Tomorrow marks 11 months since Jasmin was originally diagnosed. It has been a long road. However, regardless of the length and difficulty, it has been a path laid before Jasmin with all the deliberateness, wisdom and care that only the King of Kings could have planned.
A royal red carpet has been laid before Jasmin. The ground beneath has been solid. While we did not know and continue to be unaware of where it will temporarily wind, we know the ultimate destination.
This morning, Jasmin is in surgery once more. Today she will be finishing the reconstruction process of her double mastectomy performed in May.
I can’t express enough how strong Jasmin continues to be through this process. She has shown how joy can shine even when happiness fades.
Theopedia.com defines joy as follows:
"It is a settled state of contentment, confidence and hope".
In all things, we are called to rejoice (be full of joy). One of the shortest verses in the bible is 1Thes 5:16
This command happens to be the beginning of Jasmin’s life verse 1Thes 5:16-18.
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
As time passes here in the surgical waiting room, I marvel more and more at how Jasmin has been joyful throughout this process. There is only one answer. . . Jesus.
He truly knows us and wants the best for us.
This past Sunday, my two year old daughter (Annie) and I went to the grocery store to do the week’s grocery shopping. We started in the produce section. . . doesn’t everyone? It seems like the people who set up the navigation of grocery stores are the same ones that hide the elevators in Las Vegas hotels.
Anyhow, as we were winding up and down the produce aisles, Annie informed me that “God. . .Made. . . Broccoli!” To which I responded, “You are right! God did make broccoli!”
Coincidentally, did you know that lab tests have shown broccoli to kill cancer cells?
A protein coded by the p53 gene has shown to suppress tumors. p53 appears to keep cells healthy and protect them from cancerous mutations. Studies have shown that when this protecting gene is damaged and mutated it is involved in about half of all human cancers.
Isothiocyanate (ITC) is a chemical research has shown to bind to the defective mutated parts of the p53 protein and leave the cancer fighting healthy proteins in tact. ITC is found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, watercress and bok choy.
Further research is needed to refine the initial findings published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry by researcher Xiantao Wang of Georgetown University and colleagues.
I think I know what I am going to make for dinner once Jasmin and I get home from the hospital
Please be in prayer for the following:
- All goes well with Jasmin’s recovery
- Jasmin has zero nausea from the pain-killers
- Our kids are understanding of mommy’s inability to pick them up and hug them hard
- My time at work is multiplied and all goes well with our employee’s health insurance renewal
- Most importantly, God is glorified though this process