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January 29th: Are We Equipped For This Challenge?

Are we equipped for this type of challenge in life. No, we aren’t. There is nothing in life that prepares you for the challenge of walking through or watching someone you love so deeply walk through cancer or any other major illness.

There is so much about this from the shock of hearing the words from the doctors that your wife has brain cancer, to sitting there in a dream-like state not wanting it to be real, to crying every day for two weeks straight, because you realize that all you want is your best friend, wife and life companion to live a long and full life.

Our Emotions Are Everywhere!

I can’t even really begin to tell you all of the thoughts, emotions and challenges that come with cancer for anyone. This is not just our journey, it is a similar journey for so many people today that find out they or someone they love has cancer. The biggest challenge is for the person walking through the illness themselves.

It is easy to dwell on the negative of what the possible outcome could be for my wife, but the doctors have given it a grade 2 brain tumor, which means that it is the best possible type of tumor that she could have. It is treatable through radiation and chemotherapy. She’ll be starting radiation treatments in the next week or two. Our hope is that she’ll respond well and go into remission and live a long full life.
Don’t dwell on the negative (anger, bitterness, possible negative outcomes), live in the joys of each moment daily with the ones you love! Life is so very precious, enjoy every moment that you can. Yes, you are going to have bad moments, but don’t dwell there. Live in the good ones, because there are so many beautiful moments worth living in that are just precious.

I choose to dwell on the hope of God

The good of God, the Love of God, the peace of God, the Grace of God. Why? Because he is my shepherd. I get this from this passage which is very popular to many people.

Psalm 23
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want, He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet water. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. Surely goodness and loving kindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the house of the Lord forever.

What does this really mean to me? God is my shepherd. I have comfort knowing that my wife and I are in God’s hands. He leads our paths daily even when we fail and sin. It doesn’t mean we are perfect people, it just means that God is our source of nourishment every day through reading His Word, praying to Him. We have such a great privilege to be able to go to the Father (creator, sustainor) of the universe. He is more than that to us though, he is my father. I get to call him “Abba”, daddy because he is my Father in heaven. I love a couple parts of this Psalm, how David shows such trust in God, he is not afraid and the last section, where David states that Goodness and loving kindness will follow me all the days of my life and he ends it by stating that He will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

This Psalm brings great comfort, during a very difficult time for my wife. She is doing good at home. Every day there is a little bit more improvement from the medication. Her spirits are good. She delights in the messages, cards, notes, meals and everything else that is provided for us. We truly do feel loved by the body of Christ, friends and family.

One of the hardest parts of this new journey for Amy is going to be the radiation treatments which will happen every day mon thru friday for 5 weeks.

How can you pray?

Please pray for her strength in physical health, spiritual health in the Lord, and that each visit will go well and most of all that she’ll be healed from this so she can see her babies grow up.

Thank you, everyone, for all of your support in so many ways. I find this is the easiest way for me to say thank you to so many people without making dozens of phone calls each day. I praise God for each one of you for your prayers, support in so many ways.

Thank you,
Fred

I am a husband, father, business owner and follower of Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior. My hope is that you find these articles helpful in your walk through life.

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