What’s Been Happening Since

Last October, a friend of mine died of cancer. In early December, another friend’s husband died from a rather rare lung disease. Just this month, the wife of a former colleague and of two former students passed away as a result of brain cancer.

The reality of life is that we die.

Except I didn’t. Not yet.

I could have died and many people do die as a result of a stroke and/or a heart attack.

Nothing I did separated me from my friends that have gone on ahead of me into heaven. I’m alive today by God’s mercy and grace. My time is in His hands, and the end of my days in the here and now simply hasn’t arrived yet.

I say all this because I want it to be clear that I didn’t survive because I have some magic bullet or pipeline to God. I survived because He wanted me to. I could have just as easily succumbed to my physical ailments as survive. But in response to my call for help, in response to the prayers of His children, and in the perfect working of His sovereign will, I survived.

But I didn’t just survive. I’m recovering from the stroke. It’s not like getting over the flu, but there’s no doubt I’m stronger every day.

I’ve had such tremendous support, not the least of which are the prayers of many. Some of the people who have given me help, I know either in person, or on-line, or from some time in the past. Some, I’ve never met! Imagine that! I tend to think that’s a work of the family of Christ, caring for a sister in need.

So this past month, I’ve been surrounded by people who have prayed faithfully, and have done the work of providing for what I need.

I live on my own in an upstairs apartment. So right after I was discharged from the hospital, friends invited me to stay with them over the weekend to re-hab a bit as a transition. When I came home, they sent me with enough food for that first week. Then a group of former students who had organized to take care of my grocery needs, stepped forward. They have taken turns to bring me what I’ve needed each week.

A writer friend headed up a Go Fund Me page to help provide for my needs while I’m not working. Another couple friends have given me rides to the doctor or pharmacy. A neighbor has taken out my trash, done my laundry, vacuumed my living room. Another friend changed light bulbs. And people have called, sent cards, texted, offered help. Others have provided monetarily through other means.

Friends have stepped up and covered for commitments I couldn’t keep. And above all, people have prayed. I can’t emphasize this enough. God wants to involve His people in His work, whether through our prayers, giving, or doing. He uses those who are available to Him.

I am blessed. And also mindful that God has more He wants me to do.

So I’m in the process of recovery, adding daily to my endurance and to what I can do on my own. It’s not easy. My head says I’m ready to do it all, but my body isn’t quite there yet. Close. And progressing. But the things I can do still take longer than I want, and I’m not able to do all I think I should be doing.

But a number of good counselors have reminded me to take my recovery one day at a time, and not try to get everything back all at once. My head says, “Go for it,” my heart says, “You can do it,” my body says, “Hold on, that’s enough.” So my physical therapist said, I need to listen to my body.

Knowing how much to push and how much to “listen to my body” is now the trick. But by God’s grace, I’m better today than I was yesterday. May His name be praised.

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  1. Well, it’s a blessing to peoole who pray to get the answer that was asked for!

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    • Thank you, Wally. I do want to see each and every one who prayed, blessed in turn. I also want God to receive praise because He hears and answers prayer. In this case, He answered by preserving my life and He answers by sending people to meet my needs.

      He is greater by far than we can imagine!



      • My wife is a real giver, and is blessed when she does. If somebody resists an offer of help, she likes to say, “Hey, don’t steal my blessing!”


  2. Your post makes me smile and thank God. I am so happy you have the community of support you do. I am so thankful God, who has our days all numbered before there ever was one of them, has allowed you each new day you’ve awoken to. And grateful for His grace and loving kindness not only being poured out on you through your friends and neighbors, but through you by your testimony of God’s goodness in the midst of your struggles. May God continue to strengthen you daily, inside and out.

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    • Thanks, Jacqueline. May God continue to receive praise as more people see His wonderful works. Thank you for your prayers!



  3. So glad you’re on the mend, Becky. Looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks.

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    • I’m looking forward to seeing you and so many others at the writers’ conference, Rich. In a new way, I feel privileged to be a part of it.



  4. It’s been a real blessing being able to pray for you from afar, Becky. God’s Divine wi/fi in the palm of our hands! I love to watch God put all the pieces together in perfect synchronicity too, just like he’s conducting an orchestra.

    Rest in the Lord! Take naps. Jesus got in the boat in the midst of a storm and promptly took a nap. Take a nap. It’s Christ-like. 🙂

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    • Thank you, IB, This might be my all time favorite comment ever. Taking naps makes me like Christ. Love it!! 😀

      But seriously, I so appreciate your prayers. And yes, God works all the pieces together in such a perfect way. It really is a testimony of His greatness.


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  5. Praised be his name. Sending a prayer your way… May the Lord continue to strengthen and meet you at the point of your needs.

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    • Thank you. God hears and answers the prayers of His people according to His good pleasure. I am humbled and amazed and comforted in the prayers of the saints.



  6. So great to “see” you Becky.
    I thank God for your recovery and all the wonderful people in your life who are supporting you along the way – which is a truly great testimony of your life and how you’ve used it to impact so many!

    Stay Blessed.

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  7. I wish you a speedy recovery, from a Christian heart to another!


  8. Its nice to hear of all the people who have been involved in your recovery. By God’s grace you are moving forward, one day at a time.


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