Despite Our Best Efforts

Dear Family and Friends,

What does “by faith,” “standing in grace,” “hoping in the glory of God,” look like when the downpour of loss and grief and life’s “hard” pelts, relentless?

Jacqui and I were drenched in metaphorical truth this morning.

Why blog after 16 months of nothing?  Because we all get pelted – despite our best efforts.

Forever grateful,


P.S. Quick Update

  • I’m learning what it looks like to rejoice when facing all kinds of grief. Breast Cancer #2 launched three years of life’s “hard.” Currently grieving the loss of my Mom. (July 18, 1940 – May 19, 2018 – two years after we lost Dad)IMG_4992
  • Good News! All six-month mammograms have been clear!
  • Daily Tamoxifen (meds to keep cells from feeding on estrogen) seems to be working – no metastases – but the sleep disturbances and memory issue side-effects have been life-altering.

Satisfy us in the morning with Your unfailing love so that we may rejoice and be glad all our days! Psalm 90:14

When It’s NOT Cancer – but Toxic Nonetheless: Living “By Faith”


Feeling “Dearly Loved!” I passionately declared “But God is BIGGER!” in the Stories of Lasting Change video Harvest produced last spring. Four minutes worth seeing! Inspiring (and you’ll want a “But God” tattoo!) May my life show this truth – more and more! 

Dear Family and Friends,

When a cancer survivor experiences stomach pain daily for nearly a month, her oncologist orders a CT to “make sure we didn’t miss anything.”

But if that cancer survivor has recently watched the entire Sherlock series for the first time, she might dig for a less obvious (and more benign!) explanation for her pain.

Tim is calling me “Sherlock,” and I like it! (You may recall: Sherlock is actually a girl’s name.)

After some investigation and experimentation, I have been pain free for a week. And I think I’ve discovered the source.

Super gross BUT not cancer! (Remember the hickeys and spider bites after breastcancer#1?)

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Bittersweet.Bald.But God! Celebrating One Year Cancer-Free!

Dear Family and Friends,

I want to be the “one leper” who turns back to thank Jesus (and I want to bring you with me!) Join me? (P.S. In case you missed my Happy Dance on Facebook, doc called Wednesday, “Your MRI doesn’t show any brain abnormalities. Happy Thanksgiving!”)

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Declaring His Faithfulness: No Power, a Few Candles, and a Little Kumbaya

Dear Family and Friends,

Last week I started my 8th year teaching at The Greenhouse. Two full days. 3 courses. 9 classes. 5th – 12th grades.

“Mrs. Michel – it’s like you’re back to the way you were at the beginning of last year!” “Your hair is great – but you rocked those hats!” “You can stand while you teach.”

I’m getting stronger.

Kumbaya. The song was originally a simple appeal to God to come and help those in need. ~Stephen Winick

Each year I host a Parent Orientation for families new to my Writer’s Workshop. Tomorrow night will be my 8th Orientation.

Most Parent Orientations are fairly pleasant, uneventful gatherings.

But not last year: We spent several terrifying minutes crouched in the hallway, heads covered, praying, while the tornado siren blared.

And not my 2nd year at The Greenhouse. That Parent Orientation was life changing.

If you ever feel insecure, less-than, or struggle with over-functioning (to keep from looking like a complete idiot!), then this video will encourage you!

Not by might, not by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD. Zechariah 4:6

Thanking God for you!

Love, Becky (His.Princess.Warrior.)

He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many. (2 Corinthians 1:10-11)