On the health front, I continue to be plagued by poor balance when walking. Some days are up, some down, but on the whole I have had a harder time keeping my spirits up. It's hard to be as cheerful when you feel your body declining. But overall I'm still really thankful that I can still enjoy being with my family. And when I'm sitting or sleeping I have next to no pain or discomfort. Looking back to last spring, I didn't know if I'd even be here, let alone going to work and cutting wood. Next Wed/Thurs we are going to Mayo. Wed afternoon is a couple scans, a couple more Thurs morning, then meet with the oncologist on Thurs afternoon and hopefully come home that evening.
As for prayer requests, I'll ask for the obvious that my walking will get better again. But if it's not God's will to heal me, then pray that I can keep the right attitude. And please be prayerful that we have wisdom next week if there's any decisions to make when we are at Mayo.
Thanks so much for your prayers & support. I continue to be amazed at how many are praying for us, often daily.
Derek & Leann
What I'm Learning from Cancer #9
1. There is Power in prayer – I have always known that prayer made a difference, but it was a blind faith. Now I know for a fact, and am convinced of it. I have felt so many times where I could just feel that Leann and I and our family were being carried along by prayer. I have come to learn as well that it helps when others tell you they are praying for you. As I knew so many were praying for me, any time I was tempted to be discouraged, I knew that I would be letting those people down as well if I did not have faith. It’s like a sort of accountability. If someone says they are praying for you, and then you remain discouraged, it’s like saying you don’t have faith in God’s power. Let me encourage you in something here. If you are praying for someone regularly, it will help them if you tell them that. It will bind you together as brothers or sisters in the Lord. It will encourage them and keep them going. Don’t brag all about that you have a huge prayer list, or who all it includes. But to that person you are praying for, be open. They will then share more specifically what they need prayer for, and it makes it easier for you to continue praying. The rest of you have probably been on the right track for years, but this is definitely something I see now as a major omission of mine in the first 18 years of my Christian walk.