January 26, 2013

Dear Friends,

It is good to know that you are still praying for Phil and the family.  Last Friday Phil and I walked into Panera for lunch with some friends and found out there was a group of women there praying for Phil.  It was very encouraging to know that our friends are still asking God to be with my brother.  Let’s keep praying, as we know God is faithful to us.

Phil is doing great and we continue to work hard to get him transitioned from the walker to the walking pole.  To be honest Phil does pretty well with the walking pole when he knows I am near by.  He loses confidence when I am not near by, thus making it difficult to transition over.  Please pray for balance and coordination, but confidence in his walking is also needed.  (He is better at it than he thinks.)  This is a really tough stage because the walking pole is so much less to hold onto than the walker.

Phil’s talking is improving so much and it is amazing to think that last year we were excited to hear him say, “January”, when he is having full conversations today.  Continue to pray that he can overcome his aphasia more and more so his speed of conversation can improve.  He is doing awesome, but he wants to push on more and more.  

Phil has also picked up on reading, math and other areas that he needs to work on.  The math he knows pretty much, but he needs to refresh his mind and get those pathways in him brain working again.  Continue to pray for Phil’s cognitive ability as well.  

Though his reading has improved, his reading holds him back in other areas.  Most ‘school work’ involves reading, even math problems do, so it is tough because he can’t work on these as much until he gets to a better point in his reading.  

Thank you for being faithful in your prayers and continuing to support Phil and his family.  God is good to us daily and it is for his glory that we live on this earth.  He is very glorious, so let us live in such a way that others would see Him.



9 thoughts on “January 26, 2013

  1. THANK YOU ! THANK YOU ! THANK YOU ! for bringing us up to date on Phil’s progress. The news is good, and his future grows more and more through God’s love and strength. You may not know it, John, but we can see God working through you for Phi and for your family. Thanks for letting us know how to pray.

    p.s. I wish I had been one of those women seeing you in Panera.

  2. Kay Burney says:

    It’s great to get an update! I have been thinking of Phil recently.

  3. Sherri says:

    Thank you for the update. I am so glad to hear Phil continues to improve! God IS faithful! His love endures forever. I will continue to pray for improvement of Phil’s walking, reading and all aspects of his life.
    I will keep the family in my prayers, too.
    Love you all!
    1 Cor 2:9.

  4. Barbara Carter says:

    I just want to say thank you to Phil’s amazing brother.

  5. terryjwilliams@comcast.net says:

    I pray for Phil and for you daily.  So glad he is continually improving.  Thanks for the update.

    Terry Williams

  6. Aunt Nayna says:

    John, It is a long road, and not easy. I want to share with you that this Tuesday Dr. Gordon here in Baltimore asked me, “How is your nephew Phil doing?” She told me that she prays for him everyday. I had not realized that people like her, who never met anyone in the family except me, would be pulling for you so faithfully, but I have discovered that they are. There are a lot of good people out there, troubled by your troubles, and rejoicing in your miracles, large and small.

  7. So truly blessed to have the Duff family in our lives!! We continue to pray for Phil and you all!!

    Marianna Towle

  8. greg says:

    I echo the appreciation for update. – greg

  9. Aunt Nayna says:

    Remember the tortoise. Keep steering.

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