Quote from "Stepping Heavenward" by Mrs. E. Prentiss

"She says I shall now have one mouth more to fill and two feet the more to shoe, more disturbed nights, more laborious days, and less leisure or visiting, reading, music and drawing.

Well! This is one side of the story, to be sure, but I look at the other.

Here is a sweet, fragrant mouth to kiss; here are two more feet to make music with their pattering about my nursery. Here is a soul to train for God; and the body in which dwells is worthy of all it will cost, since it is the abode of a kingly tenant. I may see less of friends, but I have gained one dearer than them all, to whom, while I minister in Christ's name, I make a willing sacrifice of what little leisure for my own recreation my other dear darlings had left me. Yes, my precious baby, you are welcome to her time, her strength, her health, her tenderest cares, to her lifelong prayers! Oh, how rich I am, how truly, wondrously blest!"

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

No doctors two months ago....Seven doctors today

It is easier to write when it's not all about yourself.   I've been staring at this screen for the last ten minutes trying to decide what to write about.   Since I last wrote, I'm still continually overwhelmed with the body of Christ sending me notes of encouragement and letting me know they are praying.   Honestly, it's pretty humbling.  Being so much easier to give than receive has never felt more true.   The Lord has provided so much encouragement and peace I forget I'm sick until I get overly tired.   And I haven't been nearly as tired since the body of Christ has lifted me up in prayer.   My food schedule that was set up at takethemameal.com is already filled up through February excepting ONE day!     I'm repeatedly surprised at the love shown to us.    I am probably not much different than most folks reading this blog.    A Christian very aware of her shortcomings, faults, struggles that I'm amazed by His mercy and grace towards me in any given moment on any day that this outpouring of love has made me cry when even the word cancer has not.  

Today a mammogram was set up for Thursday to be sure it's only fibroid cysts in my breasts.   That is a common occurrence in my family but we are making sure.   I've definitely done lots of preventative in that area with 13 pregnancies and 14 years of nursing babies.  Of course, I would have thought I had done enough to prevent colon cancer too.   Whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables, lots of salads each week, etc. are common in our diet.   Go figure.   I meet radiologist Thursday and then will be seeing him 5 days a week.   I have minor surgery Friday to get a port put in to make the chemo easier.   Then I will only have to visit the oncologist 1 day a week for chemo.   He believes we will only need to go 5 1/2 weeks instead of 8.  My body will rest for a few weeks then surgery.   I'm praying when they check me I won't even need the surgery.   The doctor said I may not even lose my hair (although I wasn't even worried about that.)  I have a large packet to read over tonight to prepare me for the weeks ahead.  

Would still appreciate prayers for healing,  medical expenses covered, peace for my mom, husband, and the children, school to be done well despite circumstances, and for opportunities to share the joy and hope of the Lord with each visit we make to the doctor.   While you are praying, pray my daughter Cindy does well on her college exam tomorrow.   The semester is just beginning but this exam on her first day back is detrimental towards her staying in the nursing program.   Pray also that my son John Russell has an extraordinary experience with the Lord while he's at the Passion Conference in Atlanta this week along with the other high school seniors and college age students.   Pray for Nancy who has taken over teaching my Challenge II classes in co-op that she will not be overwhelmed and sense the equipping of the Lord for this task that has been thrown upon her.  Thanking the Lord for you all.  


Sally Meaders said...

Remember Joshua 1:9
HaveI not commanded you? Bestrong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
Because Jeasus is you constant companion heis with you and will be lifting you in his arms. You are an inspiration to the world Michelle! God bless you.

Katherine said...

What she said! :) Love you Michelle!

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