Stay cool

The temperatures are still over 100 degrees in the Dallas/Ft Worth area of Texas. The news continues to tell us that we have had over 32 days over the 100 mark and will continue to add to that total. Hot is okay. Broiling is not. Of course this is okay if your oven happens to malfunction. Baking on the sidewalk is an option.

Wherever you are, stay cool. Drink lots of water. And think about the cooler temperatures that will come. And pray for rain!

“For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.” Isaiah 44:3

Have you had a mammogram lately?

Breast cancer and ovarian cancer run in our family and so my sister and I have been on alert and patrol for breast invasions for years.

If you haven’t scheduled your mammogram this year, now is the time. Do not delay. Yes, monthly self-exams are good but the mammogram catches spots that you simply can’t find yourself.

I usually schedule my mammogram during my birthday month but got sidetracked a few years ago so my schedule got out of whack. I think this year I’m going to get back on schedule by adjusting things. Its easier to remember that way.

We received the hard news this week that my sister has breast cancer. Yes, she had regular mammograms. And yes, self-exams too. The mammogram picked up a spot that couldn’t be felt either by her doctor or her own fingers. We are grateful for those wonderful imaging machines that squish and squeeze the “girls” into pancakes.

And out of the distress, heartache and pain of receiving such frightening news, we will rejoice in God for the technology marvels of the mammogram.

And I ask for you to add “Kathy’s sister” to your prayer list as surgery is scheduled and treatments are explored.

“I am in pain and distress;
may your salvation, O God, protect me.

I will praise God’s name in song
and glorify him with thanksgiving.” Psalm 69:29-30