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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Why are these women smiling? They have HOPE. Breast cancer is still the second leading cause of cancer death in women. Only lung cancer kills more women each year.  What you need to know and how can you help?

Statistics show that most probably we all know someone (if not yourself) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. I fought breast cancer one difficult year. The endless tests, surgeries and depleted energy were all part of my healing journey. Today, I can count myself as a survivor!

Healing takes time, but you are not alone. God has great compassion towards you!  Here are some Scriptures you can trust in:

Love – Choose love over fear. And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. ~ 1 John 4:16

Believe – Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” ~ Mark 9:23

Hope – Look forward. I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, And in His word I do hope. ~ Psalm 130:5

Faith – Let your faith be bigger than your circumstances. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. ~ Hebrews 11:1

Cure – The Lord is with you – be dependent on him today. Behold, I will bring it health and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth. ~ Jeremiah 33:6

Strength – Meditate on His promises. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength ~ Psalm 39:7

Courage – Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you. ~ Deuteronomy 31:6

Cherish – The Lord considers you a treasureFor no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. ~ Ephesians 5:29

Peace – Rest in Him. The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace. ~ Psalm 29:11

Psalm 91:1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.   

All Scriptures are taken from NJKV.

Thank you, Lord, for watching over me with your perfect love. You give me the strength to fight against disease and the faith to hope in your goodness. 

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Can Any Good Thing Come From Pain?

Most of us will experience pain in our life time. Others, like me, will live with chronic pain. The way I see it, we have two choices – 1) Crawl into bed, pull the covers over your head and stay there until your pity party is over. 2) Decide to live in God’s grace and be an overcomer despite the pain. Afterall, God has great plans for you! – Romans 8:28

“God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”         – CS Lewis, The Problem of Pain

Is there value in walking through painful circumstances?                         I have learned the answer is YES! Here are a few reasons why:

  • We can learn to trust God – Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
  • We can learn to obey God – Before I was afflicted I went astray, But now I keep Your word. Psalm 119:67
  • We can learn more about who God is – God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
  • We can become more mature in our faith – But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 1:4
  • We can be a blessing to others – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2 Corinthians 3-4

Pain is real, but so is Hope.

And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. Rev 21:4
All Scriptures are from NJKV.
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Thank you, Lord, you are a present help in our afflictions.

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Piecing Together the Puzzle of Life

This past Christmas I received a jigsaw puzzle as a gift. It was not just another scene to connect, but 1,000 pieces of vintage jewelry overlapping one another. I was excited to get started. As a child, I had completed lots of puzzles, but it had been many years since I started a new one. As I connected the border pieces, I soon discovered the enormity of this puzzle. I started to question if I could finish it. At times I became overwhelmed. If fifteen minutes ticked by and I had not put one piece in place, I lost patience.

Sometimes our lives feel fragmented like disconnected puzzle pieces strewn across the table. Your obedience to God’s word forms the platform for the healing to begin. Forgiving someone who has hurt you nudges a key puzzle piece in place. Letting go of the past brings clarity to the process.

A timely piece properly placed by the Lord in the puzzle of your life acts like a foundation for the next piece. Trusting the Lord in a difficult situation slides another one into position as a beautiful picture of a restored heart takes shape.

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As the last piece completes the puzzle, a sense of peace rests upon your soul. Allow the Lord this day to take the pieces of your broken heart for He knows where each piece belongs to bring wholeness again.

Our purpose is to patiently trust the Lord to put each piece in its proper place. The end result is one that is dependent on Him.

He has made everything beautiful in its time. (Ecclesiastes 3:11a)

 

 

 

 

Thank you, Lord, for your plan and purpose in our lives. Help us to wait on your perfect timing.

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Unfixable in This Life

I can still hear the unwelcome words of my orthopedist, “Shattered beyond repair,” “But you’re a doctor – isn’t it your job to fix these broken bones?” I protested. “Surgery can fuse your bones together, but you will have to adapt to the way you walk.” At the time, I could not have imagined the ramification of what that would mean.

The year was 1978 when I first learned the truth – not all things will be fixable in this life. Some are physical, some emotional and others spiritual. But, here’s another truth; He is reaching out His hand to show us the way to victory.

Maybe we need to adapt our expectations and lean on God’s grace to help us through the unfixables in this life. We need to trust Him. We need to know He loves us no matter what happens in our lives.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.                                                                            Philippians 4:13

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.                                                              Romans 8:28

If God is for us, who can be against us?  Romans 8:31b

Orthopedic issues and challenges will most likely follow me the rest of my days on earth, but not for eternity. Heaven is my real home, my forever home. Jesus is waiting there for me. There will be no walkers or canes, and I will be able to walk, run, and dance in His presence. At last, what a glorious existence it will be!

Make me hear joy and gladness, That the bones You have broken may rejoice. Psalm 51:8  

Steady perseverance brings healing and establishes my purpose in Jesus’ plan for my life. Despite difficulties and disappointments, I know I will not lose heart as long as I fix my eyes on Jesus.

Hebrews 12:1-2 is a favorite Scripture of mine. Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.

We live with brokenness and blessings, challenges and victories, sorrow and joy. They are all intertwined together. Allow the Lord to remove the strands of brokenness and sorrow from your life, and the blessings and joy will remain.

 

Thank you, Lord, that our afflictions are light and only for a time from the perspective of eternity.  

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Live According to God’s Purpose

Does change make you uncomfortable? Change is going to happen – we can depend on it. How will you respond? Fear of the unknown is often an anxiety riddled response. Whether you experience loneliness and pain or joy and comfort, we serve a God who never changes. (Hebrews 13:8) Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. In times of change, remember that our God is faithful.

In times of transition, when circumstances are changing, we can trust a sovereign and loving God to order all the events in our lives according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28) And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Every chapter of our life has its proper time ordained by God. We see this clearly in the book of Ecclesiastes. Each verse is matched with an opposite characteristic. We must accept God’s timetable or be broken by it. Through all the transitions and all the routine events of our lives, choose to Rest in Him.

(Ecclesiastes 3:1-8) To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:

A time to be born, And a time to die;

A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted;

A time to kill, And a time to heal;
A time to break down, And a time to build up;
A time to weep, And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, And a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to gain, And a time to lose;
A time to keep, And a time to throw away;
A time to tear, And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, And a time to speak;
A time to love, And a time to hate;
A time of war, And a time of peace.

               *All Scriptures are taken from NKJV

Thank you, Lord, that you are the same every day. You have a plan for our lives. Help us to live according to your purpose. 

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Memories are Contained in the Storehouse of Your Heart

Do you ever wonder what Mary treasured in her heart – was it the memory of when the angels spoke to her, or the sweet memories of holding baby Jesus for the first time, or the sight of Jesus sleeping peacefully?

Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:19

… His Mother treasured all these things in her heart. Luke 2:51

God calls us to remember and to teach our children to put their confidence in God by remembering and sharing the good works of God. (Psalm 78:5-7).

God brought Moses and the children of Israel out of Egypt and then because of sin, they had to wander in the desert for 40 years. When God finally lead them into the Promised Land, He told each tribe to bring a stone from the Jordan and to build a stone tower. The Lord knew that their children would ask, “What do these stones mean?” They were to respond by sharing God’s faithfulness to bring them to the Promised Land. This monument served as a reminder to them and their future generations of what God has done. (Joshua 3 & 4).

We all have memories we treasure in our heart. There are times when God brings precious memories to mind. I am most grateful for these. When I question His plan or put my trust in worldly things, I often need to return to these treasures of my heart to remember God’s faithfulness to my family and me. God has given us the gift of our memories so we can return to those valuable thoughts when our lives begin to overwhelm us.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 6:19

Perhaps Mary remembered her treasured thoughts when Jesus was not welcome in his own hometown or even as he was being persecuted. Remembering her treasured thoughts provided her with the assurance that God was the same God who trusted her with the gift of being Jesus’ mother and that He could be trusted in all things.  (All Scripture verses are from the NIV). 

Thank you, Lord, for the treasured memories of your faithfulness.

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Where Have All the Mentors Gone?

women-mentoringWhen I was a young Christian and wondering what a new life in Christ would look like, a friend I had just met, volunteered to disciple me.

Each Friday night, a big bowl of popcorn sat between us as we opened our Bibles. I looked forward to our times together. I hungered for the truth and asked Diane, “What does God think about this, and what about that?”  She always went directly to the Bible to show me the answer from God’s Word.

It was between the pages of the Bible that she pointed out some of the women that God loved unconditionally. Women like Mary Magdalene, possessed by seven demons, but now delivered, healed and a follower of Jesus. Rahab, the harlot, who became a heroine of faith. They were two women transformed by God and later used in a mighty way. She shared the hope that God would transform me too as I followed Him.

Thirty-seven years later, she is still my best friend and mentor. She is a role model of how a Christian woman lives her life with all its trials and triumphs. Diane continues to have a great impact on my life, and she is surely one of my great blessings from God. Today our relationship is based on mutual caring and sharing.

Mentoring and discipleship are closely related. Discipleship is spiritual in nature. Mentoring is advising someone or teaching them a certain set of skills. Both are built on relationship building and a commitment to one another.

In the book of Ruth, we read about a beautiful relationship between two women. Ruth lifted Naomi’s spirits; Naomi guided Ruth. Each one was offering the other, the assurance of hope.

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Therefore comfort each other and edify one another,                         just as you also are doing.  (1Thessalonians 5:11 NKJV)

I have mentored girls coming out of sex trafficking and young girls needing someone to talk through situations of life. The need for mentoring is all around us. Will you seek the Lord to show you someone who needs mentoring or discipleship? It will be a most rewarding experience as you share His love with someone in need.  And who knows, you may just make a friend for life!

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Living in a Prison of Hope

"Let Your Hopes, Not Your Hurt, Shape Your Future" Robert H Schuller

“Let Your Hopes, Not Your Hurt, Shape Your Future” Robert H Schuller

I am secure when I lock myself in my prison of hope. Maybe you’re thinking that being a prisoner represents captivity and loss of freedom. In God, we are bound in believing the best is yet to come; victory is on its way. Allow yourself to be captured by and be filled with hope.

Return to the stronghold, You prisoners of hope. Even today I declare that I will  restore double to you. ~  Zechariah 9:12  

 

Biblical hope is a solid foundation. Hope is a confident and eager expectation of something good. God promises He will restore double what we have lost or had stolen from us. Are you ready to receive a double blessing?

As for me, I accept that I am a Prisoner of Hope – someone who God brought from a wounded victim in a biker gang war to an encounter with the hope and healing of God’s love.

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering,         for He who promised is faithful. ~ Hebrews 10:23

We know we will encounter life’s trials and tests.  But be assured, there is hope in the valley, there is deliverance at the end of the trial, there is joy in the journey. Whatever you may be facing today, open your heart to the one who is our hope. Rest in Him and His promise of eternal life. Nothing can separate you from His love for you!

When you do not see the answer to your prayers, your hope can become deferred. But, wait – hope deferred does not mean hope denied. f3252933eb4536a8fb5f574f35141d6f

So how do we guard our hearts against a hope deferred?

Our hope must be based on the unfailing, amazing love of God for us.                    1 John 4:19

Keep your eyes on Jesus and not on your circumstances.                             ~ Hebrews 12:2

God’s timing, is not your timing.                                                                                               ~2 Corinthians 6:2

God will work all things together for your good.                                               ~Romans 8:28

Know that we live in a sinful world and our plans may not come together in the way we envisioned them.                                                                                           ~Proverbs 16:9

In the meantime, renew your faith in the Lord. He is our Hope!

 

Thank you, Lord, for the hope, we have in you. May we live as a prisoner of hope. We know you are faithful to your promises.

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Once You Choose Hope Anything is Possible

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Looking at the statistics above, it seems likely that we all know someone (if not yourself) that has been diagnosed with breast cancer.  Myself, I can testify to the difficult year I fought breast cancer. The endless tests, surgeries, and depleted energy were all a part of my journey of restoration. Today I can declare I am a survivor!

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Here are some attributes that you will want to hold close to your heart while you are going through your healing.

Love – Choose love over fear.  Love never fails. 1 John 4:16; We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

Faith – Let your faith be bigger than your circumstances. Have faith in the goodness of God to provide hope for the future. Hebrews 12:2; Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author, and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Strength – While you are healing from the physical scars or the emotional scars that breast cancer brings, meditate on His promises. He is faithful. Isaiah 40:29;  “He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength”

Hope – Hope looks forward. You will be able to break free from any fear and despair and receive healing and restoration. Psalm 39:7; “But now Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.”

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Hold On Pain Ends – Whatever you are struggling with today, I encourage you to open your heart to the one who is our hope. The Lord is with you  –  be dependent on Him today. Rest in Him and His promise of eternal life. Nothing can separate you from His love for you. Once You Choose Hope Anything is Possible!

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Cultivate Compassion – God has great compassion towards you. Now put your compassion into action. There are many practical ways to help a woman that is suffering. You can lighten her load by preparing a meal, helping with the kids, running errands, and completing household chores. Your encouraging words and prayers will bring hope to the hurting.

Pray-ButtonThank you, Lord, for your love and compassion towards me. Show me those who need my help and compassion.

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Do You Feel the Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side of the Fence?

sheep-680217_640How do you look at other people’s lives? The above cliche characterizes a state of discontentment. So many people wait for the day when they will have a bigger house or a newer car, when they have lost weight, when they are out of debt or have a promotion and so on… Then they think, ” I will be happy.”

But, do those things bring happiness? Longing for a change of circumstances may be warranted, but only if you find contentment in your present situation. Read God’s truth in 1 Timothy 6:6-7  Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.  

sheep-981881_640In our search for greener pastures, we may discover that looks can be deceiving. After what appears to be our breakthrough, we can find ourselves in more debt while chasing the shiny new must haves. Ask yourself now, “Was it worth it?” You find your new boss is very demanding and nothing like the old boss you left behind. Now you find yourself working longer hours just to have the corner office. Discontentment surrounds you and you long for the way things once were. But, it is too late now.

At times we all have jumped over the fence only to later regret a hasty alternative. It would be wise to seek the Lord before you make decisions. Hebrews 13:5  Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Now that is a picture of contentment! jumping sheep

 

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Thank you, Lord, for supplying all my needs. Give me a thankful and contented heart.

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