"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
As I look backward, I stand amazed at our Savior and His loving kindness to us. I write this on October 31, 2019, two months after my brain tumor was discovered. I kept a simple recording of events, not quite a diary as the days went on.
It started as far as I knew then on the floor of Panera Springhurst on Friday, August 30, 2019. After a normal Bible study, I was awakened to a new reality that morning. It was new for me, but the Lord had planned this day from before time began. Midday that day, the doctors at Baptist Hospital determined that I had a good sized brain tumor. They told Melissa and I that we would not leave the hospital until I had brain surgery. That was quite a wake up call for us.
There are too many stories to tell here of God's guiding hand thru it all. We have witnessed the most amazing love from our Savior and so many others. As I sit here reflecting on the last two months, I realize that there is not enough time or space to record all we would like to thank. We are extremely greatful for all we have been taught in these months.
We are also aware that so many have been greatly influenced by God's sovereign power in ways that we have little knowledge of. Our Almighty God has revealed Himself in great power, but also in such compassion and tenderness. We have come to know His great strength through our utter weakness.
As of Monday, October 28, 2019, I have completed 5 radiation treatments and no more are planned. At this time, I am not expected to be tested for any regrowth of cancer cells for 6 months. I am able to work now as much as I choose. We are returning back into some of the same patterns that we had before cancer. Today though, we we are wiser and can attest to how the Lord has led us with great power. We are so pleased that our Lord has started us on this journey and assume He has much more for us to learn of His ways. Thank you for walking this path with us. We want to continue to be used up in service to Him and bring great glory to Him!
"Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength"
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What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.
Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.
Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge, take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He'll take and shield you; you will find a solace there.
Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised Thou wilt all our burdens bear
May we ever, Lord, be bringing all to Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright unclouded there will be no need for prayer
Rapture, praise and endless worship will be our sweet portion there.