Mom got the results of her CA125 count today and it was 23!!! The doctors want the number to be below 35 and my mom is at 23!!! This means the cancer is no longer active!! She will continue to finish her last 2 rounds of Chemo and be done October 20. God is good and He is doing a great job of showing His love and grace with us. That is exactly how we feel...graced. I guess I really didn't understand the true meaning of that word until all of this happened. Even when we had no idea what was going on or what would happen with Mom, He provided his Grace - and it was sufficient!
Never once has my mother asked "Why?". It has always been, "Well this is what we have been dealt and now what do we do?" She has completely surrendered to God this problem and He has blessed her for doing so. Once again His grace is sufficient! God's timing is always perfect and how I wish I wasn't so dense that I don't pick up on it till after the fact.
Why do bad things happen to good people? It is a question that I have asked before. I do not believe that God gave my mother cancer. I believe that God allowed this disease to happen to my mother. I beleive God allowed this to happen to her because He knew that she would Glorify Him through this. Through all of this my mother has never lost her faith. Never once has it been shaken and through her example the rest of us have never lost our faith either...His grace again! My mother is one to give credit where credit is due and she will be the first to tell you that her doctors are amazing and in the same breath tell you that it is because of God that He sent her to the amazing doctors who are men of God.
Another way He has graced our family is through His gift of laughter. Now, my father and brother happen to be two of the funniest people on the planet. I can be amusing, but I am not nearly as quick witted as they are. My mother, bless her, comes up with the corny jokes - she gets some zingers in some times though. One of my favorite things about my mother though is her laugh. I got my laugh from her. It is obnoxious and contagious all at the same time. It takes you by surprise the first time you hear her laugh. You have to hold the phone away from your ear when she gets to laughing. My mother often laughs until she cries. The great thing about her laugh is that it is not wasted. My mother and I both laugh at everything (even her corny jokes - no one laughs as hard as my mother at her own jokes!). We have laughed every day since this happened. Even when it was the darkest and things were not looking good at all we found something to laugh about. Once again His Grace is sufficient.
I am rambling so I will stop it here, but take time to think about the ways that He has graced you today! Thanks again for all the prayers! Don't stop - there is still more to be done!