Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Every Thought Captive

Janie sent this email back in 2006. If you are struggling with panic in whatever your battle is, let Janie's email sink in and help you!

----- Original Message -----
From: chris booth
Sent: Thursday, August 17, 2006 1:57 PM
Subject: Here's the latest. . .
Hey y'all!  I'm sure you've been waiting with bated breath for the next installment in my medical journal.  I shall try to spare you ALL the gory details but here goes.

I finished radiation last Friday and have noticed a significant improvement in my right hip.  The radiologist feels that in about 6 weeks I should be as good as new! (I asked him if I would be more intelligent and strikingly beautiful, too.  He said no.  For crying out loud, you'd think for the cost of this stuff they could come up with some better side effects.) Anyway, the healing is much the same as if I had broken a bone - it takes time to repair itself.

So yesterday I started my chemo, which consists of two pills in the morning and one at night.  You can all breathe a sigh of relief that I have not sprouted any hairy tufts or grown a third arm (yet.)  Actually, I'm feeling quite good and we're hoping that this will be the case as I take this medication.  I take it for two weeks then have a week off.  If all has gone well I'll begin the process all over again.  Unfortunately the cost is quite high but we are working on ways around that. (I've already donated my right arm and our firstborn.  Ha ha, not really!)

I have been going again and again to II Corinthians 10:5   "We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ." It is very easy to let my mind start running down paths that are really not productive.  I often have to literally say to myself "Stop" and remember that I can, with God's help, take thoughts captive.  "For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline." 2 Tim 1:7

Thanks once again for all your prayers.  They have strengthened and encouraged our family immensely.  Please don't stop!

 "The most dangerous thing in the world is the sin of self-reliance and the stupor of worldliness.  The news of cancer has a wonderfully blasting effect on both." (J. Piper)  

We are praying for all of you that you would be encouraged to live each day for Christ - without having to have the "blasting" effect of cancer.  I'll be in touch!  

Love, Janie

1 comment:

  1. This is so good. I remember this email from her. I recall the strikingly beautiful and the sprouting a third arm part. Once again strikes me how she would be the one cheering up the rest of us in the midst of it all!
    What discipline we must have in following God's plan for us.