“Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands.” Deut. 7:9 NLT
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.”
1 John 3:1 NIV
My heart is full today. Full, because I am realizing the incredible love of God more and more on a daily basis, as we continue on in this cancer journey. He shows it to us in so many ways. He shows it through His children, His Church, friends, family and in so many other ways! We’ve especially seen the Church, His Church come to our aid in various ways throughout our journey, but I want to especially point out the practical ways the love of our God is being poured out through people here just recently…
The family of God has undertaken so much on our behalf. If we need anything…they are there and most of the time, we don’t have to ask. They ask us. Our yard gets mowed, a dear friend comes and washes Robin’s hair, two other friends serve by rubbing Robin’s feet (which blows my mind!) Our dishes get washed, laundry gets washed, and meals have been coordinated and brought for several months now a couple times a week! People have been coming from near and far to visit us and pray for us! The heart of God in serving and loving us goes on and on! We feel we don’t deserve this, but I’m reminded of the love of God. Jesus did not deserve the cruel punishment, torture and death he received, but He did it for one single reason and purpose…He loved us with a love beyond words, in order that you and I could go to heaven if we put our faith and trust in him. He served us, and continues to serve us through people! We are eternally grateful for all of the rich blessings we are receiving! It’s simply the Church in action, and it’s a beautiful sight to behold. I can only imagine how the Father feels when He sees this! He must be pleased, for it’s our duty and privilege to serve one another, because He served us!
Robin continues to steadily lose weight, but the good news is, our nurse who actually told me 3 1/2 weeks ago, that she felt Robin only had 3-4 more weeks is now saying how good she looks and is now saying, “Only God knows!” How true! Robin is still dealing with pain issues daily which she controls with pain meds and sleeps quite a bit. She is still not dealing with jaundice, which I believe is the hand of God in keeping her from this. She tires easily, but Robin always has that “Robin smile” as the Lord enables her to go on to another day.
I had to have another blood transfusion last week, which helped me tremendously gain some energy and strength. I, too, tire easily and deal with abdominal pain, and it seems to be worsening as time goes on. My guess is the tumors are progressing in my digestive tract, thereby causing more obstruction. The tumors are also bleeding, thus the reason for the transfusions. I’m still on an all liquid diet, and quite honestly, that is just plain boring. I’m wearing thin (literally) of the things I cannot eat, but I’m getting more creative with our blender and some other foods. I must be careful or I’ll clog the stents, and then I’ll be in a heap of trouble for sure!
We have come to appreciate each day for what it is. Quite frankly, some days are better than others, but we don’t get to choose. We’re thankful for the better days.
Our book “Through the Valley” is doing pretty well, and we’re so very thankful for those of you who have purchased a copy or copies for family or friends. Our original intent in writing and publishing was and still is to focus on the God of our afflictions and bring Him as much glory through our “valley” experience while we can. It is also our desire to leave a godly legacy for our children and grandchildren through the book and leave footprints of strong faith for them to continue on long after we go home. If you have not yet purchased a copy, you may do so by going to the book tab here on our blog. We also want you to know, that we support missions through our book sales. We felt strongly about this, because we desire to plant seed in good soil with what He entrusts to us. Your book purchase is not only helping to encourage people, but you are helping to spread the gospel around the world! We do have a (5) pack price available for purchase at a discount of $5.00, which would actually save you the postage and be a blessing to four other people if you pass them on as gifts. We are also signing every book that is purchased now.
Friends, we know we are facing the finality of the end of our lives in no short order barring a miracle. The one thing that will remain constant in this life and in eternity is, the incredible all consuming love of God. I cannot wait to experience that love in its fullness! I trust you will be there with us to experience it!
Living in His Love,
Rich and Robin