Sunday, November 25, 2007

Hope Maketh Not Ashamed

" Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
And hope maketh not ashamed; " Romans 5:1 - 5

"Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD. " Psalms 31:24

God is our hope and strength...a very present help in trouble... He is a constant source of energy in this time of interminable waiting. Thank you for all your prayers and concern for us.

Your friend,


"Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost." Romans 15:13

" ...hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God." Psalms 42:11

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Friends in Need

Bethany and I were discussing the value of family and friends when one is going through hardship. She said, "I never realized that until the day I was in the waiting room of the hospital two years ago. You were so sick. The elevator doors opened, and out walked Uncle Loren. He had gotten the call from Dad and just dropped everything and drove ten hours to be there."

Until you face sickness, death, tragedy, you really cannot appreciate the strength there is in the prayers of the family of God. Gratitude wells up inside me whenever I hear from someone that says, "I am praying", or "Our church prayed for you."

I have received many phone calls, cards, and, of course, the comments posted to this blog, and I sense the love and faith that is behind each one. I have received prayer cloths that I keep with me. Your faith strengthens my faith.

On Sunday the Hanks family, Bro. and Sis. Morgan Underwood, and Bro. and Sis. O'Keefe came to service to encourage my husband and to pray for me.
Yesterday, our family was blessed by a visit from Dennis and Valda Johnson and Elbert and Donna Hollingsworth from Albany, Oregon. They drove here to see us and to pray with me. I am so humbled by their expression of love, concern and faith.

May God return blessings to all of you who have prayed for me and our family. Our God is faithful.


"...and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother." Proverbs 18:24

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Hope for Today

"Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations... And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes... That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God. "
Numbers 15:38 - 40

"And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any,
Came behind [him], and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched. "
Luke 8:43 - 44

I find such hope in these scriptures for me. In living a life separate and holy unto God we can approach Him with a boldness that others may not know. I am confident that God sees me, knows my need, cares for me, and will not fail me. Thank you to all of you who have left comments to us. Your prayers and your kindness is a real strength.

The family of God is a blessing in times of need. May the God of all peace strengthen each of you.

Your friend,


Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Stanford Update

November 14, 2007

I have just received a phone call from one of the Stanford nurses. They are ordering some imaging, CT Scan, etc. ; then as soon as the referral paper work is complete they will call me to make an appointment with one of their surgeons.

Trusting God,


Looking for a Miracle

Greetings to all our friends and family. Thank you again for your many prayers for us for today. Someone once said that there are no impossible situations only opportunities for miracles. I had an appointment with Dr. George Berndt today regarding the possibility of surgery. He told me that it is not feasible to do conventional surgery on this tumor. He is referring me to Stanford Medical Center for a possible 'in-surgery radiation' treatment. He feels this is the best alternative for me at this time. The tumor is outside the colon and resting against the bone.

Thank you for your continued prayers.

"According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. " Philippians 1:20

I'm singing the song:

"Praise You, praise You,
Let my life praise You.
Praise You, praise You,
Let my life, O Lord, praise You."

I am believing God for His best for me and my family.

I love you all.


Saturday, November 3, 2007

The Waiting Room

This is a new venture for me. I plan to use this blog to keep my family and friends better informed as to the journey God has chosen for me at this time. I have experienced a local recurrance of colon cancer. The tumor is 2 cm and my oncologist, Dr. Whitney, has referred me to the surgeon who performed my previous surgeries. So... we are waiting for our November 13th appointment with Dr. Berndt. Hopefully we will learn whether surgery is an option or not at that time. Radiation is not possible as it was used before and can only be used once in any one area of the body. After the 13th they will decide what regimen of chemotherapy to begin. I may qualify for a new colon cancer study that involves variations in the chemo treatment with newer medicines.

My treatments will be from Kaiser Hospital in Vallejo, about 25 minutes from our home in Napa.

I am not in any pain at this time. God has given me a peace about His plan for me during this time.

A heartfelt 'thank you' to our family, wonderful local church and so many great friends for the expressions of love and concern that you have shown to us already! It means so much to have that support.

Please continue to keep us in prayer in the days and weeks ahead for the decisions we will need to make.