in ALL things

And we know that in ALL things, God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purposes. Rom. 8:28.

This is a season of life that I will never forget. I don't think I've ever had this much on my plate before with raising 2 babies, renovating a house, working (semi) part time, and my husband working and going to HVAC school. It is a sweet time, but a hard time. Tim loves school and loves working on the house, I love helping with it, we just don't see eachother a lot right now. But, it's for a season. He will get full time work at Christmas, I will stop working, and he'll finish up school. So, I was doing okay with all of this until my heart took a plunge with my family...

First, my Dad got diagnosed with Stage 1 Melanoma Cancer. Hopefully it's just stage 1, we don't know yet...He had a place on his back that came back positive. I really don't know much and I'm sure people don't share this kind of info this early, but we don't really know a lot. He has been referred to a surgical oncologist in Atlanta and will have more of it removed and then tested to see if it's in his lymph nodes. So, quite honestly... it sucks. Cancer sucks. I will randomly burst into tears at random times, but I have to know that God is in control. And in ALL things, he works for good.

Second, my mom's mother, sweet Jammie (when we were little babies "jammie" was easier to say than "granny" so that's what we call her, is not doing well. She is in her late 70's and she is the one that is allowing us to take over Nellie Mae, one of her old rental properties.
She has fallen 3 times in the past month and been rushed to the ER. No doctor seems to have a clue why so she is now having tests run at St. Josephs. Her health has steadily gone down a little bit.... she has the beginning phases of dimentia and we took her car away. It's just hard b/c she has been so independent for so long. My grandpa died when I was 3 so she has had her own little life. I think losing independence has to be the hardest thing about that age. There are lots of decisions to make concerning her health right now. So, again in ALL things God is working for the good.

That's where I'm at. Life isn't perfect and happy. And that's okay. I've begun to realize that the more okay you are with life not being perfect and happy, the better life you will have. Sin, sickness, and death are an ever present part of this world. But, Christ is our Living Savior who gives life, and life abundantly. If we can somehow find the peace that passes all understanding, surrender our fears to him, and walk with him..... life can be sweet. Even in the midst of trials. I think the problems we have faced so far in our walk would have been catoshropic early on, but now.... we are learning to just roll with the punches. And we are happy in spite of sadness.
Please join me in prayer for my father. And for my grandmother. As we make these transitions and put our hope that in ALL things, God works for good.


Rachel said...

Gosh, I feel in such a similar place Jennifer. I just wrote a post with some of my feelings/thoughts. I'm sure the news of your dad is so tough. I really hope and pray that he can be treated for it! HUGS!

Marcie said...

Perfect Jen. I think your perspective is spot on and I completely agree. I will keep your precious father and 'jammie' in my prayers. Your mom too.
love you,

Cathy said...

Praying for your family Jennifer. Roman 8:28 is one of my favorite Bible verses and have clung to it many times, so glad you have Jesus in your life! Praying you feel HIS presence non stop!

kira said...

I'll be praying for you and your family!

Cecilia said...

Sometimes it's in the clinging to those truths when I feel the closest to him. Praying for your family.

Anonymous said...

Praying for you girl! I called you the other day to get a little reassurance that I wasn't a terrible mother and my son wouldn't always be a mess, since you are a step ahead of me with a similar little tornado of a child! But obviously you have much more on your plate to worry about!! Call me if you need anything, even if it's to bring y'all food while you work on the house or watch your kids or whatever.

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