Thursday, October 20, 2016

Away We Go Again!!!

Tomorrow we are heading back to California with our beautiful daughter!!  These past five months have flown by and it's time for us to get her settled out in California again as her husband is due to return from deployment in just a few weeks.  To say having her home these last five months has been a huge blessing is an understatement.

We're going to stop and see the Grand Canyon on our way out there.  We've never seen the Grand Canyon and may never be that close again, so we're going to take a brief detour and check it out.  So I'll be checking off that bucket list item and standing in awe of God's beautiful creation.  And for those of you from the 1970s era, we'll be "Standing On the Corner in Winslow, Arizona!"  Another bucket list item!!!  

Thank you to all the mighty prayer warriors out there lifting my mom before the Lord.  She came through her first chemo treatment with flying colors.  Her side effects have been minimal and manageable and we are praising God for that.  She has another treatment this Monday, and they are adding in another chemo drug that is to cut off the blood supply to the tumors in her liver.  We are standing on the Word that says the same power that conquered the grave lives in us.  We have access to that same power through prayer and we are rebuking the enemy and cancer off of my mom in the name of Jesus.  My Bible tells me the enemy has no authority over the children of God.  I know none of us will live forever on this earth, but I will pray for healing until God either heals my mom or calls her home.  THE SAME POWER THAT CONQUERED THE GRAVE LIVES IN US AND WE SPEAK HEALING IN THE NAME OF JESUS!!!

Please pray for safe travels for us (my husband and I and our daughter) as we make the loooooooonnnnngggg drive across county to California.  Pray that all goes smoothly in getting the apartment, moving their things, and setting up utilities, internet, etc.  Pray that God continues to watch over our son-in-law and brings him (and all of our military men and women) home safely.  Pray that God will bless our time together out there, and give my husband and I a safe flight home next Wednesday.  This will only be the second time my husband and I have flown on an airplane without our kids.  The last time was in October of 1989!  

Keep thanking God for the healing He is performing in my mom's body.  I appreciate so much your agreeing with us in prayer.  We are keeping our eyes fixed on Him and trusting Him.  God is good no matter what.

I'm reading the book  Crazy Love by Francis Chan for the second time.  If you haven't read it, I urge you to get a copy.  It is a short book, and a fast read.  What a reminder that Jesus desires that we fall completely in love with Him.  He gave His life for us.  When I think of it . . .well, it's indescribable.

One last prayer request . . . pray for our country and our leaders!!

I'll have pictures from our trip next week! 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

One Thing Needful

I visited my friend Camille's blog, Flowers In His Garden, and was absolutely blown away by her post.  As I told her, this message should be preached from every pulpit in America.  

Too often today's preachers (some, not all) want to talk about the blessings of God.  If you aren't rich, then you don't trust God.  If you aren't healed, then you don't trust God.  If you didn't get a good parking spot, then you don't trust God enough.  HOGWASH!!!

God is good, and He is merciful and He blesses His children.  But not always in the ways we would want or would expect.  In the Bible those who served Him went through horrible trials.  Look at Stephen.  Look at Paul.  Look at Peter.  

Bottom line is this, heaven is real, but SO IS HELL.  Preachers have gotten away from preaching on hell, and I do not believe that is a good thing.

Please take a couple of minutes and read Camille's post.  I think it will touch your heart as it touched mine.  Blessings my friends!!

Friday, September 30, 2016


I'm going to be completely honest and tell you that I have put off writing this post.

I wish I could tell you that we got to Houston and everything went wonderfully.

I wish I could tell you that mom's CT scan was completely normal and showed that the cancer had not spread.

I wish I could tell you that the Lord had healed her and we are rejoicing.

My mom has seven tumors in her liver.

They are inoperable at this time.

We have an appointment on Monday to meet with an oncologist to begin chemotherapy treatments locally as soon as possible.  Our prayer is that the chemotherapy can shrink the tumors to the point she can have surgery in about four months (we go back to Houston the end of January).  Either they will operate and remove all seven, or they won't operate at all.  It's all or nothing when it comes to removing cancerous tumors in the liver.

If the chemotherapy does not shrink the tumors enough to operate then, as the doctor put it, 
we begin "buying time."

My friends, I believe that Jesus is the Healer, and I believe He can heal my mom.

But I will be honest with you and admit that sometimes my faith feels very weak.

Sometimes I take my eyes off of the Healer and I focus on the diagnosis.

Sometimes I feel very hopeless.

Sometimes I carry this burden instead of laying it at His feet.

I need your prayers for my mom and dad (Donna and Robert).

Our family needs prayer as we walk through this trial.

We need a touch from the Master's hands.

Thank you all for praying.

I promise to get back to posting about much lighter things soon, but right now my heart is pretty heavy.  I humbly ask for your prayers. 

May the Lord bless you all. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Houston, Here We Come

Well, we had a few days of nice cool weather here in Missouri, but it's hot and humid again now.  A little rain this morning, which we don't need, but we will take it.  The Lord sends the rain so we won't complain!!

Next week my mom and dad and I are heading to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.  We are meeting with an oncologist and they are drawing blood and doing a CT scan.  We'll head back home, and then follow up with the doctor by telephone on Monday, September 26th.  He will let us know what treatment he feels is appropriate, and we will have treatments done locally.  Thank God for the opportunity to consult at this amazing location in Houston, and yet be able to take treatments about an hour away from home.  

Please pray for safe travels there and back, for good reports from the blood work and CT scans, and for the Lord to give this doctor supernatural wisdom to know exactly what to do.  I do not believe that seeking earthly treatment for this disease reflects a lack of faith in God.  WE ARE STILL PRAYING AND BELIEVING FOR HEALING IN JESUS NAME!!  I pray for safety every time I get in my car . . . BUT I STILL FASTEN MY SEAT BELT!!!  I pray for God to care for my body, but I believe it's my responsibility to eat right, and exercise and take the best care of myself I can.

Please keep praying for healing, and against fear and worry.  Those two things are not of God and we want no part of them.  It is human to worry about something like this.  It is a serious disease.  But we have a God who is mighty and well able to handle this.  We are trusting Him.

Blessings to each and every one of you that have prayed for my mom.  You are appreciated more than you know.  Please keep praying and remember to thank Him for His blessings!! 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Ready for Cooler Weather!!!!!

I hate to say it, but I am really over hot summertime.  Now I'm not ready for WINTER yet.  Brrrrrrr!!!  But I am ready for the cooler weather that fall brings.

We've had a few really BEAUTIFUL DAYS with lower temperatures and a little bit less humidity.  Missouri is a very HUMID state!!!  But then the temperatures go right back up.  It's going to be in the 90s today and tomorrow again.  Then we have some rain headed our way Thursday and Friday, but the temperature will only be in the 70s.  I think I can handle that!!!

We did get my mom's biopsy results back from the lymph nodes.  The test was positive for cancer, so we are now in the process of figuring out treatment.  As I have said before, this is not a path we would ever have chosen, but we are trusting that our God will go before us and prepare the way.  Continued prayers for complete healing are very much appreciated!!  God is good!!!

I'm also getting ready to embark on some redecorating projects at my house.  We've lived here nearly 19 years, and it's time for some fresh paint and fresh decor!  So stay tuned for some ideas and I'll be wanting your input!!!

Our beautiful daughter has just under two more months of staying with us before she heads back to Southern California.  I have enjoyed having her home more than I can express.  She is such a great, great daughter.  I am so blessed.  The days have gone by so quickly, and I know the next two months will fly by as well.

You all, I'm so thankful that I belong to Jesus.  I don't know how I would weather the storms of life without Him.  He is so faithful.

Hope you all have a wonderful, wonderful day! 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Ready to Move On!!!

Tomorrow is the first day of September.  September means fall, and fall is my absolute, hands down, favorite time of year!!  I love it!!!  I love the cooler temperatures.  I love the crispness in the air.  I love football games and pumpkins and hot chocolate and bonfires.  

And I must say I'm ready to leave August behind.  August has been hard on my family with my mom's diagnosis and surgery.  I really am ready to MOVE ON!!!

My mom's surgery was a week ago tomorrow, and she did FANTASTIC!!!  There were no surprises.  The surgeon didn't see anything that concerned her, meaning she saw no evidence of tumors in my mom's abdomen.  My mom did SO GREAT that she was released from the hospital on SATURDAY!!!  Just two days past surgery!!!!!  We are in awe of the mighty God we serve.  My mom is 78 years old, and had a portion of her colon removed and was released from the hospital 48 hours post surgery!!!  She is sore, of course, but she is feeling better and better every day.

The surgeon removed the lymph nodes next to the colon, and we should have biopsy results by the end of this week.  If the results are negative (which is our prayer!!) then mom will have CT scans of her abdomen every three months for a year or two, then every six months for a year or two, then every year.  If nothing changes, she won't have to have any chemotherapy or radiation.  If the biopsy is positive, then treatment will be required and we are taking her to MD Anderson in Houston, Texas.

Last Thursday before surgery I prayed with mom and my dad and my sister.  I asked for healing and I asked for peace.  And I can tell you that God delivered on both!!!  We truly are believing that Jesus has healed her.  And if He uses surgery and treatment for healing, we still praise Him.  This is a serious disease, and we aren't naive, but we serve an awesome God and we know that HE IS WELL ABLE to handle this.

We are thankful to have the surgery behind us and we are READY TO MOVE ON!!!!  

So come on September and come on Fall!!!

Please join us in thanking God for His healing power, for His perfect peace, and for His unfailing love for us all!!!  We ask that He who has begun a good work in my mom will complete it for His glory!!  Please agree with us in prayer.

Now, go buy yourself a pumpkin . . . and a hot chocolate :)!!