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Sunday, December 2, 2012

"Immanuel-God With Us"

So thankful that we have a God that is always with us.  Life changes around us daily and with that can come fear and uneasiness.  The evil of the world is getting worse, the uncertainties of our tomorrow seems to be growing dimmer and life in general is passing by so quickly.  I remember being a little girl and thinking it took forever for Christmas to get here.  Now days, I feel it comes so quickly, that we celebrate it every 3 months.  The commercialism of this time of the year makes me wonder how Jesus really feels about the way we celebrate His birth.  Do we really stop and give any account of what it took for Him to be born of a virgin and that He lived a perfect sinless life but allowed Himself to be crucified on a cross for our lives?  Why do we put so much time, money and effort into giving to others that we forget or pass over the greatest gift ever given to us?

Ever since my diagnosis of "cancer", God has brought so many into my life that have a family member or friend that are struggling with the disease.  I'm sure it's been all around me, but now my eyes have been open to it so much more.  The sadness that families and friends face when a loved one is diagnosed with cancer can be so paralyzing.  I'm not sure what my tomorrow holds, but I do know Who holds my tomorrow and I am so thankful for His promises.  He said He would never leave me or forsake me.  He works ALL things out for good!!

I have been blessed beyond my wildest thoughts or dreams knowing people pray for me.   When I was first diagnosed with cancer, I had some amazing friends have bracelets made for me for others to wear to remind them to pray for me.  Even though that was 10 months ago, I still see people wearing my bracelets, and the hope that brings to my soul and spirit is unexplainable.  How many times have I prayed for others but 10 months later, am I still praying for them?  My brother called me today and said many people asked him after church how I was doing.  People I don't even know continue to care and pray for me.  God has shown me so much grace! 

It's been a little over 2 1/2 months since I have had any treatment and have basically been almost free from blood work and doctors.  I never want to take for granted each day I am blessed to wake up and enjoy life.  My hair continues to grow and Tony calls me "S&P" for salt and pepper hair.  I'm really to a point I could stop wearing hats and put a little gel in my hair and be good with it.  I do know that any second of any day my life could change, whether with myself or with my family.  That is why I have a peace that God is always with me and He never changes.  He's the same yesterday, today and tomorrow and I will continue to put my hope and trust in Him. 

"Today is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it."


  1. Okay, you don't know me from Adam, but I felt compelled to comment on your post.

    I'm Leanne from Washington State, and I've been reading your blog for a few months. My husband and I have 8 children, 1 son and 7 daughters, and yes, they are ALL ours and it isn't a blended family! We often get asked that question!

    I felt compelled to comment on your post because, with strength and courage from the Lord, you have faced your cancer diagnosis and your subsequent treatment and recovery with grace and dignity and it has been a very sweet and strengthening testimony to me.

    This post, this particular thought pattern, is very important to me. You see, on Monday November 26th I suffered a second-trimester miscarriage that almost took my life. This was my 4th miscarriage and the second one that was very dangerous for me. To hear affirmed that we have a God Who is closer than our breath is very important to me right now!

    I need that affirmed. I gain strength from hearing that. I firmly believe it. He has shown Himself faithful and strong for me and my family.

    Thank you so much for your testimony.

    I feel that my words are so inadequate! I don't usually comment on people's blogs whom I do not know.....but your testimony has strengthened me and caused my tiny little poppy seed of faith to begin to blossom again.

    Thank you for allowing His faithfulness and His love to shine in you.

    God bless you!

  2. You are so brave and so inspirational. I wish that I could feel so strong through my own battles. But, your encouraging makes me want to be a better person for Our God.