His Ways are Perfect!

Twelve weeks and I completed my nutritional approach to improving my body’s health in hopes of stopping the growth and reducing the size of the tumor impinging into my brain.  The blood work revealed great results in my nutritional uptake improvement and healing in my gut, but….

what was 15 mm in February (just below the L)

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and 18 mm in August, continued to grow to what is now 22mm. (see top right side of MRI pictures)

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Because I am experiencing no symptoms, the last 12 weeks for Jon and I were filled with much activity.  He climbed his favorite banyan tree,

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got a haircut, donating his golden locks for kids with cancer,

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helped me babysit,

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participated with the 4H archery club,

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built fires…big

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and small,

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got to see lots of aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins on my side of the family,

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spent time on Grandad and Happy’s farm with the new calves,

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bog cows,

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who all loved his snuggles,

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and the chickens who loved to be held…haha.

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Together we hiked the hills,IMG_1195IMG_8066

found heart rocks,

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carpeted the fort we started last time,

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and enjoyed the waterfalls.

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God has so wonderfully provided a place for me to get this tumor taken care of.  My 3 little bro’s have become my big brothers in this.  Chris, on my right, lives in Tampa

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and got me into the Moffitt Cancer Center, had my records looked at, and Dr. Yu, a radiation oncologist, will perform radiosurgery for me.  One treatment of intense radiation should be enough to “kill it!”

Thank you all for your prayers and words of life and encouragement.  I know that I am not alone, but rest safely in the arms of the One with Whom “nothing is impossible!”

Fear says, “What if???” Faith says, “Even if…”

I know in this life we have challenges, unexpected circumstances, and trials that test us.  Knowing that God has a purpose for all that He brings into our lives, brings to me a peace that surpasses all comprehension.

The shuttles of His purpose move
To carry out His own design;
Seek not too soon to disapprove
His work, nor yet assign
Dark motives, when, with silent tread,
You view some sombre fold;
For lo, within each darker thread
There twines a thread of gold.
Spin cheerfully,
Not tearfully,
He knows the way you plod;
Spin carefully,
Spin prayerfully,
But leave the thread with God.
–Canadian Home Journal
Nothing comes to me unless it has first gone past God, past Christ, straight through to me.  If it has come that far, it has come with a great purpose!

 

“This God—his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.” Psalm 18:30

21 Comments Add yours

  1. Lisa Annaheim says:

    You are truly an inspiration to all of us! Wishing you the best in 2020! You are being treated at the right place! We miss seeing you in yoga! Hope your travels brings you back to Palm Coast soon!

  2. Walter Muller says:

    You are prayed for daily. Proverbs 3:5,6 Walt & Deb M.

    1. smiley8kids says:

      Thanking God for you!!

  3. tobie stitt says:

    YOU are on my prayer list and will keep you in prayer. The STITT family loves you!

    1. smiley8kids says:

      So thankful for dear friends like you!!

  4. Laura Blomberg says:

    I’ll be praying for you! Thank you for being an encouragement to others in the midst of your own trial.

  5. Laura Blomberg says:

    I’ll be praying for you! Thank you for being an encouragement to others in the midst of your own trial.

  6. Mary Phillips says:

    God continues to smile down upon you , His good and faithful servant.
    You are loved and I keep you in my heart ❤️ and prayers always. 🙏😇
    Thanks for sharing your heart with us!
    Mom

  7. Boo Hauck says:

    You are such an encourager. Thanks for sharing your ups and your downs! God is faithful regardless of our circumstances and should I forget this I just need to read His Word and remember your words.

    1. smiley8kids says:

      Thank you, Boo! And wasn’t it great to see my brother, Chris? He remembers you and Tim…I remember you and your 4 boys! 🙂

    2. HSW says:

      Love you, Tracy! Thanks for the heartfelt update! I am standing with you in faith and prayers in this battle. God is our Everlasting Joy!

  8. Ronda Laventure says:

    I’m encouraged and humbled by your sweet obedience! I love and respect you Tracy. May God show you and Jon the path of life!

    1. smiley8kids says:

      Love to you, sweet friend!

  9. Elizabeth Schultz says:

    What an incredible journey God has put you on. Thank you for sharing your peace and joy in the Lord in the midst of your struggles. I’ll continue to pray for you. May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

  10. Betty Jenkins says:

    We are praying for you. You are never far from God. You are held snugly in His enfolding arms. What a God we have and all the blessings He has thrown our way! Never forget that.

  11. Betty Jenkins says:

    We are praying for you. You are never far from God. You are held snugly in His enfolding arms. What a God we have and all the blessings He has thrown our way! Never forget that.

  12. Gail Downs says:

    Tracy, you and your family are in our prayers! Thank you for sending your link to this site to Covenant. Blessings to you, Gail & Glenn

  13. Vicki says:

    I’ve thought of you often since our conversation in December. I continue to pray for you and your family. Thank you for your honest story and allowing your friends to journey with you. Each person can relate to some portion of your life. Your testimony of God’s mercy, beauty and grace is food for the soul. You are never alone.

    1. smiley8kids says:

      Me too, Vicki! Praying for your sailing son! Thank you for your encouragement! 🙂

  14. Joanne says:

    Always praying for you and your family! You are an inspiration to many. Love you!

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