"I can do all things..." Powerful words used by the apostle Paul. He experienced good times and bad--as we all do--and learned to be content no matter the circumstances. As I read through this chapter, I couldn't help but notice connections to Paige's journey.
Verse 4 - Rejoice in the Lord always. That's something we do on a regular basis around here. Counts good--rejoice. Chemo tolerance--praise time. The latest hallelujahs came when we received the results of Paige's bone density scan. Though steroid therapy has caused some weakening of her bones, there is no significant bone loss that would require adding to her medication regimen. I'd say that's cause for rejoicing!
Verses 5 & 6 - ...The Lord is at hand. Do not be anxious about anything... Over the last 7 months I have witnessed Paige's faith get stronger and stronger. When she's upset about a rough day, we pray together and ask God to give her the peace and calm assurance she needs to move forward. She knows God is always here. He never leaves her side. I fully believe He restored the confidence she needed to try walking around this week without the boot. Slowly but surely, healing in her leg is happening. One step at a time.
We have been in the process of reducing Paige's scheduled pain medication. Down to one per day, Paige decided to forego last night's dose, promising to tell me if she started to experience any kind of pain. Almost 24 hours later, things are still looking (and feeling) great. God is here, and He is good.
Verse 8 - ...if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Yesterday I administered Paige's last at-home IV chemo. Yes, she still has a few months of IV chemo at clinic and in the hospital--but we take things one day at a time around here. The fact that we have completed the final dosing of the 'home version' is very, very worthy of praise!
Our family has learned firsthand the power of God's amazing grace. We turn to Him in all circumstances. We can do all things through Him!