I've Re-named You Barnabas

Thrilled is a mild word to tell you how I feel this morning!

For the last 13 days, it's been hard to focus, very often having to consciously direct my thoughts back to Christ and away from the fear always trying to creep into my heart.

So, SO many of you were upholding me in prayer and I cannot begin to thank you enough!  Every. single. day. I was receiving text messages, emails or facebook messages with words of encouragement...whether it was words from an uplifting song or verses from Scripture, it was always a blessing.

The Bible tells us of a man who was known for encouraging others, so much so that his friends began calling him "Barnabas."  Barnabas literally meant "encourager." At the time the believers in Jesus Christ were being persecuted and Barnabas was there for them, even befriending the newly saved Saul of Tarsus (the Apostle Paul) when everybody else doubted and was afraid. 

Obviously, my situation was much different, but you, dear friends, have been my "Barnabas."  You have encouraged my heart!  I was telling someone earlier this week what an incredible thing it is to be a part of the family of God.  People have "come out of the woodwork" so to speak to show their support, love and to talk to their Heavenly Father...about me.  It is extremely humbling to say the least.

Many of you have asked, "So...what was the mass that was found?"

Well, in short, it was something, but nothing.  A something-nothing. =)

It was not a cyst and didn't feel like one, which is why my doctor was concerned initially.  Also, it was not in a region that one would typically find a benign mass, which again led to the concern about what it could possibly be.  {At first I thought the oncologist said it was a cyst, but my husband corrected me after I told someone that...that's why it's good to have someone else with you at appointments like this.  It's much easier to listen when you're not the one being poked and prodded!  =) }

The ultrasound findings showed that it was just a mass of tissue and cells and that's it.  No fluid or anything.  The ultrasound pictures were nice and clear and showed absolutely no signs of cancer or anything else bad.

When she was finished with the ultrasound the doctor said, "Well, that was easy.  I like easy.  I love when I can tell someone 'You're fine!' and send them home."

Yep, me too!!

I am supposed to keep an eye on this area and if it grows, I will need to go back.  But we were told that it actually might just go away, and that many times they do.  

We were so relieved and excited!  Hubby took me on a celebratory trip to Hobby Lobby!  =)

After my appointment I was letting friends know how it went, and my sweet friend, who is also a pastor's wife, sent me a message and said exactly what I was thinking:
"I truly believe He uses these circumstances in our lives to draw us close to Him.  And that we will totally trust Him with the results so He may get the glory.  AND so you can be a blessing to someone else who may go through this."
So wise and true!  Nothing is ever without purpose, but is always for our good and God's glory.

Well, friends, the sun is coming up and I've got to end this post because life and motherhood are calling for my undivided attention...and I'm happy to give it!  What a blessing to begin the day knowing I'm healthy and well.

There is so much more I could say in this post, but again, may I just say "Thank You" for your kindness?  You all have been a true blessing!  Thank you for being my "Barnabas!"


  1. Praise God!! I'm so relieved. I can only imagine the emotional toll the past 2 weeks have been. No doubt you'll be tired from it all for a while. I hope you get some rest. God Bless!

  2. Praise the Lord!!!! SO happy for you and your family in this wonderful and happy end to a very stressful two weeks!!I can imagine your life flashed before your eyes and you had such a difficult time staying focused on every day life. Now we wait to see if God reveals to you for what reason you went through this. He is SO good, no matter how dark our valley! Blessings to your family and may you receive great joy out of the "daily grind" as you thank Him for each precious moment He gives!

  3. Laine I'm so glad to hear the good news This is the first time I have been able to check. Glad u posted. Three very hard situations have been on my heart and u have been one of them. Maybe being a mommy to littles made it closer to me. Only thing I could do was take it to God. And a very well deserved Hobby Lobby trip :).

  4. Praise the Lord!!!!! So happy for you and your family :)

  5. Praising the Lord with you!

    From the friend you've never met,
    Mary :)


  6. HOORAY! Thank You, Lord! I don't know you except through your blog, but I am so happy to share in your great news. Thanks for updating us! I have been praying for you, Laine, and I am thankful for the beautiful example you have been throughout it all. I had a similar experience several years ago and mine turned out to be nothing also--BUT I remember exactly how I felt with little ones, my husband in pastoral ministry and the desire to truly lean into the Lord and believe He knows...all the while being scared! LOVE the picture of your celebratory trip to Hobby Lobby! How fun! Enjoy your day! Makes even the little daily things seems wonderful doesn't it?? :) blessings, Liz in PA

  7. Praise the Lord! So happy to hear the good news!

  8. praise Jesus! so happy for you & your family!

  9. Praise the Lord! Nothing more needs to be said! Jer. 33:3

  10. I only came across your blog about a week ago - in researching sonlight! And I happened to read your post about the mass. I know I don't know you but God has brought you to my mind so often to pray and I did, just asking God for mercy and a good report! And i am so thankful and excited to read this today! Thank you Lord for Your hand at work!


  11. I found you just last week after looking through website after website for the homeschool journey we are about to begin. On Friday, something made me click all the way through your blog and I found your post about your scary find. I've been there, I've felt that way, I've waited...I immediately started to pray for you and your family. I thought about you all weekend and anxiously waited for you to post yesterday. Praise the Lord! He is so good! Saying a prayer of thanks today. He pointed me in your direction and I'll be stopping by more often.

  12. And we all breathe a big sigh of relief...

    So thankful that our Lord answers prayers! =)

  13. So glad to hear the results were good. We all need a prod now and again to get back on the right track with our Lord and Savior. Our Lord always answers prayers, but not always the way we want. Glad your answer was what you wanted. Love your blog.

  14. Praise God! I am so very happy to hear the good news! God is good.....all.the.time.

  15. Praising God with you for the wonderful news! Thank you, again, for showing us what it is really like to trust in God during the hard times.


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