Wednesday, November 17, 2010

"...I know the plans I have for you..."

Another favorite Bible passage---Jeremiah 29:11-12 "For I know the plans I have for you", declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you..."

I feel hopeful and like this cancer will go away. The more tragic (tragic to me) events in my life, the more I seek God and the more I look for verses of hope. I think of people and families who go through truly enormously tragic happenings that makes this look like nothing and I feel ashamed that I would think I am to be spared anything like this. Everyone goes through terrible things and many don't share it. I am not sure any family is truly functional. But maybe this is to draw me closer to God--because it surely has! Whatever the reason or result, I am in His hands!

Thinking of family happenings, when our oldest son was small, he had croup. Do babies still have croup??? Or is it called something else? Anyway, John's mother had a "recipe" for croup. You take "mutton suet" (fat meat from a lamb) and camphorated oil, warm it so they melt together and rub this on the baby's chest. If it gets worse, make a "tent" over a simmering kettle of water and sit under the tent with the baby. This is guaranteed to work! The baby will breathe easy and be out of danger.

The old time remedies had a lot of basis of today's remedies. My mother used to rub Vicks Salve on our chest and feet for a bad cold. I saw an ad talking about the same thing just the other day. What goes around, comes around! Last year at this time I was so sick from that chemo and from the effects that I could not enjoy anything for two months. I am much better feeling this year. Thanks be to God for this year and for feeling better!

1 comment:

  1. Barbara Johnson-ClarkNovember 17, 2010 at 11:07 PM

    Hey Sweet Sister,
    I just have to remind you every few days how much we love you, and how our whole family is rooting and cheering you on this journey to healing. This evening at our dinner meal when our 12 year old Kate was saying the blessing, she spoke so sweetly and so confidently to God about His being able to heal Mrs. Bev. And when we saw you at worship on Sunday I was sure I could see the chemo at work through the sparkle in your eyes. God is awesome, and I truly believe He has plans to prosper you by giving you the gift of time which to me is the richest gift of all. Can't wait to hear the results of the next scan so we can celebrate again! Hugs to John and you.
    Barbara and Alan