Saturday, December 09, 2006

Treatment Options - Wisdom Needed

As we consider the benefits and risks of different treatment options, please pray that the Lord would give us wisdom to decide the best course of action. This is weighing heavily on our hearts at this time.

"If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him" James 1:5

Dave & Kate


Anonymous said...

I am a friend of your mom's from her time working at CTA. I ran into her at Trader Joe's. I believe it was a true "God thing".
Know that I have been praying for you and your family ever since. I asked permission to put you on our prayer list at work and she said yes! Know that there is an army of believers, some you don't even know, that are praying for you.
Diane D

Anonymous said...

I am a friend of a friend and I know this poem is pretty simple, and everyone has already heard this one before, however, I thought it would be of some help. It helps me all the time.

Letting Go and Letting God
As children bring their broken toys, with tears, for us to mend; I brought my broken dreams to God because he was my friend.
But then instead of leaving him in peace to work alone, I hung around and tried to help with ways that were my own.
At last, I snatched them back and cried, "How could you be so slow?" "My child," He said, "What could I do? You never did let go..."

What Freedom, to know, that we can just be free to be ourselves, and that HE holds the reins,so that we can finally let go and experience true peace.
A friend of a friend at Twin Oaks Pres.

Laura Joback said...

Hey, dea-ah!!! You came to mind today (surprise, surprise)....I'd had a busy weekend of household caretaking, tending to the kids, shopping, a family outing, laundry, blah, blah, blah...I thought I'd lay down to catch a few winks while the boys lay down (ha, ha!). Not too soon into my zzzzzzz's, I heard Elijah in his crib chortling away, singing like a lark, telling me he was ready to get up. My first thought was, Ggggrrrrrrr! "Child:.....(in a nice way).....CAN IT! Just LET me get a bit of rest!" Then it came to me like a shot... I'm a mom and I care for my boys tenderly and watchfully. I require (and DESIRE) rest and recup from all of this "work" (though it IS a joy). God looks over you as you slumber in your BRAND SPANKIN' NEW GREEN BEDROOM (I-can't-believe-it's-not taupe-I-think-I'm-going-to-faint-AND-I-can't-believe-there's-actually-a-FINISHED-project-in-your-house-instead-of-a-3-x-3-swatch-of-paint-next-to-another-3-x-3-swatch-of-paint-in-just-the-next-tone-away-from-the-first-color)!!! Whew (a little breathless, there)...anyhoo: so God watches over YOU tenderly and carefully as you rest in your bed, but GUESS WHAT? The Bible says that He NEVER slumbers or sleeps. He NEVER requires rest from all of the fires he tends to...He is CONSTANTLY and COMPLETELY aware of all that goes on within your home, within your life, and, indeed, within your cranium. Some that do not believe would look at that statement and say: "If God is so AWARE, then why did this happen to Kate?" Good question... one that may not be answerable in the short-eye of things. This whole deal may be one of those KNOTS and GNARLS in the tapestry of your life that we are confused and frustrated by,...we may have to wait to see God's purpose in the long-eye of things. One obvious answer to the "why" is this BLOG! People all over the country are being blessed by your story and the faith of your family and servant hearts of your friends. In short (oh, that's pretty funny,...I never say anything "in short"): It gave me great pain to be awakened today by my 6-month old progeny earlier than I'd NEVER pains God to be awakened by you b/c HE never sleeps on the job! THAT fact gave me great comfort! Hope it will give the same to you! Big hug to all of the Snodgrasses, Gram, and Dee Dee! Laura

Anonymous said...

Hi Kate,
Just checking in on you today and catching up on the news. I am happy to hear that the appointment in Houston was encouraging. My grandma had a cancerous brain tumor removed the year I was born (she was bald in all my baby pictures) and lived 34 years before it came back on that will be my prayer for you-that once your treatments are over, you have at least 34 years before you have to think about this again!

What a fun idea for the bedroom makeover! You are truly blessed with great friends and family.

love ya,
Marta C.

Anonymous said...

Just to let you know I'm still praying...specifically that you will KNOW with certainty what steps to take with your treatment, and that you will feel the weight of this decision lifted as God directs you.
(When I'm feeling overwhelmed by whatever I'm facing, it always helps me to picture myself actually handing the burden/dilemma/whatever up to God--I mean literally raising my cupped hands and placing it back in His. That may seem corny, but it is a more concrete way for me to trust Him in the mess. I find myself sometimes handing it back FREQUENTLY, but I believe God is pleased each time I make the choice to do it.)
Anyway, I'll be eager to know what your plans are once you decide, and I'll keep praying for each of you in the meantime!
Love, Tiffani Gibbs