Celebrating the Holidays with Cancer

It’s a new year and what better way to kick it off than to feature a guest writer! I pray that you’re filled with hope as you read Cameron’s story of his wife Heather’s healing. Remember, with Jesus, anything is possible!!

The best time of the year for me has always been the holidays.  I always enjoy seeing my family and friends, giving thanks for our many blessings, and continuing our family traditions.  After seeing our daughter Lily being born in August of 2005, my wife Heather and I were ecstatic about the holidays. We talked endlessly about continuing certain holiday traditions with Lily and beginning new ones that our family would enjoy for years.  Our planning was quickly put on hold three days before Thanksgiving, when my wife found out that she had cancer. It was hard to handle a 3 ½ month old baby and my wife’s mesothelioma diagnosis at the same time.  I didn’t know much about this form of cancer, but what we learned soon after made me realize that our once bright and hopeful future now looked very uncertain.  I hoped for the best, but all along, I was preparing for the worst. We still came together for Thanksgiving, and we tried our best to celebrate the holiday as usual.  Heather’s family celebrated both Thanksgiving and Christmas with us because we would soon be headed to Boston for Heather’s treatment.  After having our holiday meal, I had to endure the conversation I had been dreading for days.  This conversation consisted of how Heather’s family would be able to help us through this crisis financially.   We discussed all of our finances, which bills Heather’s family would pay for us, and even Lily’s childcare decisions.  Heather and I both had jobs before our daughter was born, but once we started dealing with the mesothelioma, our financial situation worsened.  New expenses that we never imagined were piled on, and we knew we would soon be down to a single income once Heather started treatment.  We were barely making it by as it was, and we would not be able to stay afloat for long.  The discussion left me ashamed and embarrassed, through no one’s fault but my own. I never expected to spend my Thanksgiving this way. After many years, I finally understood what this day really meant to me.  During the time I sat at the table discussing all of my family’s personal information, I felt ashamed and overwhelmed.  When in actuality, I should have noticed the love that I received from my family.  My family did not hesitate to help us in every way that they could.  They were willing to make incredible sacrifices of their own to ensure our well being. I did not see this for many years because I was blinded by pride, but now, years later, I see how very lucky I was.   In addition to helping us through this time, our friends and family also prayed endlessly for Heather’s health.  Heather’s mother, especially, prayed as much as she possibly could, and told Heather that God had told her that this disease would not take her life.  
Despite the odds that said otherwise, we clung to that hope throughout that holiday season and the months of treatment that followed. This holiday season, I realize how thankful I am for my family, friends, healthy daughter, and the chance to continue to make new family traditions.  
Despite the odds, Heather was able to beat her cancer with the help and support of our incredible family and friends. Mesothelioma has not been a part of our lives for over six years, and we’ve been able to enjoy many wonderful Christmases together.  We hope that our story of success against cancer can be a source of hope and inspiration to all those still fighting this holiday season.

To read more by Cameron please visit his website:
http://www.mesothelioma.com/blog/authors/cameron/

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Still Blessed

Grandma saw the doc Tuesday.  Her blood work shows less healthy blood cells and more cancerous cells (blasts).  They did a bone marrow biopsy this morning and next week she will be starting another round of chemo.  My faith tells me that she will be ok.  That this is just another step on our journey.  God is still in control.  He is still the same God that healed her 4 years ago and what He does cannot be un-done.  She will get her healing.  It just upsets me that she is not finished with this crap yet.  But we are STILL blessed and God is STILL good.  We are resting in Him and walking out our faith once again.  We will continue to praise Him in this storm. (1 Thess. 5:17-18) 

Bob looks really puffy today.  He is so swollen.  His eyes look awful.  They don’t even look like they are all the way open.  I asked him how he feels and he told me, “Not good.  I hurt everywhere.”  I hate this.  I hate seeing the cancer show itself.  GO AWAY!!!!!  He goes back to the doc on February 7th for another blood draw then on the 14th for results.  That is the day they will decide if he will have another transplant.  I believe that God will show Himself before then.  That his blood tests will show a normal amount of light chains.  I don’t want him to have to go through another transplant.  I want God to fix it now instead of in His time.  But we are STILL blessed and God is STILL good.  We are resting in Him and walking out our faith once again.  We will continue to praise Him in this storm.    

This cancer storm will be over eventually.  God is faithful and loving.  His promise is true.  Bob and grandma will be healed again.  I just pray that God will continue to strengthen us and uphold us during this fight.  That He will grant us peace and that we continue to abide in the shadow of the Almighty.  That we continue to keep our eyes on Him.  That we continue to speak life and walk in faith.  I pray that we rest in Him and see wonderful things from His law.  We will be led to victory through Christ once again.  We trust You God.

Are You With Us?!

Thank you for standing with us in this fight.  We have placed our faith in GOD and we trust that HE will deliver us again, HE is able.  Please recite these verses at least 3 times per day OUT LOUD…send God’s word to Heal. 

James 5:15 “The prayer of faith shall save the sick…”

Psalm 18:1-2 — We love you, O Lord, our strength.  You are our rock and our fortress and our deliverer.  Our God, our strength, in whom we will trust.

Psalm 107:19-20 — We cry out to the LORD in our trouble; and HE SAVES US out of our distress.  HE SENT HIS WORD and HEALED Bob!

Hebrews 4:12 — For the Word of God is living and active.  Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow.

We are sending the word of God into Bob’s body and he is healed.  We use HIS Word as a sword.  We give no place to sickness or pain, for God sent His word and healed Bob.

Father I make a demand on Bob’s bones to produce perfect marrow.  I make a demand on the marrow to produce pure blood that will ward off sickness and disease. 

John 10:10 & John 6:63 — The thief does not come except to steal, kill and destroy.  Jesus has come that we may have LIFE and that we may have it more abundantly.  The words that I speak to you are spirit and they are LIFE.

You have given Bob abundant life, He receives that life through YOUR WORD and it flows to every cell of his body bringing healing and health. 

I Peter 2:24 — Jesus himself bore our sins/sickness in His own body on the tree that we, having died to sin/sickness, might live for righteousness – by HIS stripes Bob is healed.

Jesus bore sickness in His Body on the tree; therefore Bob is dead to sickness and alive unto God and by HIS stripes Bob is healed and made whole.

Proverbs 4:20-22 — My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings.  Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; for they are LIFE to those who find them and HEALTH TO ALL THEIR FLESH.

Heavenly Father, Bob attends to your word and inclines his ear to your sayings, he will not let them depart from his eyes, he keeps them in the midst of his heart, for they are LIFE and HEALING to all of his flesh.

Mark 11:24 – Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

We believe your word God.  We believe that Bob is healed.

Psalm 91:14-16 — “Because Bob loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.  Bob will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver Bob and honor him.  With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

Psalm 118:17 — Bob will not die, but live and declare the works of God.

Psalm 103: 1-3 – Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits; He forgives all our iniquities, and He HEALS all our diseases.

Thank you Lord that Bob is healed!

Anointed!

“Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ.  He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come,” 2 Corinthians 1:21-22.

God,

You have anointed Bob!  You put your seal of ownership on him!  He is yours!  Satan, I speak to you and tell you to get back!!  Bob is God’s child.  He has been bought by Christ’s holy and anointed blood.  Bob has been redeemed!  Bob accepts Christ’s redemption.  He accepts Christ as his Lord and savior!  Satan, you have no power over him!  Bob’s body is God’s temple and where God lives you cannot!  Where God is there can be no darkness.  Cancer is yours Satan, take it back to hell with you!  Bob is healthy and made whole by God the Father!  Bob is made whole through his Lord Jesus Christ who died to take his sins and sickness, to carry the burden.  Jesus is Bob’s King!  He is Bob’s Jehovah-Rapha! 

I call on God, I call on his mighty power.  Save Bob, Lord!  Bring him through this battle a changed man.  Bob is stout-hearted and courageous.  Bob is full of un-waivering faith.  Bob is as bold as a lion for you God!  Bob is whole, healthy, complete, and alive!  Let Bob live many more, honor-filled years on this earth as your servant!  You put your spirit in Bob’s heart as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come!  God I know what is to come in this battle!  VICTORY and HONOR for you!  HEALING, HEALTH, and LIFE for Bob! 

AMEN!

Filling my Prayer Bowl!

God,

I am praying so that my prayer bowl will overflow!  I will pray without ceasing from now on until I see Bob’s healing manifestation.  Until thunder and lightning peal across the sky in a glorious display of your awesome power!  Whether you are being obvious or hiding, God; I will recognize your movements!  You are training me and I thank you.  You are revealing yourself to me, confiding in me, you are answering my prayers. 

You are faithful to all of your promises and loving toward all you have made.  You love Bob!  You made him, Lord.  According to your word, Bob is fearfully and wonderfully made.  Cancer has no place in him, it was not a part of Bob’s design.  Root it out of his body!  It is an evil gift of the enemy.  It is a gift we do NOT accept.  We only accept gifts from you Lord, gifts of life and health!  Bob has life and health in you!  Bob is healed of cancer and he has a long life on earth ahead of him. 

God, teach Bob to seek wisdom.  Teach him to love it.  For in wisdom’s hands are LONG LIFE and riches and honor.  Give Bob a long life!  Give him wisdom and understanding so that he may live a long and fulfilled life serving you.  God, this healing is all for your glory!  Bob will tell of your mighty works!  Many will see, and fear, and put their trust in you!  Eyes will be opened and hearts will be forever changed by this.  By your might, Lord!  You are Jehovah-Nissi, God!  You are our VICTORY!  You reign!  Glory in the highest, you reign.  Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that you are God.  Every tongue will confess that Jesus reigns!  You are robed in majesty.  You are MIGHTY TO SAVE!  Save us Lord!  Save Bob! 

Lord, let the anointing that we perform be seen as a symbol of our faith.  Let it be seen as “setting apart for you to be used for your purpose”!  Recognize this covenant and keep it God.  We have made a covenant with you.  Make a covenant with us.  Like the smearing of blood on the door posts during the 1st Passover, we are smearing the blood of the lamb on our heads, God.  Bob is covered with the blood of the lamb!  God we are asking that the Angel of Death PASS OVER our homes, our bodies!  We are asking that Bob is passed over!  See this covenant with us and remember!  We are your children, Bob is your child; he is set apart for you.  Save him!  When cancer comes to take Bob’s life it MUST and WILL PASS OVER!!!!  Bob is YOURS!  Bob is marked with the blood of Christ.  He is marked with the “Anointed One’s” life blood, his redeeming blood.  The Messiah, the one true Christ has marked Bob for his own, to be used for his purpose.  Bob is saved!  He is saved from death.

Grow his faith, God.  Let Bob increase in wisdom, and stature, and favor with God and man.  Let him grow as Jesus did.  As he grows let him draw near to you.  Hold him.  Be his strength, be his peace.  His Elohim; his power and might!  Be his Jehovah-Rohi; lead him, good shepherd.  Be his Jehovah-Shalome, his prince of peace.  Most of all be his Jehovah-Rapha, the Lord his healer!  God I believe you will make your names known to Bob.  You will reveal yourself to Bob as all of these wonderful things.  There are so many parts of you, Lord that we have yet to grasp.  But I pray and I believe that you will reveal yourself to us.  You will confide in us.  You will show yourself to us as we continue to draw near to you.  We will continue to go where you lead.  We will always follow you. 

God, speak to my mom.  Continue to put her on the hearts of those around us.  Put her needs on the hearts of powerful intercessors, powerful prayer warriors.  Let them rise up with shields and swords.  Let them surround her.  Let them fight the good fight of faith in her stead if it is your will.  May your will be done.  Give my mom the tools to succeed, cover her in your love and be her Jehovah-Shalome.  Be real to her, be real to Bob.  Be real to me, God.  Wrap Bob in your arms.  Hide him under your wings, set his feet upon a rock.  Let your hugs be literal to Bob and my mom.  Let them truly feel your presence, Lord.  Envelope them!  Make your face shine upon them and grant them peace. 

My family needs you, God.  Be our prince of peace!!  Give us peace that surpasses all understanding.  Speak to us so we will hear you and teach us to listen.  We love you, Lord.  Love us in a tangible way.

Lord, your presence is enough to meet all of our needs.  You are always more than enough.  I believe in you, I believe in your power.  I have great faith, Lord!  Put me in the right frame of faith and the right place in my life.  Put me where you want me.  I live to serve you, Lord.  Thank you for being faithful and for revealing yourself to me!  Thank you for the healing that I know Bob has received!  I am living in thanksgiving for him!  I know our manifestation will present itself in YOUR TIME and your timing is always perfect, Heavenly Father.  You are Jehovah-Rapha and you reign!