Sunday, December 27, 2015

Be a Miracle.

"You can make many plans, but the LORD's purpose will prevail." 
Proverbs 19:21

Ya know- I really shouldn't have opened my mouth.
My last post was an exciting return to the world of blogging because my dad was finally cancer-free.

Little did I know.

Two hours after Dad's last radiation treatment, my mom had a biopsy.
It's breast cancer.

At first, I was just frustrated. Seriously. That was not a fair plan AT ALL.
But now we're just hopeful. Chemo begins for Mom next week and will last an entire year, accompanied with 3 surgeries. And next year at Christmas, we'll be telling a different story.

So I may have to take a hiatus again, but for now, I realized how much I missed blogging and whether or not anyone reads it, I plan to return until family jumps up on my priority list. 

To be honest, JD and I had big plans for life after Dad's chemo. My parents can totally take care of themselves but we really felt called to help them get through that rough patch in their lives. We were planning to start foster care classes, for JD to apply for his PhD program, to take another nice vacation, etc. But that's all changed for now. We still may do some of those things but we're definitely rearranging our lives because we want to be there to help my Mom now. 
We made plans. But the Lord's will is going to prevail. For now, we think it's God's will to honor our parents, to stick where we are and to learn servant-hood. That's what we think. God will reveal His big lessons and plans for us along the way.
So for 2016, I've got a new theme song. It's by Natalie Grant and it's called "Be One". I'm not much of a dancer, but I listened to this song 4 times in a row and danced in my living room when I first heard it.
We don't feel ready, we don't feel steady
Question what we really have to give

Stay where it's safer, claim faith but waiver
Is this how we're really meant to live

We pray but never move
We say but never do
It's time to get our hands dirty
Be love - there's a whole lot of hurting
Calling all hearts, Calling all hands
Calling all feet to take a stand
Why sit around and wait for a miracle to come
When we can be one?
 So if your life feels like it's gone off the path planned for the next year, I encourage you to take Natalie's advice. 
Don't sit around and wait for a miracle to come.
Be one.

On December 20th, Christmas Sunday, we sang:
"Noel" by Lauren Daigle on Chris Tomlin's album Adore
"Away in a Manger" by Shane and Shane"Go Tell it on the Mountain" by Francesca Battistelli
"Silent Night (Lord of My Life)" by Lady Antebellum
"When Love Crossed Over" by Paul Baloche   
Today, December 27th (my birthday!) we sang:
"Forever Reign" by Kristian Stanfill
"Nothing But the Blood" by Andy Cherry
"Have Your Way" by Eddie Kirkland
"My Anchor" by Christy Nockels