Harriet and Joel
We had plans to stay in a hotel at a town about 50 miles from Joel's home but it is tourist season and hotels were all full, so after a very interesting evening service by a singer/preacher from the Twin Cities ~~ in a church we had never heard of~~ with Pentecostal preaching ~~we quietly left after 3 hours.....and drove to Joel's brother's cabin in the woods on a lake. Can I just say it took some praying to get me there...........sooooooooo many opportunities for ticks. It was beautiful although while driving in the dark, on a hilly, bumpy grass path to the cabin with woods heavy around us, I told Joel, "Someone could kill us out here and know one would find us for months! Too much TV, right?
dirt road before grass path to cabin
view from deck
We are both a bit tired today, but getting ready for tomorrow, when I go in to the dermatologist for more surgery. Five weeks ago I had a biopsy on my back which resulted in a surgical excision. They tested what was removed and could not come to a general consensus of what it was, so sent it to Mayo Clinic in MN. They diagnosed it as a Melanoma. It is shallow so at this point I will not need chemo, radiation or node removal. But I will need a bigger chunk removed and will end up with a six inch scar. If that takes care of this, it will be worth it. This is my third diagnosis of some kind of cancer in 7 years and it has more than shaken us up. Especially me. I am coming to terms with it, but it does seem unusual that someone who has not seen the sun for 40 plus years ends up with Melanoma. I was told by my regular doctor it was precancerous, no worry, and no hurry......Then I was told after the biopsy that it was NOT Melanoma. After the excision I waited 3 weeks to get a diagnosis ~ Melanoma. Throughout this time God has been speaking to me, and asking me to trust Him. I have received the verse or forms of the verse in Exodus 14:14 at least 39 times in the past four months.
"The Lord will fight for you, just stay calm."
"The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still".
Exodus 14:14This morning when I was meditating I saw "little Renee" skipping and climbing over slate rocks and and hilly ground. She beckoned me to follow. Then she took Jesus' hand and they walked together with me holding her other hand. Jesus patted little Renee's head, looked at me and said, "I was with her". Then while walking, He put little Renee on His shoulder and took my hand, saying, "I am will you now, too."
When I look back at how Papa God has cared for me my whole life, I really owe Him my trust. Tomorrow we pray they find nothing else on my skin, that the surgery goes well, and we give thanks to God for His faithfulness. Will you join us in praying? And we give thanks for the 105 years Harriet has had on earth and the many people she has blessed throughout her life. It all is an adventure in faithful living.