Friday 13th December, 2019.
Hello Lovely Friends,
2 weeks ago I had the first of many vaccinations to help rebuild my immunity. Seven jabs-no problem- and I even got lollipops! It’s been a while since I’ve had a sweet treat at the end of a medical appointment lol. I very responsibly took them home for my kiddos ;) This begins an Immunisation Schedule that will span over the next 2 years.
1.5 weeks ago I had my usual Dr’s appointment and ‘Bone Juice’ (Zometa) infusion.The Myeloma levels have not changed in the last 2 months and are sitting at 19. All other markers and levels are trundling along well. Praise the Lord!
1 week ago I changed to a different medication schedule. This means I am now taking the newer medication that we had been waiting to become available on the PBS for maintenance treatment, and I don’t have to take the corticosteroids for now- BIG YAY! We hope and pray that it is even more effective in bringing down the Myeloma protein levels, and that there are no side effects or complications.
So, we breathe a big end-of-year sigh and begin to unwind into the school holidays, and also prepare for Christmas celebrations with family and friends. And as the summer heat continues to rise and we eagerly await the longed for cool change at night, or seek out respite throughout the day, it provides a brilliant parallel for our last few months. The heat, the pressure, the dustiness of circumstances, the expectation of change, juxtapositioned with an understanding that the change we are looking for may not arrive to order. Yet we have still been so blessed. Often in this season, YOU-our dear family and friends- have been the ones to bring the relief and balm so needed by us, and we thank God for you continually.
The day by day diligence of helping each other to speak to our souls when we falter, and exhort our inner being to actively put our hope in God is often a long, slow, steady walk in the right direction rather than a one-time spontaneous act.
“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Saviour and my God.” (Ps 43:5)
The word ‘put’ means to move or place an object into a position, but it also means, “to bring into a particular state or condition.” Both require energy. Our challenge continues to be: choosing to fully ‘place’ our hope in God and no other, but also in doing so, to allow Him to ‘bring’ about a change of condition, within our mind, heart, body and soul. This then opens us up to His ways and fully trusting in Him- in every moment. There is joy in stepping out this active surrender because we know that our heavenly Father loves us eternally, He holds us, He knows our circumstances, and we trust in His sovereignty.
We keep choosing to speak to our souls and line them up with the truth found in the word of God. As we do, please keep praying that the Holy Spirit would strengthen us-and you-with power to love our Lord Jesus with all of our heart, soul, mind, body and strength in every circumstance (Matt 22:37).
Love and Blessings,
Robb & Bernadette & Family xo
WAYMAKER by Leeland An awesome song that speaks of our Waymaker- the God in whom we trust!