The first few days of 2011 were great, and then the past 3 or 4 have been the pits! Our family has been all fired up for the New Year, and ready to get new projects going. The first 2 days we did just that, and then it started to head down hill from there. I ended up with a migraine, and not just any. The kind that puts you in bed, in a dark room, with prayerfully little noise around...believe it or not with great helpers this actually happened. Then came the next day, where the head was feeling better, but the body wasn't up to par. All the while I have lots of littles ready to get back to the school books, in this time they watched some science videos and did some Bible. All this with little help from me. Also for the past few years the first week of January always brings up memories of the past, thoughts of cancer and chemo. So, when I felt bad it kind of sent off shock waves through out the house of the blahs!!! But this was nothing compared to the news we were about to be given and made everything seem so petty that was happening in our world (family).
Just when I thought things were looking up, I received word yesterday evening that a sweet friend of ours Sherry Marr passed away. Sherry had been battling cancer and her body had taken so much that the Lord called her home. Our hearts are broken!!! Sherry was just 39 and leaves behind a beloved husband, and 4 young children 15 and under. I know they are going to miss her deeply, and their lives will never be the same. I also think of all the things that she will miss with them, like just being able to sit and watch her children grow into adults. Would you please remember the Marr family in your prayers. Thank you!
So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
This verse has been key in our lives for many years now. On January 5, 2004 ...7 years ago this week Arthur started his first round of chemotherapy. Our lives were turned upside down when we were told Arthur had colon cancer. He had color surgery on December 1, 2003 and on December 5, we were hit with another blow that the cancer was also found in this lymph nodes. All of this was hard to digest, but Arthur kept his cheery attitude. He held on to his faith and the Lord gave him great strength...often times helping the children and I keep a positive attitude. So, on January 5 Arthur marched into the unknown, chemo therapy treatments. Chemo proved to be a beast all of its own, and we watched Arthur endure things no human should ever have to. But our Lord was so faithful and loving. He carried Arthur in the toughest times, and Arthur's smile never left his face. Arthur (with the Lord strength) wasn't about to allow cancer or the chemo beast to still his joy...the joy in which Christ so freely gave. Arthur is now cancer free, and our lives have never been the same since walking along side him on the road of cancer. We value each and everyday, for we don't know the numbers of our days. We purpose to use our days wisely and seek wisdom from the Lord while doing so. Oh the value of life is beyond measure!
....The Lord is the strength of my life...