This Christmas we want to thank you for your gifts of faithful prayers for our Ella Joy! There were 2 things she asked for on her list this year: 1.) a stuffed puffin penguin and 2.) to be healed from cancer. As our family and friends partner with us in prayer, we are especially working on #2 on her list! She once again had a tough time getting her IV and it took a little longer to get it working this time around. However, once she got it, she was able to get her one hour Cytoxan chemotherapy with 6 hours of fluids. This week, we were at the hospital from morning to night. I am so incredibly thankful for my old college roommate Angela who was there with us at Lurie’s from the beginning to the end of the day. She not only helped out with Asaphie and played with Ella Joy, but she also made sure I had a day full of wonderful R & R. Thank you also to Hannah who came to visit us downtown on Christmas day! Please pray that God would continue strengthening Ella Joy in her weakness. After Cytoxan, she usually feels nauseous, much of her hair falls out, and her blood counts quickly drop.
As the new year is quickly approaching, I want to make some goals for next year.
Months ago, I remember being addicted to the iphone game Scramble. I would play it in the morning, when the kids were napping, and at night after the kids went to sleep. I would be like, “good night” and then I would run down to get my iphone to play Scramble. Now, there is nothing wrong with playing the game Scramble, however, I knew I personally should have been reading my Bible and praying in the morning instead of playing games. One thing I know about myself is that if I am not intentional, and if I do not have a set goal and course of action, I will fill my day with mindless things that do not matter in the grand scheme of things. After Ella Joy got diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer, my world was turned upside down. I no longer had time for Scramble, nor did I have the desire to play it like I used to. Scheduling weekly visits to the hospital and administering drugs and shots to Ella Joy and taking care of her and Asaph was all that occupied my mind. As much as I was excited to put the kids down and go play my game, I want to have a passion for the Word of God and spending time in prayer.
I used to walk around really fast (I still do), but I never stopped to notice or consider the people around me. When I am at RMH or Lurie’s there are so many people who are going through hardships and challenging illnesses with their children. I want to make conscious efforts to get to know them and pray for their families.
I would like to spend more quality time with Mike, Ella Joy and Asaphie. Up until Ella Joy was diagnosed with cancer, I home schooled both of them, but it has been so busy that I have dropped the ball with it, and I cannot even remember the last time I did calendar time or world map prayer time with them. Earlier in the year Mike and I tried to do date nights, but since our schedules have been so busy, we have not made time to make it a priority. Whether we are reading books or playing Candyland together as a family, I want to make every moment count!
There are so many more goals I need to make for this upcoming year, but one Bible verse I really want to focus on is …”The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” – Zephaniah 3:17. As I pray with Ella Joy’s name inserted … The Lord our God is with Ella Joy, He is mighty to save Ella Joy. He will take great delight in Ella Joy. He will quiet Ella Joy with His love. He will rejoice over Ella Joy with singing. God is mighty to save! As surely as I see so many different people from different countries coming to Lurie’s to get their children treated, I remember the Bible verse “So that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth” –Phillippians 2:10. He is mighty to save! He is mighty to bring salvation to all people groups, nations and tribes. And I believe He is mighty to save our Ella Joy! Our God is mighty to save!