Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Here We Go

Tomorrow we begin counting down Jerry’s thirty-nine radiation treatments over the course of the next eight weeks. Thrown into the mix is a child’s high school graduation and all that entails. Oh, and I haven’t mentioned we’ll be maintaining households in two different states during this time due to the location of the treatment center. For the next fifty-six days, there’ll almost always be somebody in the family at the out-of-state treatment center as well as somebody here on the home front. We just haven’t figured out which combination of somebody’s that’s going to be quite yet.

Can you spell S-T-R-E-S-S?

Here’s the plan: We’re keeping our eyes on Jesus, making a few arrangements for the future, and mostly concerning ourselves with what’s happening today.

God has already shown himself mighty in providing unexpected resources for the jillion gallons of gas, which is going to be required for all the back and forth trips. Additionally God has orchestrated some divine appointments, because Jerry is going to be living in a condominium very near a man he knows from his hometown that’s also traveling to this location to have the same treatment. So, during the weeks someone cannot travel with Jerry, he has a friend going through the exact same thing. Some coincidence, right?

Just as I wrote in an earlier post (Rising Faith), we sense this is all so much bigger than Jerry and his treatment. Only God knows all that He wants to do through this time.

So, we’ve made a countdown calendar, and we’ll begin tomorrow peeling away those sheets at our house. With each one we pull away, we'll be praying for complete healing. We’re also be praying for so many others we know who are also undergoing treatment for cancer.

Our hearts are especially with those who are in an intense fight for life. The center where my husband will be receiving care treats many small children as well. Each time I’m there and witness the courage of these tiny ones, I’m amazed at their resiliency and endurance. And though I’d love to be able to encourage them, it usually winds up being the other way around.

With these things in mind, our hope is high.

Our faith is in Jesus.

Here we go.

I can do everything through Him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

…I am the Lord, who heals you. Exodus 15:26


Linda said...

Praying without ceasing for you all :-)
Love and blessings!

pvmanns said...

You and your husband and family will be in my prayers. Be continually encouraged!

Beverly Varnado said...

I do thank you Linda and Patricia. Today was challenging, but God is faithful!

Alton said...

Psalm 62:1-2 (The Message) "God, the one and only - I'll wait as long as He says. Everything I need comes from Him, so why not? He's solid rock under my feet, breathing room for my soul, an impregnable castle: I'm set for life."

Beverly Varnado said...

I love these powerful words, Alton. Thank you for sharing them, and I'll pass them along to Jerry. Blessings to you.

Unknown said...

Praying for Jerry as well as for you, Aaron, and Bethany. It's true when you say that this is so much bigger than Jerry and his treatment. We love all of you!

Beverly Varnado said...

Yes, love you, Brenda. Thanks for all the prayers!

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