2 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

I have written before about the "Our Journey of Hope" seminar I attended over a year ago. It was led by the head of the Pastoral Staff at CTCA. On the Our Journey of Hope website, he has different sermons that you can listen to on your computer. I wanted to share part of one that really meant something to me. I have talked over and over about how it feels like I've been weathering a storm for a long time. In this portion of the sermon, he talked about how God has made us and we can compare what we are made of to stones. A stone does not change its shape and cannot easily be moved. Most statues that we see are made of stone, and that was chosen for a purpose. We can visit a park or a memorial, and we can marvel at how magnificent the statues are. You can come when it's sunny, and you can come when it's pouring down rain and that statue has not changed its shape, nor does it crumble away when soaked. The word statue in Greek means "character". This was really interesting to me. If we are in Christ, we should not let anything move us. We should stand firm.

As I thought more about the statue reference, I agreed how strong and unmovable they are. However, if you build a statue on the water's surface, it would sink. The same may happen if built on sand. It may seem strong in itself, but given tough circumstances, it could be destroyed. A statue is really only as steady as the foundation that it is built on. By building ourselves on God's word, people can see how beautiful we in Him when it's sunny, but yet marvel how strong we are during the storms. This is our character as children of God.

I have my next set of scans on Monday and Tuesday. Mike and I are flying out together and we will be there from Sunday till Wednesday. I have a MUGA scan, which is for my heart, on Monday morning and then we are free the rest of the afternoon to spend time together. I have an EKG, a bone scan, and a full CT scan on Tuesday. I see my doctor on Wednesday to get the results and then we will be flying home Wednesday night. I will make sure to post any news when I get home Wednesday, although it may be late. I had some other blood work done last time I was at CTCA, so once I know those results, we will have a plan from here. Please remember us in your prayers for safe travel and also for a good report.

I also wanted to share that Mike and I will be participating in a "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer"  walk on May 31 in Cleveland. It's a 3 mile walk and I am looking forward to it. A lot of the help I have been given has been possible because of the support of so many and I want to give something back. We joined the 95.5 the Fish team. If you think you would like to donate to this cause, and support us in this walk, please copy the following link and paste it in your browser. http://main.acsevents.org/goto/AmyRamba

Thank you so much for remembering me and also my family in your thoughts and prayers. Please know that you are also in mine.

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