Summer finally caught up to me, well to all three of us if we are being honest! Holly, Katy and I are so sorry to have skipped right over the Royally Waiting link-up with no notice. We’ve all been waiting to catch our breaths I think. I am finally to a normal pace at work once again and all the praise for that! Every Monday I would tell myself “if you can just get through this week you can breathe” and that went on for about six weeks. I would lie if I said a part of me doesn’t love it but it is nice to have our budget tied up and my white board looking less intimidating!
So, yes, I’ve been waiting and waiting to breathe this summer and today I’m sharing the one really big piece of news I received yesterday which definitely has me breathing a big sigh of relief and praising God for answered prayers!
About a month back I shared on Royally Waiting Wednesday my struggle with letting go and letting God. I shared this verse I found, “But now Lord what do I look for? My hope is in you” -Psalm 39:7. I happened across it just when I needed it most. After nights of laying wide praying so deeply but not really letting go and trusting God had everything under control, I finally turned it all over.
Here is this super special guy who I was laying my heart out for friends. This guy right here, my baby brother, holds just such a special piece of my heart. I’ve loved him since the day he was born with my whole heart.
On June 30th he got the news a spot which had been removed from his arm was melanoma. I’m seriously not one to jump directly to negative town friends but when he called to tell me I was immediately in panic mode. Our family does not have a great track record where cancer is concerned. To be honest I was seriously petrified. Losing him was not something I have ever, ever imagined and the thought of it just cratered me.
I immediately called on my prayer team, my sweet friends who know how much he means to me, and I totally felt their prayers. There were lots and lots of talks with God and I may have even begged. The oncologist ordered a PET scan and then we waited for what seemed to be a month but was really only a few days. When I received the text letting me know the scan was clear and no tumors where found anywhere else in his body I could not control the tears. It was a sloppy, wet, snot running out your nose kind of cry and I think I slept all night for the first time in weeks.
Last Wednesday the dermatologist performed a surgery to remove additional tissue and yesterday we received the pathology report noting all the cancer has been removed. He still has one more visit with an oncologist but this news is seriously something huge to celebrate.
So we are praising God over here for answered prayers! And praising him for what I’m hoping we have all learned from this experience. I’m praying my brother hugs his kids and wife just a little tighter every day. I’m praying he sets aside his job more and takes advantage of those opportunities to make memories. I’m praying that he feels the overwhelming power of God like never before!
If you have never followed along with the First 5 app it really is an easy way to have some daily quiet time that truly takes your first 5 minutes of the day. This past week or so it has been about suffering and when I saw this it really struck a chord. God’s goodness is not something we deserve or earn. When God brings suffering into our lives it is not about us but our response to the suffering that has the power to reveal God to the world. You will just have to trust me and head over to read the rest of this lesson yourself because it truly impacted me and made me think.
So that’s what I’ve been waiting on! Now it’s your turn to share what you have been up to.
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