Sunday, April 9, 2017

A future and a hope

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV

Just over four years ago in 2013, in my post I wrote the following prayer request regarding Victoria's sporting activities at school.

Please pray that Victoria will not lose confidence and will not stop trying to participate in these physically challenging activities. We believe she will indeed be victorious in all areas of her life and that she will know the peace of her heavenly Father.

And today, by the grace of God, Victoria is continuing to gain confidence and see victory in her life. Thank you to everyone who has stood with us in prayer, believing that Victoria would live her life to the full.

Swimming is one of those physical areas where Victoria is going from strength to strength. For example...

February 2016 - Victoria could barely swim 25m freestyle.
October 2016  - she swam her first 50m freestyle at a NSW Multi-class competition - with a time of 1:33:51 seconds.
February 2017  - Victoria swam the 50m freestyle in 1:12:08 at the school zone competition, an improvement of 30 seconds.

Her Breaststroke seen similar improvements, with her personal best time improving by over 30 seconds from 2016.

The hidden blessing in all this is that swimming is the best activity Victoria can do to keep the left side of body functional and growing in strength. So how good is it that God has put this love of swimming in her heart. It is not a struggle (usually) for her to go to training, and she is always keen to receive instruction on how to improve.

Thank you for your prayers for her. Please continue to pray for physical healing to manifest in her, and for the strength she needs to make it through the emotionally challenging days (thankfully these days are becoming less and less). 

Again it has been a blessing to have six months between scans. Each of our children has had a great start to the school year, without the interruption of scanxiety

Victoria's next scan is on the 15th May. We will get the results on the 16th May.  We continue to believe for the complete disintegration of the tumour, in Jesus Name. We would appreciate your prayers for peace for Victoria and our family as that date draws nearer. 

Finally, the scripture from that February 2013 post still holds true for today,

When I said, "My foot is slipping", your love, O LORD supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul. Psalm 94:18-19 

Thank you again for your prayers and support. We will continue to give testimony to God's faithfulness. 

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