This past week a friend from our Amsterdam days flew in to visit Floyd and me. It was so nice to see her! She visited Floyd too. She's a musician, so she sang a number of songs that Floyd would have been familiar with. It was a sweet, tender, and emotional time. A YWAM leader joined them, and thanked Floyd for his life and ministry. Floyd actually sobbed through some of the visit, but I'm sure it would have been encouraging for him too.
I keep thinking how grateful I am for our "family" around the world. The love, prayers, and encouragements during this journey have been such a support.
In the last few days before starting my new chemo on Tuesday, I continued to try and build strength and energy. And I continued to declare my trust in the Lord for courage to face this new season. It's been a long journey. I find myself weary at times, but I know God has fresh reserves to help me along!
"Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid; for the Lord your God, He is the one who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:6
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." Matthew 11:28,29
I had a sweet and tender visit with Floyd last weekend. He had lots of smiles......and a few tears - especially when I shared family news or greetings/news from good friends. I told him about my chemo coming up, and that I might not be able to visit for a while. He repeatedly reached out his left hand to touch me and hold my hand. That was so very special.
Many people send responses to the prayer updates that I write. The kind, encouraging words are always a blessing. I'd love to respond to each one, but I just don't have the energy to do that. I read them, I savor them, and I'm blessed by them. I'm often reminded of Proverbs 12:25 as I read them:
"Anxiety in a person's heart weighs him down, but an encouraging word brings him joy (cheers it up)."
All the sweet messages bring joy and cheer me up! :)
As I re-read a lot of them before I started my chemo on Tuesday, they were so encouraging to me. I think we sometimes forget how powerful words can be! I've truly been strengthened by these messages. They have brought fresh grace and courage. They've been as "manna" to my soul.
I read a quote from Corrie ten Boom:
"If God sends us on stony paths, He provides us with strong shoes."
I "put my boots on" and was ready to wade into battle this week as I started the new chemo. This new chemo is a harder one than what I've had previously and I'm trusting God to walk before me each step of the way.
"Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us..." Ephesians 3:20
"The Lord watches over you - the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm - He will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore." Psalm 121:5
"Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens." Psalm 68:19
I was very grateful to the Lord that my new chemo day went smoothly on Tuesday. I'm home now for the four week recovery time until the next round of chemo.
I was reminded in one of my devotionals this week that God is as near as a whispered prayer. I have sensed His closeness and I’m so thankful!
"The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth." Psalm 145:18
"I will never leave you nor forsake you." Joshua 1:5