Thursday, June 2, 2011

My Mom & My Faith

As I type this post I'm sitting in a hospital waiting room. My mom is having surgery to remove cancer from her kidney. Cancer. It's one of those words you hope you never hear. This post, however, is not about cancer. Don't get me wrong, it's scary. As cancer goes my mom is lucky. No radiation. The surgery should take care of it. And while the recovery may be difficult, she will recover. She will already be annoyed that I spent this much time talking about her so I'll move on to what this post is about.

Faith.
 Eight years ago hearing my mom had cancer might throw me into a tailspin. I would have been terrified, angry and anxious. That is not the case today. Today I am a bit nervous but at peace. Today I trust God with my life and the lives of those I love. I believe the words of Romans 8:28.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

When I say "I trust God", that sounds naive to some people. Bad things happen to people all the time right? What they don't understand is I'm not saying I trust God to work things out the way I want them. I trust that his will is best, in all situations, no matter what the outcome. There is such a peace in that.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

I love how God can use a situation in our lives to show us how he has grown us. I love my mom, but I know God loves her more. So I wait peacefully for her surgery to be complete all the while planning our next lunch and shopping trip.

I want to say a special thank you to everyone who has been praying for my family.

UPDATE: Mom's surgery went great! The doctor was able to remove all of the cancer. God is good...all the time.


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36 comments:

Rags to Stitches said...

God is so good!!! We are beyond blessed to be given the opportunity to know him. May he continue to shower you and your family with his provision and blessing. I'm so glad they were able to remove all of your mom's cancer!! Love ya!!

Jessica said...

what great news to hear. praying for a speedy recovery. and i love what you wrote about faith. i completely agree. i had to learn the hard way, but God faithfully taught me and now i can say that i trust him no matter what.

elizabeth said...

lovely post, thanks for sharing.. and great news about your mother! god bless!

Ferial said...

Praise God that the surgery went well!

hannah singer said...

a-to the-men!!
he IS always good, no matter what.
thanks for shining his light.
praising jesus for your mama's successful surgery!
love you.

lesley said...

Great news!!

Rachel said...

Praise God for his healing! I remember {just five years ago} sitting in a hospital room while my husband went through cancer surgery. You are right -- it's about faith. Because at that moment there is nothing that I could do. Except pray, and have faith.

Praying for continued healing.

Krista said...

So glad everything went well! Praise God!

The picture of you and your mom is wonderful, you are both so beautiful. Have a great day!

katie said...

So relieved to hear that all went well. My husband was diagnosed with stage 3 melanoma at 30. He had two surgeries and a year of treatment. Praise God that your mom is going to be healthy again. Learning to trust God during times like this is HUGE. I'll be praying for your mom's recovery. Hugs!

Alyss said...

Praise Him! It's tough to trust in His will when His will doesn't exactly coincide with OUR will. Thanks for the scripture that helps tp remind us to trust no matter the outcome!

theolivetree said...

Praying for a fast and speedy recovery!

Danielle said...

Was so happy to hear the surgery went well. :)

xo katrina said...

beautiful post, jami. and i'm so happy to hear that the surgery went well. you two will be shopping it up again in no time! xo

april@gingerbread girl said...

I will pray for your family jami....so glad hear the surgery went well!! Faith is amazing girl!!!
xoxo

the fox family channel said...

oh i love this post. i love your words..they are written perfectly. and you and your momma are precious. praise Him for healing :)

Nikki said...

What a blessing that all went well! Praying for her recovery!

Kelly said...

i must have been under a rock for days. i didn't know you were going through this. i'm sorry! i'm praying for a quick & easy recovery. and yes when we give it to God he works it out. his will is best. i'm so glad it all went well.
love ya friend
xxO

TV's Take said...

What good news about your Mom. No less scary though. Thanks 4 the follow, now following you back!

Vivian said...

SO glad surgery went well. You are gorgeous and so is your mom. Thank you so much for stopping by. And yes I've been friends with Shakira since we were 12 years old (we were neighbors and my mom was her vocal trainer for years). Still keep in touch and it's been fabulous to witness her incredible life! Very excited to follow you!

Jennifer said...

So glad surgery went well. God is simply amazing. I admire your faith. Hoping for a speedy recovery for your mom! Enjoy your weekend!

BARBIE said...

So thankful to hear your mom's surgery went well! Asking God for continued healing!

{cuppakim} said...

i love how you say "eight years ago...would throw me into a tailspin" - i love that. i love how God truly prepares us for these moments as he sanctifies us each day. I love that He gets the Glory and all the credit in your peace. Praise Him for his provision for you. And for your mama!

Rach (DonutsMama) said...

Trust and faith are things I struggle with too. Thank you for the encouragement. Glad your momma is doing well!

virginiamae said...

Oh good! So glad it all went well! I cling to Philippians 4 quite often!

Meredith said...

Love it! Love Him! Love you! Love your mom! And of course, I LOVE the outcome He prepared....and pray the situation and your peace may influence others around you. (wink wink)

Natalie @ NS Pottery said...

So glad to hear your mom is doing well! It's hard to understand why things happen the way they do sometimes and how God can work good through it. Blessings to you and your family!

Leslie @topofthepage said...

beautiful, jami. thanks for sharing this story about your mom and your perspective. you are full of faith! right on. AND i'm making it happen this weekend...IVC flea market on Sunday, fyi!

Dawn said...

I'm glad to hear about your mom. My mom was sick about a year ago and I all I could do was pray to get through it. So I'm glad it went well.

Sarah B. said...

That is such a great perspective to have!! And I'm sooooo happy to hear that your mom is okay. God is good INDEED! :)

mel @ the larson lingo said...

what a great post....so glad the surgery went well! Praying for your mom as she recovers from her surgery!

Adam, April & Aidan said...

I cried through this whole thing!!! Thinking of you and your Mom. Praying for her complete healing.

jules said...

Very touching post. I'm new to your blog and I love it!

karen said...

What an inspirational post. God is good...all the time!

Heart n Soul said...

A woman of faith .... may the immeasurable be poured out over your family. God Bless.

Nessa said...

So glad to hear the surgery went well ... praying for a speedy recovery.

Joanna said...

Praise God for protecting her and such an amazing relationship you have with her, what a blessing!