It's finally here. The day we have waited for since last fall. On Thursday morning, April 6th, my mother will have her "big" surgery at MD Anderson in Houston. The surgeon will remove approximately 70% of her liver where the remaining cancerous tumors are located.
My folks are already in Houston, and she had blood drawn and a CT scan yesterday. Today mom has no appointments, so they are hanging out enjoying the beautiful weather down there. Tomorrow they meet with the surgeon and the anesthesiologist, and the surgery will be Thursday morning.
Since this journey began we have asked God for complete healing for mom. I know that no one lives forever, and neither will my mom. But we do not in any way believe that God brings sickness upon His children. His Word says the prayer of faith SHALL heal the sick, and that is what we stand upon.
Today I ask once again that you pray with faith, confident that God is the same yesterday, today and forever, asking for my mom's healing in Jesus name. We are praying for God to guide the surgeon, the nurses, the anesthesiologist, everyone that will come in contact with my mother during the surgery and her recovery. We are asking for a completely routine surgery. We are praying for NO COMPLICATIONS AND NO INFECTION!! We are praying for a SPEEDY and COMPLETE RECOVERY. And we are praying that the cancer will be TOTALLY GONE, NEVER TO RETURN AGAIN.
Before my mom's surgery in February I believe that God gave me the verse Exodus 14:13 "Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you today: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more for ever." I have taken that verse to heart, and truly believe that after the surgery on Thursday, there will be no cancer in my mother's body and IT WILL NEVER RETURN.
If God has another plan for my mother, then I will accept it. I trust Him. But until He shows me differently, that is my prayer for my mother, that the cancer BE GONE FOREVER IN JESUS NAME and I am asking for you to agree with me.
I fly to Houston Wednesday afternoon to be there for the surgery on Thursday, so prayers for a safe trip will be appreciated. Mom has to stay in the hospital for 5-7 days post surgery, then she will be in a hotel in Houston for another week, just so the doctor's can keep an eye on things. I'll be staying there for the first week, and then my sister will come down to stay the week mom is in the hotel recovering. Please keep my mom, Donna, in your prayers over the next few weeks. This is a big surgery and the doctors say the recovery will take some time. We are praying God shows off in a big way, and mom recovers completely and much faster than they think!!!
Please remember to pray for my cousin, Cami, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in January. She has 3 chemo treatments behind her, 3 more to go before she has surgery. And just yesterday I found out that the mother of a blogging friend of mine, Shelly Wildman, was diagnosed with cancer last month. Shelly's mom is having surgery on Wednesday, April 5th, and I know she would appreciate your prayers as well. You can check out Shelly's newsletter HERE.
So many need a touch from Jesus. So many need healing and encouragement. So many need comfort. This road called life is not easy. But a life lived with Jesus as your guide is a life lived well. He never promised it would be easy, but He promised to never leave us or forsake us. These past few months have been extremely difficult for our family, but we know that He is in control. I fail him many times, but my heart's desire is to serve Him. One day I want to hear those words . . . "well done, good and faithful servant."
Thank you all so very, very much for your prayers. They are appreciated beyond words. And if you have a few minutes, click on the video below and check out my new favorite song.