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Encouragement-to put into the heart
A very special thank you to all the children who are praying for me, thinking of me, and sending cheerful notes to brighten my days!!![...]
The cold, long, dark, winter nights are behind us and our world is waking up to the spring showers and warm, gentle breezes. Today, I am enjoying the beauty of God's creation in my back yard. The sun warms my face as I sit in my swing and look at the buds popping out on the trees. Springtime has a way of reminding us of new beginnings, doesn't it?! "Old things have passed away, behold all things have become new."[...]
To My Cherished Friends of the Faith-
Since my last update, Glen and I have been enjoying our time together walking on the beach at Park Point, hiking the Superior trails, biking on Skyline Drive, and taking a lot of road trips up the shore. Our most recent travel included a trip to the Mayo Clinic. On Thursday I had tests in the morning followed by a late afternoon office visit with my oncologist Dr. Block. As you know, my cancer is aggressive and after the first three months of chemo the tumors did not respond to the harsh treatments, in fact they became what's called "platinum resistant." According to statistics and I quote: "Platinum resistant ovarian cancer has a median survival of 9-12 months and less than 15% respond to subsequent chemotherapy." In January, I was given the "subsequent chemotherapy." I risked everything on God and went forward in faith. After taking this secondary chemo for three months (Jan-Mar), I was reevaluated by Dr. Block yesterday and what he had to say let me know that my God is taking excellent care of me and watching over every detail of my life with the utmost care. Not only had the tumors shrunk, but there was also no spreading of the disease. Even Dr. Block was surprised and "pleased overall" with how things are going so I will continue with the secondary chemo for three more months. Glen and I were also very surprised to know that God chose to use the inferior method of treatment, which only had a small chance of working. But isn't that exactly the way God does things so that all the glory goes to Him?! His strength becomes most obvious when everything seems against us. For His power shows up best when all appears to be hopeless.
And isn't that what Easter is all about as well?! When Jesus was hanging on the cross it looked like all hope was lost, but then on the third day God Almighty raised Him from the dead bringing hope and salvation to those who would believe on His name. And because Jesus lives, we can live in victory by His power.
Dear Friends, though it is not possible to celebrate together at church this Easter Sunday, we are together in heart and in spirit, united by the blood of Jesus Christ. As sisters and brothers in Christ we are a blessed society who share sweet fellowship with the living, risen Savior and with each other. And because Jesus is triumphant, we also triumph in victory over darkness and death. We owe all praise and thanksgiving to our Great God and Savior. How can we thank Him enough for the great things He has done?[...]
Hello Prayer Warriors!!!
Last weekend, I was at Chase on the Lake in Walker, MN for a Ladies' Retreat with a 180+ amazing women. We had a wonderful time of fellowship, food, and fun around our Saviors's name and we heard many inspiring testimonials of faith on how God works in real life situations. My heart was greatly encouraged and I was grateful to be able to attend. Many good conversations took place, but one in particular sticks out in my mind. One evening while chatting with a group of gals, someone made the comment that I was 'battling' cancer. This remark took me by surprise and I replied "I'm not battling cancer, the battle is the Lord's." After sharing several verses with these friends, we were all encouraged by the reminder from God's word to let Him fight our battles for us.[...]
My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up.
Truly the light is sweet, And it is pleasant for the eyes to behold the sun;
For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly.
Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; Sing praises to His name, for it is pleasant.
Psalm 5:3, Ecclesiastes 11:7, Psalm 84:11, Psalm 135:3[...]
Fear began to arise in my heart a few days before the chemo appointment. The thought of having another severe allergic reaction from the treatment with intense burning in my chest plagued my mind. The actual treatment itself had proved more painful than the side affects. I also wondered how my body would respond to two chemo drugs while also undergoing the new immunotherapy treatment. Despite my many nagging questions, I knew deep inside my soul God would not leave me in this state of unrest. He would bring me through and somehow He would show Himself strong on my behalf. [...]
My Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Thank you for continually praying for Glen and I with faithful devotion to our blessed Lord who hears and responds to the petitions of the righteous.
After four rounds of chemo proved unsuccessful in treating the cancer tumors, two new chemo drugs were administered last month. One chemo treatment is dispensed every other week and the other one is given every four weeks. Although we won't know the effectiveness of the new drugs until my three month CT scan, our confident hope is in the living God and He is our peace.[...]
"Moreover, brethren, I declare to you ❤️the gospel❤️which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures," I Corinthians 15:1-4[...]