Greetings! Because of Randal’s invitation, I’m a new author for TFR. It’s an honor to be here, and I’d like to share my story with you.
How often have you read the following verse and wondered why in the world God felt it necessary to tell us these plants and fruits came from seeds? I just thought it was because we humans tend to not “get it.”
“Then God said, ‘I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food’” (Genesis 1:29).
I recently learned that perhaps God meant for the seeds to also be our “food.”
After a two-year battle with cancer (Non-Hodgkins T-cell Lymphoma), all the conventional treatments failed me. Even what was considered a “cure,” a stem-cell transplant (from an adult donor), failed (because they overdosed me on an immune suppressant drug, but that’s another story).
Despite aggressive treatments, I was told I had four new tumors (one in my ribcage and three in my lymph nodes), including one that was previously found in my pelvic bone (so, a total of five tumors). Naturally, the doctor wanted to do more chemo, following the radiation I’d already had on my pelvic bone. I was discouraged by what the doctor had to offer, so I chose not to follow any more conventional treatments. Because of that decision, my oncologist talked of the medications I might want to use to ease my last days. Continue reading
By Carla Carlson, used by permission
As most of you know, over the past five years I have lost my Mom, my husband, and diagnosed with cancer. It’s been really hard. But oh the lessons I have learned from these heartaches. Things that I would get upset about in the past, no longer bother me. Some things are so insignificant in the whole scheme of things.
While I’ve never really thought of myself as being a materialistic minded person for the most part, I am even less so now. Does it really matter if we wear clothes from Wal-Mart or Dillards? (or any department store).
When I hear women complain about a bad hair day, etc. I often tell them, just be thankful you have hair. I”ve been through that hair loss thing twice and it has just crushed me.
Friends, material things do not matter. Materialism is another of American’s sins which is leading to our downfall.
Actually the answers to our problems do not exist within mankind. Only in Christ can we find what we seek as human beings. Sin will continue to be here and everything that comes with it (1 Peter 5:8). We cannot stop it no matter what we do. All we can do is give ourselves to the Lord, so He can help us deal with them (Romans 5:6-11; Acts 2:37-38; Acts 22:16).
I lost my dad to cancer back in ’89. He was 75. He was the best of common men. No extraordinary awards. No accolades. Just a really good man who worked hard and loved his God and family. He was an elder, a peacemaker, and a kind soul.
He cried when he laughed. I’m smiling and crying right now so I guess it’s time to stop. I thank God for my wonderful daddy.
I ask your prayers for the following things:
1. I ask that you pray for this site, that it will be a great influence on the Web, for those in search of truth.
2. Pray, if you will, for J. Randal Matheny, as he is the United States looking for support for his mission work in Brazil.
3. I am enduring some health challenges and I solicit your prayers, as well.
4. Pray for our nation, as the economy worsens and our foreign policy faces increasingly difficult situations. These are desperate times and we need to be diligent in prayer for good.
5. Pray for our troops and their families.
6. Pray for all Christian writers, who seek to spread God’s truths.
7. Pray for Mike Dyer and Nell Jenkins, both of which have heart problems and Brent Pollard, who is battling cancer.
What else can you offer?