Enjoying the calm

Thank you Father for your continued lovingkindness and faithfulness. Also thank you all for your continued love, prayers and support.

I wasn’t able to get out a blog last week due to the busy Sunday we had, sorry. As Theresa is not in active treatment anymore, I am going to move to blogging once a month. Two weeks ago Theresa had the seroma under her right armpit aspirated, but it has since come back. We anticipate she will have a drain placed in the next 1-2 weeks which she will have for a couple of weeks, to hopefully scar this area down so fluid doesn’t continue to collect. She is two weeks out from her last Herceptin dose and her fatigue should hopefully improve soon. Her frozen shoulder has been a bear. She finds it hard to sleep at night because of the pain. So during the day she is pretty wiped out and ends up taking cat naps. In a few months we hope the pain will improve and if she can’t get the function back on her own, have the surgery done. Her hair is growing in well, though is finding it difficult to take care of it with the limited movement she has in her shoulder. From a cancer standpoint, all is well, as far as we know. She has a follow up with her oncologist in 3 weeks or so. She hasn’t been restaged, and I am not sure when that is slated to be done. We are very grateful for where we are now. Grateful for each day, time spent together, and time as a family. I can’t state the difficulties without stating the blessings that are ours through the graciousness of our Lord. His peace, His closeness, His answers to prayer, and His molding of our character and wills has been evident through out this past year.

I read a very poignant devotion by Charles Spurgeon that hit home. “…there are many in the present day concerning whom it might be asked with justice, for they love God after a fashion because He prospers them; but if things went ill with them, they would give up all their boasted faith in God…Their love is the love of the table, not of the host; a love of the cupboard, not of the master of the house. As for the true Christian, he expects to have his reward in the next life and to endure hardness in this. The promise of the old covenant was prosperity, but the promise of the new covenant is adversity…Fear not, but rather rejoice that such fruitful times are in store for you, for in them you will be weaned from earth and made meet for heaven; you will be delivered from clinging to the present and made to long for those eternal things that are so soon to be revealed to you.” We hold too tightly to this world; God wants us to hold tightly to Him instead. God is good all the time and worthy of our praise, obedience, and surrender irrespective of and in-spite of our circumstances. Pursue God with a single minded focus, you won’t be disappointed.

Thank you all for your continued thoughts and prayers.

Comments

  1. Mitch Dietz says

    Paul it was great to see Theresa Sunday. I continue to lift you in prayer before our Heavenly Father. Thank you for the quote from Spurgeon. A great reminder to watch over our motives for following Jesus. In our consumer culture I pray we will not engage our loving heavenly Father from a consumer mentality, but out of love and devotion. Paul you and Theresa have been a wonderful example of this kind of love and devotion to our heavenly Father and to each other. Thank you!

  2. Terry says

    Dear Dr Paul, It’s has taken many weeks of
    Reading your words. I’ve wanted to reach out but was without words. Then I read what you wrote about clinging to this life I knew it was time to write.My prayers have been with you and your family since my son told me about you. I feel your faith in my heart and soul. I’m sure you receive alot of advice but only you truly know that the Lord Jesus Christ is with you. I too am blessed to have this and the grace of God who in my worst moments never failed me. I was given a gift, a simple word “satori”. Though there are so many defintions the person who shared this told me to think of moment’s ,my blessings,my faith in Jesus,so for me satori became a word that made smile, laugh out loud in a moment when the grace of God would touch me. Satori-Miracles happen in moments! Bless you for the posting. My prayers are with you and your family. Sincerely and with lots of love, and satori to you, Dr Paul.

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