Thursday, September 4, 2008

A quick update and then a question...

5 down, 2 to go. In this chemo round, that is! That's right - 2 more treatments and then my Sweet Hubby gets a couple of weeks of "chemo vacation" before starting the next treatment phase. Yesterday we got to meet with his oncologist, Dr. Clark, again before the "magic beans" infusion began. He noticed right away it was my Sweet Hubby's birthday! Kudos to you, Dr. Clark! Nice man, good doctor. We always walk out of there smiling and positive. I think he treasures that as much as we do...And my Sweet Hubby always throws this poor man for a loop! Did I tell you that two weeks ago, when Dr. Clark came in the room, he said to my Sweet Hubby, "So tell me what's going on..." I almost fell to the floor laughing when my Sweet Hubby replied, "Well, they tell me I have cancer...but I don't believe 'em." Oy. Vey. Never a dull one, I can tell you that...and so it goes!
"a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance;" Ecclesiastes 3:4
We will choose the laughter and dancing every single time.

Yesterday's lab work shows things are still looking good - white count is a bit higher than I'd like to see - still within normal, just a very high normal. No evidence of a new bleed! Thank you Jesus. And thank you to all our prayer warriors - you'll never know what you mean to us!

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Now for my question...as I mentioned in a previous post, my Sweet Hubby and I are currently in the Book of Ecclesiastes for our Old Testament reading. It is widely accepted that King Solomon wrote this book. I'm sure practically everyone knows of Solomon's reputation as "the wisest, the wealthiest..." In reading Dr. McGee's Commentary, Thru the Bible, this morning, we found this:
"Solomon also wrote the Books of Proverbs and the song of Solomon. We will find Ecclesiastes to be quite different from the Book of Proverbs. In Proverbs we saw the wisdom of Solomon; here we shall see the foolishness of Solomon. Ecclesiastes is the dramatic autobiography of his life when he was away from God.

God showed Job, a righteous man, that he was a sinner in God's sight. In Ecclesiastes God showed Solomon, the wisest man, that he was a fool in God's sight."
I thought maybe I should look up the definition of the word "wise." Here it is:
"having or prompted by wisdom or discernment; marked by the exercise of good judgment or common sense in practical matters; evidencing the possession of inside information; able to take a broad view of negotiations between states; carefully considered"
from Webster's Online Dictionary
So here's my question for you: Who is the wisest person you know? Figuratively or literally...is it a parent? A spouse? A friend? A teacher? A name from the pages of history? I'm curious...and what is it in your eyes that makes (or made) them wise?
"I applied my heart to seek and to search out wisdom concerning all that is done under the sky. It is a heavy burden that God has given to the sons of men to be afflicted with." Ecclesiastes 1:13

"For in much wisdom is much grief; and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow." Ecclesiastes 1:18

"Then I saw that wisdom excels folly, as far as light excels darkness." Ecclesiastes 2:13
I can't wait to read your answers...I'll be thinking about my own as well! Have a wonderful, blessed day!

8 comments:

cookie said...

The wisest person I know, now THIS is a very difficult question..... the first person who comes to my mind is my Dad. He passed away at age 48, so he's been "physically" out of my life for a long time, but I have such good memories of him and his teachings. He left me with many beliefs that I still hang on to and think about, almost on a daily basis. He was a soft spoken man, but when he spoke, he always had something worthwhile to say. He taught his children well and I am grateful for the knowledge that he left us with. My Mom, who also left this world way to soon, also taught us lessons that have made us who we are today. My brothers and I speak often of the lessons Mom and Dad taught us. Then there is my hubby, such a wonderful and caring person. My rock. He is wise on many levels and never ceases to amaze me with his wealth of knowledge, his compassion, his humor and most of all his never ending love, not just for me, but his family and friends. Then there is my amazing friend, G, who is more my sister than a friend. There is no doubt that God sent her to me many years ago. She is the first person I turn to, after my husband (or prior, if it is more of a girlie matter!) She is one of the most intelligent, perceptive, compassionate and loving people I have ever known. As I ponder the question of "the wisest", I cannot come up with just one answer. Each person comes with different qualities and areas of "wisdom". Thinking about this, I have come to the conclusion that I am even MORE blessed than I realized, because God has put people in my life that truly have enriched my life experience. Maybe "I" am wise to understand this and be open to what they have to teach me. So, as this day moves forward, I am sure this question will continue to pop into my mind and I will continue to add people to my list. Each of us has something to teach, but we must be open to the lesson. What is the saying? When the student is ready, the teacher will appear? God puts into our paths, our teachers. We must be open to the lessons.

LauraLee Shaw said...

My husbands grandmother was the wisest woman I ever knew. She knew her Bible inside and out and prayed like no one I have ever met. Discernment went along with her wisdom...she was like a mother to me, and I miss her very much.

Mountain Mama said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I love meeting new friends.
I would have to say the wisest person I have ever known was my late Pastor. He was well educated and had a natural understanding of the scriptures that I have not found in any other person.

Marlene said...

Well, Happy Birthday Steve!! As for the wisest person I have ever known was my paternal grandmother, Lillian Marie, what a woman of God. Her faith and strength sustained her family in times of trial and her love for her children and grandchildren still touches my heart to this day. Much love...M

jeleasure said...

Nazarene Pastor, James Ahlman.
This man always had an even temperment. Always was slow to speak to the point that you would think he was ignoring you.
He told his Nazarene congregation that he was leaving the church to preach to whomever would hear the Weslyan/Methodist doctrin you will find in Nazarene churches. In 12years, his church went from having nothing but a home to meet with a handfull of people in, to one of the mega churches in Northern Virginia.

lance said...

I am probably the unwisest person I know. Without Christ I'm an idiot. He is the wisest person I know.
Stay well my dear friend,
Lance
Happy B day to your husband.
May he have many more. Stay strong for him and yourself. Renew in Christ's strength.
And as always, stay a sweet and as kind as you are. I'd give you guys a hug if I could. My little boy gives the best hugs when I may be a little down.

Vicki said...

There are many wise people who have crossed my path. However, with joy I say, none whom I have known well have appeared perfect in wisdom. Those whom I don't walk with closely have less flaws. Ha!
My great grandmother was insightful and a prayer warrior. My grandmother Alice on my other side was stalwart in her belief. My parents stand beside me when troubled. My husband is striving for wisdom. An elderly minister preached wisdom. When it was time for him to pass, he packed a suitcase, laid with his open Bible on his chest, and quietly walked to the throne of grace.
There are more. We all must surround ourselves with believers, not be disappointed in the faults nd short comings, but emphasis the positive and be encouragers.
I believe evenness of temperment can be a sign of wisdom. Most important, let us daily walk with the author of wisdom.
Blessings, Gigi. Happy Birthday to Sweet Hubbie.

Putz said...

i am praying for david, reva's david{beloved} and i will pray for hubby....i have health challenges, diabetis....blood sugar 950 when i went into my coma, high cholsterial and one attack with a stent in aretery 100@% blocked...personally of all those i know, our prophet thomas s monsen is the wiseest...it used to be my dad till he passed jus 7 short weeks ago