5 Year “Cancerversary Party” Columbus, Ohio

August 04, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Always a challenge using the self timer, but not too bad for this many folks!

It was a beautiful Saturday in Columbus, Ohio!  Unfortunately, our son Aaron and the Campos family were not able to make the trip.  Other than that, it was the first time we’ve all been together in over two years.  We had a great time and ate absolutely incredible food.  Everyone made their specialty, so it was delicious.  If you aren’t familiar with Middle Eastern food, I’m so sorry for this great vacuum in your life.  But, if you know what I’m talking about, imagine: tabouli, shish kebob, kibbee, lebane, pita bread, humus, baklava and even more foods all at one fantastic meal!   I was going to include pictures, but that would just be mean.  Trust me, it was a good as it sounds!

Fun at Uncle Tony’s – his backyard has something for everyone!

Me, Tina, Tony and Bobby

They had one of my favorite desserts (beside baklava), Kennedy’s Bakery cake with a sweet (no pun intended) message in incing.

 

God is so good…all the time!  Not just a cute saying, but a day to day reality.  It makes no difference if you are celebrating your anniversary, or just received the news that you are entering a battle you didn’t volunteer for.  It doesn’t change the reality of who God is, and how He loves you!

In Sunday School today, Jim walked us through the 23rd Psalm.  To some of you this may seem boring and mundane, but to me it was a memory from the days following my surgery.  Actually, the 9 weeks of chemotherapy and 5 day per week radiation treatments.  Your body is so whacked out after living through the treatments, nothing works the way it should.  I spent many sleepless nights, living on an average of 2-3 hours of sleep during the night.  I also read this Psalm almost daily, it was my encouragement and my promise.  My full time job was to get through that day and live to fight another day.  So listen to the first few words of this very familiar Psalm.  The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.  That is a promise from him, that we will not want for anything!  If we want, then we aren’t allowing Him to provide the true needs of our lives, the way a shepherd does for his sheep.  Especially as men, we have lots of trouble separating needs from wants.  We think that because they both have four letters, they are interchangeable.  They are very different!

I want to encourage you to find the rest and contentment that only comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ.  Trusting Him to lead you day by day and to do as He promised to conform you into the image of Himself.  Phil. 1:6  Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:  Amen!


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