This journey with Bev’s cancer is a journey of faith in Christ. As I mention in my last blog, Bev’s excruciating pain was and is still gone! We praise God and thank you for praying for this relief.
However, when we met with her oncologist several days ago, we learned that the “markers” in her blood were elevated. 35 is normal, she had 48 a month ago and 58 now. The doctor promptly ordered a bone scan which she will undergo today. We should find out the results tomorrow. The blood tests are not always accurate, while bone scans are.
We remain supremely confident that our heavenly Father is in total control, and are trusting Him for her healing. As always, we need your prayers.
I’ve been working with a wonderful group of business people for about a year on the Business God’s Way materials. There is such a need for those in business to understand how the Lord wants them to use their platform in the marketplace to influence Continue reading Business God’s Way
Today was a hard day for Bev and me. We visited her radiologist, and he showed us the results of her latest MRI. The Lumbar (lower portion) of the spine is infected with large cancerous tumors on each of the five vertebrae. We were unaware of this, but it does provide us the reason for her extreme discomfort in this area.
Tomorrow we return to the hospital for the outstanding staff to prepare Bev for a series of 15 radiation treatments in this area along with vertebrae T-7, which is located on the spine around the height of the shoulder blade.
We remain incredibly thankful for all the prayers on Bev’s behalf. We remain completely confident in our Lord: in His amazing love, His almighty power, and His unfathomable wisdom. We keep asking each other: How do people face this with any type of peace and keep their wits about them when they don’t know Jesus and His tender love for them? Do they wonder what will happen to them when they pass away? What comfort in knowing with certainty that we will spend eternity with God Himself, our loved ones, and all those who know Christ as their savior.
I remain so grateful that I am married to a godly woman that I love more than my life and have been for 42 years.
Warmly in Christ,
As I’ve shared with you for the past four weeks, my wife Bev is battling breast cancer which has metastasized to her bones. The good news remains that she is tolerating the medication and radiation very well. The only side effect seems to be fatigue.
However, this type of cancer has proven to be particularly painful, predicable, and unpredictable! Predictable – in that she has experienced acute pain every day. Unpredictable – in that a different area in her back, ribs or pelvis is where the pain is centered.
This journey has added a new dimension of sharing our lives together. We see more clearly than ever that life is really all about loving and serving Jesus Christ and loving and serving people. And so many have been kind to pray for her in this hour of need – from family and friends, to churches in Singapore, to our radio listeners. We cannot adequately thank you.
Two books in particular have meant a lot to us. Trusting God is a superb book by Jerry Bridges and published by Navpress that surfaces God’s role when Continue reading Update on Bev 7.20.13
First of all, my wife, Bev, and I want to thank so many of you for praying for her health after she was admitted to the hospital for what the doctors suspected was breast cancer metastasized to her spine.
After five days in the hospital and five comprehensive tests including a bone biopsy, the oncologist still believes her breast cancer has spread to her spine and both sides of her pelvis. We are scheduled to meet with him on Monday to learn the results of the bone biopsy.
We are praying that it isn’t cancer, however, if it is, the best case would be for it to be the breast cancer that only is affecting the bone. The treatment for this would be taking a pill that is very effective. If it is a different type of cancer, the treatments can be more difficult.
Despite the uncertainty and the waiting, we have felt an amazing sense of God’s peace. This is rooted in recognizing the Continue reading Update on Bev
Many of us have heard or read this story of Peter walking on water. I recently was reading
this passage during one of my devotional times and wanted to share a few things that stuck out to me and challenged me as well- I hope they do the same for you.
The disciples have been out in a storm for potentially ten hours, going roughly only three and a half miles. I would imagine they are not only discouraged, but feeling pretty beaten up. Having been in a few actual storms myself, it becomes hard to see with a piercing rain in your face, your body tenses with every flash of lightning and I can only imagine that ten hours of this would be exhausting.
The disciples are in survival mode, doing whatever they can to conquer this storm and come out of it alive. There are no lifeboats and no coast guard to bail them out if things get worse. They will need to rely on their instincts and experience to get out of this storm.
And that’s when Jesus comes on the scene- and Continue reading Skewed Vision
Do you know of a command in the Old Testament that the Lord gave the children of Israel that they never obeyed? It was a command in which they would experience amazing blessings if they obeyed and terrifying curses if they disobeyed.
Leviticus 25:1-5 records the command, “The Lord said to Moses, ‘Speak to the Israelites: When you enter the land I am going to give you, the land itself must observe a Sabbath to the Lord. For six years sow your field and, prune your vineyards and gather the crops. But in the seventh year the land is to have a rest, a Sabbath to the Lord. Do not sow . . .do not reap what grows.”
God knew they would concerned about how they were going to survive in the 7th and 8th year when they were not harvesting a crop, so Leviticus 25:21 records God’s stunning promise: “I will send you such a blessing in the sixth year that Continue reading Walk By Faith