Since I started this blog over a year ago, some of you have been following have been in prayer for our Pastor. Well, he and his family need more prayers. This is part of the message that his wife, Marilyn wrote on FaceBook...
"Before we left the chemo center, we finally got word on his CEA marker: his marker was 168, which is a 68% increase since the last treatment (a significant increase). When I heard the results, it felt like someone punched me in the gut and took my breath away. We knew it would increase, and thought it may be as high as 150, but were taken aback at the sharp increase. It even surprised our care provider (she thought it might only increase by 20%). In very plain english, this means his cancer is growing, and growing more rapidly than expected.
What do we do with this information?? Good question! In simple terms, it means we have decisions to make in the coming weeks:
1) Stop treatments and let the cancer take it's natural course, and in the end Steve will pass on to eternity with Christ;
2) Continue treatments and try to slow the growth rate down, have Steve endure the side effects of chemo, "buy some time" here on earth, and then pass on to eternity with Christ; and
3) receive a miraculous healing from our Great Physician! Steve knows he is is a win-win situation: Healing on earth, or Healing with his first breath in heaven! Steve's heart is summed up by the apostle Paul, in Philippians 1:21, "To live is Christ, to die is gain."
Even though this verse sums up where Steve's heart is, it is still a very heavy cup to bear, not only for him, but for our family and our friends. At times, I feel like I can't even catch my breath, and I feel like I could vomit under the anguish and pain ahead. Yet, we continue to seek His Will, and continue to seek your comfort and prayers."
"Show me your way , oh Lord, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth and teach me for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long." -Psalm 25:4-5 My Mission for this BLOG is to bring glory to God as I share what He is teaching me as I raise my children for Him. I want to encourage mothers all around the world to hang in there! Motherhood is tough, challenging and gritty. But through Christ's strength and the support of other moms who are in the trenches, I will keep pressing towards the goal to raise Godly children. Please feel free to leave comments. It blesses me so much! You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a Stay-At-Home mother of six children. We LOVE having a large family. My first love, is Christ and the Words of the Bible. My passion is to teach my children about the Lord. I love to watch my children discover their own faith in God. My husband has been a firefighter for over 20 years and is now an officer. I am very proud of him. I long to be a Titus 2 woman who encourages other women to love their husbands and children and to thrive in their homes, not just survive.
The noblest calling in the world is that of a mother. True motherhood is the most beautiful of all arts, the greatest of all professions. She who can paint a masterpiece or who can write a book that will influence millions deserves the plaudits and admiration of mankind; but she who rears successfully a family of healthy, beautiful sons and daughters whose immortal souls will be exerting an influence throughout the ages long after paintings shall have faded, and books and statues shall have been destroyed, deserves the highest honor that man can give. -David O. McKay Motherhood is the one thing in all the world which most truly exemplifies the God-given virtues of creating and sacrficing. Though it carries the woman close to the brink of death, motherhood also leads her into the very realm of the fountians of life and makes her co-partner with the Creator in bestowing upon eternal spirits mortal life. -David O McKay We can't form our children on our own concepts; we must take them and love them as God gives them to us. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord; and the fruit of the womb is his reward. -Psalm 127:3 The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom -Henry Ward Beecher The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children. -Elaine Heffner People who say they sleep like babies usually don't have them. -Leo J. Burke
To be a mother is a woman's greatest vocation in life. She is a partner with God. No being has a position of such power and influence. She holds in her hands the destiny of nations, for to her comes the responsibility and opportunity of molding the nation's citizens. -Spencer W. Kimball