Woke up to this email from my sister - the nursing student - her concern for our hearts and leakage made me laugh. Thankfully my mom eased our “leaking” nerves lol.
Thanks Sel for you concern and for the important info…
Mom and sisters,
In reading articles on medscape (like a good little nursing student should), I came across these some coffee facts or theories that yall may find interesting due to our love for some good coffee (sarah, i think shannon and mom beat us on the coffee front, but may still be pertinent)…
1) no fear! coffee does not seem to be linked to hypertension (high BP) as thought! So you are safe with your good blood pressure.
2)BUT, beware… you may start leaking when you get older. (aka urinary bladder leakage). This is really why I wanted to send the email, because I just thought that was hilarious. Mom, hopefully you can tell us (your coffee-loving and consuming daughters) that is not true for our genes?! But if it is, that’s why I added in #1 for good measure so that though we may leak, our hearts are still safe.
LOVE YOU ALL! and, cant wait to see you all this weekend!
A good family friend and co-worker was diagnosed with cancer back in March. His doctor gave him 6 months to live. I can’t even begin to imagine how he felt after receiving that news. I remember when we found out - you think it’s a bad dream. Things like this don’t happen to healthy, successful, young (only 42) people!!
He and his wife came to Houston for treatment at M.D. Anderson. The treatment was intense and severe. It caused him to get sores all over his face and body, in his ears and mouth; like burns. I remember talking to him on the phone and holding back tears as he shared with me his pain and what he was going through. I wouldn’t wish it upon my worst enemy much less someone I care for.
Despite all of this, something in him changed. He decided to fight. His life was worth fighting for. His friends bought him a pair of boxing gloves that they all signed - supporting and believing and praying and fighting with him. I had the privilege of signing them today right after he shared an unbelievable doctor’s report with me.
He is back in Houston for more tests and appointments. Last night, he received amazing news. The cancer has not spread. Not just that but the doctor said his bones look stronger than before. (his type of cancer affects his bones and by the time they found it, it had already metastasized to the bone) Considering 4 months ago they had given him 6 months to live … this news is HUGE. GOD IS SO GOOD.
Yes, the medication and diet contributed but the doctor also said that a huge factor that contributes to healing is…
Surrounding yourself with faith-filled people who are encouraging you and speaking life-giving words over you. People who are fighting with you.
I think this truth applies to all areas of life. Whether you are struggling with a life-and-death disease like cancer or you are going through a break-up or loss of loved one, whatever your “cancer” is right now - Surround yourself with faith-filled people who are encouraging you and speak life-giving words over you!!!
Death and life are in the power of the tongue
Cause I’m not who I was
When I took my first step
And I’m clinging to the promise You’re not through with me yet
so if all of these trials bring me closer to you
Then I will go through the fire
If You want me to
It may not be the way I would have chosen"
When you lead me through a world that’s not my home
But You never said it would be easy
You only said I’d never go alone
“My Child, your mind leaps from problem to problem, tangling your thoughts in anxious knots. When you think like that, you leave Me out of your world-view and your mind becomes darkened. Though I yearn to help, I will not violate your freedom. I stand silently in the background of your mind, waiting for you to remember that I am with you.
When you turn from your problems to My Presence, your load is immediately lighter. Circumstances may not have changed, but we carry your burdens together. Your compulsion to “fix” everything gives way to deep, satisfying connection with Me. Together we can handle whatever this day brings.”
Jesus Calling, Sarah Young
I read this passage this morning and I love these little reminders. My natural tendency is to shoulder the burden myself, which is the church way of saying I enjoy having control, but he’s taught me time and time again that he desires for us to call out to him and seek his help. Allowing Him to take control keeps me from tripping over myself.
“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.”