Thank you Father for your many blessings and Truths on this journey, and thank you all for your continued prayers and encouragement.
We have had a good week. Theresa was able to help our daughter finish her school project and present it at school, last Thursday, but she was down and wiped out for three days before she had energy for the rest of the week. Her motivation is there, but fatigue can get profound at times. Losing her hair was traumatic, but as she is beginning to grow hair back, her eye lashes and eye brows are finally falling out, which has been more difficult, because even with a hat on it is obvious to all you had chemo. A darker shade of makeup has helped her not feel so pale. She knows in time this will come back as well. As with her hair, she had hoped she would be the one who didn’t lose her lashes, but some of the effects of chemo are not seen for months later, and she realized she is not immune. This has been tough to lose what externally helps make one attractive. But her hair and lashes will come back. The perspective that being alive without hair or lashes is better than being dead with them, so we can be thankful in all situations. Thursday she will get her last treatment with Perjeta, the end of active treatment for her cancer, though she still will have 18 months of Herceptin. Probably in the next month we will get a look at the liver. We will be going to family camp in June, and have bought a recliner chair to relax in the sun together.
“Trials are blessings in disguise”, “Are you boldly praising Him for the trials in your life?” (Streams in the desert May 26). “Do you find yourself at this very moment surrounded with needs, and nearly overwhelmed with difficulties, trials, and emergencies? Each of these is God’s way of providing vessels for the Holy Spirit to fill. If you correctly understand their meaning, you will see them as opportunities for receiving new blessings and deliverance you can receive in no other way….Remain still before Him, and stop your own restless working until He begins to work…Then the very trials that threatened to overcome you with discouragement and disaster will become God’s opportunity to reveal His grace and glory in your life, in ways you have never known before.” A.B. Simpson. “To know Christ is life’s greatest achievement…The reality of knowing Jesus comes as a result of hidden prayer, and personal Bible study that is devotional and consistent in nature. Christ becomes more real to those who persist in cultivating His presence.” Maltbie D. Babcock.
I can say that these quotes are full of truth and wisdom. We have experienced the awesomeness of God through this journey. We have stayed engaged with Him daily and waited upon Him in humble surrender. God is good and has been so faithful during this time. Thank you Father and thank you all for supporting us as you have.