Hello everyone! I know it’s been quite some time since I last posted to my Blog. As you can imagine, it’s been a very trying time for our family. However, I wanted to come today and update you with my husband’s progress. Thank you for your continued prayers for his healing and please keep them coming.
Since my last update, CEMO has been hospitalized twice, once for a headache which revealed that the tumor has returned as a more aggressive form called Glioblastoma (the fastest growing of brain tumors). The second and most recent visit was due to seizures after receiving his first radiation treatment. As of now, he is being treated with chemotherapy and radiation and his body is receiving the treatment without complications. The brain swelling and seizures have caused other complications, including deficits in his mental capacity. God has CEMO in His loving care and I continue to believe that a complete healing is coming. I’d like to share this message that I posted on my personal facebook timeline two weeks ago to let you know how we are handling everything and how much your prayers are helping to keep us lifted. I appreciate all of you so much! God bless you!
Update: My husband has brain cancer. He has survived 2 brain surgeries within four days of each other to remove the tumor. Two months later, the tumor is growing back aggressively. His cancer is incurable.
For some, merely uttering these words is enough to usher in panic and fear. It would be so easy to ask, “Why him?, Why our family?” Not once have I asked that question. Instead, my question is, “Why not him?, Why not our family?” The God I serve is no respecter of persons. That means he doesn’t play favorites. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; being followers of Jesus Christ doesn’t exempt us from adversity and affliction. Instead, Jesus tells us that in this world we WILL have trouble, but that we are to take heart because He has overcome the world (John 16:33). He told us this so that we may have peace and not be surprised when trials come our way. Remember Job in the Bible? God said Job was blameless and upright, that there was no man on the earth like him. Still God allowed Job to be severely afflicted. In the end, God restored Job to better than before, but Job had to endure the affliction.
So how do we “take heart?” We STAND in our faith! We TRUST God! We ENDURE what He has allowed. STAND! TRUST! ENDURE! In order to “take heart” in this way, we need the power of prayer. Let me tell you something. Never in our lives have we experienced such a powerful presence of God. Without a doubt, I know it is because all of you are praying for Cecil and our family that this peace which surpasses ALL understanding is with us. God is moving as you pray. I don’t have anything to “show” you that explains how blessed we are by your prayers, and I wish you could SEE the unseen, but since you can’t I’ll try to give you a picture with my words.
In addition to the physical healing that I believe is happening in Cecil’s body, there’s a spiritual breakthrough happening as a result of your prayers. When you’re going through something like this, life is still happening around you. There’s no pause button for life to “leave-you-alone” while you’re being healed from cancer. In real life, there are real problems and while I would love to be able to shield us from EVERY other problem right now, that’s just not reality. However, what I see happening is freedom from bondage in areas of our lives that have nothing to do with cancer. Someone is praying for our family to be healed beyond cancer. I just know it because God is breaking the chains. I see the chains falling you guys. God is using this trial to release us from some stuff. This is beyond anything I ever expected. When we started praying for Cecil to be healed from cancer, I never imagined God would take it above and beyond. His Word is living and active. We are living this truth: “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (Eph. 3:20-21) STAND! TRUST! ENDURE!
The healing, breakthrough and deliverance are happening simultaneously. This is not an easy road to travel. There will be painful moments, nevertheless, we are willing. We’ve both said, YES, to what God has allowed. He knows best and His plans have to do with His kingdom. I imagine us coming out of this like Job, better than when we went in. Many years ago a friend was sharing her life story with me and at the end she said, “I’ve been through the fire. I came out smoking but I didn’t get burned.” It reminds me of God’s Word that says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” (Isaiah 43:2) Every time I read this I get a visual of my family emerging from a cloud of smoke, with our hands locked together, lifted to God, smiles on our faces, and purpose in our eyes. “For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) STAND! TRUST! ENDURE!
If you have ever prayed for Cecil and our family, even once, THANK YOU! If you have prayed for us consistently, THANK YOU! If you have prayed when the Holy Spirit leads you, THANK YOU! If you have simply spoken the name, JESUS, on our behalf, THANK YOU! Each and every prayer is received by God and we are beyond grateful. With so many people praying, some we don’t even know, we are completely overwhelmed by the grace of God showering His unconditional love on our family; the love of God protecting us with His unbreakable shield; the provision of God sending His saints in full force to STAND in the trenches with us; and the peace of God empowering us to STAND, TRUST, & ENDURE!
We pray for all of you too. Yes, in our time of prayer we are always thanking God for our prayer warriors and asking Him to bless you. God is GOOD!
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Remember: When you live in your DESIGN, it is from there that God SHINES!