|This picture is a little closer to how I have used my cane :)|
I remember four weeks before I came here in the MTC I had had my right hip replaced. This was the first of the replacements I am looking at, I also need to have to replace both my knees and my other hip replaced. The damage to my legs is something which was caused mostly because of the cancer treatment I have gone through. In starting here as a missionary I was not sure how my legs would do or how long I would be able to continue with the joints I have. I have learned even more while being here as a missionary that God blesses us while we serve Him. Not only have I seen tremendous improvement with the treatments with my lungs, and also with the GvH disease, but I have received tremendous strength in legs as well and I never really needed to use the cane I brought with me. (by tremendous I mean I can walk up and down stairs easily :)
However, in the recent weeks I have noticed a change with my joints. My right knee has become a little moody. Sometimes it will hold together, and other times it decides it will not stay together and it collapses on me. I am blessed at this time that it doesn’t really hurt but is just more annoying. All of this has led me to do a little thinking . . .
I was thinking the other day just how much I have learned from the experiences I have had, and how much they have helped to bring me closer to Jesus Christ. I was wondering what might be in my future. I do want to be brought closer to Christ in my life, but I am really nervous about asking or even looking too far ahead given my past. So, despite everything which might happen, I know there is one thing which will continue to bring me through whatever is in my future.
|My amazing Family! Chad, Mom, Dad, Tara, Beth.|
I know the anchor of my soul is Jesus Christ. I know that learning to trust on Him will be a refuge through all the storms we have in life. I am grateful for how I have been shown His value and how I have learned the great strength He can be for me in my life. I am also grateful for the family I have and how they have shown me support. I am grateful for loving parents who have taught me about Jesus Christ, and who have built our home around Him. I know this gospel is something which can bless us in all things. I am grateful for this blog, and how it enables me to reach to people beyond those I meet. And I am also grateful for the things I have learned in this mission, and how I have learned to spread the testimony I have in so many ways! I love the Lord, our Savior Jesus Christ. I am ever so grateful He has trusted me enough to be His missionary.