No matter how many times I witness the power of prayer in my life and in those close to me, it always takes me by surprise. I'm constantly in awe of His love!!!
I have an update about my MIL, most of you know what is going on because you've been reading my blog for a while, but for those that don't.
Back in August when my MIL was visiting us, she told us that she had just been diagnosed with Breast Cancer. It was a shock, especially for my husband and brother in law because their dad has just passed away 3 years ago due to cancer. The great thing about my MIL is that she's a devoted Christian, she's courageous and brave and I know that if anyone can deal with this prognosis, it would be her.
I posted that very same day about what was going on, and I asked for prayers for her. Of course being the wonderful blogging friends that you are, you all started praying and I want to thank you for the continued prayers, because they have already begun to pay off.
She recently started chemotherapy and she's had 3 chemo treatments so far, but here is the amazing thing.
This is an excerpt of the email we got last night, I'm just thrilled beyond words:
Do you believe in the power of prayer???? I sure do. And again I have proof that God is with me and answering the prayers that have gone out for me. Today I had my appointment with my doctor. He checked my tumor and said it has shrunk 50%. I thank and praise God for such a miraculous movement. The doctor was shocked. But I became excited immediately and gave God the glory for answered prayers. I had my third chemo treatment today. He wants me to get another mammogram. Then I may only have to have one more treatment. He is still talking about surgery -- but my prayer is that it will only be a lumpectomy. God is so good.Praise the Lord indeed, how wonderful is that???? How good He is. Thank you all again for praying for her and for continuing to do so. This is what she said at the end of her email, which I think is just great proof of how calm and collected she's been through it all:
You can pray for me but please DON'T WORRY about me. I am in good hands. God will be with me and see me through this.See she has the right attitude in dealing with this :) If you could continue to keep her in your prayers, I would really appreciate it!!!
So, it's cold here, and I know I've said it before, but this morning I actually had to scrape ice off my windshield. ICE.OFF.MY.WINDSHIELD!!! Something is not right here, it shouldn't be happening yet, which makes me think that we're heading for a really cold winter. Hopefully enough snow to make some good snowmen.
I was surprised at how fast yesterday went, I think the key is to stay busy. Before I knew it, it was bedtime, got the kids to sleep and then settled in for some TV and some reading. Catching up on the Bible, I might add. See I'm doing it again. I have this knack for getting extremely close to God and then suddenly things happen and before I know it, it's been a week or two since I last touched the Bible, and a while since I included Him in my day to day. I'm sure you understand that is exactly when things don't go quite as planned.
It all snowballs, from one tiny little incident to something slightly bigger and bigger, it just keeps rolling and I feel at times like I'm standing right in the path of that HUGE avalanche, desperately trying to get out of the way, but indirectly adding "fuel to the fire" so to speak.
Everyone always tells me that I seem to have it "all together", I seem to handle everything with such a positive attitude, and yes for the most part I do, but it takes a LOT out of me.
When I feel cornered I often think of myself as having "blinders" on. I am so focused on the here and now and the problem at hand, that I tend to overlook God. It's sad but true!!!
So I'm trying really hard to include Him again in everything I do, every little thing, it doesn't matter if I'm scrubbing toilets, washing dishes or fixing dinner, He loves me and He is interested in everything that I do, even the not so glamorous aspects.
So that's where I'm at right now, trying to find my way back to that wonderful calm and comfort that I felt not so long ago. It won't be easy I'm sure, nothing worth having ever is, but I'm willing to put up with whatever comes my way.
It's my turn to send in the class snack tomorrow, so I'm going to be baking Cookies on a Stick, the kids love them. They are extremely easy to make and it's a nice change from the usual plain cookies right???
I'm out off here, I have my cold coffee miserably sitting on my desk....it's beckoning for a refill and I'm only too happy to oblige. Have a wonderful day everyone!!!
For dinner we're making pizza, the kids love helping me and adding their own toppings. The recipe I'll be using for the dough, can be found here on my blog, it's a wonderful pizza dough recipe and the it always bakes up to a golden fluffy crust, it's just delicious.
Rachael Ray - *New*- The CW- 12pm
A mystery taster visits. Also: inexpensive table decorations.
General Hospital - *New* -ABC- 1pm
Elizabeth learns some important news about Maxie.
NCIS - *New* - CBS - 7pm
The murder of a petty officer who was working undercover as part of an arms operation leads the agents to a Russian spy, but Homeland Security throws a wrench in the case when they claim that the spy is working for them.
Law & Order SVU - *New* - NBC - 9pm
Dani (Connie Nielsen) has difficulty controlling her emotions while working to solve a sadistic double rape-homicide case involving a single mother and her young daughter. Jerry Lewis guest stars as a homeless man who becomes a suspect.
Cleaning upstairs bathroom
Cleaning driveway and backyard