Update on Bev 7.20.13

Dear Friends,

As I’ve shared with you for the past four weeks, my wife Bev is battling breast cancer which has metastasized to her bones. The good news remains that she is tolerating the medication and radiation very well. The only side effect seems to be fatigue.

However, this type of cancer has proven to be particularly painful, predicable, and unpredictable! Predictable – in that she has experienced acute pain every day. Unpredictable – in that a different area in her back, ribs or pelvis is where the pain is centered.

This journey has added a new dimension of sharing our lives together. We see more clearly than ever that life is really all about loving and serving Jesus Christ and loving and serving people. And so many have been kind to pray for her in this hour of need – from family and friends, to churches in Singapore, to our radio listeners. We cannot adequately thank you.

Two books in particular have meant a lot to us. Trusting God is a superb book by Jerry Bridges and published by Navpress that surfaces God’s role when we are faced with significant challenges. It is outstanding. The second book is Safe in the Storm by Stephen Hatcher. Stephen is an attorney who shares his experience with cancer as he went through spine surgery, chemotherapy, and a stem cell transparent. He is articulate and amazingly transparent. His insights are very helpful. Here is an excerpt:

“Normal was good. Normal was pain free. Normal was comfortable. Maybe too comfortable . . . so comfortable that it could stop me from stretching, reaching and moving forward in my relationship with God who loves me enough to allow my faith to be tested.

“When James writes to believers suffering ‘trials of various kinds’ and speaking for letting the trial ‘have its full effect’ (James 1:4). I do not think he expected them to back to business as usual once the challenge had passed. Tests to our faith are intended to cause us to grow and change.”

May all of us use challenges to grow and change more in the likeness of Christ!

Gratefully in Jesus,
Howard Dayton

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6 Responses to Update on Bev 7.20.13

  1. Beverly Price says:

    In Jesus Name, I Pray for strenght and healing for Beverly. Thank you for the opportunity to care about your family. Beverly Price

  2. Carol Dickerson says:

    Howard,
    Thank you so much for your updates on Bev.

  3. kurt cranford says:

    we will continue to pray for you and Bev that as His wiil is done you may experience great peace and comfort in your time of worry and stress. Thank you for your continued teaching and help with handling God’s money His way.

  4. Kathleen Hoff says:

    Thank you for so faithfully keeping us up to date.  We all care about Bev so much too and think about her so often as we pray for her.  I am sorry she is experiencing so much pain.  We will pray daily about that too.  I hope and pray God is giving both of you comfort.  You are very special people.  Feel like I know you.

    ________________________________

  5. Cynthia Robinson says:

    Sending love and praying for you, both.

  6. Ron Smith says:

    It is hard to read your update about Bev, knowing how much you love each other and how long you have been together. You both are in my thoughts and prayers.

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