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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Scriptural Sundays: Ephesians 3:14-21

My Daddy

“For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 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, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” 
Ephesians 3:14-21



If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you probably know by now what family has gone through the past couple weeks. Well, yesterday (Saturday) was no different. We received more news about the cancer invading my daddy’s body. There is a tumor on his bladder (likely where it all began) which has metastasized and spread to his lymph nodes, lungs, around his arteries and they are checking his kidney for blockage.

I’m sorry to say my initial reaction was human. I cried. HARD. I am not ready for my daddy to be gone. I admit I am selfish. I want my daddy here with me, but also for my kids. I was so blessed to grow up with all 4 of my grandparents alive and well. It was just 9 years ago that I lost my grandpa. The other three are still alive and well! I truly want the same for my own kids. I want them to know their Papa D and how generous, funny, loving, caring, kind, sweet, gentle he is. I want them to grow up listening to him sing praises to our Lord. I want them to have sweet memories of sitting in his lap for hours on end watching tv, reading a book or just sitting because they can.

Doctors have told us the tumor is inoperable. But, there are treatment plans available. My parents are talking through the options and praying for God’s guidance. However, we know that God is MUCH, MUCH BIGGER than this!!! Last night was a sweet, sweet time of prayer in my Daddy’s room. The elders and ministers gathered in his room to pray, followed by my oldest brother and 6 of his closest friends!! The Hubster and I were there with my brother and were so blessed and honored. Such sweet words were lifted up before our Heavenly Father. I am so thankful for these young men and faithful followers of Jesus Christ.

While visiting with my mother at the hospital, we found out a little more in detail about how the oncologist told them. She is the on-call doctor this weekend and the one assigned to my daddy. As she told them the extent of the cancer, she kept apologizing for having to be the one to tell them. My mother simply looked at her and said, “it’s okay. God is in control and knew before you did and He knows the outcome. It’s okay.” She looked at my mother and said, “You’re exactly right.” After she left the room, my mother went out to the family who was there and relayed the news. As she approached my grandmother and aunt, the oncologist walked up to them and asked if she could pray with them!! WOW!!! And, my mom said “boy did she pray!” The doctor was very emotional and told my mother that she was honored to pray with them. She was honored? How many times has a doctor said that?!

We serve a MIGHTY and POWERFUL God!!!! He can and will do miracles!! The verse for today was posted on a facebook prayer page for my daddy. What a fitting verse for this time. We only ask with our finite minds, but we really have no idea the awesome power our God has!!

Thank you for taking this journey with me and my family. This blog (especially my Sunday posts) have been so therapeutic for me. I process best when I write. So, thank you for letting me share my heart.

Blessings,
Annette


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9 comments:

peggy b said...

Just want you to know that we are praying for your daddy here in Overland Park, KS. It is a privilege and an honor to join with your family and so many others in lifting him up to the care of our Father! Tears flowed as I read about your oncologist praying with your family ... isn't God just so good!

Peggy Beddall (Marcia's MIL)

Annette@InAllYouDo said...

Peggy, Thank you so much for your prayers!!! They have been felt in abundance! I am humbled by what God has done for us thus far. I can't imagine what else is in store for us. He is ABSOLUTELY GREAT!!!

Blessings to you!
Annette

Tracey said...

It sounds like God is providing some miracles in the midst of your trial - may He continue to do so!!

Annette@InAllYouDo said...

Tracey, Yes He is. He is indeed!

To God be the Glory!!!

Blessings,
Annette

Ellen Stumbo said...

Found your through the link-up.
First of all I want to say sorry for your dad, what a hard journey your family is on!
Second, don't be sorry that your first response was to be human and to cry hard. it is not selfish. it is not selfish to love so deeply that the idea of loosing someone does not hurt just as deeply. it is part of being human, of loving, of doing life together. It is okay to cry, it is okay to grieve. What is wonderful is that it sounds like you have a great family, and you do not have to do this alone, and neither does your dad! Sending you a big hug. I will say a prayer for your family!

Jacqueline said...

Dear Annette,
I just had to write to you before I go to the shower. My eyes are teary, but my heart is rejoicing in our Great Physician! May you all rest well in His faithful care and comfort. I will be praying, new friend. Please keep me updated...may be by linking-up in the weeks ahead. I think many of my readers will follow. Proverbs 18: 10

Annette@InAllYouDo said...

Ellen - I am so blessed! My family is strong and our God is BIG!! Thank you for your sweet words.

Jacqueline - I absolutely LOVE your blog! I will be sure to keep you posted. We rejoice also in the Great Physician!! I am so blessed to have a Christ following family! My cup runneth over! Blessings to you new friend!!

Kasey @ TFOMplus2 said...

Annette, I'm human...and this post about broke my heart! I can only imagine the pain associated with such a diagnosis. Your mother's stoic faith and trust is an inspiration. May our merciful Father be very near to your Daddy and family during this time.

Annette@InAllYouDo said...

Kasey, thank you so much for reading. Our God has indeed been merciful. We are still praying and watching. Praise be to God!!!

Blessings,
Annette