Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Personality Test Results

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Classic Mama encouraged this test. I have changed a bit since I was younger. Motherhood makes one reevaluate one's priorities.


INFP - The "Dreamer"
Temperament: NF (Visionary)
Primary Function: Introverted Feeling
Population: 2% (1.5% male, 2.5% female)
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Have a blessed evening,
Beautiful Grace :)

Friday, October 26, 2007

Mom Update: Huge Praise for Jesus!!!

Dear Praying friends,

I just got back from Mom's follow-up appointment with her surgeon. It turns out that the tumor (which the doctor said was 100% cancer and then rephrased to 99.9% sure it was cancer) IS NOT CANCER!!!! The tumor is called a schwannoma (see below) which is benign and rare. The tumor is being sent to John Hopkins for further study.

When the surgeon told us the tumor was most likely cancer, I immediately said that we would pray and ask the Great Physician to intervene. I reminded the surgeon of our previous conversation, and he said he is not always right. He agreed that if he had come in second to someone, he was glad it was Him (meaning God). Mom just smiled quietly during the conversation.

We celebrated with lunch at Hardees and then stopped to buy the purple mums Mom has been admiring at a local outdoor store.

It's amazing how Jesus intervenes, just when the storm seems to be at its climax. Jesus, the Storm Chaser, prevails!!!!!

You are ALL appreciated and loved!!!
Beautiful Grace :)

A schwannoma is a kind of tumor originating from the Schwann cells. The insulating myelin sheath which covers peripheral nerves is produced by the Schwann cells. Hence, one kind of tumor originating from the Schwann cells is called a schwannoma.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Mom Update : Praise!!!

Hi Friends,

Mom was discharged from the hospital yesterday. Yeah God!!! Thank you very much for your prayers!!!

Have and awesome day with Jesus!!
Beautiful Grace :)

Friday, October 19, 2007

Mom Update: Praise

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for praying. I checked on Mom before I went to sleep and her nurse said that she was sitting up and eating ice chips and COMFORTABLE. Thank you, Jesus!!!

Appreciate you ALL,
Beautiful Grace :)

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Mom Update: Awesome Praise and Continued Prayer

Dear Friends,

Mom's surgery went very well. There was minimal bleeding and the tumor was completely encased within her left kidney. Praise God!!!

Please pray now for pain relief for Mom. The type of surgery she had is extremely painful. It was difficult to see her in so much pain.

I appreciate all of your prayers and all of your concern!!! Your compassion is a reflection of Jesus.

Bless you,
Beautiful Grace :)

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

No Hearts Fainting From Fear

Luke 21:25-28 (King James Version)

"And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh."

The signs of the times are all around us. Waves of fear especially make their presence known at this time in the history of the world. Fear attacks through relationships not aligned with the will of God. Fear attacks through the evening news as "wars and rumors of wars" are reported via the airwaves. Financial challenges tempt one to fear, "Will I be able to pay my bills this month?" After reading a cat scan report, a surgeon declares, "You have a tumor and there is a 99.9% chance it is cancer."

Fear is the opposite of faith. Both fear and faith "see" that which has yet to occur. Fear says, "Unity will never be, satan keeps on twisting and the pain will keep on coming." Fear whispers, "What if a terrorist attacks? Am I safe?" Fear's voice is heard in "I'll lose my house, my car, will my family have its needs met? Paralyzing fear shouts, "You have cancer; You're going to die."

But God has given us a better way. Paul tells us in the book of Philippians that our peace can surpass all understanding through Jesus. This beautiful promise of the Lord is being played out before me through my mother who faces surgery tomorrow. She actually was told by her surgeon that the baseball-sized tumor in her left kidney was most likely cancer. Yet mom's response was not fear, but faith. She exhibits and has consistently exhibited this all surpassing kind of peace that can only come through Jesus!!!

Mom has never been a woman controlled by fear. Her quiet faith just trusts...simple and childlike. Just yesterday, her heart countered fear's attempt at control by declaring, "worrying won't change anything."

I believe Mom's continued attitude of faith has been medically proven by pre-surgical heart testing done to prove her ability to withstand the stress of a difficult surgical intervention. The cardiologist's physician's assistant told her that, "You have the heart of a woman half your age," after reviewing the results of her echocardiogram. The cardiologist commented, "Your heart is strong." Why? Because Mom does not allow the spirit of fear to control her, her heart does not faint!!! Mom's spiritual heart remains strong, thus her physical heart follows.

Mom's attitude of faith continues to be an example to me. I pray that her attitude gives you an example as well.

Be blessed, strengthened, and filled with peace through the heart-knowledge of Jesus!!!! Amen!!!!!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Mom Update

Hi Prayer Friends,

I wanted to send this good report on my Mom. She saw a cardiologist yesterday and was cleared for her surgery on the 18th. The comment was made that her heart looks like a heart of a woman half her age. PTL!

My mother-in-law is doing well as long as she takes her pain medicine. PTL!

Thank you for your faithful prayers!
Beautiful Grace :)

Monday, October 1, 2007

Dear Friends,

My previous communication stated that my mother-in-law was being discharged from the hospital this past Friday. She actually was discharged yesterday, d/t some fluid building up either in or around her lungs. She is moving remarkably for someone who has 14 rib fractures, 2 lumbar spine fractures and multiple, multiple bruises. I told her she looked like a Smurf.

Praise to Jesus for answering our prayers!!! Please continue to pray that she does not develop pneumonia.

You are appreciated,
Beautiful Grace :)