Don’t give up, when the odds seem insurmountable, but push through to see your marriage thrive.

Back in the summer of 2008, we had a lot going on.  Construction was almost complete on our new house and we had just sold our house of 19 years.  Completion on our new house was still a couple of months away, so we decided we would live in Sandra’s dad’s camper until the house was complete.  We figured two months in a camper wouldn’t be so bad and it would be easier to check out the progress on our new home.

Well it was during this time that Sandra was diagnosed with colon cancer.  Sandra and I were devastated.  We were not attending church regularly and our prayer lives were almost non-existent at that time.  But it is funny how a life altering event can change your perspective.  Needless to say our prayer lives dramatically increased.  I prayed to God as hard as I could.  “Please just let Sandra live,” through this I asked Him.  We prayed for the right doctors and for God to guide them.

By God’s grace, we had a fantastic surgeon and the cancer was caught very early.  It was truly a miracle.  She has now been cancer free for over eight years.  They say that building a house, which seemed trivial at that point, can be hard on a marriage and cancer much more so.

Through our love, not feelings, and God’s awsome grace, we survived this challenging time.  In fact we will be celebrating our 30th anniversary this month.

Steve and Sandra


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