I have not been one to mourn change. I mostly enjoy it and, in fact, thrive on it. But there have been changes lately that I’m not so sure about.  I could lose hope without the hope of an immovable God who knows what tomorrow brings. There is not a day ahead that he had not seen.  So I trust that the changes he is giving us are for our ultimate good.

Good news! Tara is done with the chemo regimen that started last April.  The doctor is pleased with the progress.  Her body and mind are tired of the repetitious punishment the chemicals have delivered  A complete reprive would be ideal. But the medical team has recommended a maintenance chemotherapy that could go on for a long time but will be far less impactful to her energy level and overall quality of life.  She’ll have to wait on 100% physical recovery for now, in exchange for these additional drugs to continue to pound on the cancer.  The hope is a long term or permanent remission.

We rejoice that progress is happening and mourn that it is different than we wish. God, sustain us with your hope and joy. We don’t want to merely survive. Help us to conquer…..and more.  These next words are life breathing for us at this time. 

Romans 8:31-39

31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[a]
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 


4 thoughts on “Conqueror

  1. The Pankratz Family is rejoicing along side you! Grateful to our Sovereign Lord for his healing once again! To Him be the glory!

    angie for the crew

  2. Jay as always I appreciate your updates. Sorry it is not exactly what we had prayed but if this continuing treatment will ultimately provide full recovery we trust His sovereignty. We will continue to pray for a healing miracle. Blessings.

  3. W e love your family and we do uphold Tara in our prayers!! We praise God for
    for His healing touch! Psalm 46 is our prayer for you. V:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble etc, etc V11, The Lord of host is with us, the God of Jacob is our refuge.

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