Good morning! I serve an awesome God! A healer, redeemer, saver, lover, grace giving God!!
If you can recall some of my past blogs, ( http://fourmoultons.blogspot.com/2011/04/not-as-planned.html ) I have neighbors with needs...we all do! One specific neighbor has been battling a brain tumor for over 5 years. It comes, gets smaller, chemo/radiation for the past five years we've been here.
Last Monday (February 13th) Daron picked up the kids and I had gone straight home to lay down because I had been having my own "battle" with headaches and extreme fatigue. When they got home Will said with enthusiasm, "We're going on a family walk!" Although I love the idea because we always try to instill in our children the importance of health and the last thing I want to do is stifle that...I am not going to lie...that was the LAST thing I wanted to do! So, after getting up, cooking dinner, etc. Will said, "Lets go on our walk!" Daron said, "Mommy doesn't feel well so we'll go tomorrow..."he started crying and of course I felt so guilty. So already in my sweats (pjs) I went and put on my house shoes, yes, you heard me right...and said, lets go on a walk! :)
We set out to do our loop, almost home, two houses away, Cassidy, the 8 year old daughter (of the man fighting cancer) was in the yard...I said Hi sweetie, how are you, and with a smile, as always, she said, "Good!". As we walked to the other side of the driveway I noticed the wife/mom was getting her husband out of the passenger seat, he made some really agonizing noises and Cassidy yelled, "Daddy, you okay" about that time the grandmother walked around with a wheel chair...I had NO idea he was doing this poor. I literally had to speed walk straight to my house and to my room because I could not compose myself. Here I was with a "headache" (which I am NOT downplaying, but compared to this man literally suffering with a brain tumor) I am blessed.
I KNOW God had a reason for us to go on a family walk that night...it was to: 1) Realize I don't feel as bad as it could be, 2)Make me realize how blessed I am to have a healthy family--and to cherish them, and 3) I need to get outside of my dang home and be a missionary next door.
That night we explained to our kids that our neighbor was very sick and we should pray for them and do something special on Valentine's Day to show our love. So the next day we prepared a goody basket and walked it over to them. They were appreciative, yet reluctant.
Well friends, I can say today...the story doesn't end there! Yesterday I was home with Will. Around 3 he looked out the window and said, "It sure is a pretty day! We should go out and play!" I said, "honey, you need to rest so you will feel better." He said, "Well, I love outside it will make me feel better!" So...we headed out for a walk, on our way back home our neighbors (wife and kids) were outside. She came up to me with tears in her eyes and said, "I need to tell you something"....my heart sunk! She told me how they had gone to the doctor in January and the doctors had told them there was nothing else they could do and that he probably only had two months or so left....she then smiled and said, "Today he had an MRI and it's gone! I saw it with my own eyes....it was clear!!!" She continued by telling me she knew it was all the prayers and that only God could have done this!
Last night I was laying down with Will and said, "I have something REALLY cool to tell you!" He got real still and said, "What?" I said, "you know how Cassidy's daddy has been sick and we have been praying for him?" He said, "Yes." I said, "He is healed, he is all better!!" He said, "WHOA, are you serious? It must have been because we have been praying for him....I didn't know God could do that!" It was such a cool experience to be able to have that conversation with my four-year old, that we serve a mighty, healing God, that can do ANYTHING! Then I went to Faith's room, Daron had already told her...she was saying that was so awesome, I told her what Will said, and she snickered....and said, "Mom, if God made us and EVERYTHING in this World, does he (Will) not know he can heal?? WOW, that's my 7 year-old talking! I did explain that Will is younger than her and she is wise beyond her years. I am forever grateful for this experience and to be able to discuss God's grace with our children and a young age.
Praise be to God, ALL glory to Him! Please pray for his strength to return, for me to continue to be there to minister, and for them to not forget who gave them this miracle. I pray you have a blessed day!