Speaking at a Lectureship

Memories will surface

I leave September 25 to head to Searcy, Arkansas to speak on the Harding Lectureship. I will also have a booth to sell my books (hopefully).

As I am preparing my presentation, I realize again how phenomenal God’s care was of us during the stroke days! Wow, what an awesome God we serve! Going through the slides in my presentation reminded me again and again of how sweet the care was. Seeing the pictures and watching videos of Jerry during that time brought back so many memories of those 22 months. Please be praying for me as I give my presentation on Tuesday, September 28 on how awesome God’s love was in our lives.

“I will thank you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done. I will be filled with joy because of you. I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.”

Psalm 91:1-3

I had to create a PowerPoint slide as an advertisement of my booth. There will be screens to show the different vendors who will be there. As I thought about what I would say on a quick slide to motivate people to stop by my booth, here is what I came up with:

There was an amazing love story between Jerry and Lois Cox during the time of his stroke. It was overshadowed by the even more amazing love story of God’s care for them during that time.

Here is a link to the lectureship: https://www.harding.edu/events/lectureship
It is exciting to be back to doing some speaking again. And the picture is the theme.

I also had an amazing email from a woman who found me by accident on the web, bought my book, and was very encouraged by what she read. She is caring for her husband for over a year now. That is the reason I wrote the book–to share our story of God’s love with others!

Today I am thankful for:

  • Cooler weather on its way.
  • Monarch butterflies in my garden.
  • Getting back to teaching!! Woo hoo! I am teaching at Southern Nazarene University.
  • Our international students at OU–we have 7 new ones this fall.
  • The new German exchange student living with my daughter.
  • The wonderful visits I had on my trip to Wisconsin in August.
  • Reconnecting with 2 of our International students who moved to Tulsa by meeting them at the Gathering Place.
  • A 50 year marriage!
  • Still grieving after 3.5 years–yes I am thankful to have had a marriage worth the grieving.
  • The opportunity to tell others about God’s amazing work.

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Lois Cox, Ph.D., has roots in Dallas, Texas, but met her husband, Jerry, at Oklahoma Christian College, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1966. They married in 1967 and started a life together of serving God in several locations. Seven of their years were in full-time ministry in churches in Midwest City, Oklahoma, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Ft. Collins, Colorado. Most of Lois’s career has been spent in education at the high school, technical college, and university levels. Lois holds four degrees in education including a Ph.D. completed in her late sixties in instructional technology and online learning. On February 24, 2016, Lois was plummeted into the role of caregiver for her husband who suffered a rare and serious bilateral thalamic stroke. The next 22 months were spent in full-time care of Jerry in skilled nursing, hospitals, and at home. Jerry passed away December 30, 2017. Since that time Lois has been focusing on sharing her experiences with others to encourage and teach them to depend on the Lord during similar stressful times. Her book, 22 Months with Jerry, will be available soon.

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