The bitter- Yesterday, Terri's mom Bernice Schaefer completed service to her Lord. She was called home to spend eternity with Him at about 11:30 yesterday morning. Please keep all the family in prayer as arrangements are made and some begin to travel.
And now, the SWEET! -
Terri is scheduled to go home today! HUGE answer to prayer! She will still be receiving chemo, but she'll be home! She's worked very hard to get to this point! Hurray!
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Deut 31:6
She Walked.... We shout HIS praises !! After over six long weeks of being "basically bedridden", Terri ( With the strength of our Lord and the help of her Physical Therapist and a walker ) got up out of her bed and walked about 20 steps yesterday!! Then today... She again stood and this time she walked out of her room and down the hall = 50 feet!!!! Through tears of joy and gratitude we thank HIM and all the dear saints who continue to hold Terri up before the throne of grace. Her Oncologist remained true to his word and began setting the wheels in motion for her release which could be as soon as Monday. IV medications were discontinued this morning and we pray the nephroscopy bag will be removed tomorrow. Terri will need to continue to work hard thru all the pain and nausea even after we get her home but we rest in the knowledge that our dear Savior has taken our stripes and she will be fully healed. Please pray for His hand of mercy and strength as Terri works thru this weekend and beyond... We look forward to her "Independence" on Monday !!!! "And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen" - Revelation 1:5-6
Sorry I haven't written in a few days -- "life" has been coming at us as the rushing winds of a mighty storm...
My beautiful wife and helper has been "riding an extreme roller coaster". Just last week she finished her 15th radiation treatment and underwent both "brain and body" chemo... This week has already brought about Kidney surgery and the 2nd round of "body" chemo. She is phyiscally drained... Yet her heart is still filled with the love and hope that only our Savior, Jesus can provide...
We have a clear cut goal = Her doctor has promised that she can come home as soon as she begins to "eat and walk" !! These seem to be such easy, mundane tasks to most, but they are high mountians in my Terri's path.... We know that faith can and will move these mountains and we are believing that this movement will be "SOON" -
Please continue to pray with us ... Terri's Mom, Bernice, continues to struggle with her recovery from her hip surgery and trying to recoup her "mental capacities" as she rests in a rehab center in Wildwood and there have now been "legal questions
raised" with regards to giving medical information to Terri's Sister, Ann. Terri holds power of attorney and can't manage things in her present condition... I personally am seeking God's direction with regards to a new emploment opportunity ... So yes, the winds rush in; but HE is there !! HE will calm the storm, HE will carry us over these mountains and thru the valleys to greener pastures... With continued humble thanks to HIM first and to all the saints.
This is a report from Lanny Evans, an Elder at our chapel. He and a friend went to see Terri this morning and this is what they saw!
This morning Terri was bright...if even feisty. She looked good and was very talkative, expressing her gratefulness for all the things being done for her family, giving specific acknowledgement to several ladies who have so greatly extended their love to the family in such practical and meaningful ways. She is anxious to get her cell phone recharged so that she can catch-up on e-mails and is anxious to get back on her blog once her sight improves. The pulmonary issue that took her to the ICU yesterday seems to have stabilized and she was scheduled to resume her 6th(?) of 10 radiation treatments to the area of her brain behind her left eye late morning. It is likely that she will be taken back to a regular room later today.
Rick, too, is encouraged with the morning report, though perhaps not quite as alert and feisty as Terri because of a lack of sleep (or coffee).
Both Terri and Rick want everyone to know of their great appreciation for the many meals provided and other kindnesses of their fellow believers but mainly they are grateful and continue to requests everyone's prayers for Terri and the family.
It's been a rough weekend for Terri and family. She has been suffering quite a bit of confusion and nausea, to name only a few things. A series of test's revealed that her kidneys are basically shutting down. Sunday they performed surgery to place stint's in both kidneys. They were only able to reach the right kidney and did successfully get the stint in it. She will be undergoing another surgery in the next few days to place an internal port to help with the drainage.
They also took a look at her bladder while they were in there and had some concern so they took some biopsies. Those results should be ready in a few days.
This is from Rick this morning -
"So far, Terri seems to be more "with it". The physical therapist just left. They worked with leg exercises and got her in a chair to be upright for a bit. She is fighting hard!"
For some, it may seem that all hope is lost and healing is not even a possibily with all that is going on. But in actuality, we have a God that loves to do things in GRAND ways. I'll bet that on day 39 of being on that ark, Noah and his family probably thought that nothing worse could possibly happen. Their world was gone. They were stuck in a stinky boat floating on tons of water with no dry land in sight. But God had a bigger plan and chose Noah and his family because He knew they would be faithful in all things. And I'm willing to bet the Noah's were on their knee's so often during their stay in the ark, that they had to rotate spots in the ark so as not to rub a whole in the bottom of it.
With God all things are possible.
"So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done.22And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
Please take a moment, get rid of distractions, get on your knee's and ask the Lord to heal Terri. God said it, I believe it.
I've had this song on my heart lately and thought it was appropriate for this post. Have you ever taken the time to get down on your knee's and PRAY? It's powerful stuff.
There are days when I feel The best of me is ready to begin Then there're days when I feel I'm letting go and soaring on the wind 'Cause I've learned in laughter or in pain How to survive
I get on my knees I get on my knees There I am before the love That changes me See, I don't know how But there's power When I'm on my knees I can be in a crowd Or by myself almost anywhere When I feel there's a need To talk with God He is Emmanuel When I close my eyes, no darkness there There's only light
I get on my knees I get on my knees There I am before the love That changes me See, I don't know how But there's power When I'm on my knees Psalm 126 1 When the LORD restored the fortunes of[a] Zion,
we were like those who dreamed.[b] 2 Our mouths were filled with laughter,
our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things for them.” 3 The LORD has done great things for us,
and we are filled with joy. 4 Restore our fortunes,[c] LORD,
like streams in the Negev. 5 Those who sow with tears
will reap with songs of joy. 6 Those who go out weeping,
carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.