Saturday, August 31, 2013

My niece, Michele...and prayer.

This is my niece Michele.
She is the sweet young lady that you have been praying for.
I would like to thank every one of you for keeping Michele lifted to the Lord.
She received the results of her CT scan this past week.
Praise God!! she got good news!!
 Michele is receiving eight rounds of an experimental drug that will hopefully shrink the tumor in the colon, both lobes of the liver, her hip, and the tumors in the spine. If they can keep the tumors manageable, then Michele will be able to take maintenance drugs. It's not a cure...but it gives her more time with her babies...and who knows...possibly a miracle.

 The CT scan showed the chemo has reduced the size of ALL of the tumors!! Especially one of the tumors in one of the lobes of the liver. Michele has four more rounds of chemo to go. Each time it totally wipes her out for the full two weeks. Then she goes in for the next injection. the end of the two weeks, Michele says, "Life is good".

 Michele has been an inspiration for me. She doesn't complain...she takes one day at a time, and finds a blessing in the smallest thing.
I...on the other hand...have complained for so long about this house not selling, I feel ashamed of myself.
I have missed so many blessings day after day, moaning, and groaning about what I want...when I should have been thanking God for all of the miracles , and blessings in each and every moment, of each and every day.

I have sooo much to be thankful for, and have shown so little gratitude.
My niece has been my wake-up call.

God has blessed me above, and beyond what I could have ever imagined, and all I could do was whine, and cry for more. More of what I thought would be better!
I wanted to move here at the lake.
When the kids didn't come visit like I thought they would, I wanted to move back home.
I've been like a spoiled child...demanding, and selfish.
Whatever I want, I feel I deserve.
Well.....I don't.
I didn't deserve to be healed of a brain tumor...but I was.
I didn't deserve to survive a perforated bowel, but I did.
I didn't deserve to make it through cancer, but here I am. 
I didn't deserve Jesus to die on a cross for my sins, but He did.
EVERYTHING I have is due to HIS grace and mercy.
It's HIS will I must trust!
It's HIS plan I must wait on.
I watch Michele, and she has that sweet, submissive spirit...taking each day as it comes, and appreciating each breath.
I want to be just like her when I grow up.

Thank you for praying for my niece, Michele...she deserves your prayers...for she knows what it is to be humble, and gracious.
May God bless you for your kindness.


  1. I hope it will turn out like a miracle.

    Warm hugs

  2. Great post, Debbie. I know you will do this awesome turn around and leave it all in His hands. Bless your niece for relying on Him. He has her back in all of this. Her work is not done.
    None of us deserve a thing, but that won't stop me from praying for you right along with her. ;) Keep close. You have others to lead.

  3. There is power in Prayer and our God is a merciful God.

    Don't beat yourself up Debbie. I moan and groan because we've had a horrible last 2 years. Things have been so tough and I'm tired. I need to follow your lead and be thankful for what I've got. Feel free to write to me and we can cry in our cups together. :-)


  4. Wow, that really is a miracle, Debbie! I am hoping and praying that the experimental drug helps your niece. What a wonderful young woman she is, so full of grace. And I hope that the Lord gives her strength and energy after each chemo session. She is a good example for us all.

  5. I was going to say what Kim above said...don't beat yourself up! It's normal to complain and normal to mumble and grumble from time to time, you wouldn't be human if you didn't!

    I'm so glad your niece is responding to her treatment, I hope it continues so she can have more time with her precious little ones!

  6. Sending up prayers for your niece and hoping for a miracle.

  7. Debbie, I came to your blog today in hopes of some news of Michele. This is good news, for Michele to be with her children longer and hopefully live her life. She's a brave girl. I have been thinking of her since I read your post about all she was going through. I am praying for her.And you. Blessings to all of you. xoxo,Susie

  8. I am glad your niece has had positive news. She sounds like a good example for all of us to stay upbeat. My next door neighbor should have died 10 years ago and again 7 years ago, but she kept a positive attitude with both of her bouts with cancer and is alive and L I V I N G life fully.

    Have a wonderful Sunday.

  9. Praise the Lord, Debbie! The Great Physician is working another miracle! Rest assured, I will continue to lift Michelle up in my daily prayers. She is a testimony of the power and strength that comes only from the grace of God.

    xoox!! laurie

  10. I am writing this with tears in my eyes, Debbie. We don't realized how blessed we are, do we? She is such a precious soul and I am praying for a miracle for her. I hope God grants her a chance to see her babies grow up- xo Diana

  11. How honest and kind... I am just the same. Hugs.