On April 16th, ten years ago, I was driven to Emory University Hospital before sunrise by my husband, as my father rode along with us for support. Trying to imagine what was going through my father's mind as he had lost his first wife, my mother, to breast cancer at the age of 44 back in 1989 on a Friday evening. In 2013, he found himself praying with me, his grown daughter (same age of 44), as we made our way down the expressway. We listened to praise music and did our best to keep each other uplifted. We were all concerned about the unknown. My husband was only seven, when he lost his 12-year-old sister, Terry, to cancer - also on a Friday. I remember how the loss of his sister and my mother came up in conversation on our very first date.
We felt God's presence and peace carry us through so many difficulties leading up to this hospital stay, during and afterwards. Sidenote, my father's second wife, who had come up with my father to help our family, had emergency surgery a week after my surgery. My father was out of state with both his wife and daughter in different hospitals (40 minutes apart), and most everyone felt overwhelmed . . . but God - He carried us all. Click on this link My God Is Awesome - humble & BOLD (humbleandbold.com) to read about some of the amazing ways God let us know He was with us during the long diagnosis, surgery and recovery.
While recovering, there was an article in my hometown paper, The Birmingham News, about the very procedure I had undergone. What I didn't know was that the survival rates weren't as long as I had thought. The article revealed that after having the Sugarbaker Procedure, there was a possible five years of expectancy (for only 50% of patients), which was up from a survival rate of only one year with conventional therapies. Click her to learn more The Sugarbaker Procedure - Laura, You Were Right! - humble & BOLD (humbleandbold.com)
Worry and anxiety tried to hijack the following years, but I learned to cast my cares on Him with thanksgiving for all He has done.
The timeframe surrounding my appendiceal cancer surgery seems more like the time God gave me a heart makeover. So many life-changing lessons were learned during that time. Worry and anxiety tried to hijack the following years, but I learned to cast my cares on Him with thanksgiving for all He has done.
Ten years later, on Sunday, April 16, 2023, my husband, Scott, was asked to give the message for our church service, and I was so happy to be here to support him. He is passionate about evangelism, because he's so thankful for the new life God has given him.
With these 10 precious years, God has graciously given me, I have been here to see my oldest graduate from elementary, middle and high school and be able to plan his college graduation celebration. I'm so thankful to have been here for my youngest son and see him adjust well to middle school and learn to sing and play the viola. For all the children God has brought into our lives, our family, neighbors and friends. Thankful that my father and second mom have had 10 precious years together as well.
Out of a refining fire, God has given me a new appreciation for Him, His gift of life, salvation and leading by the Holy Spirit. It's not about us, but HIM!
Ending this post with a page from the April 16th reading of The One Year Bible (NIV). There are so many things that stand out to me on this page. The lesson to not give up, to cry to the Lord for justice, and humbling oneself speaks volumes to my spirit. Would love to know what jumps off the page at you.
Stay humble & be BOLD!
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light unto my path." Psalm 119:105
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