Remission and focus on health

Thank you Lord for your favor resting over us. Thank you for your presence in our lives. Thank you all for your continued prayer and concerns.

Theresa has had the drain now for just about a month. It is finally draining only a small amount, so hopefully it can be removed next week. If the fluid re accumulates, then she will need to have surgery. Her left shoulder is unchanged, anticipate surgery in a few months for that. She saw her Oncologist a little over 2 weeks ago. He told her with the type of cancer she had and its spread that she has to do all she can with her diet and lifestyle to keep it from recurring the next 18 months. If it can be kept at bay for 18 months, the chance of long term success is good. If it recurs in the next 18 months, there is little that can be done. So in that end, he told her to completely avoid sugar, lose 20 pounds and be as healthy as she can. She is mourning the loss of comfort foods, but is determined to be around longer than 18 months. She has become more rigid with her diet, adding in foods that help fight her cancer and is working on weight loss. I am proud of her determination. It is hard, but she actually is feeling better, which keeps her motivated. She still tires out, but her spirits are good, and she is strong. She could continue to use prayer over the next 18 months as we pray for no recurrence. People have noticed that her color looks good and she appears healthy. God has been so good.

I want to share some of my March 4th reading from Experiencing God’s Presence by Chris Tiegreen. Philippians 4:6-7 “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” “Paul advises us to shift our focus from the problem to the Provider. Instead of worrying about circumstances, we should turn our attention to God in prayer and gratitude. If we do this, he tells us, we will experience God’s peace. Why? For one thing, God is drawn to those who know they need Him. But beyond that, our shift in perspective reverses the dynamic. If what we focus on seems to grow larger, then it makes plenty of sense to change our focus from the problem to God. When we magnify Him in our thoughts, our circumstances become relatively minor. The result is the peace that passes understanding. Choose your focus. If you are preoccupied with worry over a problem, the problem will seem huge. But if you shift your focus to God, His ability, His compassion, and His willingness to answer prayer, He will seem big and the problem will seem small. And you will experience peace.” I can vouch to the truth of these comments this past year. God is so good. His lovingkindness and faithfulness never end. He sustains us in all our troubles if we cling to him as a little child clings to his parents.

Thank you for your continued thoughts and prayers.

Comments

  1. Candace Horch says

    So thankful to hear this good news. I also have to live with the no sugar and organic diet to keep the the disease at bay, but it’s a small price to pay for having more days to serve the Lord and spending time with loved ones. I always am blown away by the beauty of your devotions and how you connect them to the journey… thank you for sharing and continued prayers for Theresa and for your family.

  2. Candace Horch says

    So thankful to hear this good news. I also have to live with the no sugar and organic diet to keep the the disease at bay, but it’s a small price to pay for having more days to serve the Lord and spending time with loved ones. I always am blown away by the beauty of your devotions and how you connect them to the journey… thank you for sharing and continued prayers for Theresa and for your family.

  3. Candace Horch says

    So thankful to hear this good news. I also have to live with the no sugar and organic diet to keep the the disease at bay, but it’s a small price to pay for having more days to serve the Lord and spending time with loved ones. I always am blown away by the beauty of your devotions and how you connect them to the journey… thank you for sharing and continued prayers for Theresa and for your family.

  4. Candace Horch says

    So thankful to hear this good news. I also have to live with the no sugar and organic diet to keep the the disease at bay, but it’s a small price to pay for having more days to serve the Lord and spending time with loved ones. I always am blown away by the beauty of your devotions and how you connect them to the journey… thank you for sharing and continued prayers for Theresa and for your family.

  5. Candace Horch says

    So thankful to hear this good news. I also have to live with the no sugar and organic diet to keep the the disease at bay, but it’s a small price to pay for having more days to serve the Lord and spending time with loved ones. I always am blown away by the beauty of your devotions and how you connect them to the journey… thank you for sharing and continued prayers for Theresa and for your family.

  6. Sharolyn Wiley says

    Trusting the Lord, taking one day at a time, remaining hopeful and doing our part! A great place to be! So thankful for this good news! You both have been/are such an inspiration! We will continue to pray for healing, energy and strength! Blessings!

  7. Kathleen Spencer says

    Such a good report after a long valley. Also such a good reminder to build our hope in our Lord not in our health, position, wealth, or circumstance. Let us magnify the Lord and let us dtaw near to Him and enjoy his presence as He draws near to us. Proud of you two for your love and perserverance on this journey!
    Love and prayers,
    Kathy

  8. Donna Rao says

    So, so good to hear of the positive progress you have made! The power of prayer& a positive attitude is amazing!! I will continue to keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers! Sending unending love & hugs, Auntie Donna

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