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Monday, September 23, 2013

"I Need His Strength"

I go in tomorrow morning to start the first day of the clinical trial study.   I have to admit that these past few weeks my body has struggled with pain and not a lot of strength.  I think I've allowed my mind to be consumed with not feeling the greatest that I've had a hard time of staying focused on day to day living.  Tomorrow will begin a new chapter in my life and I'm ready for the cancer cells to die off and for my body to regain strength.  This week is one of our biggest weeks for our youth.  It is our DNOW (Disciple Now) Weekend.  Students have until tomorrow evening to get signed up and as of today we have a total of 323.  We take all the students and divide them up into Host Homes.  Families in our church allow students to spend Friday and Saturday night in their homes along with a college leader.  We have 3 large rallies at our church over the course of the weekend where we bring in a speaker and band.  Food is provided for the whole weekend to everyone that is involved.  I know God's grace and strength will see me through this week and my prayer is that I will be feeling good enough to go on a vacation with Tony this time next week. 

Below is something I read in my daily reading called "Jesus Today".  And as always, God's timing is always perfect!

"My unfailing Love is your "FUEL"-the best source of energy for you.  This glorious source of strength is limitless, so it is always abundantly available.  You tend to get quite focused on your health and energy.  There is a place for such concerns, but they can occupy more and more of your thoughts.  When you are preoccupied with the condition of your body, I slip from the center of your mind to the periphery.  At such times, you are unable to receive much help from Me.  The remedy is to repent quickly-turning away from obsessive thinking and turning wholeheartedly toward Me.  

The more you focus on Me, the more access you have to My unfailing Love.  This supernatural source of energy flows through you freely as you look to Me in trust.  Not only does this increase your energy level; it also provides a pathway for Me to love other people through you.  So let My limitless Love energize and empower you as you walk along your life-path close to Me."

I received several phone calls, texts and visits today and  many told me they would be praying for my strength for today and the rest of this week specifically.  I truly felt God's power pick me up today and He gave me energy to get my job accomplished for today.  We ended the evening with dinner out with all the family and for some reason, that always re-energizes my spirit. 

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


  1. what a comfort for Christians - that Christ is walking the path with them. We are not walking our life's path by ourselves - One who loves us with a perfect, unconditional love is right beside us!

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  3. Oh, special blessings to you this day! May the Lord give you all that you need and supply you with strength that only HE can give. I pray you will be able to participate at some level this weekend, but more importantly, I pray that you and Tony can go on your trip. Praying for you!

  4. Out prayers and love go with you today...you have truly lifted me today with your quote from "Jesus Daily" ...May God hold you in his loving arms..

  5. We don't know each other, but I have been following your blog and your journey. You are in my prayers and because of our Lord we are sisters in Christ.
    When my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, this is what I felt the Lord telling me...

    In this world we really don't have many actual giants that we are fighting against, but instead we have sickness, disease, broken relationships/families. We have cancer and broken hearts. They seem and are huge...really big giants that we don't know how to overcome or face. Satan uses them to throw out mocking taunts towards us, towards our spirit that make us doubt who God really is, how He can allow this to happen to us, to our family. He throws out taunts of slavery to fear, to the what if's, to the future. But, our GOD, who is greater than ANY giant uses a willing vessel to let HIS light shine to break the chains of slavery and fear in our own life and others. He once used a small boy which earthly armor didn't fit, but instead David was cladded in the armor of the Lord.

    Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
    Ephesians 6:10-18

    Don't give up, don't let the doctor's words be your hope or disappointment. I pray that you are filled today, that you are able to rest easy and are encouraged today.

    May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
    Romans 15:13
    Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
    Philippians 4:6-7
    We are claiming victory in the LORD!

  6. WOW ~ I prayed for you today while I walked around my building on my lunch hour. I just kept feeling like I needed to pray for you to have strength. Then I come home and read your blog ~ God is amazing and hears your prayer and needs. Blessings.

  7. Janet, You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers for a long time. I am so sorry that you are not feeling well, but what a blessing to be starting the clinical trial. Just want you to know that you and your family have prayers sent up daily from the Pacific Northwest!

  8. Janet. You do not know me. I was introduced to your beautiful blog via Kelly Stamps. But I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers as you commence this next step on your journey. God Bless you and your family. From our little family in Brisbane, Australia. xx

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