One of the biggest reasons why I've been away is because I was preparing to speak to a group of high school students. My sister, Chelsey, was inducted into the National Honor Society last week, and her sponsor asked me to be a part of the program. What an honor it was to speak publicly about the Lord's work in my life! Anytime that I have the divine privilege of talking to others, it is my desire to make very much of God, and very little of Lindsey, and thus, it takes a while to get my mind correctly focused, to take me out of the equation, if you will. Have you noticed how, when we try to leave ourselves as the centerpiece of our lives, we make royal messes? Or perhaps that's just me. Anyway, this was an enormous honor and a divine opportunity to share of the Lord's work in me. Praise God! My constant prayer is that the Lord would continually use me to reach others for Him.
Another reason that I've been less digital these days is because Brian and I have been tirelessly working on our yard. When we purchased our home in October, we were enamored with the large, tree-covered lot. Now, we are tired because of the large, tree-covered lot. We have raked and bagged copious amounts of leaves and pine needles, and we are STILL not finished. Fortunately, I love yard work. I love to be outside in the sunshine. And, I love to watch things grow. I think that gardening is one of the best illustrations of God's work in my life. My mind reels with spiritual analogies as I tend my flowerbeds.
And, since I'm giving updates tonight, I'll give you an update on my health. So far, radiation has been totally painless. It is certainly inconvenient, but the Lord has formed such a wonderful staff of people at the radiation center, that they make the process enjoyable. When I walk in the center each day, I'm greeted by warm smiles and kind words. And, the place even has a foundation which provided me with a $100 gas card and daffodils! What a perk!
I've been amazed at God's financial provisions for us. It's been incredible! I'm just going to be very transparent for a second. For weeks, I've cringed at the sheer cost of my healthcare (including supplements and diet). The cost is incredible! I have been praying, "Okay Lord, you know that it is very pricey for me to continue on this health plan. The conventional treatments of surgery, radiation, and chemo are expensive enough, but then when I add in all of these new diet and supplement items, it's outrageous. If you want me to continue to do this, You must provide." Y'all, inside of a week, He has provided about $600 for us from various sources. I'm pretty sure that's proof enough that I am to continue on this plan.
Mostly, I'm feeling great. I have a reasonable amount of energy, and I seem to be sleeping better at night. Praise God! At this point, our life hasn't really had to change all that much. I'm certainly more fatigued than I used to be, but even that isn't keeping me from most things. I just have to rest more and go to bed earlier! But, I think that's a wise thing for everyone.
Thank you for your continued prayers for my complete and total healing. Thank you for allowing me to rant and rave every single day. And, thank you for your precious words of encouragement. You are an immense blessing in my life.
Have a great week!