I Don’t Know What Lies Ahead

Father – thank You for Jesus –
Thank You for unfailing love –
For the truth You’ve shown me –
And mysteries I don’t understand –

Father – thank You for my husband –
In the name of Jesus – my LORD –
I bring my husband before You –
LORD – heal his newest issue
Give him peace in his heart –
Strengthen his body and mind –
Answer his prayers and mine –
I don’t know what lies ahead

Thank you for every hour

We’ve lived together – LORD –
What a sweet gift You gave
Me – my husband – my friend
Father – let me hold
Your hand – May I trust
You no matter what –
Resting in Your promises –
Asking for more time
With my husband here –
Walking hand in hand
Praising You together
May we grow in grace
And knowledge – LORD –
May we praise You
More and worry less
Thank you for the privilege
Of prayer – for how much
You care – for all You
Do – We thank You

By Carol Ann Hoel © June 25, 2011


Philippians 4:4-9 – The Bible (NIV) – Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

About Carol Ann Ritchey

Life is good because God is good.
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18 Responses to I Don’t Know What Lies Ahead

  1. LeRoy Dean says:

    I have read…and I have prayed.


    • Thank you so much, LeRoy. I appreciate your prayers very much. We go to see his doctor on Monday. I hope by Monday it will clear up, but not so far. We will trust Him and pray. Again, thank you. Blessings to you…


  2. Beautiful prayer of gratitude.


  3. SuziCate says:

    I lifted your husband up for healing, Carol, and you for strength.


    • Thank you, Suzi. I appreciate your prayers very much. My husband is doing better today. We are very thankful. Possibly this new issue will go away by God’s merciful intervention. We see his doctor on Monday. Blessings to you…


  4. planejaner says:

    Carol Ann–
    I am grateful to know something I can bring before the throne of God on your behalf…

    praying perfect peace for you and your husband.



    • Thank you, Jane. We appreciate your prayers and LeRoy’s and Suzi’s and Patti’s and everyone who is praying. We have enjoyed our lives in our new land (Texas) for almost two years. We are grateful.

      My hubby became suddenly much weaker and had episodes of spasm in his leg. During an episode, his leg quivers and won’t support his weight, like having a useless leg. He fell twice, but was not injured. I thank God for His mercy. He’s also had some visual abnormalities with this. It started on Thursday night, was at its worst (I hope) on Friday, and began to improve remarkably on Saturday :), undoubtedly because of the prayers of others being added with ours. Thank you very much, Jane. He sees the doctor tomorrow.

      Blessings to you and yours…


  5. pattisj says:

    Beautiful, heartfelt poem/prayer. Be not anxious. Rejoice, hold onto those promises! Praying.


    • Thank you for your prayers, Patti. We appreciate it very much. We are rejoicing because God is good. Already this disturbing issue, that threatened our cozy home-care situation, has improved a lot. Holding His promises and praying. Thank you again, Patti. Blessings to you and yours…


  6. jannatwrites says:

    It is scary when health issues come up. I hope your husband is okay so you can praise God together for many more years.


    • Thank you, Janna. My husband’s strange issue that threatened our way of life has already improved a lot. Alzheimer’s causes things to happen that are scary. In my husband’s case, they usually go away or improve a lot. I hope this one, that caused him to fall down, will go away entirely. Thank you, Janna. You are a blessing to me. Blessings to you…


  7. Carol Ann, I have read your post and also your comments. I am praying that your husband is much better by tonight and that you will get an encouraging report from his doctor tomorrow. I have subscribed to your blog and look forward to more of your inspirational writings.

    I don’t usually post links back to my own blog in comments; I don’t really think it’s proper blogger etiquette — but since I don’t have an email address to write to you, I’ll just do it here. Philippians 4:6-7 have been my ‘life verses’ for many years and have carried me through very difficult circumstances. If you have time to look at this page, you are welcome to copy the graphics or pass them along to anyone else you think might be encouraged by them.


    I have another little blog, and the theme of it is Phil. 4:8 — So, you can see these verses are very special to me!!!

    Thanks for the mention of the book you are reading. I am going to look for it.

    I pray that God will bless you and your husband with many more years of meaningful, loving companionship. <


    • Thank you for your prayers. I appreciate your kindness and concern. Already, as you prayed, my husband is doing much better. We will head for the doctor’s office in about an hour. I hope that the doctor will find that all is well and that this was just another Alzheimer’s insult, and that it will disappear as many others have. We are thanking God in all things, and we are asking for healing. It appears that He is healing this issue.

      A few days ago you “liked” one of my posts. On that day I visited your blog and commented on one of your posts. I checked out the link that you left me today and commented on this post also. In fact, I believe I have subscribed to your blog. If not, I will. Thank you again for your visit and your prayers. Blessings to you…


  8. trisha says:

    a prayer full of love and devotion.


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