Retreat and Requests

Retreat and Requests

The swim team camping trip went very well! We had about 19 each day and they had a great time bonding with each other and hearing the Harris brothers’ message of teenage Rebelution (rebellion against society’s low expectations). Those amazing young people came from amazing parents who volunteered to cook, clean, chaperone, and serve us in any capacity we needed.  Prayers were answered and I know God was glorified. Six kids indicated (anonymously) that they wanted to be born again and to see the evidence of God’s grace in their life! Whether this was rededication or first time salvation, I was absolutely blown away. After we returned on Sunday I rested a lot.

Yesterday I experienced what I imagine my friends in ministry go through after a big event like that; doubt about the efficacy of the retreat, thoughts that I really muffed it, the desire to crawl into a cave like Elijah. It’s amazing how quickly the enemy tries to steal a victory.

Some of that desire to duck into a cave might have been enhanced by the fact that my hair is now coming out in chunks! Thank goodness for my short fade cut, because little tufts curls just end up in random places.  I don’t know that I’m mentally prepared for the baldness. I’d like to think that I am, but I really like my hair–even as short as it is right now. I guess it’s a mix of a little bit of vanity and the reality that the poison I’m taking into my body is having a very real effect that I can see. I tried to rock a wig yesterday but had to take it off before I went to coach at the pool (it’s still in the 90’s here); I think sweat and wigs don’t go well together.

Today I have more perspective about the weekend and am off to chemo. A sweet friend will join me, and I know this treatment will seem as short and full of joy as the last one. I am so very blessed. My prayer for this week is that I continue to hear Jesus and receive his grace to do the work he wants me to do. No more and no less. And I also want to learn how to put on false eyelashes. I think I’ll look really weird without them.

4 Replies to “Retreat and Requests”

  1. Yolanda you are so beautiful and have such a wonderful smile that I think you will look fabulous with or without hair. I pray everyday for strength for you and your family.

  2. I like your thinking, and I know that you will rock things with or without a wig. You are beautiful and God has blessed you with so many beautiful features which will be in place no matter the outcome of the therapy. You have inner beauty and strength and an awareness of God’s grace and mercy, so this means that when you look in the mirror, look deep and you will see a beautiful young woman. Love you, Auntie Ollie

  3. Thank you for your unwavering commitment to hearing from Jesus no matter what.
    You will look gorgeous with false eyelashes!
    Blessings to you and your family,

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