Tuesday, February 1, 2011

More Blessings

Update on my brother Shane

Huge praise!  Shane went for 3 days without getting sick!  YAY GOD!  The doctors also think they have FINALLY discovered the problem: his vagus nerve was disturbed during surgery.  Here is a little something I read about the vagus nerve which is a nerve that extends from the brain to the abdomen:
"The vagus nerve helps to regulate the heart beat, control muscle movement, keep a person breathing, and to transmit a variety of chemicals through the body. It is also responsible for keeping the digestive tract in working order, contracting the muscles of the stomach and intestines to help process food, and sending back information about what is being digested and what the body is getting out of it."

Shane has started eating broth, jello,  etc.  On Sunday, he started getting nauseous again and got a little sick.  Yesterday, he only got sick once.  This is HUGE!  God gets ALL the glory!  PLEASE KEEP PRAYING FOR PROGRESS! 

On Sunday morning as we were leaving for church, my next door neighbor came running out of his house with a bag in his hand.  He handed my husband the bag and said, "Someone left this on our door last night at midnight, and it has a card with Nancy's name on it."  My husband graciously accepted the bag and explained to my neighbor that I had breast cancer and people like to bring things by to help me.

Here is what was in the bag....

Talk about a TRUE friend!  Making sure I eat my fruits and vegetables!  You made my mom proud (& yours too!)

And the fact that the bag was left on my neighbor's door was a God thing!  You see, about 2 days before this, I heard something on the radio about "How well do you know your neighbors?"  I thought to myself, I'm dealing with cancer and most of them are unaware.  So what are my neighbors dealing with that I'm clueless about?  What opportunities am I missing to be able to reach out to them?

The neighbors who came to my mind first were the ones who got my bag.  They have a 2 year old and are expecting their 2nd child soon.  The 2 year old has been sick so I honestly haven't seen her or her mom in weeks.  I've been so caught up in making sure I do not get sick during radiation that I've neglected an opportunity to minister to my neighbors.

What about you?  Do you know your neighbors?  Do you REALLY know what is happening in their lives?  Are you reaching out to them? 

And to cap it all off, I heard the story of the Good Samaritan on the radio yesterday.  God is definitely speaking!  It's time to TAKE ACTION!  DO SOMETHING for your neighbors! 

Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbor as yourself.”  Luke 10:27

Speaking of doing something, last night Kristin from MOPS brought us dinner!  THANK YOU KRISTIN!!!  We literally wiped it out in no time flat!  I am not kidding.  No leftovers for lunch today :(

THANK YOU ALL FOR LOVING ME AND MY FAMILY!  Thank you for your prayers.  Thank you for your e-mails.  Thank you for your cards.  Thank you for the meals.  Thank you for the phone calls.  Thank you for your sincere offers to help in any way you can.  Thank you for your surprises.  Thank you for everything.  THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!  You are the hands and feet of Jesus to us.

"A generous person will prosper;
   whoever refreshes others will be refreshed."
Proverbs 11:25

Loving HIM with all my heart & soul,

1 comment:

  1. I have been praying for Shane, and am so glad to see that he is doing better. Praise God!!

    Shawna Lee