Our youth group meets once a month corporately (7th-12th) grades in our main worship area instead of splitting up between junior and senior high groups, and we bring in a speaker, Ed Newton from Memphis to speak to the students and adults. This time last year Ed challenged students and adults to fast from something for a month and during that time they were fasting, to remember to pray for my healing. We saw God do amazing things last year when this took place. One month after the fast began, we saw my cancer markers lower than they had ever been and the report from my surgery was "remarkable, remarkable, remarkable" by my doctor. He saw no signs of tumor growth in my abdomen.
Today Ed and Hutch (our youth pastor) decided it was time to call another fast on my behalf. They called me forward to share what has been going on this past year. What a privilege it is to be able to stand in front of adults and students and continue to tell them that God isn't finished with His story yet. I believe His healing is already taking place and He is going to continue to do amazing things on this journey. We have 3 weeks before we meet again as a whole group. I have no idea what people will fast from, social media, a meal a day, sodas, etc. but God knows each heart that will fast and I truly believe He will show us all what an awesome God He is. My prayer is that those that do fast will draw closer to our Creator and see that to be a follower of Christ there are things we need to give up everyday to keep our eyes on Him and not ourselves.
My heart has been so encouraged today by previous comments on yesterday's post. So many that pray for me that will never meet me until we are in Heaven, even little preschoolers and their teacher praying on my behalf. I spent my lunch hour talking with a sweet sister in Christ that has recently gone through a stem cell transplant. I have no idea or can even comprehend what her life has been like for many years but especially these past few months. She is home now and we had a great visit but the best part was our time in prayer for each other over the phone claiming victory over all God has done and continues to do in our lives.
Last night was the first time in a long time that I went to bed and didn't have to take extra strength Tylenol for pain. I woke up several times during the night and the pain I've been having was so much less than what it has been. I was able to get up and move more freely than I have been and the swelling in my stomach and top of my leg area is almost gone. This all taking place after one round of new chemo treatment. Coincidence?? I think not, God has healed me and I believe He is cleaning out the remains immediately of what is left inside that needs to go away. This I know, He is a great God and I will continue to give Him all the praise.
"Today is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it"