Sunday, August 30, 2015

"Spending" time.

My niece has cancer.
Not just one form of cancer.
Michele has colon cancer, it's in her liver, spine, and hip.
She's been dealing with all of it for two years.
Michele has a five year old son, and three year old daughter.

There have been chemo treatments, radiation beads, failed treatments, and more chemo......all to give Michele more "time" with her children.
Most of her time has been spent dealing with side effects from medications.  Some of the effects have been devastating.
All Michele wanted was more time.
Time for holding hands, giving hugs, reading books, riding bikes, chasing butterflies, and hearing the laughter of her children.
Her days have been filled with doctor appointments, tests, treatments, feeling sick, tired, and waiting for results.
Michele has cherished the precious, few moments she has been able to spend time with Brayden and Layla.
She has never complained. Never asked, "why me?"
Everything Michele has endured has been for her beloved babies. 
She is a remarkable young woman.

The cancer has spread......from the hip, down her leg.
Around the liver, and into the lymph nodes.
In the esophagus, and chest.
Further down the spine.
Michele is losing fluid through the skin, and has lesions on the outside of the body.
Her blood pressure drops dangerously low, and also her heart-rate.
She receives blood because of low counts.
We went to see her on Friday.
Not one time did she complain.
She drifted in and out....but was as sweet as ever when she did speak.
Her children were there.....just being normal kids. 
Filling up her "time".
What is it that you need to fill up your time with?
You never know how much you have really think before you answer.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Transcending Tranquility

The time between light, and darkness.
When the sun has set, but night has not yet taken over the day.

The time of the evening when the cooing of the dove stops.
The birds take refuge in the trees for the night.
For a brief period, there is silence.

That's the time my ears, and heart listen for God's voice.

It's when the heaviness of the day is lifted.
All of the reports of people around us that are dealing with illness, with all the questions, and despair..... are given to God.
With thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts. Philippians 4:6-7HCSB.

This peace is beyond our comprehension-and is better than understanding why something is happening to so many around us.
I pray for peace amid the confusion, and commotion for those dealing with the illness.
It is my hope that their heart may be kept calm.
Not only the people that are ill, but their caretakers, as well.

In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You, Lord, alone make me dwell in safety and confident trust.
Psalm 4:8 AMP
When you feel that peace within your spirit, and you are not worrying....that's the evidence that God is doing a transcending work.
It's the tranquility that results from constant communion with God~the assurance that He will thoroughly tame the chaos and bring order to it.
In Christ Jesus.