Please Pray For Cory

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We have had a whirlwind 2017 so far and I just wanted to share with you a little about what has been going on with our family.

Last fall Cory was catapulted by a cow that he was attempting to load into a trailer. That evening he was in a bit of pain and we decided that we needed to get everything checked out to make sure he was ok. It was discovered then that there was a growth on his thyroid. He decided to ask he Dr about it at his next appointment (which happened to be in January) as precaution and his lab work all seemed to show normal thyroid levels. Our doctor did not believe there was any indication of an issue of concern and decided that Cory could follow up with a biopsy just to rule out anything.

Mid January we were greatly anticipating a wonderful trip that would allow us a time of refreshment, encouragement, and re commitment as well as some terrific fellowship with some dear friends. We had been planning this big tripped for months and Cory was insistent that we go ahead and then get everything checked out as precaution because nothing seemed to point to a problem thus far and he was feeling fine. So the biopsy was scheduled to occur after we returned from our trip.

February 1st is the date that was planned for the biopsy of the nodule and when the results returned the news was “highly suspicious”. Our doctors explained that this is usually a strong indicator that cancer is present. They advised us that it would be necessary to go ahead and remove the thyroid and the nodule and send it to pathology to get a final determination. The surgery is scheduled for March 1st, with possible treatment afterward depending on results.

I am calling on you all, our dearest family, friends, loved ones, and prayer warriors to join me in praying for Cory, the surgeon and medical staff, as well as our family at this time. We know God’s goodness and feel an overwhelming amount of love and encouragement as well as a confidence that only He gives. We trust that His outcome is a part of the plan but the unknown and the waiting can sometimes feel nerve-wrecking.

As the Psalmist David reminds us, this has been on my heart the last few days: “Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies” Psalm 103:1-4

Thank you so much for your love and prayers for us. I will post updates as we know more.

– Lachelle McCaig

Book Review: Gods At War by Kyle Idleman

Mr. Idleman brings to light a subject that we all as Christians have struggled with from time to time.  In his book Gods At War he discusses the subject of idols in _200_360_Book.804.coverour modern culture.  He helps to identify that idols aren’t always statues of the Old Testament times but rather anything that takes our time and attention from God.  An idol truly is something that steals, invades, and can change our relationship with Christ as we allow them to be more important.  Idleman discusses the three aspects of pleasure, power, and love in which the idols of food, sex, entertainment, success, money, achievements, romance, family, and self tend to invade. He has filled this book with some interesting evidences combined from first hand experiences, shared life stories, & research that mounts to make one question how truly devoted they are to societies “gods” rather than the real God of their heart.

I found myself torn between frustration that we as a culture have become so overly selfish and self destructive and absolutely burdened that what I may be doing could very well be taking the place of God in my own life. The author presents his information in an easy to read format that keep s the reader in tuned and he grips at the very real struggle behind each “god” of our lives. Gods At War is a book that would make a good book club read or also be a great tool to have in counseling someone struggling to put God on the throne of their own heart.

This book leaves everyone in a challenge to thoroughly examine one’s own life. One of the quotes I think best sums up Idlemans’s point is “idolatry is the tree from which our sins and struggles grow. Idolatry is always the issue. It’s the trunk of the tree and all other problems are just branches.”

– Lachelle McCaig

Disclosure: I did receive a free review copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers, but was not required to write a positive review.