June 30, 2009

Time for Surgery

Just wanted all of you to know that my dad's surgery for tomorrow (Wednesday) is at 11:30. Again, I am going to ask if at that time you can say a prayer for my dad and our family. Pray that God guides and directs the docters and nurses hands. Pray the surgery goes well and that my dad will not have much pain. They will also give him his chemo and the chemo will last for 90 minutes. Pray that the chemo will kill the bad cells and leave the good ones alone. Also, for his energy, strength, and appetite.

Thank you all again for your prayers, support, and love. May God bless each and every single one of you.

In Christ alone,

June 29, 2009

Blood Test & Check In

Tomorrow (Tuesday) my dad will have blood tests to make sure his blood is thick enough for the prodecure on Wednesday. Also, tomorrow (Tuesday) night my dad will get checked in to the hosiptal. Pray that his blood is thick enough and that the prodecure will go well on Wednesday. This prodecure is dangerous but we trust and know that God is going into that operating room with my dad and the docters. They have done this prodecure a lot and it has gone well but it is still has danger involved in it. Pray that God will guide those docters and nurses hands. Also, pray that my dad will not have any reactions to this chemo and the chemo will kill the bad cells and leave the good ones alone. Pray that he will have an appetite and that he will have energy.

Thank you all for your prayers, support, and love that you have shown our family. You all have been a blessing and it is all truely humbling. For it's when we humble ourselves before the Lord that He is able to lift us up.

May you see through our story and lives that God does His best work in brokeness. Because during the brokeness is when Jesus really shines if we let Him. Through it all in this life may people see the beautiful picture God is painting and may we always be thankful for the Artist that did the work.

In Christ alone,

June 27, 2009

The Plan

Cirumstances may appear to wreck our lives and God's plans, but God is not helpless among the runis.
We can hug our hurts and make a shrine out of our sorrows or we can offer them to God as a sacrifice of praise. The choice is ours.

Just wanted to tell you all that my dad will have a prodecure done on Wednesday. They will put a line into his liver. They decided that they are going to do direct chemo to the liver. His blood was too thin so they give him vitiam K and took him off of his blood thinner. If his blood is thick enough then they will do the surgery on Wednesday. He will be in the hosiptal for 2-3 days. Then once he is off of the chemo they want us to stay here for 3 weeks to make sure he is not going to have any type of reaction to it. If he doesn't have any complications with the chemo then we will be able to come home after 3 weeks. They will repeat the process of chemo a secound time. After, six weeks they will do another scan.

Pray that everything goes well on Wednesday and that they will be no complications with his blood not being thick enough and that the chemo will cause no problems.

Thanks again for everything you do for our family.

June 25, 2009

Back at M.D. Anderson

We are back here for M.D. Anderson. Our next appointment is tomorrow at 3:00. We will find out what the plan is then. I'll update about that tomorrow. Countine to check here to find out the lastest.

Thank you all so much for the prayers and the love you have shown our family. May God bless each and every one of your efforts.

Wherever life has you may you find comfort in the following verse. Zephaniah 31:7 which says The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. May you take comfort knowing no matter what you are going through God is with and He will quiet your fears, doubts, and what ifs with His amazing love for you.

Thankful for God's love,

June 23, 2009

A Friend like no Other

I accept you as you are
I believe you are valuable
I care when you hurt
I desire only what is best for you
I erase all offenses

Words I believe reveal the heart of God for us. I was reading through a little booklet I brought for a friend and I came across these words. Words that were written down for a friend but words that I could feel God speaking to me. Words that brought comfort and showed me once again that Jesus truely is a friend like no other.

I love the fact that God accepts us as we are. We are broken, weak, sinful, imperfect, doubtful, and questional human beings and yet God says thats okay because He has made us this way. Made us this way to realize how deep and wide and long God's love is for us.

In God's eyes we are valuable. Not because of the job that we have that has made us sucessful in the world's eyes. Not because we are in perfect shape pysically or even because we have nice clothes and wear the lastest trends but because He has made us valuable by creating us in His image.

Caring for us when we are hurting. That's the kind of God we serve. We often at times we can wonder does God really care that I'm hurting or having a hard time? You bet He cares more than we could try to imagine. God is there to pick us, bring us into His safe embrace, and reassure us over and over again that He cares.

Desiring only what is best for us. Something that can be hard to see when life makes us feeling like we have been kicked in the gut. Here's the wonderful thing though that God does in those times He gives us the grace we need to catch our breath again. While at the same time repeating His promise that will always remain true. The promise that God has plans to give us a hope and a future and all things He will work together for good. If I can remind myself of that and believe it then I think I can lay my head down knowing that God wants what is best for me.

God erasing all our offenses. I'm so thankful for this. Jesus bore it all for us on the cross because He did not want us to have to carry the weight of this world on our shoulders. Instead to lay everything down at His feet and on Him. God is strong enough to carry that load that wears us down. Maybe you read this thinking to yourselve thats great everything that I did and said and everything I will do and say was nailed on the cross that day but my past is too ugly, too shamful, and leaves my full of guilt and shame. Let me first say the God of the universe knows what shame and guilt feels like. Then let me tell who the Son has set free is free indeed and all things God makes new in Him. Not just some things, a few things, or things that aren't as bad but every single detail of your past is made new in Him. God has buried and covered your past so you may rise in the freedom of God.

May you come to know the heart of God for you through these words. Go rest in the love God has for you beloved. God accepts, believes in, cares for, desires, and forgives you. The best part God wants and likes us just as we are. May you come to find that He truely is a friend like no other.

Thankful for my faithful friend,

June 20, 2009

Just a Quick Update

Just wanted to do a quick update for you. We are doing good and still waiting for results. When we find out on Friday the 26th I'll let you know what the plan is. Pray for my dad. He today has been feeling like he has a kindey stone. Pray that it is not one.

Also, just wanted to share a quick verse with. I got from KLove's Encouraging Word and the verse says He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. ~ Psalm 91:4, NLT May you know wherever life has you that God will protect you under His wings. Also, that God promises are true and He will keep His Word. You will never walk this life alone. God will always be there to comfort you and calm whatever fears you may have. May you take comfort knowing that God is with you. Also, try to go to church this weekend.

Thankful for the best protector I could ever have,

June 19, 2009

Waiting for Results

We are just waiting for results. My dad's next appointment is next Friday on June 26. We should find out the results and what direction they are going to take then. Hope you all are having a restful weekend.

Just wanted to share a verse with you for whatever journey God has you on. It's 1 Corinthians 13:13 from the Message which says Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. May you trust God in whatever you are going through, know that God gives you hope that endures in the worst of circumstances, and share God's love with every person that crosses your path.

Thank you so much for your prayers, support, and love you have given to our family. May you be blessed by God for everything you have given our family.

Trusting God, hoping unswervingly, and loving extravagantly.

June 16, 2009

Preparing for Scan

My dad is in the back getting ready to have his scan. He will be having it in 4 minutes at 7:40. Will please say a prayer it doesn't have to be long for my dad and our family. Countine to check here I will countine updating.

Overall my dad has not be in a lot of pain today. He has had some but it's not as bad as it has been in the past. Please countine to keep my dad and our family in your prayers.

We love you and are thankful for your kindness and prayers.

God bless each and every one of you,

June 15, 2009

Day One at M.D. Anderson

Well, today was our first day at M.D. Anderson. It was good. We were there from 11:30 to 5:30. They did blood work today. Tomorrow they will be doing scans. He will have the first one at 7:40 in the evening. If I could ask you a favor, would you please consider stopping at that time and just lift up my dad and our family. Today my dad was able to get stronger pain medication. Last night he was in a lot of pain. Other than that it has been good.

Countinue to keep us in your prayers. We like the docters. Everybody over at M.D. Anderson are really nice. Keep checking here as I will be trying to update you daily. My dad has already shared the gospel with someone. Even though he is in pain he still wants to minster. Aferall, life is about praising the God who gives us life in the first place. May your life and the way you live it be your worship to God and may other people be able to see the God you serve through the way you live your life.

Thank you for your love and prayers for our family. We can't say thank you enough.

June 14, 2009

We are Here

We are here. Tomorrow we have our appointment with M.D. Anderson. Thank you all who prayed for us. Please countine. Check here as I will try to update daily.

Right now we are in our hotel room resting. Hope you are enjoying your weekend whether you are home or not. May we count our blessings and then thank the Giver of all things.

God bless you,

June 13, 2009

Dinner with Friends & Last Weekend

So this was our last weekend home. We had a great weekend mixed with sadness. On Thursday night we had dinner and prayer time with my best friend Mallory. Mallory is one of those friends that I have been friends with forever. She is always there for me and someone I know has our family in her prayers. We are both the only child in our famlies so we are like sisters. Her parents and my parents are best friends and her parents treat me like I am their own daughter. I love our friendship and it something I cherish deeply. This is one person that I will miss so much while we are gone but I take the comfort knowing that she is just a phone call away.
Then tonight we had dinner and prayer time with my best friend Alissa's family. I went to church with her but we didn't become really close till this year. This year she started coming to school where I go and she is someone that I took under my wing so to speak and helped finding stuff around the school and in the process through helping her on the first day and eating lunch together we have become really close friends. She has two younger sisters and so it is a fun time when I go over to her house. She is the friend that I know is always praying for me and our family. Alissa is the friend that always gives you a listening ear and there for you no matter what. I know that she would always stand up for me and has my back. Also, her parents are best friends with my parents. Her parents treat me as if I am their own daughter. Her friendship is precious and something that I am so thankful for. I will miss this family and her so much.
So this weekend has been a great weekend and a sad weekend for us. We don't won't to leave but we know that God has gone before us and opened the doors. It's just that two weeks is a long time but we know that God will carry us through it. Hopefully we will have the chance to minster to the other families and patients at the hosiptal. We will be leaving tomorrow after church. Pray that we will have safe travel and share the hope and joy we have in our Savior. Also, pray that the docters would have wisdom. They are doing tests the first two weeks so pray that the tests go well. Even though the mourning may last for the night we know that God gives us His joy in the morning and His new mercies. Whatever you are going through know that God's grace is suffient for you and He will give you the strength to get through whatever journey you are on.
We love each and every one of you and we will miss you. Countinue to check here as I will try to update here daily.
Enjoying sleeping tonight in my own bed for a while,

June 9, 2009

Why me? Moments

So we are just enjoying our last week before we head over to M.D. Anderson. I have never appeciated being home like I am this week. Pray for us that we will have safe travel. We will be over there for 2 weeks so know if you are in our lives we will miss you. We will go over there knowing though that people back home are praying for us which means more than you will ever know.

Do you ever have moments in your life where you just want to ask God why me? Sometimes that question seems to be the biggest one we have and one that sums all the other questions up. There have many times on this journey that we as a family and individuals have asked God this question. Every time we seem to arrive at why not me?

I know that it rains on the righteous and unrighteous but sometimes life can just seem so unfair but that is life. Life is full of questions that we may never get answers to especially the question of why me in life. We as a family and individuals will never pretend to understand the why behind why our family was choosen for this particular journey but at the same time we trust the God who holds all the answers and our futures in His hands.

So how do we face why me moments in life? We run to God with everything in us while we still don't understand and trust that He knows what He is doing. So whether you are loving your life right now or wondering what God is up to know that He is always working in our situations whether we can see it or not.

Never be afraid to trust your unknown future to a known God. God knows what He is doing. I promise you that. God has showed us time and time again on this journey that He knows what He is doing. An example of that is that when we found out that my dad had cancer weeks later people in our neighborhood found out they had cancer. My dad was able to let them know what to expect. I promise you that my dad would tell you if our journey, our story, and our life can touch somebody's life than it is worth it. We want to share the hope we have with people and that we can trust the God who holds all the answers whether the answers are revealed to us or not.

Cherish the time you have with loved ones.

June 8, 2009

Quick Update

Just wanted to do a quick little update for you. My dad seems to be not in alot of pain today which is a blessing. This is our last week home before we head to M.D. Anderson. Pray that we will get everything we need packed and won't forget anything. Also, pray for safe travel. We will be there for 2 weeks.

I'll update more later. Somebody is here to bring me to lunch.

Until next time,

June 5, 2009

I'm Back

First of all let me first say that I'm sorry I haven't blogged lately. My computer went down so I had to bring it to get it fixed but now it's back up and running. So hopefully you will forgive my absense.

I hope you are enjoying your summer and cherishing the time you have with loved ones. I am starting to appeciate being home more since next weekend and for two weeks I won't be here. My dad is heading over to M.D. Anderson for 2 weeks to start off with. They will be doing tests on him for those 2 weeks. God has defintely gone before us and opened all the doors. Will you please pray that God will countinue to open doors and close the doors that need to be shut?

I promise I will start updating more. I will be bringing a laptop with me so I start trying to update you daily. Thank you so much for your prayers. That means more to me and my family than you will ever know.

Also, countinue to pray that my dad won't be in so much pain. His back pretty much hurts him everyday. Pray that God would ease the pain he has in his back. Pray that we as a family and individuals will keep our eye on Jesus.

Our faith is real and God countinues to become more and more real to us. It's our prayer that people would see the hope we have. That even when life gets tough we have a God who holds our hand on the journey and quietly and gently calms every single fear we may have.

Psalm 34:18 from the Message says If your heart is broken, you'll find God right there; if you're kicked in the gut, He'll help you catch your breath. Many days our hearts can feel more broken than others but we know God is right there to comfort us as only He can do. At times we can feel like have just been kicked in the gut but God countinues to give us the grace to catch our breath.

I'm so thankful that God gives us His grace for each moment that we face every single day. Afterall, it's God grace that is suffient for every single moment of every single day. It's my prayer that you would come to know such grace.

Thankful for God's grace,