Today was another wonderful day, for which God deserves all the glory and honor and praise!
I consider every day that I get to wake up with Brian to be a good day. I can't even begin to explain to you guys what a constant comfort he is to me. He just guides me along through this process in such a wise and confident way. It's captivating really. I love him so. Thank you, God, for my husband.
On my way to work, I received two text messages from friends who were just saying, "Praying for you today." or "I love you, Lindsey". Thank you, God, for my friends.
I was back at work with my little chickadees today (as I lovingly refer to them). They were so sweet, and they have been so grown up about this whole process. Though I know they don't fully comprehend or understand what's going on, they just trust that I'll be better soon. And, you know what? I do, too. I've learned a lot from those little kiddos. On several occasions today, one of my students would run over to me, grab me around the waist and say, "I'm so glad that you are here today! I miss you when you have to be gone!" What a sweet blessing. Thank you, God, for my class.
As I was settling into the workday, I got an email from a fellow teacher. She sent it to the whole school, asking them to pause and pray for me at 12:00PM today. The word got out, and this community prayer spread beyond our school to many others. Thank you, God, for my school and for those who are committed to praying for me.
Throughout the day, I received 7 emails of encouragement, 4 facebook messages, and 5 more text messages. Thank you, God, for placing people in my life to support me and love me through this.
I had to leave school early to go to yet another doctor's appointment. My 2nd grade teacher team has so lovingly set up a system for dividing my class and taking over for me when I have to skip out early. Thank you, God, for my awesome teacher friends.
I saw a new radiation oncologist today. I had been in major prayer about this appointment. As soon as I arrived, I was greeted by the most precious nurse who loved on me and prayed with me. She is a friend of my sister's, so we already had a connection. Then, I met the sweetest doctor that you can imagine. She was concerned about me and my health, but she put my mind at ease in the most caring way. Thank you, God, for this doctor and nurse and for the caring hearts that you've given each one of them.
Then, as soon as I got in my car, I called Brian. He had already texted me 3 times while I was in the appointment. He was trying his best to make it in time, but I told him that work had to be his top priority since we've had so many appointments lately. He was so eager to hear what the doctor had to say, and more importantly, he wanted to know my reaction to the appointment. He was checking to make sure that I was alright, that they were kind to me and caring of me. Thank you, God, for a husband who protects his wife.
On my way home, I talked to both my mom and my dad. This is the standard procedure for when I get out of an appointment. I call Brian (on the rare occasion that he's not with me) and then I call Mom and Dad. They always drop whatever is going on to take my call, and they both always say at the end, "I love you. Please let me know if you need ANYTHING or if I can do ANYTHING." And, they mean it. I can always hear the helplessness in their voices. There is nothing they can do, and I know that hurts. Thank you, God, for parents who love me in a way that allows me to glimpse how much you love me.
When I got home, I got the mail, which was full of cards from friends, family, and strangers. Each one was lined with the most beautiful and thoughtful words of encouragement or support. Thank you, God, for those who have brightened my day through the gift of a card.
As I walked out my front door this evening, I saw a big brown box with the label, "The Cheesecake Factory." I tore it open and pulled out the most delectable sight you've ever seen, an Oreo Cheesecake. Yummy! If that doesn't make your heart happy, nothing will. Thank you, God, for an old friend who has so consistently loved me through this trial. What a dear person she is to me.
Then, I checked into facebook and saw that we have over 550 members in our prayer group. Wow! That is all that I can say about that. I have no words. And, so many have left the most beautiful words and scripture to encourage our faith. Thank you, God, for your prayer warriors.
I am a very blessed woman. Thank you, God, for these moments. These people are showing love for you by showing love to me.