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.