I am sitting here with my morning tea, at 11am. I just need to let God guide my fingertips. Couldn't have chosen a better atmosphere as I am engaged in worship music, with lyrics ringing out "Soon & Very Soon".. Man, that Pandora really knows how to pick them..
Alright. Followers of the journey- whether you are miles away and can follow by reading... The followers who make the trips out to visit... For those of you who take the time to send cards, texts, encouragement... And yes, for the ones who offer the best thing of all- The ones who pray. Here are the next steps to the journey.
Per the last blog update- Marissa had her 3rd surgery on December 17th, 2011- a procedure in which the doctors injected a strand of the common cold virus directly into the tumor, in hopes that the virus would catch, spread, and take up residence inside of her brain, thus forcing the eviction of the tumor.
Now, I cannot speak to you on the current status of the tumor, the virus, Etc. WHAT I can tell you is better than Facts. It is the Truth.
Marissa has been attending a Healing Center twice a week since the beginning of December. Led by the teachings of two very anointed ministers- Danny & Kendra Turner- Now, keep in mind that I am not Marissa. I am Megan. But I can tell you this. What I write here is not opinion. It is truth. It is happening and will continue to happen. & thru all of this, TO GOD BE THE GLORY.
From December to today- Marissa is overcoming obstacles that her doctors do NOT believe with their own eyes, and the magnitude of this miracle with only GROW. Like a snowball rolling down a hill, this will take a mighty effect and the momentum to get this ball rolling will be the Prayers, agreements, and Belief from all who know Marissa.
From a seizure with the strength to knock out her right side and deem it paralyzed- she has said NO. The doctors say "You should really be walking on this cane"- Marissa says NO. She is walking by herself. The doctors and physical therapists can't "really tell you when this arm and your face will experience the sensation of movement and feeling again". Marissa says NO. each day she moves that arm to exercise her right over her body. She is smiling, when the World says she should be crying. She is acting as a normal person would, when the world says Stay in the house and feel sorry for yourself.
There are days when feeling shoots into her face and fingers and toes, and she offers praise to God for small steps- but never the less- steps towards being Well. Small things like Putting on her own Boot don't discourage her. Its natural for us to think "Wow I cant believe I am getting excited about being able to put my own shoe on".. But Marissa knows that this is milestone. She is praising and rejoicing.
She also knows, that no matter what things look like on the outside. That God has the FINAL say. She has been atending teachings from Danny, Kendra, Joey & Mechelle Patrick, Pastors Dan and Carla Patrick.. Staying grounded in her word. Walking in the faith of the PROMISES God has already made.
Jesus died and when he did, he took all the pain, sin, and sickness with Him. WE don't have to walk in sickness. We don't have to walk in condemnation. Pastor Dan always tells us, "Don't work too hard for what God wants to give you." Thru the teachings I have attended with her, I am realizing a strength in the Word and in my own life as well. Its time to claim what rightfully belongs to us. Marissa is Healed. She is Whole.
Marissa has had the tendency to keep things as quiet and private as possible during this year of confusion and battle. But she is standing in a new state of mind today- She would like for everyone to know the great things God is doing within her. She knows God is building her a mighty testimony. 2011- The year of transition! She is transitioning, moving on from one thing, to another. To a new. She would like to extend this news to both believers and non-believers. Stand with her. Her family & I ask that you join us. Don't believe it? Well, that's not a problem. But continue to pray for peace and understanding for the family. Pray for what makes you comfortable. But pray Specific.
We DO NOT know how long this road may continue to be. WE do not KNOW what the world will say and throw in her direction. But Marissa- has prepared for this battle. The armor is on. She is standing on the Word. Leaning on the promises of God.
The last 2 times Marissa has attended doctors appointments in Texas- She felt no anxiety. She slept good. She experienced a peace in the Doctor's office. She has found the only hope to cling too and she is holding steadfast.
Her doctor told her 4 weeks ago, "If I looked at the charts I would say your condition is worse, but you are showing an unexpected and impossible improvement in your movement, speech, and overall condition..I am betting the virus I injected is taking hold" and Marissa replied, "You believe that and I am believing I am healed and whole by the hand of God". If this is not improvement, I don't know what is.
This is where we are.
Surgery number 4 this Thursday.. Funny though because one month ago the doctors deemed her condition just inoperable. No more opening her up. No more biopsies.. "ALL we can do is wait on this virus". 4 weeks later- the doctors are baffled by what they are seeing on her MRI. "We have to open her up and see what is going on"... For the first time, we got the news back of surgery and Marissa and I were elated.
A miracle is about to be shown strong. Our God is faithful.
No, the news may not come back and sound like what we want to hear. But then again. It may. and no matter the outcome, or what the doctors see- we KNOW that God is working all of this out in Marissa's favor.
I will post updates on the family, Marissa, and the procedure as it unfolds. I never Spare the details- so I hope you can understand that as I know that my stance on Marissa and her Miracle can sound a bit overconfident and cut/dry to some readers.
I can only hope if anything you will take in with understanding - reading from the viewpoint of a friend who has both collapsed under the anxiety and worry of ever tantalizing question "WHAT IF".. I too have struggled with "Why is this happening.. and this isn't fair"... But from losing several family members to cancer, & having some survive it.. I can say from experience- the questioning and anger is for amateurs. It is much harder to stand along side the friend or loved one when the storm is raining fierce. It is much harder too believe in things that are not yet seen by the naked eye. I do NOT come from a Silly, make believe stand point. I come from a place of seeing my best friend make LEAPS AND BOUNDS in one month- when Doctors said that we were running out of hope.
This is what Marissa chooses to Believe. It is what I choose to believe.
Thursday Morning. Surgery Number 4.
The Biblical Meaning of the Number 4
We have seen that three signifies Divine perfection, with special reference to the Trinity: The Father, one in sovereignty; the Son, the second person, in incarnation and salvation, delivering from every enemy; the Holy Spirit, the third person, releasing in us and to us Divine things.
Now the number four is made up of three and one (3+1=4), and it denotes, therefore, and marks that which follows the revelation of God in the Trinity, namely, His creative works. He is known by the things that are seen. Hence the written revelation commences with the words, "In the beginning God CREATED." Creation is therefore the next thing—the fourth thing, and the number four always has reference to all that is created. It is emphatically the number of Creation; of man in his relation to the world as created
God is a God of creation. Not destruction over his most beloved possession.. His most adored creation. Man. Me. You. Marissa.
Updates to follow. For those of you struggling with the anxiety, fear, and worry. Don't struggle. Don't let it steal your joy. In ALL things Praise Him. ALL. That means Good and Bad. If Marissa can. We surely can.