for gestational diabetes which poses some legitimate potential challenges for the baby and myself.  The good news is, we’ve been following the doctor’s orders long before the diagnoses: healthy diet and plenty of exercise.  None the less, it is a sobering responsibility as the mother of an unborn baby to more closely monitor the way my small choices may affect his little life.  For love’s sake, it is not a burden.  Four times a day I have to stick my finger with a needle to monitor and record my blood sugar level.  I must count my carbohydrate intake and eat more protein throughout the day.  And, I must be diligent in my daily workouts.  Moreover, I must trust my God with the “worst case scenarios” and the statistics that would give any parent an unsettled feeling.  It is the spiritual breathing pattern of exhaling the fears and unknowns and inhaling the peace that surpasses understanding.  In and out, in and out, all day long.

At the same time, we are taking great strides to prepare for our next steps as missionary aviators.  We have applied to take a technical evaluation and hope to land a slot in September.  In his technical evaluation Phil will need to demonstrate his abilities as a pilot and a mechanic.  In addition to his schooling, Phil is preparing for this evaluation by building his flight hours.  Phil is currently instructing an instrument pilot and flies with him twice a week.  Additionally, Phil will instruct a young man working to obtain his Certified Flight Instructor rating.  Once these two students are “signed off” Phil will continue logging hours in a tailwheel aircraft and work to obtain his tailwheel endorsement.  During our technical evaluation in September (Lord willing) Phil will need to demonstrate proficiency in a large tailwheel aircraft which is why we are choosing to invest time, energy, and finances into this endeavor.  The technical evaluation is rigorous but more so, we train hard because God deserves our best.  We take this responsibility seriously.

I hosted a little "Tea Party" for Adelina and her daddy. It was the highlight of our day!

At the end of 2 Corinthians 4 Paul concludes his thought by saying, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”  Phil and I have asked the Lord to allow us the privilege of knowing Him and serving Him.  We know that every hurdle and challenge we face has first been filtered through the loving hands of Christ.  It is a solid rock upon which we, and each of you, may choose to stand.  Let us pray diligently for one another and truly spur one another on toward love (His love) and good deeds.  You are our family and we love you.

Happy Birthday Phil!



10 thoughts on “Pressed though not Crushed

  1. Hi Phil and Jessica!
    Jessica, I’ll be praying for you even more – keep leaning on the Lord! On a positive note, the second delivery is always easier and faster than the first one. Your body (and you) know what to do this time around. Hang in there! And, Happy Birthday, Phil! May God continue to bless you both and your little ones.

    In Him,
    Shanna Radcliffe

  2. Thank u for Shareing your life with us. we miss seeing you in the lobby of summit…but know God has you in His hands 🙂 I had Gest diabetes w. 2 of my little ones. I can relate and some how that makes it easier for me to pray for you. By the way you look great!!!!

  3. Thanks for the update! hey Jess – Check your facebook if you can. Left you a ❤ note!!
    Tea parties rock – what a great way to hang out. Prayers and blessing to all of you. Jan

  4. I just want to encourage you because God will get you thru these next weeks. I had the same problem with the last two babies. For a period of time I had to take oral medication but then no longer needed. Follow your doctor’s advise and you are going to be fine. I love you, Phil and Adelina. Happy Birthday, Phil!

  5. Thank you for allowing us to pray for you in these new directions. God will indeed be with you, as you already know. Keep up the good spirits!
    God bless,

  6. Sure appreciate hearing from you…all the technical stuff you are growing in…seeing Adelina growing up. Love your hearts toward God; growing in trusting Him more deeply. Will be praying for a healthy baby and for you Jess… for His protection of you and baby… seeing Phil on the floor with Adelina brought tears to my eyes. I am now a Grandma. Holding little Braden (5.8lbs) in my arms is so special to me. Seeing my son Chad becoming a Dad is precious to me. So thankful they are doing great…as parents and as a couple. My heart is full. Now I’m praying for a Godly woman for Andrew (Drew). Prayers and Blessing to you. Marie

  7. Our prayers are with you, Jess. You are courageous and walk in God’d path. Know His arms will be around you every step of the way. Happy Birthday to Phil and hugs to Adelina.
    Love, kathy & Jack

  8. Praying for you Jess! Candi was diagnosed with gestational diabetes when we had our first son Trenton so I know the craziness of that. Just know God does cover it all and we experienced 0 issues with it and she did not have it with our next two… God bless you guys!!

    1. Thanks Shawn. God has been gracious and the diabetes has turned out to be a real blessing. Jessica says that it has shown her what it really means to eat healthy. That has me a little scared because I like pretending to eat healthy, but I have a major sweet tooth when it comes right down to it!!! We love you guys!

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