April 9, 2011

Greetings to all ~
Psalm 37:4
Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
It is Saturday night. Lisa is laying on one of the couches in her family room watching Dutch Sheets tell his version of the “key” story. (Of course it is a bit different than the version we heard from Chuck Pearce!)
We have spent the evening listening to the amazing storm, checking out the 1″ round hail hitting the deck, windows and roof, listening to the drip in the roof, by the back door. In the background of all this noise is Pastor Mahesh reading praise verses. The Enthroned CD has been playing, almost non-stop for close to four weeks now. Peace reigns in this house! Thank you Lord.
She has kept up with as much of the conference as possible. Sleeps a lot but has “attended” the conference via the internet the rest of the time.
Can I tell you about God’s perfect time for Lisa?!?!?! Remember the big storm last week? She lost some shingles from the roof. She called the insurance company and they are going to send out an appraiser. Meanwhile, the company she called for a bid on a new roof is going to give her a huge break on a new roof PLUS upgrade it to architectural style! While she is praising God through this difficult time, God is giving her not only a new roof but the desires of her heart, a free upgrade. He is such a great and mighty God. He always has another plan up His sleeve – if He has sleeves! 
How is Lisa doing? Her days are spent pretty exhausted and limited in strength. Today she walked out to the mailbox. Wore her out! Then her inside plumbing started working overtime. These are things we knew may come at this point in the radiation and chemo. The nausea, although less than it was a couple weeks ago, still comes after eating many times. It is never easy for her, draining at best. But still she has not complained. That amazes me and has greatly challenged my ways of reacting to everything!
Here is a bit of information to explain why she is so exhausted and her strength is challenged. The chemo is designed to attack and kill all fast growing cells so it targets the cancer cells, which are fast growing. Unfortunately, it doesn’t go after only the cancer. All fast growing cells in her body are targeted by this killer drug; that includes bone marrow, lining of her mouth, sinus’, esophagus, stomach, lining of intestines, the whole intestinal track. Her body is fighting this constantly. It is a huge struggle.
Prayer requests:
  • That is one of the main prayer requests at this time. If she were to get sick, even a cold would be a difficult battle. Please pray God would continue to protect her from illness. People have been so considerate when they have a cold or sniffles. It has been hard as those are some of her closest friends. They have not been able to come see her for over a week.
  • Please pray her mouth and esophagus will not get the abscess’ that usually come with the attack on the lining being compromised. From what we have heard these are extremely painful. We are asking God to keep her protected from that happening.
  • Another prayer request is the tumor would continue to shrink. It is “shrinking nicely” according to the doctor last week. We don’t want it shrunk, we want it gone! Completely gone! The rogue cells in her lymph nodes by her heart – we want them gone! Not just dead, gone! No more cancer; no spreading anywhere else in her body. No more!
Please don’t hesitate to contact her. If she can’t talk, she won’t answer the phone. If she isn’t up to visitors, she will let you know.
Hopefully, she will soon be able to put some of these updates on here too! I know it will be nice for all of you to hear from her.
I also want to let you know Lisa is praying for all of you and is grateful for you.
Blessings to each of you.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Moya Jones
    Apr 10, 2011 @ 23:15:34

    You are His precious flower. ✿¸.•* throughout all seasons of life you show expressions of Love as your petals blossom in the Spirit… ✿¸.•*¨`*•..¸✿✿your stem of Faith keeps you strong and your leaves shall not whither whatever the storm… your roots grow deep in rich soil as you stand firm on the foundation of God’s word
    ♪♫•*¨*♥•.¸¸†¸¸.♥•♪♫•*¨*♥ In His Love


  2. Lisa
    Apr 14, 2011 @ 21:21:25

    Moya, Good to know you are praying for me. Truly prayers are what is getting me through this chapter.


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