Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Mother of all MRI's

And you thought the 'big days' were over for the Lemons' crew?!  Today is a really big day that back tracks all the way to September of last year.  Those of you who have followed our story remember that we had a HUGE hiccup last year when Amy had a brain hemorrhage at school.  I can tell you, without any of the results from today's tests that God has been unbelievably good and gracious to us over the past few months.

But Amy is in for another, and we hope last, MRI today.  We go in to visit the our amazing neurosurgeon this afternoon to review the results and see what's next.  We'd appreciate the prayers as we wait to see what all has happened over the past 4 months since Amy's craniotomy.  We are praying for a 100% recovery and that Amy will be released to go back to work.  I'm not sure the last part is her prayer as she's enjoyed some much needed time at home with Joelle....BUT going back to work means she's back at 100% and that's what we've been praying for.

So as we wait today, we have so many friends and family waiting on medical news, pregnancies, adoptions, and so much more...I wanted to drop a verse on the blog to show you what helps calm the anxieties of this day for us:

John 16: 33
"I have told you these things so that you can have peace in me.  In this world you will have trouble,    but take heart, I have overcome the world."

I'm not sure there is a greater verse in all of Scripture than John 16:33.  If I were honest with you, this world gets the best of us a lot of days.  Our adoption drug out, and friends of ours have and are waiting even longer....the brain bleed, well, need I say more?  There's been death, disease, and painful times throughout our lives....so this world....well, it knocks you down sometimes and things don't always go as planned.  Can you relate?

But today, as we stand on what we hope is the other side of this cluster of tough times, we hope you'll trust us when we say, Jesus has truly overcome the world and all of it's troubles.  This week is the greatest reminder of all.  He resurrects the dead and brings dry bones to life.  He heals the sick and places the orphans in homes.  He comforts the widow and the families of lost loved ones.  He has overcome the world.

So what will the test results mean for us today?  Hopefully good news that this short life is getting back to whatever sense of normalcy we had.  But other than that....it doesn't mean much.  Because our hope is in Jesus and not our health or family.  Our hope is in what this Easter week means...that regardless of what may come our way in this life....Jesus has overcome.  He is better.  He is good.

I hope that will encourage you today.


  1. You know the one Bible verse I repeat myself whenever I'm down is Psalm 37:5, I love it... God bless you all. Thanks a lot for sharing everything with us!!!!!!

  2. God bless you for sharing your story, even the hard parts. We are praying today and every day for your family!

  3. Love how you mentioned that our hope is in Jesus! We often want God to answer our prayers in our way instead of His way. He works all things for our good, even when we don't see it or don't want to accept it. God is a merciful God who has redeemed us through His grace! To Him be the glory! Wishing you a beautiful Easter as we are reminded yet again of His victory over the grave.

  4. Amy: I have been keeping you in prayer today. I'm a big fan of Philippians 4... and I am simply praying that your feel God's love and the love of so many of us who follow your story. You are an inspiration in so many ways (by God's design)... and since I can't hug you for real, a cyber hug will have to do. (I hope it finds you at exactly the right time!)

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  5. Your family continues to inspire me! God bless and prayers are sent your way indeed. My mother in law is battling esophageal cancer and your story continues to remind me that God will continue to give us strength along this long road we have ahead.