First, we hope all is well with everyone, it has been quite a while since we posted a blog because things were going so smooth. David reconfirmed his faith in Jesus as our Lord and Savior this past September, Audrey turned 5yo last month, and sadly, we lost a dear friend to cancer, but we saw our church grow stronger and people become stronger in their faith as a result of it. We also celebrated our one year anniversary of being cancer free in August and now we are 18 months out.
This all being said, yesterday our lives began a journey we hoped would have been further down the road!
Wednesday, David had his second 3 month MRI and it appears that there is a small 1cm tumor that has started to grow. This is not the news we wanted to hear and we took a few hours alone for prayer and reflection.
Originally, we thought we would keep this within our immediate family, mainly because we have our MD Anderson appointments on Monday and Tuesday and will not know the plan until then. After a few hours of prayer together, God quickly snapped us out of it showing himself bright again, that he is healer and he is conquerer. We have this window of time before our MD Anderson appointment for a reason. Instead of sitting and waiting, we are asking you all to walk this walk with us again...we are asking our friends, our family and our body of believers to walk with us every step and pray for this tumor to go away.
David and I realized more than two years ago that God is very alive in us. We didn't realize this because of the success of our journey, but because of the heartache, sorrow and pain of our journey. He was more apparent to us in all of you that sent us cards, encouragement and strength to get us through. We know our purpose is to glorify him and let him be known, but how can we do that it we sit on our own and pray alone the next few days. That is why we are once again asking all of you to walk with us again...to dedicate time the next few days to prayer, specifically for David's MRI...that it is not what we think it is. To pray David's name specifically and seek out God.
Sometimes, I feel this is a selfish prayer, as we know life after this earth is so much more beautiful, pain free and in God's presence. David and I both agree on this. But, we also know our 3 and 5 yo children will not understand this. And selfishly, we want as much time as possible to spend with them as a family. Our purpose as parents is to guide them and teach them in their faith and I know that one David will remind them of the journey and how alive God is and hope that they will choose to walk with Christ also.
Thursday, as I drove the kids to school, as I do every day... a sign that is always there, I noticed for the first time. Bright yellow, it said "Healer...." There is not more confirmation than this.
Several versus to pray;
"Be strong and courageous, do not fear, for the Lord your God goes with you. He will NEVER leave you or forsake you. " Deut 31:6
"For I will be a wall of fire around you, and I will be the glory in your midst. " Zechariah 2:5
"The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still." Exodus 14:14
We are also overwhelmed with thanks and gratitude of all the offers of help. As far as we are concerned, David is not sick. We know there will be a day we will call for help beyond the prayers..but for now...we ask for you all to pray, as this is what we need most. We are blessed beyond measure to have so many people that will stand up and pray when needed and surround us with the joy and happiness that we strive to keep in our family.
David and Dana
Audrey and Parker