Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Visalia Weekend and Appointment Update

Meran and I got to run up to Visalia for a few days this weekend to love on my mother-in-law, who had surgery last week. She is doing great and recovering well(although I didn't take a picture to prove it;). As always, the trip was too quick and very fun...love these peeps!

As for my health update, I have a scan Thursday-to peek inside and hopefully see hardly any cancer;). I'm feeling great and what I would consider "normal". So, so grateful for my gift of feeling healthy! On November 17, I will return to the Natural MD in OC and have a test done to see the results of the SOT. I am excited and hopeful, trusting that it has done its job. But no matter what the outcome, I will praise the Lord, who has been 100% faithful, 100% of the time!

My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip or to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber not sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
Psalm 121:2-5

Monday, October 12, 2015

Panning for Gold

Is it just me, or do you keep track of the year no longer by a traditional calendar (January-December)? But, rather by the anniversary of the most recent life altering event in your life? Maybe it's that of a loss...person, job, marriage, or perhaps a relocation, job change or new diagnosis. For the past 4 years that is how I mark time. Not negatively mind you, but rather a time to look back and reflect what God has done in my life throughout the past year. It's so crazy and fun to see the surprising twists and turns that only He knew about and how He guided me through it. It's similar to panning for gold, is it not? You scoop up all this dirt, sand etc in your pan and sift slowly and purposely through that. It's challenging work sometimes, and hard for our untrained eyes to see at times...but it's always there. God's goodness, those flecks of gold that re-enforces the truth that "this is not our home". Giving us a teeny-tiny peek of those streets of gold that await those who trust and love Him with this earthly life. Reminding us that He brings beauty out of ashes. 
One year ago from last week, I was recovering from surgery that had removed my cancerous ovaries and also had received the hard news that there was yet more cancer found during the surgery....which hadn't shown up on previous scans. It was then I made the decision to go on the oral chemo and do radiation. I wasn't feeling that hot. But even in all that dirt I had scooped up I was seeing a plethora of gold flecks gleaming through! God's provision and grace and peace and mercy have continued to show up this year with every corner I round. 
And now with both of my sweet in laws battling similar challenges, I see God's provision covering our family still. Only strengthening what the evil one wants to destroy. We will continue to trust in God and believe His promises of Jeremiah 29... (Very loose paraphrase)That He has a plan for our lives, to give us a hope and future...and we will call on Him and find Him when we seek Him with all our heart.
I'm so so so (times infinite) thankful for this time I have been given and my current steady health & energy level, considering it all. It's so true, I do not know what the future holds, but I know who holds my future. 

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