Thanks again for your prayers and concern. I wanted to update you on my condition. I continue to feel reasonably well. As glad as I am for the lump in my breast having shrunk, I’m starting to have a little more back pain than usual and so my running has slowed down. I ran just a mile this week but continue to walk as often as I can. We have had some great weather in Illinois so that has made it even more enjoyable. I’m also nearing the end of a ten-day period of intense praying about which treatment plan I should pursue. We’ve gotten more input from several people this week that has helped us greatly, but the decision about which way to go is still very hard. I have an appointment this week with my doctor to talk about my back pain and what that may mean, too. I know God is the ultimate healer and I continue to trust Him completely with this situation.
I also wanted to share a story with you. I love to hear stories of how God answers prayer because it encourages me to keep praying. Luke 11:9 says, “And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”
Just a few weeks ago while many of you were praying for my healing I was praying for a home for my son Lucas. You see, Lucas was living with some college friends in their garage temporarily until he could find permanent housing. For some reason, the thought of me having cancer didn’t seem as bad to me as the thought of my son living in a garage! It often made me cry in my prayer time to God. And so I continued to cry out to God for a home for Lucas and healing for me. Lucas had left the end of January to start his 2nd year of college at Hillsong International Leadership College in Sydney, Australia. He is studying to be a worship leader and absolutely loved his first year of school there. His entire journey to go to school there has been one of faith. Because the school is not accredited in the U.S. he does not qualify for any financial assistance. And the cost of living in Australia is quite high. He made it through his first year with help from us and by using up all of his savings and working as much as he could over there. His second year looked even more daunting. The cost of living in college housing was more than we could afford. So over the Christmas break we prayed that something would come available.
Lucas felt like God had given him a scripture from Luke 10:5-9 that says, “When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will return to you. Stay in that house, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house. “When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before you. Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God is near you.’”
His prayer was that God would lead him to the right place. But we still didn’t have a place for him. Lucas has faith like his dad and decided to just get on the plane and trust that God would provide. And that is how he ended up in a garage. But, as his mom I was thankful he had a roof over his head. About two weeks ago, Lucas found out that he probably shouldn’t stay in the garage of the other college kids because they might get suspended from school because of him. Just prior to Lucas finding that out, he received a call from a distant relative (his Dad’s cousin’s brother-in-law) who had a house that he was willing to offer a room for Lucas. Lucas quickly made the call. He said they were happy to have him stay with them. Their older son was going to give up his room. Lucas said he didn’t need to but the son insisted. In fact, they said when they bought the home just recently they decided as a family that they wanted to have one of the rooms in their home made available for people that God may send their way. All they wanted in return was for Lucas to teach their son some guitar lessons. Lucas was thrilled. The last time I spoke with Lucas he said he had gone to the grocery store to get some food and when he brought it home the “mom” said he didn’t have to buy any more food. They wanted to provide his food for him as well. It makes me cry even just to type this. I write this to you because I want to boast about the goodness of God. In Psalm 27:13, it says, “I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Not that I was in despair…..I just like to see God’s goodness. I also want to boast about the goodness of God’s people. There is no way I could repay them for the kindness they have shown to my son. But I pray that God rewards them in ways that go beyond anything I could offer them!
Seeing God answer this prayer in such an incredible way reminds me that God does answer our prayers sometimes in ways that are unexpected! I’m continually amazed at the overwhelming goodness and love that God has for us. Stories like this encourage me that God does answer prayers. Thanks again for your prayers for our family and for my healing. They mean so much to us.