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31 Days of Gratitude (Day 24 & 25): The Grace of the Cross

The 31 Days of Writing Challenge continues. It’s Day 24 – 25 of my 31 Days of Gratitude.

I started writing this last night but fell asleep so I’m finishing it in the morning and counting it as two days. ;-)

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(From Jan 2014, after Brian’s surgery to remove the cancerous tumor.)

As many of you know, at the beginning of the year, God asked us to travel a difficult path. In January, my husband Brian was diagnosed with cancer for the second time. He went through his second surgery to remove the cancer and this time around he had to have chemo. They surgically inserted a port into his chest. He had chemo for six months and finished his treatments in July. They won’t take the chemo port out until he has been clean for three months after treatment.

Over the last two months he’s had bloodwork and a scans and this week he went through his last round of bloodwork. We got a call from the doc yesterday and he said that everything looked good, his lymph nodes are clean and there’s no signs of growth. Brian can now schedule the removal of his port. Blessed be God!

I pray that this cancer chapter is over forever! Sometimes, I’ll start to worry, especially when he is not feeling well, that maybe it is back but I’ve got to tell myself to shut up and don’t even go there because worrying like that is no way to live. I’ve just got to enjoy each day we have togeether and not worry about what may or may not happen. Its not the easiest thing for me but I’m trying.

Now we are concentrating on helping Brian recover from the chemo. He started going to a new doctor that has a more holistic approach to medicine and together they are working on building his body and his immune system back up and working on getting the lingering chemo out.

scrip_rom_8_28You know, I hate the cancer that invaded Brian’s body. It brought physical pain, emotional heartache, spiritual questions (and not to mention late night binging on ice cream while I worried about being a widow.) But now that the dust has settled and our lives feel “normal” again, I can’t help but think of the Romans 8:28, “We know that all things work for good for those who love God.” There actually have been positive outcomes to this whole situation.

First, we are taking much better care of our health with diet and exercise. Goodbye double cheeseburgers; hello, salads! Good bye pan dulce and glazed donuts; hello, black bean brownies! Goodbye, couch potato; hello, walking fool. I complain about it (shocking, I know!) but it feels good to feel healthier. (I’ll talk more about the improved health next week. ;-))

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This cross has also brought Brian and me closer together. We have shared such raw moments together that it was either going to drive us apart or cement us together. It brings me to tears as I type to think about just how much I love this man. He’s a gem. Funny thing is, he says the same about me. I always felt like he was the rock and I was the flighty one. To see him hold onto me for strength is disconcerting, and reassuring, at the same time. As a family, it has drawn us closer and made us more compassionate towards those who are suffering illness and their families.

Lastly, we have grown closer to God and more reliant on him. We have been reminded that life is precious and that we can’t take any day for granted. I’m trying not to get so caught up in the tedious chores of the day that I forget to see the beauty in the mess.  I think we’ve also come to realize that, by the grace of God, we are much stronger than we think. I have no desire to be tested any further but that’s not the way life works. So for now, I lay it at the feet of Christ and celebrate in the blessings of today. For that, I am truly grateful.

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31 Days of Gratitude (Day 23) & Theme Thursday

The 31 Days of Writing Challenge continues. It’s Day 23 of my 31 Days of Gratitude.

I am also linking up with Cari for Theme Thursday: Good Job.

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Cari prompted us to post a photo that we did a good job on. I took these this week when I was out on my morning walk. Normally, the waves are pretty calm but this day they were rough and wild. It left me breathless and I wished I could capture what I was seeing and hearing and feeling but I couldn’t do it justice. However, I only had my iphone (my old one finally bit the dust so I upgraded to the iphone 6) and even though it was a camera phone in the hands of an amateur photographer, I still think I did a pretty good job. (Let’s not talk about the fact that it took 100 shots to get these four.) ;-)

Revolution of Love Blog -day_23_beach1The view from the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail.

day_23_beach2My zen seagull that I posted on Instagram earlier this week. The waves never bothered him.

day_23_beach3When I was done with my walk I drove the scenic route home. There are little turnoffs where you can park and watch the ocean and I couldn’t resist stopping.

Revolution of Love Blog - day_23_beach4I made it down to the water and after last week’s hectic craze I was thanking God that this week I was able to regroup and re-energize myself. God always seems to know when I am at the end of my rope. Circumstances ease up and I get a little respite. For that I am truly thankful.

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31 Days of Gratitude (Day 22): Beautiful Imperfection

The 31 Days of Writing Challenge continues. It’s Day 22 of my 31 Days of Gratitude.

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I took this photo of a pretty plant today but after I looked at it I realized there was a hole in one of the leaves. It bugged me and I was going to delete the photo. Either that or drive back to the place I took the photo and do a retake after I pulled off the guilty leaf. Instead, I remembered that things don’t have to be “perfect” to be beautiful. A person can still find beauty in messy imperfection. For that, I am grateful.

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31 Days of Gratitude (Day 20 & 21): Blessed Is She

The 31 Days of Writing Challenge continues. It’s Day 20 & 21 of my 31 Days of Gratitude.

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(I was supposed to post this last night but I literally passed out on the couch and never made it. I broke my 31 day streak but I think 3 weeks of non-stop posting is pretty darn great! So today you get two days as one. :-))

I spend the morning working on my November devotion for Blessed Is She. If you are unfamiliar with BIS, it was started by Jenna over at A Mama Collective as a ministry to encourage Catholic women to spend time with the Word of God each day. There is a team of ladies, married and single, and we take turns sharing our thoughts on that day’s Mass readings. There is a great collection of personalities and viewpoints as we all work together as women of God. I love the community and sisterhood we share. Plus, these women have challenged me to spend more time with God and to quiet myself down to listen to his Word. (No easy task, mind you!) So for the grace I’ve received through Blessed Is She, I am truly thankful!

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31 Days of Gratitude (Day 19): Happy Sunday

The 31 Days of Writing Challenge continues. It’s Day 19 of my 31 Days of Gratitude.

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I’m grateful for a lovely day that was spent with the family so I was not able to blog. ;-) Happy Sunday!

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