“I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep.” (Psalm 121:1–4)
Last week we took Eileen in to the hospital because her stomach had become distended and was giving her much pain. The doctors did some tests and found that the cancer was no longer playing well with the chemo treatments. It had gone off on its own and was ravaging, not only her liver, but now also was spread through her intestines. The swelling in her abdomen was the result of the new lesions releasing fluid (ascites) into her abdomen. When they drained it, three liters (just over ¾ of a gallon) came out. She went to the hospital on Monday and had the procedure done again. We have an appointment to go in tomorrow for another go at it. read more…
This weekend is the third of three weekends. This means you missed the first two weekends, but you can still get in on the last ten hours. Great stuff, good fellowship. Tools you can use to minister to those around you.
Please let us know if you plan to attend.
“There’s a right way, a wrong way, and the Navy way.” This was a quote I heard quite a bit when I was in the Navy. It was usually offered when something that we were told to do just didn’t seem to make sense. The longer I was in the Navy, however, more I came to realize that life, at least in the Navy, went a lot easier if I just changed my mind and made my way (the right way, of course) the Navy way. read more…
I thought I would update you on how Eileen’s CT scan went last week.
Background: Last January we visited the specialist in Seattle. He advised us, because Eileen’s hands and feet were going numb, that we should cut back on the kind of chemo she was receiving. This was called a maintenance dose. So, we changed the dose Eileen was getting hoping that the neuropathy would diminish and that the cancer would not grow. Shrinking would be good, staying the same would be good. Growing would be bad. read more…
Biblical change occurs when we spend time with God and through our contact begin to become like him. This change can come in many different ways.
- We can change because we obey his commands (Deut. 11:13). Thus we become like him because we choose to do what he says. Over time, our choices to obey become a natural part of life and we realize our new life is his life.
- We can choose to imitate him because we love him and choose to be like him (Eph. 5:1). We observe him loving those around him and we copy his love. We see how he handles adversity, and we learn to handle our trials in the same way.
- We can change simply because are with him (Jas. 4:8). This kind of change happens without our even being aware that it is taking place. We change because we become like who we worship (Psa. 115:8).
Most often, change comes through all three means working at the same time as we spend time with and serve the living God. This is what “I will be your God and you will be my people” is all about (Jer. 7:23).
Change in Biblical Counseling, does not come about because more information is obtained. Change comes as a result of relationship change.
They change because they know the right person and spend time with him. The world seeks to change by changing or adding information. Christians change as they spend time in the Word, meeting with the God of all change.
Generally, people know what the right things are, they simply don’t and often can’t do them. Giving them more information does not help. A changed heart, a new love, a deeper relationship with God changes them from the inside out.
It isn’t what you know, it’s who you know.
I’m sorry it has taken me so long to get this update to you. I’ve had the flu and am slowly crawling back into the work.
Back in February, Eileen and I went to Seattle to talk with a gastric cancer specialist. He told us that the only trial we could participate in would require Eileen to be in Seattle for a shot (one hour), three out of four Mondays for six months. We didn’t think we could do that, so we aren’t going to do it.
Also, the doctor told us that Eileen was right on the edge of losing all feeling in her hands and feet. Once that happens, life will become very difficult. So, as an alternative to that situation, he suggested that we cut out the most aggressive and active chemo drug and just go with a “maintenance” dose of chemo. Which is what we’ve been doing. read more…
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