Praying for strength

Lorelei describes the way she feels after this round of chemo (number five of twelve) as how one would feel if they had just run a marathon, been up for 48 hours, had the stomach flu and weighed 400 pounds.  Plus, none of her favorite foods tastes the way they used to.

That sounds pretty bad to me.  But she’s bearing up under the weight with grace and courage.

We KNOW she must feel badly to have missed the opportunity to be filmed by a news crew along with the boys from the Putnam North soccer team.  Lorelei rarely passes up a chance to be filmed.  She just could not get herself up and going only 24 hours after chemo.  However, the news crew offered to come by our house and she was able to muster up the energy to greet them for a short interview so she could express her gratitude and appreciation.  (Then she went back to bed.)

Here’s a link to that story (with the video embedded) in case you want to see it:

The boys lost the soccer game 0-1, and I teased them that just like in Brian’s Song, if you dedicate a game to a person you’re supposed to win it!  But they are all winners in our eyes.  Thank you to Coach Pecore and all of your players.  We love you.

The photo in this post is one of Lorelei being interviewed after the soccer game.  We wonder if she’ll ever tire of celebrity.  But we do know that she’ll always be interested in anything that can bring attention and glory to God.  So, of course, she agreed to the interview.

Please continue to pray for Lorelei.  She’s really beginning to feel the cumulative effect of the fatigue caused by chemo.  And also she has a cold.  That’s not normally a big deal, but when you already feel lousy it sucks.   Plus, this will be a big week.

She’ll have a pulmonary function test on Wednesday and even though we are confident she’ll pass with flying colors, it’s one more appointment at a hospital.  She’s sick of doctor’s appointments and hospitals.  Plus, she has to get up early enough to be at an 8:00am run through on Wednesday for the homecoming celebration on Friday.  Getting up early is almost impossible.  And there is a golf tournament on Thursday.  Not sure whether she will play.  Then Thursday evening there is a big banquet put on by the Putnam City Schools Foundation honoring Steve Largent.   Lorelei has been invited to attend and sit at a table with her peers.  And Friday is homecoming!

Lots of reasons to get up early and out of the house!  But not much energy to do it.   We are trusting God to provide her with the strength to do everything He has called her to do.   (Plus, we’re thankful that unlike Samson, her strength was not in her hair!)

Lorelei was able to get up and go to church this morning to worship her risen Savior.

Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Matthew 28:7 (NASB)
Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you."

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Psalm 91:14-16

New International Version (NIV)

14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation."