It can be difficult to accept God in this role unless we remember that he is a loving Father who is determined to bring us to maturity. He will use suffering in his children's lives in the same way that a sculptor uses a chisel.
God not only uses suffering to train us, He uses it to accomplish His perfect purpose, to draw us into a relationship with Him, and to display His Glory to others." Jan and Dave Dravecky
"God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains; it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world." C.S. Lewis
Heather loved to try out new things. New food, different clothes, bold new make-up and anything else that was beyond her comfort zone. One new thing was to try sushi. Yes, those little raw fish rolls. Our family has never been big on fish. We stick to canned tuna fish for our weekly fishy requirement. Heather went with a friend to a sushi bar and had her fill of raw fish. This very dear friend sent me the cell phone photos that she took of Heather enjoying her first try of a delight some of us would walk right past. These were taken in January, 2008. This was when Heather knew she was not feeling well, but we had no idea what was to come.Heather was taken WAY out of her comfort zone when she was diagnosed with cancer. She HATES needles. She has the same phobia that I do. It is not that she just does not like them. It is an actual panic or near fainting at the mention of a needle. The fact that she managed a bone marrow biopsy while awake is amazing. Mom did step in and demanded the next one be done under sedation. Once was more than enough for her and I. Having Leukemia/Lymphoma is not the cancer to have for someone who does not like needles.Bill and I are stepping out of our comfort zone to form a team for Light the Night. We are Heather's Lymphomaniacs Team. She loved the term Lymphomaniac. She even had a shirt with that on it. We have 8 team members and have raised $425.00 so far. I am asking those who can to step out of their comfort zone and either join our team to walk 3 miles, or make a donation toward the cure for blood cancer. As a walker, a donation of $25.00 gets you a lighted balloon and dinner from Texas Roadhouse. When a member of our team reaches $100.00 they receive a Light The Night t-shirt. Each donation gets us that much closer to a cure to this terrible cancer. Click on the Light the Night square on the right side of this blog. It takes you to our team page. How far are you willing to go beyond your comfort zone?