Our Hearts Are Full

March 13, 2009 at 7:04 am 2 comments


Another view of God's Creation that He shares with us every dayAnother view of God’s Creation that He shares with us every day

Our hearts are full of gratitude for the love and kindness being showered upon us by our son, his family, his friends here in California, and by our extended family around the world.  Today has been quite a challenge for Dan.  His right foot and leg have been swelling ever since the drain pumps were removed and the Wound Vac put on.  The swelling has been exceptionally painful today.  No solution has been found.  Next, we are going to try first a pack made of fresh cabbage leaves, and then a castor oil pack off and on all day.

Even though the RN applied the  Wound Vac very carefully, he had to return to close up the tiny air leaks in the tape.  But, all that work was for nothing because, the RN had to remove that tape and start all over.  The Wound Vac was quiet when the RN left, but within 2 hours it was pop, pop, popping.  In the RN’s attempt to close all the air holes, he got the tape so tight that the Wound Vac sounds an alarm every 20 or 30 minutes announcing that there is blockage in the line….but there is no blockage.  Dan decided to sleep on the couch tonight in the hope that the alarm and popping won’t awaken anyone.

We want you to know that our hearts are with you. Listen to what Paul wrote to the followers of Christ in Phillippi. “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart; for whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.

 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.” Phillippians 1:2-11 — Anne and Dan


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  • 1. Sherrie Hammond  |  March 13, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    I love the way you speak your faith into existence. These are lovely thoughts that uplift my heart, thank you! I am sad Dan is having trouble with the Wound Vac noise, leg swelling, and healing process. I pray that soon Dan will be freed from this Wound Vac and his body will be functioning properly on its own without all these devices or the cancer. May God make total healing and recovery happen quickly, in the name of Jesus, for your well being and the benefit of everyone involved.

    I am reminded of a time when one trouble or struggle after another was falling upon God’s People during the prophet Habakkuk’s time. Habakkuk’s prayer ends with his heart-felt attitude declaring his faith that no matter what happens, Habakkuk will continue rejoicing in God’s saving grace. Habakkuk declares God’s saving grace makes it possible for Habakkuk to continue having hope-filled strength so he can rise up higher out of all his distresses by faith in his good saving God.

    Habbakuk says no matter what trouble happens he will still hope in God’s faithful salvation. He speaks his beliefs into existence just like Abraham did long ago (Romans 4:17). It’s like he is shouting aloud so God can hear him in heaven, “I don’t care what bad things happen, God will rescue me out of every distressing thing!” In the Bible when everything is falling apart, men and women of faith seem to continually speak aloud their beliefs until their beliefs happen. It is like they are verbally telling Satan’s attacks to go away and leave them alone, because their God is mightier than Satan’s hurts. I’ve done this many times myself, and I must report, it is very comforting indeed to speak aloud our faith until it happens. Amazingly enough, we begin believing our spoken words more strongly, and God makes them happen.

    Habakkuk declares aloud, “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights (Habakkuk 3:17-19-NIV).”

    Love to all,

  • 2. Sherrie Hammond  |  March 13, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    I thought of more ideas that may be helpful in relieving pain and swelling in Dan’s body. Olive oil and cinnamon are in the holy anointing oil in the Bible and were consistently used throughout Bible times as healing medicine for various sicknesses. Olive oil de-toxifies the blood, moisturizes the skin, heals skin wounds, reduces pain, increases poor circulation, and helps cancer. A little bit of olive oil goes a long way for healing. When adding olive oil to the daily menu, add small amounts not large doses of the oil. Instead of 1 Tbsp, try 2 tsps on salads or vegetables. Also, One can soak themselves in an olive oil bath in a tub of warm water with a generous amount of olive oil and increase circulation so excessive fluids leave the body. Cucumbers are natural sulfur antibiotics that strengthen the immune system so the body fights off infections. Balm and olive oil combinations are good pain relievers for achy joints and muscles.

    Cinnamon is an antiseptic-astringent cleanser that kills bacteria and fungi. Cinnamon breads or toast can be added to the daily menu and help promote healing. Garlic and onions are natural sulfur antibiotics and contain anti-inflammatory qualities that help reduce edema (swelling). Green tea is a natural diuretic cleanser that reduces edema (swelling). Drink a cup of Green tea three times per day that will cleanse and rid the body of excessive fluids. Green tea rids the body of toxins following surgeries and contains anti-cancer properties. Yarrow and bearberry teas used regularly are natural diuretics for removing excess body fluids as is cranberry juice.

    Butcher’s broom is an herb with distinct anti-inflammatory properties for reducing edema (swelling). Myrrh is a medicinal gum resin herb with proven analgesic (pain relieving) qualities. Myrrh was used in the Bible for healing sicknesses and relieving pain, because it was believed to be a holy healing medicine. Thyme leaves are natural pain relievers. A cloth soaked in water & thyme leaf solution (an infusion), then applied to the painful area may give soothing relief from pain. Apple cider vinegar is good for improving circulation in legs. Apple cider vinegar can be used with olive oil, garlic, and onions in a green garden salad with Romaine lettuce and eaten at a meal. Romaine lettuce stimulates the adrenal glands to produce healing cortisone from the body. I hope some of these suggestions are helpful and useful for healing Dan’s pain and removing the excess fluid from his leg.

    Love to all,


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