Saturday, January 24, 2009

Sudden Improvement from the Blahs

Hello! This is Krista writing today :) Here's a shout-out to Mike for doing a good job on blogging in my place yesterday. Thanks honey!

Thank you for your prayers people! On the last day of my radiation (Friday), the blah feeling that was so oppressive, just kind of went away. I was able to do things again that I've wanted to do like read, talk with Mike, listen to the Word on audio, play Word Twist (ha, Gail and James), and even took a couple laps around the halls.

I could not seem to sleep last night and then at 3 a.m. there was a "Code Blue" down the hall which was very alarming, with alarms, loudspeaker calls for the "code blue team" and lots of running to get to the patient. I felt like God was keeping me at vigil to pray for this patient all night instead of sleeping, to which I'm thankful.

My mom and Glen are on their way today for a visit after their week in Las Vegas, and I'm glad I'll have the energy for visitors. They're staying 1 night and leaving the next day, stopping by again before heading back to CO.

Mike should be going home tomorrow to get clean clothes, shower, pick up the mail and most importantly visit the kids. The kids are having a wonderful time with their friends and we are so grateful for their first week with the Martons going soooo well. They even caught a cold the first day, but it was very short lived, and Mike and I didn't get it - yay!

I'm so grateful for all your prayers for my health, for no infections, for no chronic graft vs. host disease and no serious side effects from the treatment, but I also hope that you are praying for God to use me in this situation to the benefit of others and to glorify Himself.

This passage blessed me soooo much today, I hope you'll take time to read it (since it's not just 1-2 verses this time, but it's not that long either). Enjoy and be filled...

2 Corinthians 4:1-18

Treasures in Jars of Clay
Therefore, since through God's mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.

It is written: "I believed; therefore I have spoken." With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence. All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

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