Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Day 177

We realize that we haven’t written anything for a couple of days, but we have been running around like crazy trying to get ready for the surgery and Sarah’s recovery. Our minds have been completely focused on what we need to get done and we are letting some important things go by the way side including our precious blog. While Sarah is recovering, I am relying on you (the blog readers) to help me encourage Sarah every step of the way. I want to remind you that when you write a message or comment, it is forwarded directly to Sarah’s phone and she receives it in minutes. So, while she is lying in bed, I will be at her side reading her all of your words of encouragement. Please don’t hesitate to send something even if it is your first time. Your words really mean a lot to her. Men don’t often ask for help; however the responses on this blog really seem to touch Sarah’s soul in a way that is so special. I need your help to keep her spirits buoyed which I think will lead to a very speedy recovery. Let’s get Sarah back up on her feet as quick as we can!!!

Sarah acts strong like she can take on the world…most days she can…but deep down she is facing insecurities and has moments of fear. At these moments I have to fall on my knees and give Sarah up to God because only He can comfort her in the palm of his hand and sing a song of victory over her.

Thanks for all your Prayers,


Anonymous said...

Hi Sarah!

Dave and I have been following your cancer fight since we learned about your situation last April. You would probably remember Dave as "Mr. VanKooten" from Everett Christian School.

Dave has fond memories of you, Bethany, and your parents. We are touched by your honest and personal account of your fight with breast cancer. The faith both you and your husband have shown is inspiring to us.

I have been reading a book called When Your Doctor Has Bad News. It was given to me after my own sister was diagnosed with colon cancer. I highlighted this quote from the author: "It may not be clear to you what good can come of an injury or illness when you first receive the doctor's bad news, but it is always clear to God. He will not waste your suffering. Some good will come from it." I am still struggling to see how something good can come out of my sister's cancer (she passed away a few weeks ago), but I find comfort knowing that God's plan is perfect.

The scripture quotes you posted on your blog have helped me the last few months. Here is one for you:
" 'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'"
Jeremiah 29:11

Please know that we are praying for you and your family.


Irene (and Dave) VanKooten

Heather Mayer said...

You have already touched so many lives, In posting your blog on my facebook, numerous people have been reading and supporting you by posting your story on there page as are in my thoughts and prayers. So glad I ran into you both at Alfys, its such a blessing to me you dont even realize!