January 27, 2015, 6:35 p.m.
“Most of us have no idea how deeply entrenched we are in the rut of routine. Externally, everything looks fine. Our activities often revolve around the church and Christian friends we love. Unfortunately, this rut of religious activity can numb our souls until we find ourselves in need of spiritual refreshment—a fresh touch from God.” – Charles R. Swindoll
The above quote was in today’s devotion, and it really resonated with me. While I can’t recommend cancer as a fun and easy way to force yourself out of the rut of routine, I can say that it is a very effective tool. Now that cancer has again reared its ugly head and I’m faced with more treatment, I find myself with an even deeper sense of purpose and stronger desire to give others the gift of hope, to share the story of how God has worked in my life and how He can work in theirs. I have several irons in the fire for speaking engagements and hope to start speaking soon.
I saw Dr. Antonucci today, and all is well. I am now in week two of the chemo pills. I’ll have a week off before another infusion on Friday, Feb. 6, and then start the process over again. Right now, the plan is to do four rounds of chemo before doing another scan to see if the treatment is working. As I’ve said to several people, I’m hoping that third time will be the charm on this chemo business.
I’m fortunate in that the side effects so far aren’t bad at all. My feet are beginning to turn red and hurting a little bit, I’m definitely more tired than normal, and my voice has a tendency to come and go, but overall I’m doing quite well.
Thanks so much for your prayers and support. They sustain me daily.
Free from the rut of routine,