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Friday, July 29, 2016

Sitting in His Sovereignty

Sometimes a week can just suck the life right out of you...

Maybe you've been there.  We have.  These past days have been trying.

A beloved pet... gone too soon.

A investment soured... bankruptcy updates not what we had hoped.

A care-giving trial... dad's health and frustrations simmer low and long.

And in the midst of the hard, we saw this video-story of Chloe:

... beautiful, beautiful, tear-soaking, heart-lifting story.  I needed this story.  Now.  In the middle of our hurting. And whether you are struggling with infertility or cancer, or loss or heartache, we can be reminded, completely and utterly, that God's Love and Sovereignty over our lives has not changed, nor will it ever... even despite a week like this one past of woes and worries and weeping.

And so...

We choose to Sit in His Sovereignty.
We choose to lift our tear-stained faces to Him.

We choose to proclaim our worship
to the One whose love is better than life...

Even on the hard days.

Graced to lift heavy hands today, because we have seen His Power and Glory,

Rest Sweetly in Peace
our little Petie...
You were loved mightily!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Healing Pancreatic Cancer... Naturally?

All along this journey, the one theme that overwhelms is finding a cure... A cure for pancreatic cancer...

Fighting pancreatic cancer until the battle is won.  Healing. Wholeness. 

Becoming a pancreatic cancer survivor, living life glorious beyond cancer's grip...

We have shared many stories along the way... and laughed and cried... and celebrated those stories... today there is another...

And it is a good story.  With abundant thanksgiving for a good God.  And healing from the terrifying diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

Please meet Kathryn Hahn. 

She writes and inspires at her blog Kay's Hope For Cancer.

And her story began like so many with pancreatic cancer.  Fear, despair, and debilitating treatments.  7 types of chemotherapy that first year... and still she worsened.

Until a friend set her on a path to alternative healing...

She shares a general rundown on her protocol of healing cancer naturally on her blog, with updates here... here is just a little sample:

"I am using the Gerson Therapy. I have done a lot of research and talked to people who have healed using this protocol and I completely believe in it. This means following the above steps, with eating a certain way, and 10-13 specific vegetable juices a day and 3-4 coffee enemas. Drinking this many vegetable juices a day, which is about 7-8 pounds of carrots a day along with all of the green vegetables, floods your system with a ton of good enzymes and nutrients. This will push all the bad toxins into blood stream. The coffee enemas cleanse the toxins out and detox's the liver.

My green juice consists of:
Dark green lettuces – ¼ to ½ of a head (depending on the size of the lettuce): red and green leaf    lettuces, romaine, endives.  Iceberg is useless and do not use  Escarole – 2 or 3 leaves  Beet tops (young inner leaves) – 2 to 3 leaves  Watercress – 5 or 6 leaves  Red cabbage – 2 or 3 leaves  Green bell pepper – ¼  Swiss chard – little  Green apple – 1   
Then I drink 2 plain 8 oz carrot juices a day and 3-5 carrot/apple juices"

Kathryn also discusses the essential supplements, including Essiac Tea as well as the Budwig formula that she includes in her healing regimen...

Read her blog.  Research, research, research.  Talk with your loved ones, talk with your medical team... If Chemotherapy and Radiation are not working for you, perhaps her story will be an encouragement.

This, of course, is not a promise of healing or a cure.  How we wish it were so.  But it is the story of one woman's journey through pancreatic cancer and her choices to use alternative treatments and natural therapies.

We could never replace your doctor or medical team.  These are decisions that only you can make.

Just another option.  An option that perhaps we need to explore. 

Mom's doctor gave her 3 to 6 months, even with the best known cancer treatment he had available.  I wonder, so many times I wonder, would she still be here with us now if we had explored this option and given it our serious attention...

Our journey presses on.  Praying for the healing we long for... each one...

May Grace light the way, Always,

Friday, July 8, 2016

Let Light drive out the Darkness...

and Let our Love drive out all Hate...

Praying for Dallas this day
...and Baton Rouge and St. Paul...
as our hearts grieve sore for all who are touched by these tragedies...

"He will be our Peace."
   Micah 5:5

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

An Unplugged 4th...

The Farmer and I spent the weekend up at the lake place...


And in an unexpected, but wonderful kind of way, we found ourselves without even a blip of an internet wave.

Nada... Zero... Zip...

At first, there was a wee bit of panic, but it didn't take long to settle into the easy rhythm of lake breezes and no schedules.

There was a walk thru the wildflowers growing in the field... yes, that very same septic field... Glorious, tiny little wildflower seeds you have grown into natural beauties!

And a lazy afternoon swinging by the pond....

And watching our baby koi fish... they made it thru the winter!

It was a little bit of bliss...that no agenda, taking it easy, my kind of weekend sort of bliss...

Well, that is until the Farmer got a bit restless and decided it was time to finish skirting Poppy's cute little cabin...

So, off to Home Depot for supplies, and we were hard at it!

Sort of looks done, but there's still a lot to do... like staining the boards, and landscaping the edges, even so, it ended up being a productive and fun weekend... love working with the Farmer :-)

To be honest, I didn't even miss the internet once!  There's a nod to freedom in there somewhere I'm thinking.

And the sunsets were their own reward as we plopped our tired and worn-out selves into the swing at the end of each day...

Praying this weekend past was filled with the blessings of freedom, whether from pain, or stress or heartache... Trusting in the God who offers the truest freedom to set your hearts at rest this night.

My Love, Always,