Storing up Sweet Memories and Steroids and That is why I look like a Stuffed Chipmunk!

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Storing up Sweet Memories and Steroids and

That is why I look like a Stuffed Chipmunk!

Psalms 34:8

O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him

Psalms 119:103

How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth

 

When we decided to accept my cancer diagnosis, enter hospice and enjoy my remaining days at home, sweet peace truly flooded my soul.   My goal was to embrace all of God’s goodness through the Bible, Hymns, precious memories, and the sweet fellowship of our church, family, and friends.

 

Phil. 4:8

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

 

That verse has been my go-to reference for myself and everyone I counsel when you are needing direction and encouragement.  Count your blessings and let God sweeten your day!  Let me challenge you to inspect your conversation and your attitude.  Is it a lovely, pure and sweet testimony that you share with the world each day.  Sadly, I am seeing more and more ladies who have been given grace, turn into judgemental vicious women. Ten years ago I presented our ladies with a challenge……Would someone call you a Gracious Lady?  Have you grown in grace, made spiritual decisions, and yet stayed gracious towards others who are still growing.  This mean-spirited attitude of stalking, talking and staring at a person who does not meet your standards is totally opposed to the grace that Jesus extends to all of us whose best is called filthy rags.  I mentioned my first prayer request after my diagnosis was that I would stay sweet, and not be grumpy.  It is so easy to fall into the trap of forgetting Phil 4:8.  Being kind, lovely, and praising is the mark of a gracious Lady.  What kind of lady are you?  I have a malignant brain cancer that wants to swallow my mind and body.  We have a sinful, know it all attitude, that wants to go around God’s grace towards certain people.  God wants everyone to receive his love and grace.  Please be sweeter and gracious, don’t let malignant cancer kill your gracious lady status.

 

When I came home everyone started to spoil me.  No one scolded me or tried to tell me what I did to get this cancer, or how I was to blame.  Everyone treated me carefully because I was in a fragile state.  Flowers, cards, comfort foods and my favorite sweet things, cookies, donuts, and chocolate……and Love was sent my way.  There are many who need this same care and love spiritually.  My doctors even gave me orders to eat a cookie every day because I had lost so much weight.  Please consider offering something to other ladies who need encouragement

Sweet treats, precious family time, my garden and sunsets, your prayers Have been Heaven on earth for me.

The next 2 months were so encouraging.  I felt good and all the side effects of the hospital started to fade away.  With a walker, scooter and the remodeling changes Tim made to our bathroom, my life was not a normal cancer experience.

Recently, the extreme fatigue that comes with brain cancer has changed my life.  Losing muscle tone in my legs and arms has slowed me down a little.  Weakness and needing more daytime naps are my new normal. I finally gave in to Tim’s suggestion of a lift chair, and it is so helpful.  The next adjustment was my new look!  Taking steroids and anti-seizure drugs have made my cheeks and neck look like I am a stuffed chipmunk.  I don’t think I can frown, my cheeks are so chunky.

I am so thankful for your prayers and the sweet fellowship of family and friends.  As I approach the 3-month stage, we are so grateful that God continues to give me more time, few complications and memories with loved ones.  We continue to live moment by moment, day by day, and cherish our time together.  I hope we can encourage you to live this way, too.  Hug, kiss, and make memories with your family and friends.  Be Sweet, be kind, be tenderhearted, forgive and let Jesus direct your life.  Laugh at the chipmunks, think of me and eat something Sweet!

 

Wendy

7 Responses

  1. Ruth Lovegrove

    Love you Mrs. Jackson- Thank you for your testimony and graciousness through all of this! The Lord certainly saw you worthy to steward this for a reason-
    such convicting reminders. Thank you. Praying for you each and every day!
    Ps- YOU LOOK AS LOVELY AS EVER!❤️ Ruth Lovegrove

  2. Kitty

    Thank You Wendy for you beautiful testimony and admonition to us all.. You are a real blessing and such a testimony for our Lord! Continuing to pray for you and your family. May the Lord continue to use you .
    PS I love chipmunks 🙂

  3. Gerard and Judy Brown

    So encouraging to those going through difficult times! May GOD continue to help you in the days ahead. Meet each day head on! Cherish those grandkids and hold them tight! God is so good and He is in control! Gib Brown’s parents, Gerard and Judy Brown

  4. Katie Graham

    Wendy, your testimony is such a blessing and a challenge. The message to be “Be sweet” will stick fast in my memory as I am continually trying to not eat so much sugar — a goal that I am regularly failing to reach! Our family and our church family in Cape Town is praying for you and your family!

  5. Katie Graham

    oops! subject/verb disagreement 🙁 should be “are praying” 🙂 Much love to you and yours!

  6. Donna Mayville Berg

    Wendy, I feel privileged to know you!! Your testimony is such an encouragement and blessing to me. You and your family have been and will remain in my prayers.
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us!
    God bless you!!!

  7. Jackie Allard

    Wendy, we are praying with you for God’s mighty will. Sending hugs, prayers and if I could, a kitten,
    but Pastor Tim might not like that, so…

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