Jesus Doeth All Things Well

Anna Marie shares another update on what’s happening. Sarah

Our first consult with an oncologist reviewing the pathology report went well. Based on numbers, he said we do technically have clear margins (though very narrow) and basically no lymph node involvement. The staging of 2A indicates that lymph nodes were not involved. However, an advanced, chemical-based test of the lymph nodes found some initial tumor cells beginning to form in one lymph node, which means the surgery was “just in time.” There have been so many big decisions and timing issues completely outside our “comfort zone” through the last few months! But looking back, it’s amazing to see God’s hand leading through all of it and at this point we can honestly say we have no regrets.

We have an appointment with another oncologist on Tuesday and will see what she recommends. From there we will determine if I need chemo or anything else besides the natural chemo and supportive therapies I am already in the process of, in addition to setting up a protocol for monitoring for recurrence.

A few months ago, we signed up to quote Mark 7 at the Kansas City Scriptorium, coming up on March 27-28. The children have taken great initiative to get their chapter memorized and between audio Bible, reading it themselves, and Grandma Maxwell’s help while we were in New York, they have it mostly down! We have been blessed by Scripture Memory Fellowship and have met many sweet friends at their events. This year in Kansas City, we look forward to hearing individuals and families from near and far recite portions of Scripture from Psalms, Mark, and Hebrews. (There are still a few passages available if you want to join in!)

Hearing the children recite Mark 7 frequently has been such a blessing, and a particular phrase in the last verse recently stood out to me: “He hath done all things well.” The context is the astonished crowd marvelling at Jesus’s healing of the deaf and mute man; but the reality is that whether He chooses to heal on earth or in heaven, He is good and He does all things well. After the children recite their passage each morning, we have been singing “All the Way My Savior Leads Me” by Fanny Crosby—a lady who rejoiced in God’s goodness despite blindness caused by maltreatment of her eyes at six weeks old.

All the way my Savior leads me
What have I to ask beside?
Can I doubt His tender mercy,
Who through life has been my Guide?
Heav’nly peace, divinest comfort,
Here by faith in Him to dwell!
For I know, whate’er befall me,
Jesus doeth all things well;
For I know, whate’er befall me,
Jesus doeth all things well.

All the way my Savior leads me,
Cheers each winding path I tread,
Gives me grace for every trial,
Feeds me with the living Bread.
Though my weary steps may falter
And my soul athirst may be,

Gushing from the Rock before me,
Lo! A spring of joy I see;
Gushing from the Rock before me,
Lo! A spring of joy I see.

The words are as true now as they were when she wrote them, and I am so thankful to know “whate’er befall me, Jesus doeth all things well.” He leads us all the way, gives grace for every trial, cheers us with His Word, and brings “springs of joy” throughout the journey.

Thank you for your prayers and encouragement for us along the way!

Anna Marie

Christopher, Anna Marie, and children at the St. Louis Scriptorium last September, with Dakota and Laura Lynch of Scripture Memory Fellowship

“And [they] were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well:
he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.” Mark 7:37

18 thoughts on “Jesus Doeth All Things Well”

  1. I’m glad to hear that the cancer did not to the lymph nodes – always the scariest prospect.

    I have never heard of natural chemo – what is that?

    Praying you hear encouraging words from the second oncologist tomorrow!

  2. Happy to hear relatively,good news. Can Anna please elaborate on what natural chemo is and how it compares to traditional chemotherapy?

  3. I have been praying for all of you from the start and am so thankful to hear it’s no worse than it is! I will continue praying for wisdom as to what your next steps need to be and for continued strength and peace.

    We are just starting the same journey with my own mom and I find comfort in reading your posts and in the things you share. So thank you for being open and encouraging!

  4. Continued prayers and healing wishes, Anna. My IDC was Stage 2A also, with no lymph node involvement. My Oncotyoe DX (I suspect you are familiar with that terminology!) was 13, and did not indicate chemo, but, if it had, I would have gladly gone through it. My goal was, as I’m sure yours is, survivorship!

    Aren’t we blessed to live in a place and time where we can have such confidence in our treatment and our outcome?!? I remember saying to my husband that there were women just like me in Syria who didn’t even know they had cancer, and, even if they had, it still wouldn’t have been their most pressing issue. There are abundant blessings even in the midst of our darkest hours. Please know you have the support of hundreds.

  5. Glad to hear the cancer didn’t spread to lymph nodes and that your surgery was just in time. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. Continued prayers for you and your family.

  6. So glad to hear the surgery was just in time. You and your family remain in my prayers.

  7. Thank you for this update, Anna Marie! We are continuing to pray for you all – for strength, peace, and wisdom in all the decisions – and also that you will be a bright, bright light to everyone you meet through this journey! We are rejoicing with you for God’s perfect timing for your surgery!

  8. Thank you Anna Marie for sharing this. The hymn you quoted really stood out to me. In September I was anointed for healing for a chronic illness… the healing that came was not physical, but the peace was outstanding – and that hymn was a huge part of that time for me. I remember singing it in my bedroom afterward the service, and feeling how everything would be okay as long as I walked the road with Jesus. God bless you.

  9. I’m grateful for your updates. Your journey is so inspiring. Can you share what natural chemo is?

  10. Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Even though I don’t know you in “real” life, the Lord lays you and your family on my heart often. Having a sick mommy is hard, especially, right after having a baby. I love your sweet spirit and your faith on the Lord during this time. What an example and encouragement you have been to me. James 1 and the verse “Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer.” Romans 12:12 immediately comes to mind every time I read an update on your journey. Love how the grandparents and aunts and uncles have willingly and lovingly been there for you helping out in anyway they can. What a treasure you have! Continued prayers for you!

  11. AMEN!! What wonderful truths. Thank you so much for sharing your life with us. You have an amazing testimony of trusting in the Lord. I have also been thinking of the hymn “All I Need”. Whatever we need, His is all we need!! And I am thankful that He also blesses us with so many other things as well. Continuing praying for you and your family. Again, you are an amazing woman showing forth an amazing God in your life!!

  12. This is awesome news.

    Psalm 41 to you, Anna Marie. I felt so strongly that this Psalm applied to you when I read it the other day.

    Love in the Lord, and keep looking to Him who is both willing and able… Thanks for the help you are giving to others through your posts.

  13. Thank you for the update.
    Praise God for you all.
    Much love to all and every blessing.

  14. Prayers for you, my sister in Christ! It blesses my heart to see/hear you bless the Lord through this trial!! May the peace of God continually rule your heart and mind, as you commit your way to Him! Amen

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