Thank God For The Bulge

Yep, you heard that correctly.  I have a bulge on my lower left abdomen . . . I am officially lopsided. 
 
I noticed this several months ago and went to the doctor about it.  To make a long story short: after many tests, ultrasounds, CT Scan, MRI, etc. . . . they still don’t know what the bulge is . . .

but . . .

. . . they did find a small tumor in my pancreas . . . 

I will be having surgery in December to remove 30-40% of my pancreas and all of my spleen.  The tumor is not considered cancer yet – but they are convinced it will be.  I’m not looking forward to surgery but, here is what the doctor said to me:

“You are a lucky man.  Most guys like you

I see 5 to 7 years after this stage . . .

and by then it’s too late.”

After I went back to my primary care doctor she said:

Thank God for the bulge.” 

So, I guess I would rather have surgery than the alternative . . .
 

Here is the verse that’s been going through my mind lately:   “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Rom 8:28   This is the verse my dad preached on the Sunday before he cut three fingers off on a radial arm saw:

  • As my grandma drove him to the hospital, my dad watched the growing pool of blood on the floor.  He kept repeating:  “all things work together for the good of those who love God . . .”

This is the verse my sister heard after their car was totaled on the freeway. 

  • She had prayed that morning that God would protect her family.  My brother in law has stopped to help on older lady who ran out of gas and my sister just happened to see them.  She got off the next exit and came back around and parked behind them while my brother-in-law was filling the gas.  Another car (with drunk driver inside) came from behind and rear ended them.  If she hadn’t been there, the drunk driver would have killed my brother-in-law.  My sister heard from the Lord:  “all things work together for the good of those who love God . . .”
This is the verse for countless Believers who have undergone terrible heartache 
  • all things work together for the good of those who love God . . .”

This is the verse that many other Believers have quoted at injustice, pain, broken dreams, and the loss of a loved one: 

  • all things work together for the good of those who love God . . .”

How about you? 

Has God brought you through a difficult season that you couldn’t really wrap your head around or know the reason for? 

Come on now . . . let’s say it:

all things work together for the good

 of those who love God

Teri and certainly love you all and count it an honor to serve you at Westside Church and the churches beyond our region.  We praise God for our families and friends everywhere who love God and live to honor Jesus. We are so grateful . . .   Love you guys, Steve  🙂

 

P.S.

  • People have asked how they can pray for me . . . thank-you.
  • I go in for a procedure the day before surgery on December 12th in San Francisco to “mark” the tumor. 
  • You can pray with us that it will be gone. 
  • If it’s still there, we’ll go ahead with the surgery. 
  • all things work together for the good of those who love God”

18 Responses to “Thank God For The Bulge”

  1. Rachel Nelson says:

    Steve,

    We are praying and believing that your doctors will be baffled with the resault of your tumor being gone. We are also praying that you keep your eyes on the Lord at this time. We Love You & Teri so much. Please let us know if you guys need anything st all. ❤️ Rachel

  2. Colleen Coombs says:

    Steve, I am so thankful for the bulge! Praying this tumor evaporates before surgery! Will continue to pray for the family and you, that His peace will stand guard over your hearts and minds.

  3. Laura Tawney says:

    I will be praying for you and all who are involved with your care. God loves you and knows how much you love Him.

  4. Norma Pettit says:

    Randy and I have been praying daily as you requested that the spot on your pancreas will be gone when they send the scope down. “All things work together…” is probably my favorite verse in the Bible, and I believe in it wholeheartedly.

  5. Tkay says:

    You are in our hearts and in our prayers Buddy!

  6. Holly Paplow says:

    Praying for and with you that when you go for the procedure the tumor will be gone! I very thankful God warned you and you went to the doctor.

  7. Chris Swarbrick says:

    praying for healing and wholeness! word up!

  8. ChuckTheuring says:

    Thanks for your inspiring words Steve! Constant prayers coming your way.

  9. Dawn Schamp says:

    Yes I agree with healing and wholeness and that God would be glorified in your midst.
    “He has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind” 2 Timothy 1:7.
    Praying for His peace to reign.

  10. Hilary anderson says:

    Beautifully written Steve! To gain the perspective that God is in control, even when the trial before us seems insurmountable, is something the world is aching for. You are in our prayers!

  11. Korinne Thomsen says:

    Praying for the miraculous❣️ Praying for doctors, surgeons and medical staff that will have wisdom beyond their experiences and knowledge beyond their education!! Praying you will be cared for by medical personnel that are called of God to their profession and filled with His Holy Spirit and God’s love.“‘‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His word…We love love love you and Teri❣️Korinne

    • Kelli Theuring says:

      We are gathering with others to pray circles around you. Thank you for sharing this blog! I wasn’t going to read it because I’d already heard you talk about this at church, but I’m so glad I did! We are grieving the loss of our 5th grandchild,(born stillborn) we don’t understand why, but we stand on this verse! Praying fo words to comfort our kids who are going through this.

  12. Peter and Judy Lampman says:

    Hello Steve and Teri.
    We are agreeing in prayer for the total disappearance of the tumor in the mighty name of Jesus. Our hearts overflow with His love for both of you as you walk through this “bulge’ in the road.

  13. Danny & Kim Freeman says:

    We are praying the tumor will be gone. For wisdom and skilled hands (if need be). For peace for you and your family. We are grateful for your and Teri’s love and friendship. We love you two ❤

  14. Sue Rickard says:

    God turned my husbands prostate cancer from “aggressive” to non-aggressive without any kind of treatment. I am praying He will again glorify Himself through this trial. Yes, all things DO work for good.

  15. Denise Fuller says:

    Praying and believing with you that in all things, and at all times and in every place, God is doing a miracle for you. Love you!

  16. Ian & Jessica Hadley says:

    Yes, “all things work together for the good of those who love God….” How great we have been and continually being made aware of this truth, along with witnessing the characteristics of our Father in His faithfulness, His consistency, His patience, His trustworthiness, His love, in our time of infertility and with the loss of our little one. He is the peace that surpasses all understanding…. We pray that you may know and feel these things in this season; standing firmly in His peace. We pray that you will be surrounded by wise and skillful doctors and surgeons for when God’s glory pours down with the discovery of the sudden disappearance of the tumor and bulge!
    May your much deserved vacation grant you the 4R’s: Restful, Relaxing, Rejuvenating, and Restorative. We love you! We are blessed by you and with you! We look forward to your return!

  17. Kevin McCutcheon says:

    Praises! My faith is encouraged. I pray even now that you will be strengthened in faith, and that that little tumor would be gone!

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