Sufficient Grace

“My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” Yesterday morning I woke up with that thought. Truly, God’s grace continues to be enough and more than enough. Thank you so much for praying for me.

Since my last entry, I’ve completed the first 2 of 8 rounds of chemo. I go to Northwestern in downtown Chicago Tuesday of every other week for treatments, and although it’s pretty much an all-day affair, I’m able to go home the same day. I’m very thankful to report that the anti-nausea drugs have been quite effective for the most part.

The most challenging side effect is the sheer exhaustion that accompanies the toxic chemotherapy. I’d equate the exhaustion with how you might feel the morning after pulling an “all-nighter” studying for an exam or completing a project...a foggy brain and not much stamina. Thankfully, I’ve had lots of help from family and friends, and this has made the load much lighter. I’m so grateful for those who have prepared meals, babysat the children, cleaned the house, sent notes of encouragement, prayed faithfully, or given sacrificially.

I can tell you that I have sensed the prayers of God’s people over and over. The evening of my last treatment, I posted a twitter & facebook message requesting prayer and soon after felt much relief from the nausea that was overtaking me. In fact, the next morning, when I woke up, I was amazed at how good I felt!

In addition to fighting cancer with the chemo, I’m working hard at keeping my immune system strong. I walk about two miles daily and try to eat wisely. These two things help me immensely, and I’d appreciate your prayers that I could continue in these. Please also pray for my doctors to have wisdom. The latest blood work revealed some information that will require further testing and possibly additional treatment. My husband and I certainly appreciate your prayers in this.

On Sunday, Pastor Schlagel read Psalm 30. What a beautiful, God-focused Psalm filled with hope and thankfulness. It concludes with this verse, “To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.” No matter what our circumstances, God can fill us with praises as we rest in Him! Isn’t He so good?!