Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Healing


























'Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life! Honor God with everything you own; give him the first and the best. Your barns will burst, your wine vats will brim over. But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline; don’t sulk under his loving correction. It’s the child he loves that God corrects; a father’s delight is behind all this." Proverbs 3:4-6 The Message


While biopsies may not be fun, Doug has settled into a regimen of obtaining them yearly. It's been two and half years now since his diagnosis of prostate cancer. Initially, we were in a state of grief and emotional distress. The word "cancer" evoked countless emotions within each of us. Over time, God has taught us many things about ourselves and also about Himself, the Great Physician.

In January, Doug had his third biopsy. This is our second "cancer free" biopsy. The doctor can not explain where the cancer went, because the course of treatment we chose was holistic.  Doug's  treatment plan was a change of diet and a decision to pray our way through it. Our initial decision was based upon the type of cancer and fully supported by his doctor. In fact, Doug and I were inclined to seek surgery or other options, but his doctor recommended we proceed slowly. He said, "research showed the type of cancer he had was slow growing."  We chose to have yearly biopsies and bi-annual check-ups with blood-work, etc.

In January, Dr. Morgan said, "I don't know what you are doing, but keep doing it. I can not find the cancer. We know it was there and we know we have not done anything to remove it. I know I am biopsying in the correct area, yet it is NOT showing up."

Doug said, "God can take it away!"

Dr. Morgan jumped up and hugged Doug and said, "Stay focused on that!"

Doug was Dr. Morgan's last patient of the day. It was a beautiful sight to see Doug and Dr. Morgan basically skip down the halls chatting about how good God is as we prepared to leave.

Doug will continue to have biopsies and tests as scheduled. With each positive result we are thankful for the time we have been given and pray God continues to bless us with many more years together. Doug and I have learned to trust God with each moment of our lives. We have also learned to embrace the blessings and adventures in our path. Each day is a new day; keep your focus on God and trust Him with every detail of your lives.

By HIS mercy and in the grip of HIS grace,
Andrea Bowling Perdue

12 comments:

Team Beaglebratz said...

Mom Kim here - yep, just keep on keeping on! YEA!!!!!!!!! So glad Doug has been able to beat the cancer his and God's way - that is the best way by far.
PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW!
Mom Kim

Cathy said...

Praise the Lord! So happy for you :)

Denise said...

Praising God with you, and for you.

Cheri said...

Andrea,

What a blessing Doug's and your testimony is to the body of Christ. We need to remember that God is who He says He is; He can do what He says He can do; We are who He says we are; We can do all things through Christ; and His word is alive and active in us!!!!

I think unbelief is one of the greatest sins of our day.

God is not dead, to quote a recently popular movie of our day. And He is our healer. He is the author and finisher of our faith. I know that your lives and journey of faith are worthy of testimony by God; He is so blessed by your trust and love for Him and His people, and your willingness to share it all with the rest of us! May we all grow in this!

Love you both,
Cheri

Sharon said...

This is such a thrilling story! God is so powerful. Congrats on the great report, and keep up the good work, Doug!!

Happy Easter to you guys!

quietspirit said...

Andrea:
God is good, all the time. Thank you for sharing this story with us. My Sunday school teacher was diagnosed with this type of Cancer. He takes medication, and basically trusts the Lord for the outcome.

Marydon Ford said...

Fabulous story & wonderful caring God.
Big hugs,
TTFN ~ Marydon

Goose Hill Farm said...

PRAISE THE LORD FOR HE IS GOOD!!!!!

Love you both so much!!!

Andrea said...

Praise God for the miraculous work he is doing in your lives!

Happy Easter,

Andrea

Skyline Spirit said...

pretty nice blog, following :)

Andrea said...

Thank you so much to each of you who have stopped by, love, encouraged, and prayed for us. We covet your continued prayers on our journey.

Blessings, hugs, and prayers,
andrea

Lisa Shaw said...

What a beautiful vision that must have been to God's eyes to see them both skipping down the hall talking about His goodness! How that must have been a sweetness to the heart of GOD!

Praise the Lord!!