Monday, August 26, 2013

A post on my health, but mostly my life...

As far as my health goes, according to Dr. Shah at MD Anderson, my last bloodwork showed everything is “stable.”  All I could do was look at him & say, “Well, at least something about me is stable.”  So…there you go.  I have medical proof that I’m stable!  :)

As far as how I’m doing otherwise, over the last few weeks, God has been convicting me about being thankful…in everything.  Everything, Lord?  Everything?!?!   Hmmmmmm…I don’t know, Lord.  So I kind of pushed it to the side.

Recently, I had one of “those” days.  OK, it was a Debbie Downer kind of day (apologies to anyone named Debbie).  I was feeling really pitiful about myself.  I miss my job…really it wasn’t a job.  I miss the privilege I had of serving the littlest ones of our church by being a part of our Children’s Ministry staff.  I miss the hugs around my knees.   I miss the high fives.  I miss hearing “Ms Jana!” in those sweet little voices.  I miss holding tiny babies.  I miss their parents.  I miss our wonderful volunteers.  I miss my Wednesday night staff.   I miss being a part of our church staff.  I miss it all so much it hurts.

See?  I told you it was very Debbie Downer-ish.

On top of that, we are down to one car.  So now that school has started, unless I can work it out to borrow my Mom’s car, I’m pretty much trapped here in our little apartment.  I’ve always been very independent, so not having the freedom to run to the drugstore or wherever if I need to…even if I don’t…has been a huge adjustment.

In the midst of all that self-pity, here comes that conviction again.  “Jana, thank Me for EVERYTHING.”  Again, there I was with the questioning.  “Everything , Lord?  So You’re telling me I should be thankful for:

      …  having cancer?
        being in pain?
        having a wonky immune system?
        feeling guilty that because I can’t work we’re having financial struggles?
        not being able to get out & do things for myself?
        struggling helping out around the house?
        having trouble sleeping?
        missing my job?
        missing “my” little ones?
        missing my life before this all happened?"

His answer?  A simple, “Yes.”  It wasn’t, “Yes because…” or “Yes, I know it’s hard, but…”  Not even a, “Because I said so, young lady. That’s why!”  It was simply a soft gentle, “Yes.”

Then He reinforced that conviction through scripture I read the next day:  ”Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

So, here I am, trying to remember to be thankful for all things in all circumstances.  I’m not saying I’m 100% there, but I’m trying.  Thankfully the Lord knows how painfully human I am and is infinitely patient with me.

Please know that all of you who check on me & are lifting me up in prayer are a blessing to me.  Thank you!


Patricia said...

Jana, Thanks for the update. Stable is good. Keeping you and your doctors in my prayers.

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sandi s said...

I hope you continue to get better! It really is ok to have a down day as long as you try to have more up days. I do know it's not easy but God is taking care of you. Hugs

Julie said...

Good words Jana! You are missed badly too! Not the same without you around there! Love you and praying for you!

Karen said...

Good to hear from you. So glad you are stable. The losses are tough to handle sometimes, but the Lord does bless when we rely on Him.

Praying for an "UP" day today.

Pam in IL said...

Oh Jana, please know that you are always in my prayers! The bible verse you quote in your post is one of my favorites. I have it written on slips of paper and posted in many different places so that when I'm having a difficult time, it's a visual reminder.


Anonymous said...

It is so nice to hear from you and to give us an update on what is happening in your life and am glad that you are staple.

I know it is hard to be up-beat all the time, but the Lord will keep you as you are His child.