Wednesday, March 26, 2008

***More news on my cousin***

Hey y'all... I JUST got this email from my aunt a few minutes ago... I can't say it any better than she did so here is her email:

Hi everyone,
Just wanted to say thank you to all of you who prayed for my daughter and my family. She has had a hard 3 months of testing and waiting for results.

The long and short of it is that the doctor who took the tissue sample and said it was cancer a few weeks ago, said on Monday after looking at the X-rays and second set of blood test results she could no longer find the tumor. The doctor had Rachel go right then for an MRI.

When the doctor read the MRI she told Rachel that she must have a very powerful God because the cancer is no longer there. I believe it is a miracle, she has had a network of people praying for her from the start.
Her doctor did say that she has infection where the tumor was and that her spleen is very enlarged. So she is on a heavy dose of antibiotics for 7 days, she has to rest and the doctor want's to see her every 2 weeks for the next 3 months to make sure she is still cancer free.

So from the bottom of my heart thank you for your prayers and yes we do have an Awesome God and a wonderful Savior who does answer the prayers of His children.

I was so floored when I read this email, I let out a scream! Tears immediately ensued, of course. ;)

Again, I cannot express... there are no words to adequately express how thankful I am for each and every one of you who took the time to pray for Rachel and her family.

When I wrote the first post about Rachel, I included some back ground on why I hadn't mentioned God in a while on my blog- but how I was resolved to resolve my issues with God because despite my past (and my feelings that He abandoned my brothers and I when we were children, my doubts and fears) because there was a larger, more important issue at hand. I realized My cousin was ill and she needed prayer, and that over shadowed any of my insecurities and doubt. And so, not wanting to make the post "about me", I edited my post feeling that in reality no explanation was needed. I didn't really need to give a reason why I had turned away from God because it wasn't important.

I felt that I didn't need to justify or explain away why suddenly I had become religious because those that felt compelled to pray would pray, and those that were offended would simply not read my blog anymore. Again, so unimportant in the grand scheme of things, especially when a loved one's life hangs in the balance.

I guess my point is this: Recently I told John that I had trouble trusting a God that would let us suffer at the hands of a person that pretended to be His faithful servant. A person who was in the choir and head of a prayer chain, someone who was relied on in the church. What had triggered all of this was visiting my brother 2 years ago and having him tell me things she did to him, horrible things. All of those years believing that he had had it better than me, when what she did to him ended up being so much worse.

But at the moment I found out about my cousin I decided that I was going to pray for complete healing. I wasn't messing around, I was going for the whole enchilada.

God does answer prayers. Sometimes not in the way that we wish, or in the time frame we desire, but He hears us and answers.

And sometimes, in His mysterious way... He preforms a miracle.

For my cousin, He healed her body.

For me? He healed my heart and restored my faith.

Today is good day. :)


Jenny Ryan said...

Oh, how wonderful!!!!

Holly Schwendiman said...

Awwwww I'm so happy for you both!


~Virginia~ said...


that is wonderful! i'm so happy for you and your family! :)

Not So Anonymous Michelle said...

Oh Mary!! I am sohappy to hear about Rachel's miraculous update!! I'm also happy you have your faith restored, God works in mysterious ways, you're so right!

Anonymous said...

I love you. Rachel said that she knew something good would come out of this. So many good things have, faith restored is the most important one, you hang on to your Lord and Savior and know that he has never left your side, I don't know why we go threw what we go threw, I just know I couldn't live without him.
A friend of Rachel's asked "Now that God has healed you are you ready for the work he has for you to do?" She said, yes as soon as she feels better. She doesn't know what that may be, but I think this testimony of faith is just the beginning of her bringing others to Jesus.
With much love to you and your family,
Anti Yvonne

Susie said...

I had a nice little comment and somehow I deleted it... Ah well, I am so happy for Rachel, you, and your family. The miracle of prayer at its best!

Pamela said...

thats like to birds.. one prayer!

Hang on to it... don't let it get stolen.

Some day perhaps you will understand and have answers to those valid questions.