life is good


My family was given a bit of devastating news on New Years Eve that threw us all for a loop.  Just at a time when we were a bit thankful to say goodbye to a difficult year and usher in a fresh new one, we discovered that one of our own was in a fight for his life.

Why is it that the doctor gives you the news without the details?  The grim prognosis without the hope?  All they know is that it is this...but what and where will be determined over the next few weeks.

So. very. frustrating.

So what is every modern age family to do but google it.  Key that nasty thing into a search engine and see what comes up.  Unfortunately what usually comes up is out of date and worst case scenario, so you sit on that information until the new facts come in.   And we mourn the news, we wonder why and we count the days.

Until the one in the eye of the storm walks in after talking the whole thing over with God and says God is good...even in this, God is good.

And we marvel at his strength and he points us to the One that gives him strength.  He reminds us that there is a plan and a purpose for his life and God is in control.  He knew this diagnosis would come even while he was in our mother's womb.  That life is good and to be savored and he is young and healthy (except for that) and that he has no intention of rolling over.

He reminds us that life...this life, with all it's ups and good.  That he has been blessed beyond measure no matter what the outcome.  That there is still beauty to be found every day.  That he knows what the future holds for him and it is a heavenly eternity.

The tests are all in now and the news, while still devastating, is mostly good.  It was caught early and treatment has begun.  He is in a fight for his life, a fight that he will never win but only hold at bay, but we have hope for many more years of this good life with him.
My life is good...your life is good.  We have life...we are blessed with right now.  Let's live like it.

xo, Patty

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  1. God's strength and peace continue to be with you~

  2. Patty, You have a strong faith. Faith holds us up when we need it. God is good. Prayers for your family.xo,Susie

  3. I'm so sorry to hear you've had this kind of news. But I can tell your faith is strong and God will certainly be with y'all every step of the way.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  4. Blessings to your family members! Sounds like you have a good faith based family! Prayers will be said!

  5. Add my prayers to yours Patty.

    ♥ Kathy

  6. I am so sorry, Patty. There is not much worse news...I hope you can cherish and enjoy life's moments as they come. It really puts minor things in perspective, doesn't it? Love to you- I wish I could help-but I will pray- xoDiana

  7. Thanks for the reminder Patty -- and sending prayers for your family member! ~Sally

  8. Patty,
    Friends combined with our Faith in God is the glue that holds us together!!!
    Know that prayers are coming your way as you face the difficult days ahead with your family member, dear friend!

  9. Awe Patty, I will pray for you and your family. It's rattling to get such aweful news, but before getting discouraged remember to weigh your circumstances against what The Word says about it! B Sounds like you are doing that. Again, praying my Friend!

  10. Oh, I'm so sorry. I'm hoping for a better year for you and for me. Thinking of you...

  11. Wow, this is so sad.... I will remember him in my prayers. Today is all we have.

    Amy Jo

  12. Patty, prayers for you and your loved one and loved ones and many a warm thought from me. Life can be so very tough at times, but God is great and in Him there is a great peace. Living the moment, so very precious and yet so many times we forget to do just this. God bless, love Pam

  13. We have to thank God for each and every day we have and be thankful. So sorry but hoping for many of those days with wonderful memories.

  14. Patty - So sorry for the bad news, but the good news is that he is a Christian and knows God is holding him in the palm of His hand. Prayers for you and your family as you go thru this episode of your life here on earth.

    Have you read my Dedication to Landen on my blog? If not, please do.


  15. Patty, I am truly sorry for this dark valley you're all walking through but you know in your heart the Lord will walk with you. Hold tightly to Him and He will bring you all out on the other side into the light again...
    God bless you and keep you in His love ,

  16. We've had this kind of thing hit our family, can be devastating. Sounds like he has a true perspective as God totally is in control, will hold him close and give him strength!
    God Bless You all...

  17. Patti, Somehow diseases don't miss many families-we all share in the agony and pain. Praying the Lord's blessing over you all; may you see Grace, Mercy, Peace and complete Healing in Jesus Name.
    Hugs, Noreen

  18. We are in that boat right now ourselves. Praying sweet friend!

    Also, I don't know what's in that gift, but I sure fo want it! :) You make everything so lovely!

  19. Patty I am so sorry for your family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  20. Patty, Miracles happen. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Bonnie

  21. I will keep you and your family in my prayers and I will ask our prayer circle to add you all to them, take care,

  22. We're all on God's time and it is perfect. My prayers for you and your family.

  23. You are an inspiration.

    May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

  24. Hope is a wonderful thing! Praying for this situation right now.


  25. God's strength is made perfect in our weakness. May you all feel strengthened in the days ahead.

  26. Having faith in God is a wonderful thing to help us through any situation My prayers are with you and your family x

  27. Patty,
    I am just reading this today, as I have been quite busy with the declining health of my dear Nana. I am so very sorry. I just so happened to speak with Elaine this morning regarding some unfortunate chicken news, and she asked if I had read your recent post. I had not, and she shared with me. You and your family are in my prayers. I wish I could hug person. So for now, know that I am thinking of you all, and hoping for the best possible outcome.

  28. Patty- this is my first time visiting with you, and I am charmed and inspired.
    Thank you for putting to words the struggle of illness and the long battle ahead and including messages of hope and blessing.
    I popped over from Edie's- looking forward to looking around!

  29. What a message of hope and faith. Praying for you and your family.

  30. Oh Patty, I am so very sorry for the bad news for you and your family! I will be praying! You all are a beautiful testimony of true faith and love in our Lord and Savior! God bless you for such courage and faith in the midst of pain and brokeness!

    Love and Prayers! xoxo Carolyn

  31. What a neat and pure expression of faith, Thank you so much for sharing this! And many prayers for your loved one. xoxo Visiting through Edie's link up.

  32. I am so sorry Patty.
    Your faith and ability to share your feelings- and those of your family member- in such a beautiful way are so inspirational.

    I will be praying.

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