Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Surgery #2 - Success!

Hi Guys!

Thank you so much for praying for me today as I had the IV port inserted. The surgery went will. However, I have been sick to my stomach due to the anesthesia. It is 10:00 p.m. and I am still drowsy from the medication! Please pray that it clears out of my body soon. It is important that I feel good tomorrow morning as they start chemo at 9:00 a.m. I need to be able to eat a good breakfast and keep food on my stomach as they infuse the chemo drugs.

Mark and I were surrounded by God's peace today. I woke up and spent time journaling and then I pulled out "Jesus Calling" by Susan Young (one of my favorite devotional books) and this is what it said for September 22nd:

"Trust me and refuse to worry, for I am your strength and song. You are feeling wobbly this morning, looking at difficult times ahead, measuring them against your own strength. However, they are not today's tasks - or even tomorrow's. So leave them in the future and come home to the present, where you will find Me waiting for you. Since I am your strength, I can empower you to handle each task as it come. Because I am your song, I can give you joy as you work alongside Me."

Isn't the power and sovereignty of God amazing? He knew, before the foundation of the earth, that on September 22nd, 2009, I would be facing surgery and chemotherapy. And He knew that on this day I would open up the book "Jesus Calling" before I went to the hospital. So, in 2004, He had Susan Young pen these words in the book she was writing, just for me. Exactly the words I needed to read today. I am in awe of the detailed planning of my God! And I am humbled by the fact that I am on His mind all the time!

"The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt Him." Exodus 15:2

Please pray for the following:
1. No more nausea and vomiting so that I am able to eat breakfast before chemotherapy in the morning.
2. Destruction of cancer cells and protection of healthy cells.
3. That I will keep my mind "fixed" on Christ and take every thought captive to Him.
4. Protection from diarrhea and dehydration.

Thank you so much for walking through this with us!


  1. I was in awe as I read the words from the devotional book you read. Our Father is so incredibly personal and loving!

  2. Eventhough today is Sat., Sept. 26th, I am just reading this and just had to comment. I was outside just now walking our dog Joy (a constant reminder that there is Joy in His presence), and I was praying for a hegde of protection around your thoughts today. I know for me that is the greatest battle and too many times I let the enemy slip in and try to bring me down there. I am continually praying this for you girl!! Only the thoughts of the Lord will stay in your mind. I also had to comment on the devotion. I too felt the Lord do something so personal only He could've known. I was really struggling with some past hurt last weekend with my parents as we all got together to "celebrate" our birthdays. I had been up Sunday morning talking with the Lord about my struggles and He reminded of some verses that I had read so many years ago about never forsaking me. Then, we go to Taste of Texas, and my favorite song right now comes over the speakers right in the middle of dinner. They're Christian owners and were playing Christian music. Kari Job's first song on her cd came on reminding me of God's grace and salvation. I literally stopped what I was doing and said outloud at the table how I couldn't believe my favorite song was playing. I turned to Aaron in the car in amazement and told him what an amazing God we serve that He would play the song He knew I needed to hear right at that moment to remind me of His love and attention to me. Only He could've known that about me. I have been amazed by this all week. Your life is a blessing, and shines for Him in all you do. I pray peace over your mind and rest over your soul.