God is Faithful

Hello my dear family and friends!

 

It has been several months since I took the opportunity to tell you of God’s constant grace and support. (Isaiah 40:11 He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart)  Truly I have been carried through this entire experience! I recently went to see my oncologist. She was so pleased to tell me that there was no evidence of any cancer and that my CA 125 score was excellent. All I can say is that God must still have some use for this old ‘tool’. (You see, I believe our highest calling is to simply be a ‘tool’ in His hand!)

 

There is a song by Matt Redman that truthfully could have been written for me. The refrain (please forgive the personalization) goes as follows:

 

Never once did I ever walk alone.

Never once did You leave me on my own.

You are faithful! God, You are faithful!

 

The thing that is so exciting is that this is not just true for me alone but for everyone who knows and trusts our gracious Father. The refrain actually goes:

 

Never once did we ever walk alone.

Never once did You leave us on our own.

You are faithful! God, You are faithful!

 

So many of you were actually the eagle’s wings that God used to carry me through this difficult time. (Isaiah 40:31 … those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.) Through you God supplied finances & physical support by means of: babysitting, housecleaning, meals, yard mowing, fresh fruit and vegetables, etc.  So many gifts of love, I am afraid I may miss one but truly, God has each and every one recorded. There were (and still are) untold number of prayers being prayed for myself and my family-WOW! But there are two very special women that I must mention in particular. They took the entire day off from work to pray, witness to hospital workers & restaurant waitresses and to wait with my family while I was in surgery. Rosie and JoAnne, you will never know what that meant to me and to them! Talk about God putting flesh on His arms and His feet!

 

This has certainly not been the only time that I have had to fall completely into His open arms and allowed Him to carry me. Actually that description fits my entire life. As one who doctors predicted would probably not live past the age of four, I am living proof that God can do anything He wants to with a life that is surrendered to Him. My stories are too numerous to list here but suffice it to say:

 

You are faithful! God, You are faithful!

Post Surgical Message from Karen

What a thrill to be writing to you from the other side of surgery! If you followed the blog you know there were many twists and turns and several surprises. One of the biggest surprises for many was the fact that despite a relatively difficult surgery and a collapsed lung, I was able to go home on Friday- just four days after surgery! I believe God was painting a clear picture of His total control in the situation. His mercy and grace could not have been more plainly stated!

 

To say I’m overwhelmed is an understatement! Although I experience God’s amazing provision and intervention continually in both large and small situations, I never stop being blown away by His overflowing grace and mercy! It never loses the WOW! And while I am talking about being overwhelmed, I was totally blown out of the water by the abundant outpouring of support through your prayers, gifts and service! You guys knock my socks off!

 

Before surgery, I was telling people that I felt that my disability and then my cancer had the potential to be tools for the Lord acting as a kind of spotlight or microphone. They drew attention to me, thus providing me with an opportunity to glorify the One who is most worthy. I now realize however, that I am just a platform, the spotlight and microphone are on the Lord Himself! Much of the time that He was speaking to people through this situation, I was either asleep or not even present!

 

At my post-surgical checkup, it was decided that no further treatment was recommended- just regular checkups! WOW!! God is not finished yet! He continues to sustain and strengthen me on a daily basis. Please pray for my wisdom and discernment as I consider which activities to pursue this fall, desiring to take full advantage of every opportunity that God presents.

 

 

2 Corinthians 1:9b-11 … this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us. On Him we have set our hope that He will continue to deliver us, 11 as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.

Great News!

Karen found out that they caught the cancer early and she will not have to have chemo or radiation therapy.  Karen is doing really well and is so thankful for all of your prayers. 

A second prayer request is for Tim.  He will be having surgery on Tuesday, July 3rd so please pray for his quick healing and recovery.  Our doctor is a believer and you can lift him up for wisdom and guidance as he does the surgery.  We don’t have a time yet for the surgery but it will be here at Huntsville Memorial Hospital.  

Thank you!

Bonnie

We are HOME!!!

Today Karen was discharged from the hospital.  How amazing is that!!!  Even though we are home it isn’t over yet.  She is feeling pretty good and was tired from the ride home but over all she is great!  I know that when she is up she will post a message on the blog.

Prayer Requests:
1. Clear Lungs (she was coughing a lot so pray that her lungs stay clear and open)
2. Healing for her body as she recovers
3. Energy to fight the fatigue from surgery 
4. Rest for all of us!

Thank you!

–Bonnie 

Can I just say, God is Amazing!

So today God is pouring his abundant blessings out on our family!  Dr. Lee came in and was amazed at Karen’s progress.  She took Karen off all her iv fluids and upgraded her diet to soft foods.  If she does well tonight she might be discharged tomorrow.  Isn’t that amazing?!  Thank you for your prayers, support, and love.

Thank you!

–Bonnie

More Praises!!!!

Karen’s pulmanologist came in this morning and said that her lungs looked completely clear and she is completely off oxygen and her bi-pap machine (an external ventilator).  God is so amazing and he is answering all of your prayers for clear lungs.  Thank you so much!!!  Keep praying for her recovery but know that God listens!  I will let you know when we have more specific prayer requests.

Keep Beth in your prayers as she is nursing Ezra.  She is struggling to keep up with his growing appetite.

Thank you so much!

–Bonnie

A Need and a Praise

Up to this point, countless people have been asking us what we needed as we have entered into this situation; however, we did not really know what to tell people until now. A new need has arisen.  Beth and Sam Medley (Karen’s daughter and son-in-law) have chosen to not bring Ezra (their four month old son) to the hospital to protect him for exposure to various illnesses in the ICU, so they rented at a hotel room across the street from the hospital.  Beth has been running back to the room to nurse Ezra and needs to be close to him so she can reach him quickly.  The cost of the hotel and eating out are adding up more quickly than we expected.  We need financial assistance to cover the cost of the hotel room and food.  If God has laid it on your heart to give a donation, please contact Rosie Knight at 936-661-3437 or JoAnne Holly at 936-661-3704.

Karen is resting well and her lungs are much clearer.  Thank you so much for praying for her lungs to be clear and please continue to pray for her pulmanary health and clear lungs.  Today I saw how God answered your prayers as the day progressed and she was able to breath better by this afternoon and move to a new room.  Pray for the nurses that are in our wards.  We have had many wonderful opportunities to talk to nurses about our family and faith.  God is using Karen to minister to the nurses and doctors that come see her.

  Thank you and praise the Lord!

–Bonnie

New Room

Praise the Lord! Karen has been moved out of intensive care and into intermediate care!  Karen’s breathing seems to be a little better but keep praying for her lungs to be clear and healthy.  Thank you so much for all of your prayers.  Karen says thank you so much for all your prayers or she would if she was awake.  She is so thankful for your prayers and is in good spirits when she is awake.

Thank you!

–Bonnie

Breathing

Karen is having trouble breathing and her right lung is very full.  They are changing her treatment options to try to keep her lungs as clear as possible.  Keep praying against pneumonia and for clear lungs.  We are at a critical transition in her pulmanary health right now.

Thank you!

–Bonnie