Archive for August, 2008

A Good Day in Spite of Pain

Though the mass continues to grow larger causing more pain, Dan’s energy and appetite increases slightly each day.  It seems that the worst part of the attack from the second dose of chemo is past.  Dan is able to be out of bed for several hours at a time.   During those times, we are having fine conversations covering many areas with our family here.  Scott and Michelle are helping us to think more clearly about the challenges in our life.

Tonight, after dinner, Dan spoke from his heart with the grandchildren about what we are dealing with. Because he is an Intentional Follower of Jesus, he has peace in his heart.  Jesus promises us a home with Him if we give our lives to Him.  We are grateful that loved ones all over the world continue to pray for Dan’s healing. Dan believes God still has work for us to do for Him. 

A dear friend in Romania gave us permission to share her encouraging, tender letter with you.  It expresses what so many there have said to us —

“Dear Anne and Dan,

There is no sequence of a day without thinking of you!  And no day passes without a prayer – as simple as I can do, but it is still a prayer – for you. I have read the news and I am aware of the fact that it must be extremely difficult …

There is no word to say how much I am waiting for you back here – and I hope that the day comes!

I wish you strength, I wish you the first beams of a wonderful summer morning sun!
I am with you!

Love,  EB”

At the close of this day in Montara, California, we wish you all strength and the peace that only God can provide.  — Anne and Dan

August 17, 2008 at 6:11 am 1 comment

Peace in the Midst of the Storm

We are thankful that Dan has had 2 1/2 relatively good days.  He has made two trips to the doctor – one Wednesday, and a “follow up” today.  We celebrate that his platelet count is improved.  He takes several long naps daily, but his appetite is increasing!

Even though the weather is still foggy, there is sonshine inside the house with Scott, Michelle and the children.  They help in so many ways.  We will miss their cheerful, calming presence when we return to Texas next Tuesday, Aug. 19.  I will also miss the walks in the cool weather, all the beautiful flowers here, and the chilly beach where I go to experience God’s healing power as the ocean waves crash upon the beach.  

In case you missed this comment made on our last update, let us share what Sherrie said -“The dark valley of cancer cannot hold you captive forever.  The psalmist testifies to God’s promises, “Praise the Lord.  Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in His commands . . . Even in darkness, light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man . . . Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever. He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.  His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph . . . He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor, his righteousness endures forever; his horn [dignity] will be lifted high in honor (Psalm 112:1-9-NIV).”  — Anne and Dan

August 16, 2008 at 6:09 am 1 comment

From My Heart

What Moses said many years ago truly expresses my heart felt feelings today.

Psalm 90 – A prayer of Moses the man of God.

 1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place 
       throughout all generations.
 2 Before the mountains were born 
       or you brought forth the earth and the world, 
       from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

 3 You turn men back to dust, 
       saying, “Return to dust, O sons of men.”

 4 For a thousand years in your sight 
       are like a day that has just gone by, 
       or like a watch in the night.

 5 You sweep men away in the sleep of death; 
       they are like the new grass of the morning-

 6 though in the morning it springs up new, 
       by evening it is dry and withered.

 7 We are consumed by your anger 
       and terrified by your indignation.

 8 You have set our iniquities before you, 
       our secret sins in the light of your presence.

 9 All our days pass away under your wrath; 
       we finish our years with a moan.

 10 The length of our days is seventy years— 
       or eighty, if we have the strength; 
       yet their span 
[a] is but trouble and sorrow, 
       for they quickly pass, and we fly away.

 11 Who knows the power of your anger? 
       For your wrath is as great as the fear that is due you.

 12 Teach us to number our days aright, 
       that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

 13 Relent, O LORD! How long will it be? 
       Have compassion on your servants.

 14 Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, 
       that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.

 15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, 
       for as many years as we have seen trouble.

 16 May your deeds be shown to your servants, 
       your splendor to their children.

 17 May the favor  of the Lord our God rest upon us; 
       establish the work of our hands for us— 
       yes, establish the work of our hands.

Humbly submitted — Dan

August 15, 2008 at 9:59 pm 2 comments

Transylvania and LST

Andrea & Zoli Live in New Apartment Building

Andrea & Zoli Live in New Apartment Building

 

 

Istvan Reads with Dan
Istvan Reads with Dan
The Blue Van in Front of Old Communist Style Apartments

The Blue Van in Front of Old Communist Style Apartments

Storks Spend Their Summers in Transylvania

Storks Spend Their Summers in Transylvania

Bogi & Torsten with Dan & Anne

Bogi & Torsten with Dan & Anne
Dan reads with Jozef in our apartment

Dan reads with Jozef in our apartment

Eniko, Red Cross Office Mgr, Ildiko, Village School Teacher & Dan read in our apartment

Eniko, Red Cross Office Mgr, Ildiko, Village School Teacher & Dan read in our apartment

God's Beauty in Romania Is a Testimony to the Truth in His Word

God’s Beauty Testifies to His Power

 

         

         

 

 


     

August 14, 2008 at 10:11 pm 1 comment

LST Readers Past and Present

 

Reka Papp, Teacher & Marriage and Family Therapist

Reka Papp, Teacher & Marriage and Family Therapist

 

 

Adolf Reads with Dan

Adolf Papp Reads with Dan

         

 

Tibor, Csilla, Dan, Blanka, Utca Small Group English Bible Study
Tibor, Csilla, Dan, Blanka, Utca Small Group English Bible Study

 

Reka Kovacs, School Psychologist, and Anne                                                                                               Reka Kovacs, School Psychologist, and Anne

 

 

Dan, Maria, Kinga discuss LST

Dan, Maria, Kinga discuss LST

Josef, Magdalena and daughters at LST Party

Josef, Magdalena and daughters at LST Party

Ildeko, her son, Huba, and Rosemarie at LST Party

Ildeko, her son, Huba, and Rosemarie at LST Party

August 14, 2008 at 9:45 pm 1 comment

Dan’s Thoughts for Today

Dan said, “I’m ready to begin to share some of my thoughts.  There is so much I want to say, and I don’t even know how to begin.”  As Dan begins to talk, I write down the things Dan wants you to know are on his heart.  Each day I will post them on the blog godschildrenblog.wordpress.com under the Category of “A Word from Dan.”

Dan said, “Philippians 1:18c-21 pretty well expresses how I feel.”

 ” Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”

My principal prayer is that I will have sufficient courage that Christ will be exalted in my behavior as well as my body…whether I live or die…to stand firm to the end.  That’s really hard for all of us I think…to come to grips with the fact that we really are mortal. — Dan

August 14, 2008 at 6:26 pm 4 comments

When You Walk Through the Fire

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior . . . Do not be afraid, for I am with you.” Isaiah 43:2,3,5

Without God’s promises, we could not manage.  We celebrate the good moments, and go on without a clue as to what may lie ahead.  I felt like the raging waters were going to drag me under yesterday, but Scott and Michelle were here to keep me steady.

Dan had a good night, and at the moment feels okay. I wonder what today holds…will the heavy fog evaporate to let us view the beauty outside our window?  Will Dan be able to sit up, eat enough, be awake much of the day?  Such simple things we used to take for granted.

This morning, we have added courage because of what we heard from a dear brother far away — “At this point you remain my living examples, of true Christian conduct. If it were up to me, i would not let you endure so much pain and struggle. But perhaps God is saying: ‘Dan and Anne, you are my children and I love you so much, and I am with you every step of the way…. but I have other smaller children that I love too, and they need to learn from you how to pass through difficulties and pains in life; there would be no way for Me to show them if there wouldn’t be people like you and others like you, that haven’t abandoned Me in struggle.’ ”  We are so blessed to have encouraging words like that.  God is good. — Anne and Dan

August 14, 2008 at 2:58 pm 1 comment

Only One Among Many

Unless you or one of your loved ones has had cancer, you can’t begin to understand the daily struggle that monster brings into one’s life.  We have a much deeper appreciation for those who have walked this path before us.  Dan is only one among thousands who battle daily with a malignant growth.

Dan had a fine day yesterday, but has not felt well most of today – diarrhea again, nauseated, can’t stand for his skin to be touched, extremely exhausted, a rash on his neck — all resulting from the poison put into his body to try to kill the enemy who is determined to claim his body.

His right leg and cancer mass are swelling again causing pain.  Chemo works on only 5% of the type sarcoma cancer Dan has.  It is such a rare type of cancer that there is very little information about it.  The doctors are doing the best they can…they just don’t know what will work.

Today, Dr. Anderson, Dan’s oncologist, sent Dan to the local ER for a CBC where a Dr. took a hands on look at Dan to see if there is anything that needs further treatment.  He was alarmed at Dan’s platelet count until he spoke by phone with Dr. Anderson.  Dr. Anderson told the ER doc, “Oh, that is a good count.  That is exactly where I’d expect it to be after the chemo Dan had last week.”  

Dan was invited to return Friday during the hours when that ER doc is on duty.  The nurse told Dan, “Oh, you must be special.  He seldom asks an ER patient to return to specifically see him!”  

The apostle Peter instructs, “The purpose of these struggles is to test your faith.  Your faith is more precious than gold.  Gold will be destroyed, but after your faith is tested through fire, it will last.  When Jesus Christ is revealed, your faith will be praise, glory and honor for Him . . . So, get your minds ready.  Be alert.  Put your hope completely upon the gracious love that you will receive when Jesus Christ appears (1 Peter 1: 7, 13-SEB).”  Our minds are the battlefields in which Satan desires destroying Christians.

The journey is long, the path is rocky, but God is with us.  Your prayers, being sent from around the world, are helping us keep our minds focused on God and keeping God’s attention on Dan 24 hours a day. Thank you.  — Anne and Dan

August 14, 2008 at 6:01 am 1 comment

Out “Our” Window

Tuesday Report, Part 2

“And God said, ‘Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.’ And it was so.  God called the dry ground ‘land,’ and the gathered waters he called ‘seas.’  And God saw that it was good.”  Genesis 1:9-10.

The photo below is some of God’s handiwork that we see when we look out “our” window. It’s only a 7 minute walk down the mountain to Montara Beach.  It takes me 20 minutes to walk back up the mountain!  : > )

The San Pedro Mountain Meets the Pacific

The San Pedro Mountains Meet the Pacific

August 13, 2008 at 5:38 am 1 comment

Is Your Armor Ready?

Tuesday evening – Part 1

Feeling lost in the dark valley last night, we cried out to our Team of Shepherds. There is no explanation for Dan’s improvement today except their prayers.  The swelling is less, the fever is gone, Dan was able to sit up in a chair for long periods. He even walked around some inside the house.  That’s how God answered Our Shepherds’ prayers. We are thankful for all the prayers going up before God’s Throne for us.

There are some people today who do not believe Satan exists. If that is a belief that you choose, please, understand that I’m not asking you to believe what I believe.  I just want to share with you my experience.  Several times when I’ve gotten very down about Dan’s illness, about the heart pain in our life right now, God has sent messages to me through trusted friends.  

They said, “Anne, this is an attack from Satan. This is being done to hurt Dan and you. You are doing much good in the name of Jesus.  Satan wants to stop you. Satan hates God, and Satan hates you.  Know who the enemy is.  It is Satan.  God will take care of this.” This afternoon, we heard these words again from a friend who phoned from Dallas to pray over us.

With renewed energy, and clearer thinking, I remembered what Paul said to the Intentional Followers of Jesus in Ephesians 6:11-13, “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood but…against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”    Having remembered to put on the full armor of God, we are standing…protected by God.  — Anne and Dan

August 13, 2008 at 3:49 am Leave a comment

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