Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Guest Author: Liz Young - One Year Later

I'm so excited to share today's guest author with you!  Some of you might have remembered my posts from a year ago about Liz Young, this is the continuation of her story, her healing and the miraculous work the Lord has done in her life in one short year.  It is an honor to call her friend, I'm so excited for you to read her words below.  Let us marvel at the Lord's love and faithfulness!!!

One Year Ago Today!

I can’t believe it’s been a year since the day that changed my life and the lives of everyone in my family forever. I’ve been writing throughout the week to see if something would naturally come together for Victoria to share (THANK YOU for asking, VC! Love you!) but it wasn’t until this morning that the Lord revealed to me what to share with you all. I got a card in the mail yesterday from my mom & saved it to open first thing this morning. It’s Rifle Paper (my fav. Ladies, you know what I’m talking about) & it says “You Make Everything Beautiful.” I instantly started crying. Yes, Lord, You do. You really, really, always do.

Liz today with our friend Danielle

There is so much I want to share, so much to tell. I will one day. I know it. But today, I’m hoping you all with rejoice with me in celebration that the Lord is incredibly good. He is faithful. He is a God of His word whose promises never, ever fail. When I think back over the year, the one story that keeps popping up makes me both laugh & cry at just how magnificent He is. My entire life, for as long as I can remember, I’ve always thought, “28 is going to be a great year.” 

In my humanness & bird’s eye perspective, as I got closer to that age I thought big, but big in the natural world. I thought maybe 28 would be the year I made a breakthrough in LA, maybe that’d be the year I’d start making headway in film, or maybe that’d be the year I’ll meet Mr. Man, maybe get married, or maybe I’d meet the perfect songwriter & start the duo of my dreams. All of these things were how I ‘thought big’ for 28. My birthday is November 20 (if you get anything from this blurb, please let it be this. I will be accepting presents, cards, flowers, donations, puppies…;)), which was just short of a month after my surgery last year. 

For my 28th, I was living at my mom’s house, my arms were still really bruised from so many needles, I had no hair on the top right half of my head, no hair on the back bottom left of my head, full moon face from the intense amount of steroids I was taking, a 4 inch scar on top of my head that was really scabbed over, a beautiful 14 inch scar on the back of my head (seriously, it’s incredibly beautiful to me), and surrounded by a family I can’t even begin to describe my love for. I remember blowing out the candles on my birthday cake & fighting back pools of tears as it occurred to me: 28 is going to be a great year, indeed. Never in a million, trillion years would I have ever, ever been able to guess this is how I would bring in 28, but I would want it absolutely no other way. None. At. All. 

As another birthday is approaching, I am in tears in AWE of the Lord. He wanted to give me so, so, sooo, SO much MORE than anything I could possibly have dreamed up in the natural. He gave me new life. He miraculously healed me. He pushed the ‘Reset’ button & set me FREE. How in the world can it get better than that??????!!!! I have never, ever, EVER had a better year. It was absolutely nothing in the world I could have ever planned for or imagined, but it was His & all for His glory. And it was perfect. It IS perfect. I tell Him nearly every day should He have chosen differently for me, should all of our prayers have been answered in a way not in our favor & should He have allowed my healing to look differently, that doesn’t change His faithfulness, His love for me, His goodness, His all-knowing, His perfectness. I would still choose to say yes & amen.  He Makes Everything Beautiful.

You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us

One thing I ask from the Lord,
   this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
 all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
   and to seek him in his temple.
 -     Psalm 27:4

-Liz Young

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Liz Update - Four Days After Surgery

Hi Everyone,

I wanted stop in and write a quick update on Liz's progress.  To say that Liz's progress after her surgery on Tuesday is anything other than remarkable would be an understatement! She is doing amazingly well!  She has been moved into a private room and has begin her first little bit of physical therapy, which consist of head movement exercises and holding her arms out.  She is able to eat solid foods and has had all of her drains removed from the surgery.  She's gone from trying to walk in a walker with someone holding her from behind and on both sides for support to walking with only one person by her side for support in a 24 hour time period!!  She continues to amaze her surgeons and physical therapist by her rapid recovery!  She will remain in Houston for six more days before heading back to Nashville to continue physical therapy, if you would like to send cards or flowers please send them quickly as their time in Houston is drawing to a close.  

They may be sent to:

Candlewood Suites
Houston Medical Center
Attn:  Marsha Meadows
10025 South Main Street
Houston, Texas   77025

Thank you for your continued prayers for Liz and her family, they are overwhelming thankful!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Liz's Update - Eleven Hour Surgery

Hi Everyone!

After a very LONG and stressful day I'm happy to say that Liz's surgery was a SUCCESS!  I've spoken to her family and they are overjoyed with today's outcome, it was one that only the Lord could provide!  

They were able to remove 99.9% of Liz's tumor and she has absolutely no nerve damage!!  Praise the Lord!! Her family was able to see her right after, and said that she even looks better than she did before the surgery.  Her facial swelling has gone down and she has absolutely zero swelling of the head.  She is alert and talking and smiling and wanted to thank everyone for their love and prayers.  The doctors are calling this MIRACULOUS and that she is PERFECT, they are OVERWHELMED with the outcome!  Thank you JESUS!!!

Her family wanted me to say a HUGE THANK YOU to each of you for the countless prayers, texts, emails and messages they have received these last few days.  They have meant more to them than you can possibly know and they are thrilled to share todays glorious news with you!

Praise the Wonderful Lord!!!!

   Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for his name alone is exalted;
his majesty is above earth and heaven.  Psalm 148:13