One Thousand Gifts

I am about 1/2 way through a book that I am enjoying, “One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are” .  The author initiates the exercise of naming blessings God brings to her each day.  God uses thankfulness in the midst of difficulty to transform her. Here is the author’s website if you are interested: http://www.aholyexperience.com/   I am listening to the lovely music on that site as I write this.  May God do the same radical heart surgery on me, using whatever tools He deems best including teaching me gratefulness in the midst of cancer and pain.
  
A friend emailed me these direct quotes from the book: 
when I realize that it is not God who is in my debt but I who am in His great debt, then doesn’t all become a gift?
-here dies another day during which I have had eyes, ears, hands and the great world around me; and with tomorrow begins another.  Why am I allowed two days?  Why lavished with 3? A whole string of grace days?
 

-the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord Job 1:21

-it’s just that the eyes are bad – my perspective.

-only because I was looking.  Because that list of one thousand gifts has me always looking for one more- to behold one more moment pregnant with wonder

-little nails and a steady hammer rebuild a life – eucharisteo precedes a miracle (and He took the bread and gave “thanks”… Luke 22:19. Eucharisteo. Root word charis meaning grace. Jesus took the bread and saw it as grace and gave thanks. He knew it to be a gift. Greek derivative chara meaning joy. Deep chara joy is only found at the table of the euCHARisteo – the table of thanksgiving.)

-Jesus enduring the cross for the joy set before Him

-His secret purpose framed from the very beginning is to bring us to our full glory 1Cor 2:7 NEB. He means to heal our soul holes to return us to our full glory before the fall.

– maybe it’s accepting there are things I don’t understand, but He does.

– God is in the details; God is in the moment.  God is in all that blurs by in life – even hurts in life. By naming the things we are thankful for we are recognizing God in that moment.  The moments will add up.

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I think I will start naming some of my “One Thousand PLUS gifts” in this thread Another friend shared yesterday that she keeps a notebook out for her whole family to jot down blessings,  Maybe our family will do that too–I like that idea!
 
Here goes the start of my list:
 
1. Thank you Lord for a RIGHT arm that does not have an  “invisible tourniquet/inflated BP cuff” sensation on it 🙂  OH, the joy and blessing of having one arm that does not constantly hurt!  Two painful arms would be much harder for me than one.  Thank you Father for BOTH my left and right arm.  Some people don’t have any arms.   The two are blessings and gifts from You to me.
2. Clean sheets on my bed
3. My husband’s loving arms to hold me close
4.  Fresh starts available to me from God 24/7/365
5. Beautiful sunsets and rises 
Have Thine Own Way, Lord!
God’s beloved bald-headed Paula
(Can you pray that God will give me grace for the chemo induced sores, (“Mucositis” is it’s official name)?  They are thankfully clearing up on my scalp right now.  They are most irritating and uncomfortable to me when they pop out in my mouth and enlarge blood vessels normally not seen, creep down my throat, inside my nose, and in my ears–soooo, thanls Lord, for the blessing that they are mostly just on my scalp right now and are healing up) Don’t forget to count that simple blessing, friends if you don’t have any sores bugging you :).  There are so many gifts from our loving Heavenly Father that we take for granted.
*** See comments below in this blog entry: I will be adding to my “1000 gifts” list on a continuing basis down there***
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Have Thine Own Way, Lord” is a Christian hymn with lyrics by Adelaide A. Pollard and music by George C. Stebbins was first published in 1907, in the “Northfield Hymnal with Alexander’s Supplement”. Later that year, it also appeared in two other popular hymnals, Ira Sankey’s “Hallowed Hymns New and Old” and Sankey and Clement’s “Best Endeavor Hymns”.

 
 
Background For the Hymn:
 In 1902, Adelaide A. Pollard, a Bible teacher and hymn writer, was hoping to go to Africa as a missionary but found herself unable to raise the needed funds to make the journey. Greatly discouraged, she attended a prayer service one evening and as she sat there, she overheard an elderly woman say “It really doesn’t matter what you do with us, Lord, just have your own way with our lives.” The elderly woman inspired Pollard and she contemplated the story of the potter from Jeremiah 18:3 and, upon her return home that evening, wrote all four stanzas before retiring for the night.

Five years later George Stebbins wrote a tune titled “Adelaide” to accompany the text.

 Lyrics

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
      Thou art the Potter, I am the clay.
Mold me and make me after Thy will,
     While I am waiting, yielded and still.

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
     Search me and try me, Master, today!
Whiter than snow, Lord, wash me just now,
     As in Thy presence humbly I bow.

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
     Wounded and weary, help me, I pray!
Power, all power, surely is Thine!
     Touch me and heal me, Savior divine.

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
     Hold o’er my being absolute sway!
Fill with Thy Spirit ’till all shall see
     Christ only, always, living in me.

Have Thine Own Way, Lord

 

154 thoughts on “One Thousand Gifts

  1. 703. What a RELIEF to have a malignacy-free path report on my right breast! Whew. Thank You Lord for this tremendous blessing ! A breast without cancer is a gift for me to appreciate and never take for granted again.

    704.“Confession is the act of inviting God to walk the acreage of our hearts. “There is a rock of greed over here, Father. I can’t budge it. And that tree of guilt near the fence? Its roots are long and deep. And may I show you some dry soil, too crusty for seed?” God’s seed grows better if the soil of the heart is cleared.”
    ― Max Lucado, Grace for the Moment: A 365-Day Devotional Journal

    705. 1 Peter 1:13

    Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

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  2. 706. I am alive and happily enjoying Christmas 2011 with my precious family: a gift.

    707.“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 NKJV

    708. “But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
    Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
    “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests.”
    -Luke 2:10-14

    709. “Your present condition is from the Lord. He has not given you a stone, a serpent, or a scorpion. What He has given you may seem hard, but it is for your lasting good. Trials may surround you, BUT GOD will bring good out of the apparent evil (Gen 50:20). Even now, infinite wisdom is fulfilling your wish. Amid fiery trials your faith is honoring God. Every circumstance of your affliction is made subservient to the perfection of your soul.” Charles Spurgeon on Luke 11:12

    Luke 11:10-13
    10 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 11 If a son asks for bread[a] from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

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  3. 710. Chapter on happiness by Joanna Harris in her excellent book ”Grace in Time of Need” http://joyoharris.blogspot.com/2011/03/happiness.html
    http://www.deeperroots.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=732&osCsid=ca66bc409b39b7e01e1b896024cbaf5f

    711.
    John 1:16
    New King James Version (NKJV)

    16 And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.

    John 1:16
    Contemporary English Version (CEV)

    16Because of all that the Son is, we have been given one blessing after another

    John 1:16
    New Living Translation (NLT)

    16 From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another.

    John 1:16
    Amplified Bible (AMP)

    For out of His fullness (abundance) we have all received [all had a share and we were all supplied with] one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favor upon favor and gift [heaped] upon gift.

    712. Along with other nice gifts and expressions of love, I got an awesome manicure and pedicure from Joy on Christmas day. I now have pretty flowers painted on my nails

    713. A rip-roarin’ family game of Clue. I think the last time I played was about 40 years ago!

    714. The many joys of the Christmas season, a good day with family yesterday

    715 Hymn: http://www.youtube.com/embed/MBDwpLLXMTA

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  4. 716. Pam and Terry sent me a very beautiful song, written by Janice Rogers Edmiston, out of the deepest heartache of her life. It was written to be sung to the music of “A Few of My Favorite Things” from the Sound of Music, one of my girls favorite movies. This is now one of my new favorite songs.

    Joy thru my teardrops, and gains thru my losses
    Beauty for ashes, and crowns for my crosses;
    He binds my wounds, and He dries all my tears
    Calms every storm and He conquers my fears.

    He gives me hinds’ feet to walk on high places,
    He floods my soul with His heavenly graces;
    When I am weak then His strength makes me strong
    I know I can trust Him, He’s never been wrong.

    Trials may come and temptations assail me
    Though I may falter, He never will fail me;
    So Satan I bind you in His holy name
    For at the cross Jesus’ blood overcame!

    When the doubt comes, when I’m lonely
    When my heart is sad;
    I’ll lift up mine eyes to my Savior above
    And Jesus will make me glad.

    When in my heart there is sadness and sorrow
    Jesus has promised a brighter tomorrow;
    Victory is mine, yes, it’s already won
    I’ve only to claim it by faith in God’s Son.

    All of my cares I will cast down before Him
    Even in trials my heart will adore Him;
    He bears my burdens, He comforts my soul
    Oh why should I worry when He’s in control?

    Lord in the time of deep grief and emotion
    I will yet serve You with constant devotion;
    You have not failed me one step of the way
    That is the reason I’ll trust You and say:

    I will praise You! I will praise You!
    Jesus Christ my King;
    For You fill my heart with a song in the night
    Yes, You make my heart to sing!

    717. “It’s not too much” by Joni http://www.joniandfriends.org/radio/5-minute/its-not-too-much/

    718. Fresh starts and forgiveness when I mess up

    719. Kathy G sharing her friend’s good writing which also contained “That’s my King” http://www.ignitermedia.com/mini-movies/4/Thats-My-King

    720. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength, inluding getting back on track with healthy eating and exercise today and not waitng for the New Year

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  5. 721. The blessing of Joy and Hannah having a few fun days away at grandparents

    722. Only my left chest and back were burned during radiation, not the rest of me. In the past I have cared for burn patients with the majority of their bodies severely burned. Some of them screamed in pain when their dressings were changed. They would gladly exchange their burns for mine. My skin hurts and it looks like an ugly mess to me but it is temporary. God will grow me back some new skin. I can be happy for the many people who only get a mild sunburn type reaction from radiation even though that wasn’t what happened to me, it could be much, much worse. God has helped me through every single thing that I did not want to do in fighting cancer, gave me the courage to do it, and it is behind me. I can press forward now. In God’s economy I can be brave, hopeful, and unafraid. I choose to live in God’s economy.

    723. A precious friend emailed me this: “but God is faithful through my discouraging responses and I am thankful for His grace and that His mercies are new every morning.”

    I got her permission to quote her here. That’s what I feel like too. I mess up all the time. I’m so glad for 1 John 1:9 and that He does forgive , cleanse us from all unrighteousness, and pull us out of our pits, even though we often keep crawling back to where we don’t want to be in our responses , etc. He has so much better for us than the flesh. I love that quote ,”When Satan reminds you of your past, remind him of his future.” There is therefore now NO condemnation in Christ Jesus. I have been lamenting over this exact thing of “my discouraging responses” in my own life. Like Paul, so often I do what I don’t want to be doing and don’t do what I should be doing. I’m glad God included that in the Bible. God alone truly is my hope–not just with the cancer thing but with all my thoughts, attitudes, actions.

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  6. 724. “God is in control, and therefore in EVERYTHING I can give thanks – not because of the situation but because of the One who directs and rules over it. “–Kay Arthur

    725

    1 Thessalonians 5:18
    Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will]. (AMP)

    Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus (NLT)

    In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (NKJ)

    726. “If my life is surrendered to God, all is well. Let me not grab it back, as though it were in peril in His hand but would be safer in mine!” –Elizabeth Elliot

    727 “Anyone can have peace when the sun is shining and everything is going great. But the peace that God offers is peace that controls our hearts and keeps us calm, even when everything around us is raging. “ The peace OF God is mine in Christ. http://jamesmacdonald.com/blog/?p=10339#more-10339

    727.” Fear Not, I am with you” song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOMASMquh84

    728.. I will Praise You in the Storm song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHdcyue0bSw

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  7. 729. Chat with Esther M re: analogies about prayer gleaned during her ladies Bible study:

    1.magnifying glass – God’s power covers the earth. Prayer focuses and magnifies His power on a particular situation or a specific life. That life or situation, consistently exposed to His intense power, is changed by it. The power belongs to God. Prayer focuses the power of God. God’s specific and intervening power is released into circumstances and individual lives by prayer.
    2.signature/check – Imagine that a business man is going to set up a corporation. He is the boss. He is sovereign over every decision about the corporation, and there are many options for how to set things up. One decision to make is this: Will he require one signature on a check or will he require two signatures on a check? He decides that it requires two signatures. From then on, two signatures are required. Why? Because the business man CHOSE to need them. Andrew Murray: “God’s intense longing to bless seems in some sense to be graciously limited by His dependence on the intercession that rises from earth. He seeks to rouse the spirit of intercession that HE may be able to bestow His blessing on mankind. God regards intercession as the highest readiness to receive and to yield themselves wholly to the working of His almighty power.” The Almighty God has chosen to condition the release of His intervening power on the prayers of His people!!!!!!
    3.Things happen when we pray that wouldn’t happen if we did not pray. (Ken Johnson quote passed along from Marilyn to Esther to me to you)
    4.Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance, but laying hold of God’s willingness. Ro 10:12 “God richly blesses all who call on Him.”
    730. I had two anniversaries on Dec 30th: a happy one and a sad memory one . 22 years ago yesterday I married my best friend (that’s the very HAPPY one! John is a great husband.). Yesterday also marked my one year “cancerversary”: the day I went from thinking I was very healthy to discovery of breast cancer. Actually, God used that nightmarish mammogram to get me some help and for that I am grateful. Whatayear! Ladies–anybody due for a mammogram or a thermogram they are putting off? My advice is to delay no longer. Mine on 12/30/10 revealing aggressive multifocal stage 3 breast cancer was done exactly ONE year to the month after a normal one that revealed only fibrocystic breast disease. We have much to praise Him for! Friends, don’t forget to be faithful with monthly self breast exams. I was lax and sporatic about doing mine.

    731. Our family saw “Courageous” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1630036/ showing at a church last night. It was excellent and a blessing for me to count. It increases my desire to be the wife and mother God wants me to be. I looked up the “Resolution” mentioned in the movie:

    The Resolution Message for men: “I do solemnly resolve before God to take full responsibility for myself, my wife, and my children. I WILL love them, protect them, serve them, and teach them the Word of God as the spiritual leader of my home. I WILL be faithful to my wife, to love and honor her, and be willing to lay down my life for her as Jesus Christ did for me. I WILL bless my children and teach them to love God with all of their hearts, all of their minds, and all of their strength. I WILL train them to honor authority and live responsibly. I WILL confront evil, pursue justice, and love mercy. I WILL pray for others and treat them with kindness, respect, and compassion. I WILL work diligently to provide for the needs of my family. I WILL forgive those who have wronged me and reconcile with those I have wronged. I WILL learn from my mistakes, repent of my sins, and walk with integrity as a man answerable to God. I WILL seek to honor God, be faithful to His church, obey His Word, and do His will. I WILL courageously work with the strength God provides to fulfill this resolution for the rest of my life and for His glory. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. —Joshua 24:15″

    I might possibly adapt the above into my version as helpmeet to John and Mom to Nicholas, Joy, and Hannah I can use–will think about that.

    732 “Behavior wags the tail of feelings, we do, therefore we feel.” David Reynolds

    Talking to myself through my application of that quote: Paula Girl: consistently line your thoughts up with God’s Word, then ACT, doing the right thing, God’s way whether you feel like it or not. You thereby will not be ruled by fickle emotion or on an emotional rollercoaster ride based on”how things are going at a particular point in time” or the simple fluctuation of hormones affected by drugs used in the treatment of cancer. You, Paula, can CHOOSE to be happy and at peace based on the truths in the Bible and operate like that, even during the times when your circumstances are not happy or peaceful. This is not “fake”, it is allowing the Lord to do a genuine work in my heart.

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  8. 733. A New Beginning: A New Year’s Inspiration: http://www.worshiphousemedia.com/mini-movies/16526/New-Years-Inspiration

    734 Psalm 37:4
    Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.

    Delight: to have great pleasure and enjoyment, enrapture

    Can it be that He wants me to delight in Him so that the deepest desires of my heart are no longer the things/circumstances that I think I want but rather that HE HIMSELF becomes the desire of my heart? Therefore, the more I would delight in Him, the more He would give me of HIMSELF. Father, please teach me to truly be delighting myself in You. that I would have more of You.

    735. ”It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” (Abraham Lincoln) I am thankful for the life in my years and the years in my life.

    736. These are some thoughts from Chuck Swindoll that were a blessing to me today:
    “He (God) only promises to reveal Himself to us, when we seek Him. That’s because He doesn’t want us to know the future – He wants us to know Him. He is our future. When we know Him, He guides us into the future He has for us.”
    “In place of our exhaustion and spiritual fatigue, God will give us rest. All He asks is that we come to Him…that we spend a while thinking about Him, meditating on Him, talking to Him, listening in silence, occupying ourselves with Him – totally and thoroughly lost in the hiding place of His presence.”

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  9. 737. “No matter how far away from God you’ve gone, when you surrender your life to the Lord, a path is carved from where you are to where you are supposed to be, and He puts you on it. If the path you’ve been on is crooked, He will make it straight. If you are headed in the wrong direction, He will turn you around. If you have come to a standstill, He will get you moving. If you are going around in circles, He will correct your course and cause you to arrive at your destination. The simple act of giving your life to Him will immediately put you on the correct path and aim you in the right direction. As you take one step at a time, holding God’s Hand and letting Him lead, He will get you where you need to go.” (From “Just enough light for the step I’m on: trusting God in the tough times” by Stormie Omartian)

    738. The $5 entrance fee special at Lego Land which allowed the kids an extra- fun day yesterday

    739. Answered prayer that my radiation burns are healing up nicely. Thank You God for the new skin you are giving me!

    740. Psalm 17:8 “Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings”. THAT’S where I want to be and stay, Lord.

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  10. 741. Psalm 138: 1-3 (KJV)
    1I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee.

    2I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

    3In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.

    Personalizing Psalm 138:1-3 for myself a la Paula, combining a variety of translations:

    I will praise You and give thanks to You with my whole heart, O Lord–ALL of it-nothing held back. Thank you! Everything in me says “Thank you!”
    Before the gods, in the presence of angels, and before people I will sing praises to You and of You. I will worship and bow down toward Your holy temple, and praise Your name. I will thank You for Your unfailing lovingkindness, Your faithfulness, and Your truth; for You have magnified Your word above all Your name. Most holy is Your name, most holy is Your Word. All your promises are backed by the honor of Your name. You are true to Your Word. In the day when I cried out and asked for Your help, You answered me. As soon as I pray, you answer me. Before I even think of what I’m going to pray about or speak it in my heart or out loud, You know all about it and have the answer. The moment I called out, you stepped in; you made my life large with strength. Yes, You made me bold with strength in my soul, you encourage me by giving me all the strength I need. You give me courage.

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    742. Quotes from Elizabeth Elliot :
    “Faith is not an instinct. It certainly is not a feeling – feelings don’t help much when you’re in the lions’ den or hanging on a wooden Cross. Faith is not inferred from the happy way things work. It is an act of will, a choice, based on the unbreakable Word of a God who cannot lie, and who showed us what love and obedience and sacrifice mean, in the person of Jesus Christ.
    When ours are interrupted, his are not. His plans are proceeding exactly as scheduled, moving us always (including those minutes or hours or years which seem most useless or wasted or unendurable) “toward the goal of true maturity” (Rom 12:2 JBP).

    “God never witholds from His child that which His love and wisdom call good. God’s refusals are always merciful- “severe mercies” at times but mercies all the same. God never denies us our hearts desire except to give us something better.”

    We have ample evidence that the Lord is able to guide. The promises cover every imaginable situation. All we need to do is to take the hand he stretches out.
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    743. Quotes from Joni:

    God is more concerned with conforming me to the likeness of His Son than leaving me in my comfort zones. God is more interested in inward qualities than outward circumstances – things like refining my faith, humbling my heart, cleaning up my thought life and strengthening my character.

    Sometimes God allows what he hates to accomplish what he loves

    We will stand amazed to see the topside of the tapestry and how God beautifully embroidered each circumstance into a pattern for our good and His glory.

    Whatever troubles are weighing you down are not chains. They are featherweight when compared to the glory yet to come. With a sweep of a prayer and the praise of a child’s heart, God can strip away any cobweb.

    It is a glorious thing to know that your Father God makes no mistakes in directing or permitting that which crosses the path of your life. It is the glory of God to conceal a matter. It is our glory to trust Him, no matter what.

    Real satisfaction comes not in understanding God’s motives, but in understanding His character, in trusting in His promises, and in leaning on Him and resting in Him as the Sovereign who knows what He is doing and does all things well.

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    744. Leaning on the Everlasting Arms http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVjwy9JXkBU&feature=related

    745. Excitement and anticipation about flying to AZ next Wednesday to visit my family and friends for a week–yeah!

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  11. 746. Turning North Go-To Scripts http://lysaterkeurst.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/TurningNorthGoToScripts.pdf

    “If you fnd yourself stuck in a defeating

    mess, try replacing your old thoughts

    with these empowering thoughts. I call these “Go-to scripts.” In other words,

    these statements can become our new patterns of thought as the Messiah

    touches our mess and turns it into a great message of hope to this world.

    1. I was made for more than to be stuck in a vicious cycle of defeat.

    Deuteronomy 2:3, “You have circled this mountain long enough. Now

    turn north.”

    2. When I am considering a compromise, I will think past this moment

    and ask myself, how will I feel about this choice tomorrow morning?

    1 Corinthians 6:19, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you,

    whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price.

    Therefore honor God with your body.”

    3. When tempted, I either remove the temptation or remove myself from the situation.

    1 Corinthians 10:13-14, “…God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can

    bear. But when you are tempted, he will provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

    Therefore, my dear friends, fee…”

    4. I don’t have to worry about letting God down because I was never holding Him up –

    God’s grace is sufficient.

    2 Corinthians 12:9-11, “But he said to me, ’My grace is sufcient for you, for my power is made

    perfect in weakness… for when I am weak, then I am strong.’”

    5. I have these boundaries in place not for restriction but rather to defne the parameters of

    my freedom.

    Romans 6:19-20, “I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as

    you used to ofer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness,

    so now ofer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness.”

    These are taken from Lysa TerKeurst’s new book

    Made to Crave

    – which can be purchased wherever

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    Lysa TerKeurst helps everyday women live an adventure of faith through following Jesus Christ. As

    president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, Lysa has led thousands to make their walk with God an

    invigorating journey. Visit http://www.LysaTerKeurst.com for more daily thoughts from Lysa.

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  12. 747. E.M. Bounds — “Prayer has in it the possibility to affect everything which affects us.” Prayer is a gift from Him to me. God is challenging me to pray more and worry less.

    748. I can Only Imagine http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xwzItqYmII&feature=related Heaven is going to be even better than anything I can imagine. It’s for real and I will go there in God’s perfect timing: not one moment before or after.

    749. Here I am to Worship http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoxopsRSfdU&feature=related

    750, It is always possible to be thankful for what is given rather than resentful over what is withheld–one attitude or the other becomes a way of life. (Elizabeth Elliot).

    751.

    Matthew 6:19-21
    19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
    752. I am rich with wonderful people in my life.

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  13. 753. What struck me most in Acts 16:16-34 is Paul and Silas’ response after they were stripped , severely beaten, and thrown into an inner dungeon in prison with their feet clamped in the stocks. Those guys were up at midnight praying and singing hymns to God! What a response! You betcha the other prisoners were listening with ears wide open. Can you imagine what it must have been like to be there when the massive earthquake hit, the prison was shaken to it’s foundation, doors flew open, and chains fell off every prisoner?! I wonder what lasting impact that experience must have had on all those in prison. We know the jailer and his entire household rejoiced because they all believed in the Lord Jesus and were saved. Wow.

    Thank You, Lord for this example of men responding to an awful situation with the grace that YOU gave them and the fruit that resulted from that. YOU did that work in Paul and Silas’ hearts when they were unjustly punished for doing what You called them to do and you supernaturally worked and intervened and brought forth the fruit. Paul and Silas were the open vessels for You to use and You had full reign to do what You wanted to do on that day in the lives of all involved. Still today the account of that event impacts hearts like mine. Teach me to walk closely with You , Father through the rough things and watch You work.

    754. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LA2CpQWg2pA&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL5563B94194A94C54

    This song is rockier than I personally like:if you prefer to skip it, the words are below. My “gift” is gleaned from the challenge in the lyrics ”This is your life, are you who you want to be?”. My response is, ”No, I am not. I have so much growing I need to do. I praise the Lord though that by God’s grace and enabling power I have his fresh starts 24/7/365 and by His grace I can change, I am changing, and I will continue to change–all becausemy Father is so patient and loving even though I sure do struggle and mess up a lot.” He never, ever gives up on me. He picks me up, brsuhes me off, forgives me, and gives me fresh mercies every day. I pray that He will continually conform me to the image of His Son.

    This is Your Life
    By Switchfoot

    “Yesterday is a wrinkle on your forehead
    Yesterday is a promise that you’ve broken

    Don’t close your eyes,
    don’t close your eyes

    This is your life and today is all you’ve got now
    Yeah, and today is all you’ll ever have

    Don’t close your eyes
    Don’t close your eyes

    This is your life, are you who you want to be
    This is your life, are you who you want to be
    This is your life, is it everything you dreamed that it would be
    When the world was younger and you had everything to lose

    Yesterday is a kid in the corner
    Yesterday is dead and over
    This is your life, are you who you want to be
    This is your life, are you who you want to be
    This is your life, is it everything you dreamed that it would be
    When the world was younger and you had everything to lose

    Don’t close your eyes
    Don’t close your eyes
    Don’t close your eyes
    Don’t close your eyes

    This is your life are you who you want to be
    This is your life are you who you want to be

    This is your life, are you who you want to be
    This is your life, are you who you want to be
    This is your life, is it everything you dreamed it would be
    When the world was younger and you had everything to lose

    And you had everything to lose”

    —————————
    755. I’m almost all packed for my trip to see family and friends in Tucson. I leave tomorrow–yipeee! I’m very excited and happy about going! Thank You Lord for this gift and all the details revolving around it!

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  14. 756. I flew into Tucson yesterday and am having a marvelous time with my Mom and my sisters and their families. I can see that the week is going to FLY by! Thank You, Lord and thank you dear, precious family at home that made it possible for me to come.

    757. My Father in Law gave me John Hagee’s book, “The Seven Secrets: Unlocking Genuine Greatness (Thanks, Dad!). It was one of the 2 books I read on the plane and am enjoying it. Here is quote from the book that is meaningful to me:

    “Have you surrendered to despair because of your past or the inevitable situations in your life? Stop it! The greatest days of your life are before you. The past is over. Stop living life looking in the rear view mirror. Look forward. Press on! The best is yet to be, God never consults your past to determine your future.”–Hagee

    758. Thank You Lord for dirty dishes: a symbol of both Your provision of food for my family and the appetite and health to want it. Money can’t purchase that last part.

    759. Someday Isle by Dennis Waitley

    There is an island fantasy
    A “Someday I’ll” well never see

    When recession stops, inflation ceases
    Our Mortgage is paid, our pay increases

    That Someday Isle where problems end
    Where every piece of mail is from a friend

    Where the children are sweet, already grown
    Where all the nations can go it alone

    Where we all retire at forty-one
    Playing Football in the island sun

    Most unhappy people look to tomorrow
    To erase this day’s hardship and sorrow

    They put happiness on lay-away
    And struggle through a blue today

    But happiness cannot be sought
    It can’t be earned, it can’t be bought

    Life’s most important revelation
    It’s the journey that means as much as the
    destination

    Happiness is where you are right now,
    Pushing a pencil or pushing a plow

    It’s knocking on doors and making your calls
    It’s getting back up after your falls

    It’s going to school or standing in line
    Tasting defeat, tasting the wine

    If you live in the past you become senile
    If you live in the future your on Someday I’ll

    The fear of results is procrastination
    The joy of today is a celebration

    You can save, you can slave, trudging mile after mile
    But you’ll never set foot on your “Someday I’ll”

    When you’ve paid all your dues and put in your time
    Out of nowhere comes another Mt. Everest to climb

    I have decided Today to make it my Vow
    To take Someday I’ll and make it NOW

    ———–

    My gift in this poem is the exhortation to stop procrastinating, period. I will make every day count that God gives me.

    760. 2 Corinthians 3:18

    18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

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  15. 761. I praise the Lord for an extraordinarily wonderful time with Mom, Bets, Veikko, Jason, Heidi, and Jenny in Tucson–such a huge gift from the Lord! What a great week! Home sweet home for me tomorrow night

    762. Pastor Todd, Pastor Tim, and the Congregation at Desert Son Community Church and the opportunity I had to share some of the things the Lord has been teaching me with them. What a loving Body of Christ!

    763. Fresh pecans from Dan’s trees

    764. Energy and health to enjoy all the fun activities here

    765. The blessing of special time with Ernestina, Sue, and Terri

    766. A precious time with Jenny in the hammock under the dessert sky snuggled in a blanket together, hide and go seek with her and Haddle in their great big house, games galore, the joy of doing little projects for Mom, painting Ben’s Bells http://www.bensbells.org/, shopping, watching the DVDs Flywheel and Fireproof together thanks to the Mateers loan. Hopefully we’ll get to “Facing the Giants” today too–one of my favorites.

    767. Good food and memories, laughing our heads off together

    768. Fragrant home made goats milk soap from Terri

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  16. 769. Great time catching up with Mollie, Mary, and Amanda in Asian Restaurant

    770. Precious memories with Bets planting a letterbox http://www.atlasquest.com/, going to the nursery she works at at beeing the gorgeous cacti and petrified wood, just being together with her and rest of the family has been a treasure to me.

    771. Veikko beating his Marathon times every time and great run in Phoenix–amazing!

    772. Home sweet home for me today

    773. Good start for Joy and Hannah in Upwards Basketball last night

    774. “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10) He holds my past, present, and future. I can completely rest in His love.

    775. The quails and bunny and beautiful dessert and mountains Bets and I saw on our walk

    776. Julie sending me yesterday’s and today’s jokes which tickled my funny bone

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  17. 777. I serve a great big God. I serve a risen Saviour. I serve One who could not love me more than He already does.

    778. 1 Peter 4:12 “Think it not strange concerning the fiery trials you go through.” God has an excellent purpose for every single trial I will ever face and He promises to be with me through them all.

    779. Paul’s response to the hard things he went through: “In all these things we are more than conquerers” (Rm 8:37)

    780. Warm hugs and kisses and open arms and a wonderful husband and children that I love who were waiting for me to return home to on Tuesday night. It was a great vacation and great to be home.

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  18. 781. “More often than not, the thorn we want gone is the very thing God is using to accomplish something good in us. Paul’s weakened condition made room for the strength of Christ, a strength he would need for all that lay ahead, a strength that would give him a larger capacity to enjoy the blessings that God had in store for him. Weakness in God’s people is always a blessing in disguise, but it’s hard to see it as such when we are feeling it keenly. We look for any escape, any way we can find back to the strength of self-sufficiency and daily tranquility. While we are anxiously looking for a way out, what we don’t see is that our thorn isn’t our real problem. What is actually making us anxious is our heart’s demand to be free of it. If we’d just stop resisting, we’d find grace to live peacefully with our difficult spouse, our multiple sclerosis, or our unemployment. If we are willing, we will find that we really don’t need the thorn removed–divine grace is sufficient. God will prove that to us if we let Him.” from a devotional called “Trust”

    782. Come to the Quiet http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2R-Vpo26ys An old favorite of long ago rediscovered

    783. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqY9-QCepuQ

    My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine; For Thee all the follies of sin I resign; My gracious Redeemer, my Savior art Thou; If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now. I love Thee because Thou hast first loved me, And purchased my pardon on Calvary’s tree; I love Thee for wearing the thorns upon Thy brow; If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now. In mansions of glory and endless delight, I’ll ever adore Thee in heaven so bright; I’ll sing with the glittering crown on my brow, If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.

    784. Uneventful flight for John today–over the border to Mexico tomorrow for a week’s ministry trip

    785. Special time with each of my kiddos today–these precious times are treasures to us. Every day I am alive is a gift to us from God. I will not take any of them for granted any more.

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  19. 786. “No ifs, ands, or buts, dear God. I trust you with the road ahead!” (From Sue’s sig line)

    787. “I can not, but HE CAN.” (Andy Stanley)

    788. Psalm 63:8 My soul followeth hard after thee, Thy Right Hand upholdeth me.

    789. But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you,
    for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
    Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses,
    so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
    That is why, for Christ’s sake,
    I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.
    For when I am weak, then I am strong.
    2 CORINTHIANS 12:9-10

    790. Don coming through cardiac bypass surgery with flying colors

    791.

    My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
    PSALM 73:26

    792. “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
    PHILIPPIANS 4:13

    793. Love and kindness between my children

    794. Beautiful music by the Talbets recc by Kathy (Thx, Kathy!):

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  20. 795. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sG94EKGDcU Healing is in Your Hands by Christy Nockels

    796. Psalm 34:6

    6 In my desperation I prayed, and the LORD listened;
    he saved me from all my troubles. (NLT)

    This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him,
    And saved him out of all his troubles. (NKJ)

    This suffering person cried out:
    the LORD listened and saved him
    from every trouble. (CEB)
    6 When I was desperate, I called out,
    and God got me out of a tight spot. (The Message)

    797. A fruitful ministry trip in Mexico for John–my Sweetheart back home with us tomorrow

    798. Esther so generously making me fresh veggie juice that floods my body with cancer-fighting nutrients and God’s marvelous provision with organic veggies

    799. A few ruby red grapefruit left from Mom’s tree (yummers) in my fruit bowl–lingering memories of a precious family time in Arizona

    800. A cute zebra shirt that fits and suits my Hannah beautifully at the M.B.

    801. Daughters that will scratch their Momma’s itchy back pretty much whenever I want

    802. “When everything seems to be falling apart, that is when God is putting it back together exactly how He wants it”

    803. Lunch with Ruth B at one of my favorite restaurant today (Sweet Tomatoes)

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  21. 804. Ruth’s gift of the country sign I look forward to hanging up: “Count your blessings. Recounts Ok”. Love it!

    805. The fun of being able to go to the girl’s basketball game today /special time with Nicholas sharing the political rally this week and his opportunity to do some political volunteering coming up

    806. Borrowed the “Made to Crave” DVD and watched it last night. The principles make sense to me. “God made us capable of craving so we’d have an unquenchable desire for more of Him, and Him alone, Nothing changes until we make the choice to redirect our misguided cravings to the only one capable of satisfying them.”–Lysa Terkeurst

    807. Grace to follow through with ACTION on what I am learning

    808. He is with me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_cq6SJitIY

    809.

    Isaiah 12:2-5
    King James Version (KJV)

    2Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.

    3Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

    4And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.

    5Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.

    Isaiah 12:2-5
    The Message (MSG)

    2“Yes, indeed—God is my salvation.
    I trust, I won’t be afraid.
    God—yes God!—is my strength and song,
    best of all, my salvation!”

    3-4Joyfully you’ll pull up buckets of water
    from the wells of salvation.
    And as you do it, you’ll say,
    ”Give thanks to God.
    Call out his name.
    Ask him anything!
    Shout to the nations, tell them what he’s done,
    spread the news of his great reputation!

    5-6“Sing praise-songs to God. He’s done it all!
    Let the whole earth know what he’s done!
    Raise the roof! Sing your hearts out, O Zion!
    The Greatest lives among you: The Holy of Israel.”

    810. John: a faithful, loving, godly husband and dad to come home to us after a week away.

    811. “The Perserverence Principle: It’s always too soon to quit” (John Hagee in “The 7 Secrets: Unlocking Genuine Greatness”)

    812. By faith I give God all my mountains and say, “Mountains, get out of my way.”. Matt 17:20: NOTHING is impossible to them that believe.”

    813.

    People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
    Love them anyway.If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
    Do good anyway.

    If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
    Succeed anyway.

    The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
    Do good anyway.

    Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
    Be honest and frank anyway.

    The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
    Think big anyway.

    People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
    Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

    What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
    Build anyway.

    People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
    Help people anyway.

    Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
    Give the world the best you have anyway.

    814. The Don’t Quit Poem; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Igj_-rxX70A&feature=fvst

    Paula

    815. If God be 4 me, who can be against me? Rm 8:31

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  22. 815.

    I have just started to memorize and meditate on Psalm 34 in NKJV. This is what I have down so far:
    Psalm 34:1-3
    New King James Version (NKJV)

    I will bless the Lord at all times;
    His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
    My soul shall make its boast in the Lord;
    The humble shall hear of it and be glad.
    Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
    And let us exalt His name together.

    I looked at Psalm 34:1-3 in the KJV, The Message, the Amplified Bible, The New Living Translation, NIV and combined them for me to think about it some more and personalize it for myself:
    1 I will bless and extol God, my precious Lord every chance I get, all the time ; my lungs expand with his praise continually overflowing from my lips.
    Paula, do you and will you really choose to bless God at ALL times? Even and most especially when things are not going well? Will you allow Him to do His work in you so there is a continual overflow of praise, The Life of Christ filling up your life and flowing out to those around you? Nothing fake–just the genuine real McCoy? You can not do this work in yourself but He surely can.
    2 I live and breathe God; I will boast only in the Lord, I will glory in the Lord
    Be humble and confess your pride. Even if things aren’t going well, and you are afflicted, or feeling helpless hear this, take heart, be happy, be glad, rejoice:

    ..,letting go of all pride and self life, not seeking to impress others, boasting only in the Lord, immersing myself in God to listen to Him, HEAR Him, be glad in Him. 3 Join me in spreading the news; magnify and glorify Him with me, come, let us tell of His greatness
    together let’s get the word out and exalt His name.

    –Let’s MAGNIFY Him, GLORIFY Him, lift Him up and tell of His greatness!

    816. “Beautiful” By Mercy Me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WnAq0o2Xl8

    “You’re beautiful.

    You are treasured.

    You are loved.

    You are His. “

    817. “Above All” : http://www.godvine.com/Cute-5-Year-Old-Kaitlyn-Maher-Sings-Above-All-219.html

    818. Somebody’s birthday card that touched my heart: http://www.godvine.com/Man-Gives-his-Wife-a-Touching-Birthday-Gift-Before-Dying-of-Cancer-1033.html

    819. On Bets’ frig: “God gave you a gift of 86, 400 seconds today. Have you used one to say ‘Thank you’”? (William Ward )

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  23. 820. Beautiful account below Julie sent me that touched my heart (Can’t wait to see ya soon, Julie!):

    “I don’t think anyone’s truly equipped to go out in front of 1 billion, 2 billion, 3 billion people on an Olympic stage, and you’re scared of your mind, on a 200 by 100 surface of ice. You wonder why you do this because you’re so nervous. On two 10-inch lengths of quarter inch wide steel. “Get me through this, just get me through this.” And you’re to manipulate those edges for 4 and 1/2 minutes, and do triple jumps, and athleticism, and not make a mistake. It’s impossible.

    But I found a way to be just good enough to win the gold medal. The more I look back on it, I think that’s been unbelievably awesome. Like “that was me?” I always thought if I could be really good on the ice I could become famous. But I think I’m probably more known now for my health problems than I am for anything I ever did on skates.

    When I was very little, I suffered from a disease that stopped me from growing. I was in and out of hospitals for years and I was never really home.

    And so what ended up happening was I came back from being in and out hospitals and I ended up doing the skating club thing just by accident. And I found skating, which kind of took on a life of its own.

    And it progressed and pretty soon I’m competing, pretty soon I’m living away from home. All my role models and the people that were teaching me how to live day-to-day were older skaters. So there was a lot of it that was terrific, but a lot of it that really wasn’t guiding me in any real direction.

    It wasn’t until I suffered the devastation of my mother losing her battle to cancer that something was awakened in me. I knew I needed something more, something better. I think I needed to have some strength and my mother was my source of strength. When she was living I would disappoint her. But when she when she was gone, I just didn’t ever want to be less than she thought I could be.

    I was happy to just work, I was happy to just entertain. I’d do well and that was good enough. Skating had given me life as a child and it gave me kind of a strength is an adult. But what was about to happen really changed my life forever.

    Cancer, it put me into a phase of my life where I just needed to kind of sort it all out. “I just survived something, why?” I survived something that took the most important person in my life off the planet, that was my mother. She died of cancer and I survived. What’s my purpose now? What do I need to do?

    And a big part of that dust settling was getting with Tracie, and she brought me to the church. She took me to a minister, a man named Ken Durham. And the first thing he said to me, which was extraordinary was, he goes, “you have to understand that Christianity is a faith of history. These things actually happened.” And I go, “OK, that’s a good starting-off point.” And just study what has happened and see how that resonates in your own life. And it grew, it was like “OK, I get it. “

    When you survive testicular cancer and you want to start a family, you don’t know what the issues are going to be. And I prayed that I would someday become a father. Tracie and I, we got engaged, and married, and then my son was born nine months and two days after we got married. So I guess there was a plan there.

    I thought I’d paid my health dues when I had cancer, but this was another whole issue. I have a brain tumor. How do I tell my wife? And we have a 14-month-old son. How do I tell my wife that I have a brain tumor.

    I had just gotten the news an hour before. I met them at the hotel and she goes, what’s going on? And I said, I have a brain tumor. And she took my hands and without hesitation, she just started to pray. And it was in that moment I knew where I was going to put everything.

    My trust, my faith, everything. So the most powerful moment in my life. From that moment forward, we just said, “whatever it is, whatever it takes, we’ll face this. “When they’re going to do a biopsy, they tell you we’re going to drill a hole in your head, and then we’re going to take a needle down through your brain, and take a piece of the tumor. They said, “we seem to have found a safe corridor to do this.” And I go, “well I’m not using most of it.” But they tell you all the things that can go wrong in that surgery.

    And I remember waking up and looked at the clock and it was 10:20. I knew where I was and then the next thing I saw was my wife come in with a smile on the face. She said, “they know what it is.”

    And they found out that that brain tumor was one that I was born with you, one that I’ve had since birth, which inhibited my growth as a young child. That was the mysterious illness I had that they never diagnosed, that got me into skating.

    Who would I be without a brain tumor? I’m 5 foot 4, if I were 5′ 8″-if I would have grown those years-5′ 10″, where would I be, who would I do? I could choose to look it as debilitating. I could choose to focus on the suffering. I choose to look at that brain tumor as the greatest gift I could’ve gotten because it made everything else possible.

    I didn’t see past it this time. I didn’t think I would survive. At one point I was starting to really feel weak. And one nurse in particular, I was up at 3 o’clock in the morning, and I was uncomfortable, and she goes, can I get you anything? And I just said, “no, I’m just a little scared.”

    And she said, “do you pray?” I said, “yes.” And she said, “what do you say when you pray?” I go,” I just thank God for all the blessings in my life.”

    “ Do you ask him for anything?” “No, I just want him to know I’m grateful. I’m grateful. “

    “Well, who is God to you?” I said, “well I guess he’s my father.” “Oh, you’re a father, right?” “Yes.” “If one of your children were hurting, wouldn’t you want him to come to you for comfort and strength?” “Yes.”

    So I changed the way I pray now. I ask, uninhibitedly I ask. I ask to heal. I ask for strength. I ask for courage.

    I ask for another child. Want to talk about miracles? After surviving a pituitary brain tumor, it’s impossible, practically impossible. I did six injections a week for two years. No luck, we’re not meant to have another child. We gave it to God. A month later we found out that Max was on his way, Miracle Max.

    When I look back and I see all those little moments in my life where I needed a great deal of strength, I understand that through a strong relationship with Jesus you can endure anything. I just learned that the only true disability in life is a bad attitude. God is there to guide you through the tough spots. God was there every single time, every single time.

    My name is Scott Hamilton and I am Second.”

    http://www.iamsecond.com/seconds/scott-hamilton/#.TyLOInoTpgY.facebook

    821. Working on my memorization and meditation:

    Psalm 34:4-5
    New King James Version (NKJV)

    4 I sought the Lord, and He heard me,
    And delivered me from all my fears.
    5 They looked to Him and were radiant,
    And their faces were not ashamed.

    Comparing some translations and combining them to think about:

    I looked for the Lord, I sought Him, I prayed to Him, and He answered me. And He took away all my fears, He delivered me, He freed me. They looked to Him for help (and I can too) and their faces shined and were radiant with joy. Their faces will never be darkened with the shadow of shame.

    822. Met a very nice group of people at a cancer support meeting that I attended for the first time last night. I even won a fun prize that I am saving for a great birthday gift for Joy in June in a BINGO game that gave ideas about stress relief with each number called)

    823. Sharon sharing today’s joke that made me laugh and being so kind to consult her daughter-in-law who is an ENT Dr on my behalf for some input and ideas on some issues I am having (I saw an ENT locally as well and would appreciate prayer for wisdom and healing of a persistent cough and weird noises that come out of my throat at night–might possibly be laryngopharyngeal reflux caused by the cancer treatments or something else)

    824. Kathy done with radiation treatments too—yipeeeeee. Thank you, Lord, You got ub both through!!!!

    825. My sister-in-law Kelley having second mastectomy yesterday (prophylactic) with bilateral reconstruction: surgery went well, thank you Lord.

    826. Gonga deal on yogurt and almond milk yesterday–God’s special provision for some fun variety with the kid’s breakfasts

    827. Nicholas’ excitement re: voting for the first time yesterday as an 18 year old. Praise that we can trust the Lord with however the election turns out in November

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  24. 828. “He Wants it all Today”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUMRqJCV9Q4

    829. “God gives the very best to those who leave the choice up to Him.”–a nugget from Cherrie along with jugs of alkaline water

    830. Letting and Learning Devotion: http://psalm119greaterthangold.net/letting-and-leaning

    831. “Oh, my friend, it’s not what they take away from you that counts – it’s what you do with what you have left. ” ~Hubert Humphrey

    832. A stumbling block to the pessimist is a stepping stone to the optimist.
    Eleanor Roosevelt, Former First Lady

    833. David Beckham via Kris Carr’s Crazy, Sexy Cancer Tips (book was a gift from Jacki):“Impossible is a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is an opinion not a fact. Impossible isn’t a declaration it’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”

    834. “SET BACKS ARE ONLY OPPORTUNITIES TO REVIEW THE LESSON”.835. “I WILL NOT BE ASHAMED OF MY SCARS. MY SCARS ARE THE BRUSH STROKES IN THE MASTERPIECE THAT IS MY LIFE.”

    836. “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” – Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

    837. Sweet times with the Lord walking on the Riverwalk as I work on Scripture memorization and meditation

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  25. 847. Lots of fun yesterday cheering on our girls and their Upward Basketball team mates (“The Fevers”). Joy and Hannah are brand-new novices in the sport but we see improvement and are happy they are learning some valuable lessons (I am too) while they are having a good time in this great atmosphere of Christ-like sportsmanship. Thanks Lord, for Coach Gene and Coach Bill!

    848. Refreshing cold snap this weekend going from shorts weather still in February to needing to cover my tomatoes and bringnig one potted plant inside due to freeze warnings

    849. “A hero does not have to win. A hero does not have to be larger than life. A hero can be an ordinary person who overcomes extraordinary events with dignity and grace.”

    850. “Today’s Mighty Oak Is Yesterday’s Nut That Held Its Ground”

    851. “Sometimes “courage” means that little voice on the end of the day saying “I will try again tomorrow” .

    852. “Success Is Getting What You Want. Happiness Is Wanting What You Get” By Dale Carnegie

    853. “WE ARE NOT AT OUR BEST WHEN WE ARE PERCHED AT THE SUMMIT;
    WE ARE AT OUR BEST CLIMBING – EVEN WHEN THE WAY IS STEEP.”

    854. “Sometimes we stare so long at our balloon in the sky we forget our ice cream is melting on our plate.Enjoy your ice cream…………….. “
    855.

    1 John 4:16-18
    New King James Version (NKJV)

    16 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.

    17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

    856.

    Romans 12:9-13

    New King James Version (NKJV)

    9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; 13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.

    Praising the One Who is my salvation, my strength, my strong tower of defense, my hiding place, my refuge and ever present help in time of trouble, and my song,

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  26. 856. Beth shared a link to chapter 1 of Laura Story’s new devotional on Blessings and I enjoyed it: http://laurastorymusic.com/free/blessings-chapter-1/ Her song “Blessings” has really ministered to me this past year..

    Esther M sharing these quotes/notes from ladies Bible Study which were an encouragement to me:

    857. S.D.Gordon, Quiet Talks on Prayer

    “In its simplest analysis prayer – all prayer – has, must have, two parts.

    First, a God to give…

    Second, a man to receive.

    Let it be said that God can do nothing for the man with shut hand and shut life.

    There must be an open hand and heart and life, through which God can give what He longs to.

    An open life, and open hand, open upward, is the pipeline of communication between the heart of God and this old befooled world.

    Our prayer is God’s opportunity to get into the world that would shut Him out.”

    858.Jennifer Dean Quotes from chapter 9

    “In His Word, God makes extravagant promises about prayer.

    He stands behind His Word. He does not distance Himself from those lavish promises in His Word as some Christians try to do.

    Mark 11:24, John 14:14, John 15:7 , John 16:23, Matthew 21:22, Mark 9:23

    You won’t find Him saying, “I didn’t really mean that – the way it sounds. I exaggerated to make a point.”

    Does your experience in prayer match God’s descriptions of prayer’s power given in His Word?

    James 5:16

    Is that how you would describe your prayer life – powerful and effective?

    Prayer impacts lives and situations on the earth.

    True prayer works.

    Perhaps we think prayer doesn’t work like the Bible says it will work.

    Why not? Could it be because we have tried to make prayer work on our terms and that the failure is not with prayer, but with our way of praying?

    Every promise to answered prayer in verses is linked to a relationship.

    The person who is abiding in Christ has desires that are God-shaped.”

    859,Quote from Andrew Murray, Abide In Christ

    “Believer, abide in Christ, for there is the school of prayer – mighty, effectual, answer-bringing prayer.

    Abide in Him and you shall learn what to so many is a mystery; That the secret of the prayer of faith is the life of faith – the life that abides in Christ alone.”

    860. Jennifer Dean Quote:

    “Dear Friend, put away childish things – little, flesh-shaped desires; short-sighted, earth-bound understanding.

    Yield yourself to His bigger agenda.

    Let Him do more than you can ask or even think.

    Let Him do His full and mighty work in you.

    Then every prayer promise is yours.”

    861. Since I put in my prayer requests in my blog last week I have been feeling significantly better, cough amazingly greatly reduced (it’s been going on since the end of Nov), less congestion, and I’ve had multiple nights of excellent sleep. I was so exhausted–it’s made a huge difference to sleep well and I am greatly encouraged. 🙂 I feel like I’ve had a major turn-around of progress in the respiratory issue and sleep improvement. THANK YOU all from the bottom of my heart for praying! How I hope this will continue!

    862. I am so grateful that I am tolerating the Herceptin well and it is not messing up my heart or other parts which it can do—I just want it to royally mess with any rogue her2 cells that dare to linger. My one year of IV Herceptin will be done in June–right around the corner. I am praising God that as far as I know, all this cancer treatment has been and will continue to be highly effective for me. To the best of my knowledge, I’m doing downright terrific and I am going to operate on the assumption that all is well in the cancer department. Hooray that, by God’s grace, I am a thriving survivor! I praise God that HE is in charge of my life, not cancer. The thought that I will not die one single second before it’s God’s perfect time to take me Home Sweet Home to Heaven brings me peace. Thank You Lord for my health exactly as it is and that I can trust You completely!

    863. Sister-in-law Kelley healing well from mastectomy and reconstructive surgery done 2 weeks ago. Prayer request: unexpected news of path report this week: invasive cancer in very early stages on second mastectomy in the breast not expected to have cancer

    864. Kids all doing very well with school work, extra curricular activities, sports, and volunteer work, including some challenging Fl Virtual School on-line classes and Nicholas’ dual enrollment classes at college. I PTL for graduation from High School in the horizon for him this year. I praise God we have been able to continue home schooling through even this difficult past year. Thank You Lord for John and the kids taking over so much for me when I was ill and being so wonderful!

    865. I am very grateful for the progress in the tourniquet sensation in my arm gained through prayer and therapy. There are still issues but I see definite improvement and I expect that to continue. Thank You Lord for my left arm. Thank You Lord for the therapy that Lisa is doing. I had an appointment with her yesterday, we are working at home on things we learn there, and it is making a difference. What a relief! I am so thankful that the skin that was a mess from radiation healed up beautifully.

    866. Thank You Lord that You are really, really helping me in walking in the victory that is mine in Christ in my eating and exercise plan. Again, thanks for praying! I have a ways to go to get back to my ideal weight and the level of physical fitness I desire but every day I am making good progress with God’s help. I resumed my 100% raw vegan diet (exclusively raw fruit and veggies with a few raw nuts) about a week ago, increased my exercise markedly and dropped 10 pounds in my first week back on the plan I was on for years—Yippeeeeee!!!!!! I feel so good eating this way. I’ve been waking up the last few days thinking , “Wow, I sure am feeling marvelous, Thank You Lord!” My joints took a big hit from the chemo and they are doing great this week. Supplements have really helped with chemo induced neuropathy symptoms too. Thank You, Lord. 2012 is my year of rebuilding and restoring my health, God willing. A physical goal I am working toward is to be in my ideal weight range, trim and physically fit, totally cancer-free and full of vitality and vibrant health. Accountability is a wonderful tool with weight loss and exercise and the Lord is providing that through my precious family and some dear friends. I plan to let you know here periodically of my progress and sure appreciate continued prayer! I am weak but He is strong.

    867. I am grateful for the fact that NOTHING is too hard for God…absolutely nothing.

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  27. 868. Enjoyable ladies meeting last night. What a blessing to be able to walk there and back effortlassly with friends. Thank you Lord for all the exercise I am getting now (am loving my brisk walks, biking, and rebounding) and my returning stamina! Please help me to never take any of this for granted again, Father–all gifts from you to treasure.

    Esther M sharing notes from ladies Bible study:

    869. Chapter 7 – Hearing from God (Jennifer Dean)

    God speaks to us by revealing the truth in His Word at progressively deeper levels. Only He can do that. No matter how wonderful you may think a speaker or write is, he or she cannot reveal truth to your understanding. If someone’s words have produced new insight in you, it is because God Himself has revealed it. Information comes from outside sources. Revelation comes from God within you. I Cor 2:19-16

    God wants you to hear Him. He has put everything in place so that you and I will be able to hear Him speaking in the present tense. He speaks from within directly into our understanding. (This is NOT a ‘new age’ spiritualism that is permeated all through current books, movies, and the culture. This is hearing the Lord God Himself who in O.T. times dwelt with the people in a Tabernacle, but who in these days dwells within each believer and we hear His voice the more we listen and obey His voice… Are you spending more time with Him in His word than in the things of the World?)

    Thou hast given me an open ear. Psalm 40:6

    He wakens my ear to listen like one being taught. The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears. Isaiah 50:4-5

    870. The Institute for Creation Research – Henry Morris the 3rd

    A “spirit of revelation” is made available to us. This revelation (literally, “to take off the cover“) is not new doctrine or truth. Revelation is implemented by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:10), having the source of His revelatory work from Jesus Christ on behalf of Christ (John 16:13-15).The Greek language of the phrase “the eyes of |our| understanding being enlightened” (Ephesians 1:18) could be translated “the vision of your deep thought will be made to shine,” or paraphrased in a more colloquial expression, “the light comes on!”

    830. “My Everything” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAqTXxqIqrk

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  28. 31 Days of Praying for Your Husband
    http://www.reviveourhearts.com/articles/31-days-of-praying-for-your-husband/
    ■by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
    “She does him good . . .” (Proverbs 31:12a)

    Bless your husband by praying for him! The Apostle Paul instructed all Christians to pray for one another (Ephesians 6:18). This includes wives’ responsibility and privilege to pray for their husbands. Earnest prayer for your husband is good for him, for you and the spiritual health of your home (Proverbs 31:11-12).

    Satan desires to destroy your husband, especially his character and his leadership in your relationship. Trust God through prayer as you daily surrender your husband and marriage to the Lord’s wise, loving care.

    Day 1
    Pray that your husband will grow spiritually and consider his accountability before the Lord. Pray that he will guard his heart by developing spiritual disciplines—Bible reading and study, prayer, meditation, scripture memorization, etc. (2 Peter 3:18; Prov. 4:23)

    Day 2
    Pray that your husband’s relationship with God and His Word will bear fruit in his life. Pray that he will be a man of wisdom and understanding, fearing the Lord. (Prov. 3:7, 9:10; Ps. 112:1)

    Day 3
    Pray that your husband will be humble and quick to agree with God about his sin. Pray that his heart will be tender toward the voice of the Lord. (Ps. 51:2-4; Micah 6:8)

    Day 4
    Pray that your husband will grow in leadership skills in your relationship—protecting and providing for you. Pray that he will lead you wisely and love you sacrificially, so that God will be glorified in your marriage. (Eph. 5:25-29; Col. 3:19)

    Day 5
    Pray that your husband will be faithful to his wedding vows. Pray that he will have a desire to cultivate your relationship as a sign of his loyalty and commitment to you, and as a picture of Christ’s love for the Church. (Prov. 20:6; Gen. 2:24)

    Day 6
    Pray that your husband will love righteousness and hate wickedness, especially the evils of the culture. Pray that he will recognize and avoid wickedness in his own life, and if necessary, take a clear, strong stand against evil. (Prov. 27:12; John 17:15; 1 Cor. 10:12-13)

    Day 7
    Pray that your husband will safeguard his heart against inappropriate relationships with the opposite sex. Pray that his heart will be pure and undivided in his commitment to you. (Prov. 6:23-24, 26; Rom. 13:14)

    Day 8
    Pray that your husband will work hard to provide for your family, to the best of his ability. Pray that the character qualities necessary for a successful career and ministry will be a growing part of his character—persistence, decisiveness, strength, an analytical mind, organizational skills, positive relationships with people, determination, etc. (Rom. 12:11; 1 Cor. 15:58)

    Day 9
    Pray that your husband handle finances wisely, will have discernment concerning budgeting and investments, and will be a good steward of his money in regard to giving to the Lord’s work. Pray that money will not become a source of discord in your family. (Prov. 23:4-5; Rom. 12:13; Heb. 13:5)

    Day 10
    Pray that your husband will cultivate strong integrity, and not compromise his convictions. Pray that his testimony will be genuine, that he will be honest in his business dealings, and will never do anything that he needs to hide from others. (Prov. 20:7; 1 Tim. 1:5, 3:7; Eph. 6:10-12)

    Day 11
    Pray that your husband will have a humble, teachable spirit and a servant’s heart before the Lord. Pray that he will listen to God and desire to do His will. (Prov. 15:33; Eph. 6:6)

    Day 12
    Pray that your husband will yield his sexual drive to the Lord and practice self control. Pray that your sexual intimacy together will be fresh, positive, and a reflection of selfless love. (Prov. 5:15, 18; 1 Cor. 7:3; Song of Solomon 7:10)

    Day 13
    Pray that your husband use practical skills to build your family and make wise decisions for your welfare. Pray that he will serve unselfishly. (Gal. 5:13; Phil. 2:3-4)

    Day 14
    Pray that your husband will speak words that build you and your family, and reflect a heart of love. Pray that he will not use filthy language. (Prov. 18:21; Eph. 4:29)

    Day 15
    Pray that your husband will choose his friends wisely. Pray that God will bring him men who will encourage his accountability before God, and will not lead him into sin. (Prov. 13:20; Prov. 27:17)

    Day 16
    Pray that your husband will choose healthy, God-honoring activities. Pray that he will not live in bondage to any questionable habits or hobbies, but that he will experience freedom in holiness as he yields to the Spirit’s control. (1 Cor. 6:12, 10:31; 2 Tim. 2:4)

    Day 17
    Pray that your husband will enjoy his manliness as he patterns his life after Christ and strong men in the faith. Pray for his physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual strength. (Eph. 3:16; 1 Peter 2:21; 1 Cor. 10:11)

    Day 18
    Pray that your husband will have an eternal perspective—living in light of eternity. Pray that he will reject materialism and temporal values and put God first in his life. (Matt. 6:33; Deut. 6:5; Eph. 5:16; Ps. 90:12)

    Day 19
    Pray that your husband will be patient and a man of peace. Pray that he will not give in to anger, but will allow the Holy Spirit to control his responses. (Rom. 14:19; Ps. 34:14)

    Day 20
    Pray that your husband will yield his mind and thoughts to the Lord. Pray that he will not entertain immoral or impure thoughts, and that he will resist the temptation to indulge in pornography. (Prov. 27:12; 2 Cor. 10:5)

    Day 21
    Pray that your husband will learn how to relax in the Lord and, in his greatest times of stress, find joy and peace in his relationship with God. Pray that he will submit his schedule to the Lord. (Neh. 8:10; Prov. 17:22; Ps. 16:11)

    Day 22
    Pray that your husband will practice forgiveness in your relationship and with others. Pray that he will recognize any roots of bitterness, and yield any resentment and unforgiving attitudes to the Lord. (Eph. 4:32; Heb. 12:15)

    Day 23
    Pray that your husband will be a good father—disciplining his children wisely and loving them unconditionally. If he is not a father, pray that he will find a young man to mentor in the things of the Lord. (Eph. 6:4; Col. 3:21; 2 Tim. 2:1-2)

    Day 24
    Pray that your husband will have a balanced life—that he will balance work and play. Pray that he will fear God, but also gain favor with people he knows at work and church. (Luke 2:52; Prov. 13:15)

    Day 25
    Pray that your husband will be courageous in his stand against evil and injustice, and that he will stand for the truth. Pray that he will protect you and your family from Satan’s attacks. (Ps. 31:24; Eph. 6:13; Ps. 27:14)

    Day 26
    Pray that your husband will discover and live his God-given purpose. Pray that he will offer all his dreams to the Lord, and pursue only those goals that will bring God glory and count for eternity. (Jer. 29:11; 1 Cor. 10:31)

    Day 27
    Pray that your husband will understand the importance of taking care of his body—the temple of the Holy Spirit—for the glory of God. Pray that he will practice self-control by making wise food choices, and get sufficient exercise to stay healthy. (Rom. 12:1-2; 1 Cor. 6:19-20, 9:27)

    Day 28
    Pray that your husband will be a man of prayer. Pray that he will seek and pursue God in purposeful quiet times. (1 Thess. 5:17; Luke 22:46; James 5:16)

    Day 29
    Pray that your husband will surrender his time and talents to the Lord. Pray that his spiritual gifts will be manifest in his career, at church, and in your home. (Eph. 5:15-16; 1 Cor. 12:4, 7)

    Day 30
    Pray that your husband will serve God and others with pure motives. Pray that he will obey the Lord from his heart, and glorify Him in everything. (1 Cor. 10:13; John 7:17-18; Col. 3:23-24)

    Day 31
    Pray that your husband will recognize the lies of the Enemy in his life. Pray that his attitudes and actions will be guided by the truth as he brings his thoughts into captivity to the Word of God. (John 8:44; 2 Cor. 10:4-5)

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  29. 833. http://www.thehighcalling.org/faith/living-our-litanies
    (A blessing shared by Verona)
    Living Our Litanies
    by Charity Singleton
    “The very night I finished radiation, I joined a gym. It was on my list, right before, “Get Pizza for Dinner.” When I mentioned the pizza to the manager who was registering my gym membership, he said lots of people do that. Go hog wild the night they join a gym.

    But it wasn’t like that for me. Eating pizza wasn’t hog wild. It was just a way to keep living.

    Although cancer treatment is no picnic, the days and months following the treatment have been hardest for me in the past. While I am seeing doctors and having blood tests and being radiated every day, I feel like I’m fighting the disease. When it stops, I feel like a sitting duck for cancer to return.

    After my first and toughest cancer treatment, I stopped planning, lived one day at a time for months on end, telling every person who invited me to dinner or asked me to a movie for the upcoming weekend that I wasn’t sure if I could make it. I might not be alive then was what I was thinking, as if never planning anything was much of a life.

    This time around, I am trusting the Lord for something different. Not only am I planning, I’m planning big and long, not because there are any guarantees but because the abundant life Jesus promised me starts here and now and has nothing to do with fear and doubt.

    A few weeks before my surgery last August, my friend Kelly was watching the Cars 2 movie with her sons and decided she and I should plan a trip to Italy. So, a few weeks ago, Kelly texted me and said she had started her Italy savings fund. Italy is officially on the list.

    So is attending the Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College this Spring and taking another crack at writing a book and training this silly puppy of mine to quit jumping.

    This is not a bucket list. These aren’t things I have to do before I die. These are things I have to do if I want to keep on living. This litany is really just a prayer in disguise: Lord, keep me hoping.

    If this list of mine really is about living, though, it can’t just have the big things on it. Trips to Italy and writing books can motivate for a while, but those goals are so far away, and I have a lot of living to do in the meantime.

    My litany needs to include things like writing letters to my nieces and nephews, reading good books, memorizing Scripture, walking Tilly every day. I need to write down every single one of those things on the list, and then I need to hand it to Jesus. Is this what you want my life to look like?

    Past experience tells me it would be easier to make a different kind of list, to number one by one all the things cancer has taken from me. Don’t get me wrong; I’ve made those lists in the past.

    In her post, “How Our Litanies Shape Us,” Stephanie Smith talks about this kind of catalog of complaints and what that can do to a soul.

    If a litany of naming all things good and beautiful directs us into grace, then a litany of complaints deforms us. I have been cataloging my complaints and I am afraid they are becoming ingrained in my living. But counting faults and keeping score is tiring. And I don’t like the fact that I so willingly spend myself on counting and collecting injuries, when I could find freedom in simply letting them go.

    As I was finishing up a recent appointment with my oncologist, he mentioned the new doctors he was hiring for his practice, and I asked him if there was a retirement in his near future.

    “Oh, I don’t know. I still want to work, I just want lots of time off in the summer,” he said, kind of chuckling.

    “Well, then, I just need to plan my cancer recurrences for the Spring or Fall then, huh?” I teased.

    “No, you just need to retire from cancer recurrences altogether,” he said. “It’s very possible that’s what you’ve done.”

    We shook hands, and I left.

    Breathing hope into others, I thought. That’s going on the list, too.”

    834. Eph 1:3

    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

    835. .Wonderful time of fellowship with Dave who came over for dinner last night

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  30. 833. You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.
    C. S. Lewis

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    834. ” There is something beautiful about all scars of whatever nature. A scar means the hurt is over, the wound is closed and healed, done with.”
    Harry Crews

    835. The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.
    William James

    836. I have learned from experience that
    the greater part of our happiness or misery
    depends on our dispositions
    and not on our circumstances.
    Martha Washington

    837. “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” Elizabeth Kubler Ross
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    838. “Some People Grumble Because The Roses has Thorns. Be Thankful Instead That The Thorns Have Roses” Unknown
    839. If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them. When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope? We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up, or fight …. ~Lance Armstrong

    840. 31 Days of Prayer for Your Child

    Quote and prayer guide below is from: http://hsbapost.com/2009/11/01/31-days-of-praying-for-your-child/

    “Never underestimate the power of prayer. Out of all the things we do for our children on a daily basis, prayer is the most powerful tool we have. Comedian Tim Hawkins has this great routine where he talks about the Scripture verse concerning a “hedge of protection” that we can pray around people. He said that he is not satisfied with a hedge. He is afraid that the devil can jump right over that hedge. He said he wants to power up his prayers and build a concrete wall, a moat and some razor wire so that nothing can get over that bad boy to his kids.
    Exactly the way I feel too. I want my spiritual knees to be so calloused that Satan shakes in his boots when he even thinks about coming near my boys. Don’t even think about coming near my sweet little twin nieces? We’ll put some Kung Fu spiritual hurting on you.

    31 Days of Prayer for Your Child

    1 salvation “Lord, let salvation spring up within my children, that they may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory” (Isaiah 45:8, 2 Timothy 2:10).

    2 growth in grace “I pray that they may ‘grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ’” (2 Peter 3:18).

    3 love “Grant, Lord, that my children may learn to ‘live a life of love,’ through the Spirit who dwells in them” (Ephesians 5:2, Galatians 5:22).

    4 honesty and integrity ” May integrity and honesty be their virtue and their protection” (Psalm 25:21, NLT).

    5 self-control ” Father, help my children not to be like many others around them, but let them be ‘alert and self-controlled’ in all they do” (1 Thessalonians 5:6)

    6 a love for God’s Word ” May my children grow to find your Word ‘more precious than gold, than much pure gold; [and] sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb’” (Psalm 19:10).

    7 justice ” God, help my children to love justice as you do and to ‘act justly’ in all they do” (Psalm 11:7, Micah 6:8).

    8 mercy ” May my children always ‘be merciful, as [their] Father is merciful’” (Luke 6:36).

    9 respect (for self, others, authority) ” Father, grant that my children may ’show proper respect to everyone,’ as your Word commands” (1 Peter 2:17a).

    10 strong, Biblical self-esteem ” Help my children develop a strong self-esteem that is rooted in the realization that they are ‘God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus’” (Ephesians 2:10).

    11 faithfulness “‘ Let love and faithfulness never leave [my children],’ but bind these twin virtues around their necks and write them on the tablet of their hearts” (Proverbs 3:3).

    12 courage “May my children always ‘Be strong and courageous’ in their character and in their actions” (Deuteronomy 31:6).

    13 purity “‘Create in [them] a pure heart, O God,’ and let their purity of heart be shown in their actions” (Psalm 51:10).

    14 kindness “Lord, may my children ‘always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else’” (1 Thessalonians 5:15).

    15 generosity “Grant that my children may ‘be generous and willing to share [and so] lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age’” (1 Timothy 6:18-19).

    16 peace, peaceability “Father, let my children ‘make every effort to do what leads to peace’” (Romans 14:19).

    17 joy ” May my children be filled ‘with the joy given by the Holy Spirit’” (1 Thessalonians 1:6).

    18 perseverance ” Lord, teach my children perseverance in all they do, and help them especially to ‘run with perseverance the race marked out for [them]‘” (Hebrews 12:1).

    19 humility ” God, please cultivate in my children the ability to ’show true humility toward all’” (Titus 3:2).

    20 compassion ” Lord, please clothe my children with the virtue of compassion” (Colossians 3:12).

    21 responsibility ” Grant that my children may learn responsibility, ‘for each one should carry his own load’” (Galatians 6:5).

    22 contentment ” Father, teach my children ‘the secret of being content in any and every situation. . . . through him who gives [them] strength’” (Philippians 4:12-13).

    23 faith ” I pray that faith will find root and grow in my children’s hearts, that by faith they may gain what has been promised to them” (Luke 17:5-6, Hebrews 11:1-40).

    24 a servant heart ” God, please help my children develop servant hearts, that they may serve wholeheartedly, ‘as to the Lord, and not to men’” (Ephesians 6:7, KJV).

    25 hope ” May the God of hope grant that my children may overflow with hope and hopefulness by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).

    26 the willingness and ability to work hard ” Teach my children, Lord, to value work and to work hard at everything they do, ‘as working for the Lord, not for men’” (Colossians 3:23).

    27 a passion for God ” Lord, please instill in my children a soul that “followeth hard after thee,” a heart that clings passionately to you (Psalm 63:8, KJV).

    28 self-discipline ” Father, I pray that my children may develop self-discipline, that they may acquire ‘a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair’” (Proverbs 1:3).

    29 prayerfulness ” Grant, Lord, that my children’s lives may be marked by prayerfulness, that they may learn to ‘pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests” (Ephesians 6:18).

    30 gratitude ” Help my children to live lives that are always ‘overflowing with thankfulness,’ ‘always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ’” (Colossians 2:7, Ephesians 5:20).

    31 a heart for missions ” Lord, please help my children to develop a heart for missions, a desire to see your glory declared among the nations, your marvelous deeds among all peoples” (Psalm 96:3).”

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  31. I was looking over my cumulative “1000 gift list” and discovered I’ve made plenty of goofs along the way numbering my gifts. It started all the way back with two #60s plus other repeats. I’m busy and it’s too much trouble for me to worry about getting the numbers straightened out so I’ve decided it doesn’t matter to me. I’m actually beyond the number it says I’m on so I’ll reach 1000 before it looks like it. I plan on going way beyond 1000 (I love this habit of my gratefulness list!) and can see I am just getting started recognizing and thanking God for how He LAVISHES me in His blessings every day. If you guys reading this haven’t started your own gratefulness list, what do you think about starting TODAY? You are going to LOVE it!

    841.Sue’s new sig line: “Every experience God gives us, every person He puts into our lives, is the perfect preparation for a future only He can see.” Corrie ten Boom

    842.Salad picnic lunch in the sun with Esther D. after arm therapy –bringing back last year’s “Gerson Gals” memories. Yum on salad dressing of freshly squeezed OJ with pinches of basil, oregano, tyme, marjoram

    843. “Jesus+Nothing=Everything” – Tullian Tchividjian

    844. Women agonize… over cancer; we take as a personal threat the lump in every friend’s breast. ~Martha Weinman Lear, Heartsounds

    845.The most important thing in illness is never to lose heart. ~Nikolai Lenin

    846. . Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death. ~Author Unknown

    847Know, then, whatever cheerful and serene
    Supports the mind supports the body too.
    ~John Armstrong

    848.Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. ~Winston Churchill

    849.Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway. ~Emory Austin

    850.The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. ~C.C. Scott

    851. My response is to get down on my knees before the
    Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all
    heaven and earth. I ask Him to strength you by his
    Spirit – not a brute strength but a glorious inner
    strength – that Christ will live in you as you open the
    door and invite Him in. And I ask Him that both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all
    Christians the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love.
    Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length!
    Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full
    in the fullness of God.
    EPHESIANS 3: 14-19 (THE MESSAGE)

    14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,[a] 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
    Ephesians 3:14-19 New King James Version (NKJV)
    852. Delightful anticipation over Joy, Hannah, and I camping together this weekend.

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  32. 853. Yesterday I was preoccupied and deep in thought when driving the kids home from Spanish lessons and on my way to pick up a gracious gift of wood for camping from precious friends Sue and Kirk. I must have been on auto-pilot mode because I never did even see a school bus stopped with the arm thingamabopper out when I drove by but the officer behind me who flipped on his flashing lights and siren did. I thank God that no children were crossing and I did not hurt or kill anybody. The reality that I potentially could have sure shook me up. I ordinarily am a very careful, safe driver.I could have killed an innocent kid crossing, lived with the heavy weight of that guilt from carelessness, and then gone to jail for it too. I thank God for His mercy and the policeman’s grace which I did not deserve. I deserved an almost $300 ticket I did not receive. I got to share a bit of the Lord’s goodness when he compared my drivers license with a full head of hair and me in a “Fight Like a Girl” with a pink ribbon cap with very short hair sticking out yesterday. He wanted me to step out of the vehicle, away from the children and tell him what was on my mind preoccupying me so much that I did not see the stopped school bus. He was a very compassionate man whose father died of cancer. Thank you Lord for protecting the children and taking care of us too. Please help me to be more careful and fully engaged, alert, and paying good attention when driving.Please help me to be a very safe driver and not be careless again. Please free me from all fearful thoughts. The Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything I need. The Lord is my Rock and I shall not fear.

    Sometimes I also think about how I deserve hell too after I die because I am a dirty rotten sinner that messes up plenty but I’m saved forever by grace alone and heading to Heaven because of that…a free, undeserved gift of Eternal Life because Jesus died on the cross to pay for my sins and was raised from the dead. That I have a free ticket to Heaven because of simple faith plus nothing is amazing…simply amazing! Help me to live for Your honor and glory and praise, dear Father.

    854. “We were made for victory. Sometimes we just have to find our way to that truth.” (In “Made to Crave”)

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  33. 855. A super fantastic camp out with Joy and Hannah over the weekend complete with a good climbing tree on our site

    856. Joe and his team’s help

    857. A beautiful group of cancer survivors at the fun belated Valentines Day Party last night and a special Mother/Daughter time with Joy

    858. Double rainbow on the way home Monday

    859. Enjoyable time with Mom O and Alan

    860.

    “Healing the Broken”: Song

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  34. 862. “Go-To” scripts on pp 215-216 of “Made to Crave: Satisfying your deepest desire with God. not food”” by Lysa Terkeurst (Direct qutes):

    “ 1.God has given me power over my food choices. I’m supposed to consume food.
    Food isn’t supposed to consume me:

    2 Cor 12: 9-10

    His grace is sufficient. His power is made perfect in weakness. When we are
    weak, then we are strong.

    2. I was made for more than to be stuck in a vicious cycle of defeat.

    Deut 2:3
    “You have circled this mountain long enough. Now turn north.”

    3. When I am considering a compromise, I will think past this moment and ask
    myself, “How will I feel about this choice tomorrow morning?”

    Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you,
    whom you have received from God? You are not your own: you were ought at a
    price. Therefore honor God with your body. 1 Cor 6:19-20

    4.When I am tempted, I either remove the temptation or remove myself from the
    situation.
    So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall. No
    temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful: He
    will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,
    he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. Therefore, my
    dear friends, flee. 1 Cor 10:12-14

    5. When there’s a special event, I can find other ways to celebrate rather than blowing my healthy eating plan.

    See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. Rev 3:8

    6. Struggling with my weight isn’t God’s mean curse on me, but an outside indication that internal changes are needed for me to function and feel well.

    Forget the former things: do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. is 43: 18-19

    7. I have these boundaries in place not for restriction but rather to define the parameters of my freedom.

    I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness. Romans 6:19″

    863. Stories of success and hope like this to inspire me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vr4CZjBRnA and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fM41J2o6xw8&feature=relmfu

    864. Fun lunch date with John at Chinese restaurant

    865. A sparkling van vacuumed by Joy

    866. Nice chats catching up with Carrie, Nita, Jan, Kelley, Nancy, and Kath

    867. Sometimes He Calms the Storm: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ti1SULYteI

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  35. 868. “You are my Beloved Child. I chose you before the foundation of the world, to walk with Me along paths designed uniquely for you. Concentrate on keeping in step with Me, instead of trying to anticipate My plans for you. If you trust that My plans are to prosper you and not to harm you, you can relax and enjoy the present moment.” – Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

    869. On Sunday afternoon our family came within about a literal 2 seconds from a potentially terrible, high sped head-on collision We were on our way home from church and someone coming from the opposite way was trying to pass another car and still in our lane and coming directly toward us in a blink of the eye. We barely saw it coming, it all happened so fast. God gave John quick reflexes and probably there were a bunch of angels involved in working things out so precisely. I’ve never been so close to a near crash like that and can only imagine the horrific details of what would have been had God not intervened. I don’t see how any of us could have survived it had that accident happened.. Thank You Lord for your protection and that our times are in YOUR Hands and You’ve numbered each of our days.

    870. Last Friday night my daughters had their final game in the Upwards Basketball season. I’ve never been so excited at a sports event in all my life as watching these young ladies. The whole team pulled together for an outstanding game and they beat an undefeated team: 13 to 12. All the girls improved tremendously over these last months and it was a joy to watch their sportsmanship and see them play their hearts out.

    871. Direst quote from: http://www.truewoman.com/?id=2032

    “No situation is so desperate that God cannot redeem it.
    If ever there was a situation that seemed hopeless, it was Esther’s. Orphaned as a girl, taken into a Persian harem, married to a cruel, arrogant, alcoholic husband, then faced with an edict intended to exterminate her entire race. It was a desperate situation, both for her and for her people. Her plight seemed hopeless. But the heavenly Kingdom rules over the earthly kingdom.
    When we are in the midst of that earthly drama, facing dire circumstances, we must keep reminding ourselves of this ultimate reality: Heaven rules! As Pastor John Piper reminds us, “In every situation and circumstance of your life, God is always doing a thousand different things that you cannot see and you do not know.” Never forget that. Write it on the tablet of your heart. And learn to wait for God to act, to wait on His time. The fact is, all the pushing, nagging, screaming, yelling, badgering, manipulating, whining, and shaming in the world won’t solve your problems. Those tactics may help you get your way in an immediate sense, but they will not win victories for the Kingdom of God. Making things happen is His role in your situation, and He is sure to act in His perfect time, according to His good, sovereign, and eternal will. It will be worth the wait, I assure you.”

    872. I am thankful to be well enough that I have been able to be super busy with things other than medical appointments lately

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  36. 873. I’m doing terrific and keeping very busy these days. A big thanks to those praying for me and my dear family! I am still receiving IV Herceptin every 21 days and looking forward to that being wrapped up in June. Then I’ll be able to get rid of my surgically implanted port–yea! As far as we can tell, thusfar things are looking A-OK in the cancer department–hooray!

    874. I am very grateful that I was selected to participate in a special opportunity to learn how to Fly Fish and be part of a retreat soon with some fellow breast cancer survivors from across the state of Florida. Next weekend is an amazing gift and answer to prayer and I’m very excited! http://castingforrecovery.org/

    875. 1212 is my year to work on getting back in shape. lose weight that I gained during treatment, and build back my health, God willing. Today I hit my 30 pounds bites the dust milestone–wahooo! I still have a ways to go to get to my ideal weight range but it’s coming along well. I am following a 100% raw, low fat vegan diet (nothing cooked and no food with or from a source with a face on it…just raw fruits, veggies, and seeds) and am part of an on-line ”Raw Food Boot Camp” program for three months, that’ll be finishing up for me in June. I always feel like a million bucks eating this way and like the food plan very much. Six years ago I got down to my goal weight using this raw diet and support group ( here is a link to my before and after story/photos from 6 years ago: http://www.rawfoodbootcamp.com/Before_After.php if you are interested)
    I got down to my ideal weight range before with God’s help and I can do it again, only this time for keeps–yo yo weight loss/gain is for tyhe birds! The principles in the “Made to Crave” book that I’ve mentioned before here and the support and accountability I’ve been having have been wonderful tools that God is using. I am encouraged, exercising lots, am loaded with energy and stamina, and doing very well–all blessings I do not take for granted.

    876. I am grateful for the Mama duck and her 15 new babies paddling behind her in a line that my daughter and I saw on our walk.

    877. We went and saw “No legs, no arms, no worries Nick” tonight. It was a blessing. http://www.northlandchurch.net/calendar/details/nick_vujicic

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  37. 878. Here I sit with my port hooked up to my infusion of Herceptin at the Cancer Institute. After today, I have just two more to go, hooray the end of this chapter in my treatment plan is in sight for June! Then I’ll just have my 5 years of an oral hormone blocker left as long as I remain cancer-free. I am thanking God that as far as I know I’m doing terrific and responding very well to cancer treatment. Cancer can be sneaky and tricky and doesn’t play fair and yet in the face of uncertainty and the unknown future I keep coming back to just WHO is in charge around here: GOD! He is teaching my heart to snuggle up in His love and rest and trust.

    879. I like this illustration in Living the Praying Life”:

    “When Jennifer picked up her toddler son, Stinson, from pre-school, he came out holding onto a red helium–filled balloon.

    She warned him not to let go of the balloon or it would go up into the sky.

    She turned away for a moment, and when she turned back there was Stinson’s red balloon floating up into the sky.

    Oh, I’m sorry you lost your balloon Stinson”, Jennifer said to him.

    “I didn’t lose it, Mommy! I gave it to Jesus!” he replied.

    The person who is living a praying life learns that nothing you give to Jesus is lost.

    Giving the thing you love best to the One you love most is what brings exuberant joy, the hallmark of a praying life.

    Do you have any red balloons you are clutching?

    Is there anything you need to give to Jesus – just because you love Him?

    Let go and experience His joy.”

    880. We are God’s Gift of Grace
    To One Another
    By Jan DraveckyMay our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father,
    who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement
    and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you
    in every good deed and word.
    2 THESSALONIANS 2:16 (NIV)

    What a privilege to extend God’s gift of grace to one another. As our hearts have been encouraged by His grace – we have all been called to share His grace with others.Grace is God’s love applied to our human condition. It is seen in a helping hand for the weary, in compassion for the broken, understanding for the confused, tenderness for the wounded, acceptance for the fallen and a loving embrace for the returning prodigal.God’s grace is …

    *Grace is powerful beyond our imagination. It is the most amazing act of grace in all of history. It compelled the King of Heaven to become a man and die a terrible death on behalf of the human race.

    *Grace is water for the thirsty, food for the starving, a helping hand for the weak, tender compassion for the sick and shelter for the homeless. The gift of God’s grace is the single greatest gift we can offer a pain-wracked world.

    *Grace is God’s love in action. The expression of God’s grace is the most precious commodity in all of creation. It Makes God’s love real to even the hardest, most wretched, wounded and hopeless heart.

    *Grace isn’t shocked by the depth of human brokenness or sinfulness. It doesn’t turn away in disgust or judgment from the sinner or the soul in pain. Instead it embraces the one made in the image of God no matter how marred the image may be.

    *Grace does not excuse wrongdoing. It does not excuse sin. Instead, it chooses to love the sinner.

    *Grace doesn’t judge or condemn. It knows that all people are broken and in need of mending so it does not presume that one is better than the other.

    *Grace places no expectations on its recipients. It is given freely – no strings attached.

    *Grace embraces us right where we are. It doesn’t sit on the sidelines awaiting our arrival at an acceptable position before it is given.

    *Grace takes the high road in human relationships. It chooses to reach out rather than to rather than to retaliate. It chooses to forgive, accept and embrace rather than turn away in anger, contempt or indifference.

    *Grace is gentle and unassuming. It creates a safe place for the wounded and downtrodden to uncover their wounds so that they can be healed.

    *Grace has no limits. We need only ask God to provide it. He never tires of our requests because He knows our need. Because we know …

    For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
    The LORD gives grace and glory;
    No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
    MATTHEW 11:40 (NIV)

    “The King will reply,
    ‘Truly I tell you,
    whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine,
    you did for me.’
    MATTHEW 25:40 (NIV)

    881. I had my socks blessed off at the Casting For Recovery Retreat. Wow, did we ever have fun!

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  38. 882. Here I sit hooked up to my FINAL , “every 21 days for a year IV Herceptin”. Woooohooooo! This is it!! Today is my last cancer treatment infusion. Now I just am on the daily pill of a hormone blocker for 5 years. My heart is full of praise and thanks to God for holding me close and seeing me through every step of the whole way. :0) I am so very happy to be finishing this up!

    883. Romans 8:15 in the Message: “This resurrection life we have received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a “what’s next, Papa?” That’s how I want to live my life!

    884. Sarah Young’s devotional on June 7th from “Jesus Calling”: “My presence with you is a promise, independent of your awareness of Me. Many things can block the awareness, but the major culprit is worry…..Who is in charge of your life? If it is you, then you have good reason to worry. But if it is I, then worry is both unnecessary and counterproductive.”

    885. The Message version of Ps. 31:15 says “Hour by hour I place my days in your hand”.
    886. This is a short video last October from an event I was blessed to be a part of from the STYLE FOR A CAUSE event held for COMPASSIONATE HANDS AND HEARTS BREAST CANCER OUTREACH. In it I am the one wearing a pink scarf and hugging the hairdresser toward the end. At the time I was bald and lashless and eyebrowless from chemo and fried from radiation. I praise the Lord I’ve got hair and feeling downright terrific now!

    887. CHANGE FOR A DOLLAR. – a heartwarming video:

    http://www.flickspire.com/m/Share_This/changeforadollar?lsid=161f9da9b7692b6854ca64548e80ab61

    888.

    “Be open to the possibilities … that these circumstances hold more than what I see right now.

    Be open to the possibilities … of God’s promise to grow good things in hard places.

    Be open to the possibilities … of discovering new hope.

    Be open to the possibilities … one day at a time.

    When I look ahead, I have a choice: fear the future or stretch my imagination to embrace God’s possibilities each morning.”

    —CAROL KUYKENDALL

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  39. 889. “Think about it.
    If God knows everything, the cancer diagnosis did not surprise Him.
    If God sees everything, He saw the bad news coming.
    If God has power over everything, He could have stopped it.But He didn’t.

    There are so many hidden meanings in those words. He could have, but He didn’t. What that says to me is that He is in control, in every aspect of the universe, He is in control.

    He is in control.
    Errant cancer cells are not.
    Toxic medicine is not.
    White- Coated doctors are not.
    Herbs and vitamins are not.
    You are not.
    I am not.”

    Quote from “When God and Cancer Meet” by Lynn Eib

    890. James 4:8 “I will come near to God and He will come near to me.”

    “I will…

    TRUST- in HIS timing

    RELY- on HIS promises

    WAIT- for HIS answers

    BELIEVE- in HIS miracles

    REJOICE- in HIS goodness

    RELAX- in HIS presence”

    (On a card given to me at the ladies retreat at Cappernium Inn http://capernaumministries.com/gallery/ this summer. It was a precious time with the Lord and sisters in Christ)

    891.”You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in Your book.” Psalm 56:8

    Joni Eareckson Tada said, “Every tear you’ve cried will be redeemed. God will give you indescribable glory for your grief, not with a general wave of the hand, but in a considered and specific way. Each tear has been listed, each will be recompensed. I’ve cried a few times over not having the use of my hands. I think it’s ironic that on the day in Heaven when I finally get back the use of my hands so I can dry my own tears…I won’t have to: ‘He will wipe every tear from our eyes’” (Rev 21:4)

    892. I love the word picture I have in my mind of the poster our friends Verona and Darrell (who are living in the realities of cancer) saw of a dog in the middle of a long jump. It says, “Live like someone left the gate open”. I like that! God truely has “left the gate open” to live fully with the freedom we have in Christ.

    893.”If the Gospel is not the best news you have ever heard, then you have misunderstood the Gospel.”

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  40. 893.Jeremiah 17:7-8 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit

    894. Quote from “Jesus Calling” :“When you face unexpected demands, there is no need to panic. Remember that I am with you. Talk with Me, and listen while I talk you through each challenging situation. I am not a careless God. When I allow difficulties to come into your life, I equip you fully to handle them. Relax in My Presence, trusting in My Strength.
    2 Corinthians 12:9
    “Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness”

    895.”The flower that blooms with adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.”

    896.”Faith is God’s invitation to make the impossible possible. He is glorified when we are enabled to do what we are unable to do” (unknown author)

    897.”In the midst of an ever-changing world, the good news is that the life of faith is anchored by the power, provisions and the promises of God. Circumstances may change, but the future is as sure as the character of God himself. No matter what happens, those who trust in God hope in his word” (Unknown author)

    898. Psalm 119:114
    “You are my refuge and my shield; your word is my source of hope”
    899. This song is running through my mind today:

    “In Christ alone my hope is found, He is my light, my strength, my song; this Cornerstone, this solid Ground, firm through the fiercest drought and storm. What heights of love, what depths of peace, when fears are stilled, when strivings cease! My Comforter, my All in All, here in the love of Christ I stand.”

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  41. Just 100 to go for my first 1000 gifts recorded!

    900. Phil 4:13 did me a world of good yesterday as I considered throughout the day how the fact that I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me applies in ALL areas of my life http://jpoliver.com/wordpress/archives/1140

    901. These are the questions and answers it boils down to for me:

    “Will I trust God completely through whatever He allows in my life”? Yes I will.
    “Who is in charge and complete control around here?” God, that’s Who.
    “What am I supposed to do with thoughts of fear, doubt, worry as I see so many in the grips of cancer reoccurrences”? Bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ and recognize the truth of a whole Bible full of verses teaching me how He wants me to live. I am not going to die one day before God lovingly brings me Home to Heaven and what a great day that’ll be!

    902. “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”–ha, ha
    – Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

    903 . Have you surrendered to despair because of your past or the inevitable situations in your life? Stop it! The greatest days of your life are before you. The past is over. Stop living life looking in the rear view mirror. Look forward. Press on! The best is yet to be, God never consults your past to determine your future.”–Hagee

    904. From the excellent book “When God and Cancer Meet” by Lynn Eib:
    “I hate the term ‘cancer victim’ . It somehow implies cancer is the victor. It wins; we lose… While we can do little to choose whether we get cancer, we can do a lot to choose whether we are it’s victims. I don’t just mean whether we live or die. I mean how cancer affects us in the deepest parts of who we are. I believe cancer cannot conquer our spirit unless we choose to become victims .”

    905. Psalm 57:10 ”For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.”

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  42. 906. “I can’t tell you how, when, or where God will bring a blessing through your trial of suffering. But I can tell you why–because His Word promises He will. Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose”.
    God will bring a blessing through your trial because you matter greatly to Him and He longs to show you that. He may bless you with physical healing, or He may bless you by healing you emotionally of some deep-seated hurts. He may bless you spiritually with the joy of knowing Him in a way you never have before. Or He may bless others through you in unimaginable ways.
    My blessing from cancer is certainly not the one I sought, but because God knows me and loves me, He knew how to bless me.”
    (Quote from When God and Cancer Meet by Lynn Eib)

    907.Joy’s happy and thrilling adventures with ChaCha Kath and ChCha Pris in Vermont this week

    908. Kelley’s good biopsy report on her lymph nodes

    909.
    Let Him be the unfaltering faithful God, willing to strengthen us for any and every circumstance.
    Let Him be the incredibly sovereign God, wise enough to know how and when to answer every prayer.
    Let Him be the mighty awesome God that he is, powerful enough to heal us at any and every level–powerful enough to heal…our body, mind, and spirit.”
    (Quote from When God and Cancer Meet by Lynn Eib)
    910.

    911. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2f1ItK-Alg&feature=youtube_gdata_player
    “That’s My King”: “Wow, what a God we serve! Preach it, Brother!” 🙂

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    912. “Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they go right on producing delicious fruit” (Jeremiah 17:7-8).

    913. Yesterday we put an offer in on a lovely short sale home in a great neighborhood. We made it above the asking price as 3 other prospective buyers were also submitting their best offers at the same time. We did not get it as someone else’s offer was higher. I am confident that house was not the house for us even though it looked like the best one yet. I am praying for Him to open and shut doors for a home for our family according to His will so I am counting this “no” as a loving gift. I am asking God for the house of HIS choosing —HIS BEST for us in HIS time. We’d sure appreciate prayer about this.

    914.
    Saw this blurb:

    Excerpt from the new Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing by Sally Lloyd-Jones

    In the beginning, God sang everything into being—for the joy of it—and set the whole universe dancing.

    God was in the center, at the heart of everything.
    Like the dance of the planets before the sun—turning, spinning, circling, wheeling, revolving, orbiting around and around—God made everything in his world and in his universe and in his children’s hearts to center around him—in a wonderful Dance of Joy!

    It’s the Dance you were born for.

    “The morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy.” JOB 38:7 (KJV)

    915. Joy flies home from Vt today! Yippeeee! I am so happy that she had this grand adventure with her ChaChas and am so happy to have our Sunshine Girl back with us. We missed her. 🙂

    916.
    Copied and pasted from http://www.cancerpatientadvocate.com/ I highly reccommend Lynn Eib’s books to anyone facing cancer or has a loved one going through it.

    “Dear friend, I wish you well on your-or your loved one’s-journey with cancer.
    I wish you a heart that has found the right attitude-a positive, realistic attitude.
    I wish you a mind that has found peace-by replacing worries with better thoughts and by focusing on the present and not on the “what-ifs” of the future.
    And I wish you a soul that has found hope-a hope based on the God of all Creation, who gives life true meaning.

    God can make blessing come from cancer when God and cancer meet, but we have to let Him choose the blessing.

    On the fifth anniversary of my cancer surgery, I wrote the following poem summing up what my journey with cancer has taught me:

    When your world is crashing down around you, trust Him.
    When what is unfolding doesn’t make sense, trust Him.
    When you see no light at the end of the tunnel, trust Him.
    When your silent tears spill down, trust Him.
    When the pain refuses to subside, trust Him.
    When your heart screams, “Why?” trust Him.
    When you have more questions than answers, trust Him.
    When the devil tells you otherwise, trust Him.
    When it’s the last thing you feel like doing, trust Him.
    When there’s simply nothing else to do, trust Him.

    Be encouraged: God can be trusted in all things . . . even cancer”.
    ____________________________

    Copyright Lynn Eib 2002. Excerpted from When God & Cancer Meet: True stories of hope & healing.

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  43. 917. “Live every day like its your last . . . one day you’ll be right.”

    918. Thinking through “Hope” and what it means to me and the fun of adding to Sharon’s collection with a creative card made by Joy

    H olding on tight to Jesus no matter what things look like
    O ptomism because God is always up to something good in my life
    P erserverence in the midst of sorrows and joys
    E ncouragement in His Word

    919. “Being diagnosed of cancer comes with a lot of uncertainties. It comes with a baggage that is bound to test your very character. Cancer is not the end of your life; it actually marks a new beginning. You should not let this disease rule over your life. It has to be fought, not feared. It can be handled and it can be battled with. Many people have done it, many people have survived it, and so can you…you are not alone in this fight.” —Unknown author

    920. From Ovie’s note:
    “God’s Word is an immovable anchor in times of storm.” “We learn more in our valley experiences than on our mountaintops.” “No Christian has ever been called to ‘go it alone’ in his or her walk of faith.” “Prayer is life’s greatest time saver.” “The dark moments of our life will last only so long as is necessary for God to accomplish His purpose in us.” “Trusting God means looking beyond what we can see to what God sees.” “Adversity is a bridge to a deeper relationship with God.”…..Touch Ministries.

    922. “No one can go back and make a brand new Start. Anyone can start from
    now and make a brand new Ending.”

    923. Isaiah 41:10 New Life Version

    Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will give you strength, and for sure I will help you. Yes, I will hold you up with My right hand that is right and good.
    Isaiah 41:10 Amplified Version
    Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.
    Isaiah 41:10 New King James
    Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

    Isaiah 41:10 New Living Translation
    Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

    Isaiah 41:10 King James Version
    Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

    This morning I am thinking through living in such a way that I am “fearing NOT” and how I can start from now and create a brand new ending,

    924. “When praying for healing, ask great things of God and expect great
    things from God. But let us seek for that healing that really matters,
    the healing of the heart, enabling us to trust God simply, face God
    honestly, and live triumphantly.”
    ~ Arlo F. Newell

    925. From the Sacred Journey by Charles Foster: “Arrival is less important than the journey. This is because if the journey is a walk with Yahweh-man, there is an important sense in which you have arrived already. Yes, intimacy develops, but do you ever say of a relationship, “I’ve arrived”? Along the road there may be moments of epiphany but if not, that’s fine. Ecstasy isn’t of the essence of relationship. But expect things to happen. Your incremental shuffle along the road is an incremental edging forward of kingdom borders—it’s a restoration of broken things and a making of new things.”

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    926. Quotes from “I’ll Take Routine, Please” by Karen http://breastcancerandfaith.blogspot.com/

    “The visits to the oncologist’s office remind us without any doubt that we definitely had cancer, but we’re just coming back to see if “it’s” come back. Strange thing, that cancer. We come back to see if it has returned. Our limited minds conjure up all sorts of scenarios on the way to the office.

    And what if it does come back? What will I do then? I don’t honestly know. But I guess for now – today – I’ll just keep doing what I do every day; I’ll trust in the Lord to take me through each struggle, every valley and every storm. Because when you really stop and think about it, even our most challenging days, our troubling pasts, and our difficult moments are all part of His plan to draw us closer to Him. Nothing surprises God. Praise God that our routine days – as well as those that weigh us down – remind us that we’re in this together, with Him holding our hand. “

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    927. Direct quotes from Sarah from her blog http://sarahkathryndavis.blogspot.com/:

    “Pretty much I love the life God has given me…however trying it may currently be. My life is not my own and I know now more than I ever have God has bigger and better plans for me than I could have ever imagined ”

    “I can’t tell you that I’ve gotten a clear message about how God is gonna use me in all this……I can only hope that my struggle will be for his glory and for his name sake. I hope that when people look at me they don’t see me but they see Jesus because without him I would have been dead a long time ago.
    … in times of trial is when my faith has been tested and I have cried out “Why me?”……I did not ask for this burden but I know that my father’s will is greater than my own and I trust him with everything I am.”
    Luke 22:42
    “Father if you are willing take this cup from me; yet not my will, but your be done”

    ”…like a wise woman once told me,’ don’t cheat someone out of their blessing and it blesses people to bless you.”

    “The way I see it is if you don’t think I’m gonna make it then your not on my team and I need people who believe in me to be on my team.”

    “…I will walk in there tomorrow morning not of my own strength but because my father walks with me and he has promised never to leave me even when I feel alone.”
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    928. Einstein says “Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.”

    929. “Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.”

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    930. “If God sends us stony paths, He provides strong shoes.” — Corrie ten Boom
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    931. Poem and excerpt below are from He Provides the Shoes, Walking with God through Breast Cancer By Karen Holmes
    http://www.breastcancerandfaith.com/book_excerpts.htm

    LOOK CLOSELY

    CHEMOTHERAPY
    implies more than you think.
    Look closely now,
    and don’t even blink.
    If we “dissect” the letters,
    what do we see?
    MOTHER in the midst of
    CHE-MOTHER-APY!

    It’s a robber of strength;
    our dignity is lost,
    We guard our children,
    no matter the cost.
    Our bodies betray us;
    instinctively we reckon,
    We’re MOTHERS first,
    and cancer survivors second.

    “As expected, but nonetheless extremely emotionally upsetting, shortly after my first dose of chemotherapy, my shoulder-length thick curly hair began to fall out in small clumps. The entry below describes my feelings surrounding my own head-shaving ordeal, an act meticulously performed by my lovely beautician (p. 50):

    “Then I heard her click it on and the telltale buzzing sound began. I had the crazy thought that it was like some great mutant insect descending on my head intent on destroying my hair like some biblical plague. I clenched my teeth to shore up my resolve, and then I forced myself to open my eyes and watch with a sort of fascinated horror as the shaving of my head commenced. When it was over I felt as if I’d been through a rite of passage: ‘Your head has been shaved! You’ve now entered the Land of Cancer. Please exit to your left.’”
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    932. Nicholas and I leave on Wednesday for his long awaited high school graduation gift: a trip to Washington D.C. for the Values Voter Summit. Thank YOU Lord for this gift of special time with my son. Nicholas loves politics and the time in D.C. will be a dream come true for him. I am so grateful that I am strong, healthy, and able to share this adventure with him, doing something of great interest to him.

    933.
    Deuteronomy 31:6–my personal application relating to cancer is in parenthesis below. I know it is out of context but a comfort for me to consider God’s heart in the recorded “fear nots” of the Bible and how I might apply them to my life, particularly when anxious thoughts bug me.
    King James Version (KJV)

    6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them:(hey, cancer cells could be applied here) for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

    Deuteronomy 31:6
    The Message (MSG)

    6 “Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them (anxious thoughts) a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.”

    Deuteronomy 31:6
    New International Version (NIV)

    6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, (ANYTHING) for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

    Deuteronomy 31:6
    Good News Translation (GNT)

    6 Be determined and confident. Do not be afraid of them. (Future “What ifs”, uncertainties about the unknown) Your God, the Lord himself, will be with you. He will not fail you or abandon you.”

    934. Joy’s and Hannah’s extraordinarily fun time with Miss Daisy and 4 other girls yesterday learning baking skills at her “Cupcake Bakeoff”. Neato!

    934. We leave for our week’s all-expense paid vacation on the beach in N.C. tomorrow http://www.littlepinkhousesofhope.org/ . It’s like a hug from God to our family! What a sweet blessing. I can’t wait! 🙂

    935. Nicholas and I had a delightful time together last week on a trip to Washington D.C which was my conservative politics-loving son’s high school graduation gift. The Values Voters Summit and our adventures in DC were wonderful and memorable http://www.frcaction.org/get.cfm?i=PG12H02. We were thankful to Eric and Cheryl for their gracious hospitality and the Lord worked out everything for smooth transportation navigating the Metro.

    936. more time this morning thinking through
    Deuteronomy 31:6
    King James Version (KJV)

    6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

    Deuteronomy 31:6
    Good News Translation (GNT)

    6 Be determined and confident. Do not be afraid of them. Your God, the Lord himself, will be with you. He will not fail you or abandon you.”

    Deuteronomy 31:6
    New Living Translation (NLT)

    6 So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”

    Deuteronomy 31:6
    Amplified Bible (AMP)

    6 Be strong, courageous, and firm; fear not nor be in terror before them, for it is the Lord your God Who goes with you; He will not fail you or forsake you.

    Deuteronomy 31:6
    The Message (MSG)

    6 “Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.”

    937. “The primary goal in our life is to love the Lord with all of the mind, soul, and heart. Idolatry is when we love anything above God. Our problem is that we love other things more than we love God. All of our sin flows out of idolatry. Our idolatry leads to multiplied sin and misery.

    Do you believe that Jesus Christ is enough? What is it in your life that means more to you than God?

    Your idol is whatever you’re willing to sin to get. Your idol is whatever you’re willing to sin because you don’t have. That’s your functional God. If unbelief and idolatry are our primary problems, what is the solution? We as Christians have good news!

    We are justified! Justification can be defined in two basic ways: Just as if I’d never sinned, and just as if I’d always obeyed. Christ’s perfect record has been applied to my account. We are forgiven and righteous.

    So the primary question of the Christian is not, “What would Jesus do?” The primary question should be, “What did Jesus do?”

    People will never do enough to cause us to love them. Our ability to love others is rooted in Christ’s love. We don’t love others based on their performance. If we do, we will continue to struggle. Only Jesus can rescue us from idolatry. He came to save sinners. There is no room for self-help in loving others. Only God’s love is able to transform us.”

    Quote from: http://www.truewoman.com/?id=2242

    938. Quote from Kathy Geiger I just re-read in my blog from October of last year:
    “…I also know that He does not give us more than we can bear at any one time because He does expect us to lean hard on Him and trust in His goodness and grace. He knows exactly what we are going through and is going through it with us every second of every day. He wants nothing but what is best for us and that best is Himself so He will use anything to draw us closer to Himself so that we get to trust Him more and lean on Him harder.”

    939. An old note from Nita:
    “…I read in the book on Margins – God says He is omnipotent. Either He is or He isn’t. God says that He is omniscient. Either He is or He isn’t. God is love. Either He is or He isn’t. There is no middle ground.”

    940. A reminder from Lillie’s reading that blessed me last year when I first read it and today when I read it again:

    “God loves to bless you. He has even declared that ‘blessings shall come upon you and overtake you.’ This means that you can’t run fast enough to escape them! When you turn one corner, there is a blessing waiting for you. When you turn another corner, you run smack into another blessing!

    941.
    “There are things known
    and there are things unknown
    and in between are the doors.”

    Jim Morrison

    942. Kelley’s kidney surgery went smoothly this week and she is recovering well. She’ll be home from the hospital soon thankfully.

    943. God’s tender care of Mom with her health issues and dear sisters in Arizona who are helping her in countless ways

    944. A vibrant double rainbow and my two delighted, budding photographers, Joy and Hannah, having a grand time taking pictures of it arching over the lake.

    945. Scooter’s soccer injuries being less serious than originally thought

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  44. 934. We leave for our week’s all-expenses paid vacation on the beach in N.C. tomorrow http://www.littlepinkhousesofhope.org/ . It’s like a hug from God to our family! What a sweet blessing. I can’t wait!

    935. Nicholas and I had a delightful time together last week on a trip to Washington D.C which was my conservative -politics-loving son’s high school graduation gift. The Values Voters Summit and our adventures in DC were wonderful and memorable http://www.frcaction.org/get.cfm?i=PG12H02. We are thankful to Eric and Cheryl for their gracious hospitality and the Lord worked out everything for smooth transportation navigating the Metro, PTL.

    936. I read this this morning again :
    Deuteronomy 31:6
    King James Version (KJV)

    6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

    Deuteronomy 31:6
    Good News Translation (GNT)

    6 Be determined and confident. Do not be afraid of them. Your God, the Lord himself, will be with you. He will not fail you or abandon you.”

    Deuteronomy 31:6
    New Living Translation (NLT)

    6 So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”

    Deuteronomy 31:6
    Amplified Bible (AMP)

    6 Be strong, courageous, and firm; fear not nor be in terror before them, for it is the Lord your God Who goes with you; He will not fail you or forsake you.

    Deuteronomy 31:6
    The Message (MSG)

    6 “Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.”

    937. “The primary goal in our life is to love the Lord with all of the mind, soul, and heart. Idolatry is when we love anything above God. Our problem is that we love other things more than we love God. All of our sin flows out of idolatry. Our idolatry leads to multiplied sin and misery.

    Do you believe that Jesus Christ is enough? What is it in your life that means more to you than God?

    Your idol is whatever you’re willing to sin to get. Your idol is whatever you’re willing to sin because you don’t have. That’s your functional God. If unbelief and idolatry are our primary problems, what is the solution? We as Christians have good news!

    We are justified! Justification can be defined in two basic ways: Just as if I’d never sinned, and just as if I’d always obeyed. Christ’s perfect record has been applied to my account. We are forgiven and righteous.

    So the primary question of the Christian is not, “What would Jesus do?” The primary question should be, “What did Jesus do?”

    People will never do enough to cause us to love them. Our ability to love others is rooted in Christ’s love. We don’t love others based on their performance. If we do, we will continue to struggle. Only Jesus can rescue us from idolatry. He came to save sinners. There is no room for self-help in loving others. Only God’s love is able to transform us.”

    Quote from: http://www.truewoman.com/?id=2242

    938. Quote from Kathy Geiger I just re-read in my blog from October of last year:
    “…I also know that He does not give us more than we can bear at any one time because He does expect us to lean hard on Him and trust in His goodness and grace. He knows exactly what we are going through and is going through it with us every second of every day. He wants nothing but what is best for us and that best is Himself so He will use anything to draw us closer to Himself so that we get to trust Him more and lean on Him harder.”

    939. An old note from Nita:
    “…I read in the book on Margins – God says He is omnipotent. Either He is or He isn’t. God says that He is omniscient. Either He is or He isn’t. God is love. Either He is or He isn’t. There is no middle ground.”

    940. A reminder from Lillie’s reading that blessed me last year when I first read it and today when I read it again:

    “God loves to bless you. He has even declared that ‘blessings shall come upon you and overtake you.’ This means that you can’t run fast enough to escape them! When you turn one corner, there is a blessing waiting for you. When you turn another corner, you run smack into another blessing!
    941.
    “There are things known
    and there are things unknown
    and in between are the doors.”

    Jim Morrison

    942. Kelley’s kidney surgery went smoothly this week and she is recovering well. She’ll be home from the hospital soon thankfully.

    943. God’s tender care of Mom with her health issues and dear sisters in Arizona who are helping her in countless ways

    944. A vibrant double rainbow and my two delighted, budding photographers, Joy and Hannah, having a grand time taking pictures of it arching over the lake.

    945. Scooter’s soccer injuries being less serious than originally thought

    950. God’s provision of a nice, used Honda Civic at a good price to replace a van that died

    951. God’s answered prayer of Dave getting to visit Lu at last. God’s timing is always on time.

    It sure has/is doing me a world of good to count some of my blessings with this 1000 gifts gratefulness list!

    Paula

    952. It is mind boggling to me that God arranged such a loving gift for us and that we were one of the 8 families selected for this all expenses paid retreat here on Oak Island, N.C. It’s a very beautiful place! The beach area reminds me very much of family vacations camping in Rhode Island as a kid. The Little Pink Houses of Hope organization also has other beach retreats for families and singles throughout the year in North and South Carolina and Delaware –amazing, amazing, AMAZING. There are all sorts of activites planned for any families wanting to do them–all totally optional–they said they want the vacation to be custom fit to whatever each family needs: for some it’ll be just to rest and relax on their own for those who want that, or lots of group fun for those like our family who are thrilled about all the options available and plan to join in lots of the planned activities.

    Last night there was a delicious catered meal with a fabulous chef cooking up our meals right in front of us. We each chose from a large selection of a pasta bar, along with salad, and cookies for dessert, My pasta was sauteed with red peppers, onions, mushrooms, broccoli, peas, and topped with marinara sauce. Nicholas and John enjoyed the chicken and shrimp in their pasta dishes, Hannah got her favorite: plain pasta with lots of olives and Joy really enjoyed her chicken pasta alfredo.

    This morning we have group games on the beach (egg tossing and shaving cream are mentioned–HA), lunch of pizza and salad at a volunteer’s house.The 4 BR/2 Ba beach house (which is a cheery sunshiny yellow with two big porches) that we are staying at this week is exremely comfortable and absolutely wonderful in every possible way . It is well stocked in snacks, treats, and breakfast items especially selected to match our preferences and outstanding LPHOH group lunches and dinners are all provided for. I have decided to officially be off my diet this week –guilt-free–and resume it Oct 1st ! My goal is to be back to my ideal goal weight range by the end of the year after packing on the pounds during cancer treatment. I still have a ways to go but I am thankful for the progress I am making losing weight and on my way to getting trim and fit with God’s help. This week I am taking a break: relaxing and enjoying everything, including the food.

    There is a date night at a nice restaurant on Wednesday for couples while the kids are involved in other fun activities at the Rec Center. Afternoons are free times for exploring, relaxing, whatever. I so love being at the ocean and hope to do lots of walking on the beach. Last night after the group get-together the girls and I had a rip roaring time laughing and playing table games while John watched a movie and Nicholas did one of his favorite things: catch up on politics on TV. Today there is a top Bravo chef cooking contest finanilist giving us a cooking lesson and then making us dinner at the Country Club, Another evening will be an aquarium visit with dinner right there with the fishes (we’ll take a ferry over and our group will be the only ones at the aquarium at that time). We have an opportunity to learn stand-up paddleboarding and surfing–can’t wait! This week is full of adventures! They also offer golfing, kayaking, and fishing on a boat which will all be a blast. I am loving every part of this week! There is a family session with a professional photographer and fitness classes I am planning on too which will help offset the splurges. Can you tell I’m REALLY excited about this week?! Yippeeeeeeee and hoooray for all the fun we are having!

    Anyway, “WOW God, I can hardly believe You, dear Lord, have blessed our family in this way is all I gotta say! I am so grateful to Him and all the folks with the Little Pink Houses of Hope organization. What giving, beautiful hearts all these folks have: the LPHOH founder and volunteers, all the home owners who have donated their lovely vacation homes for the week to us families, all the activities and food and gift bags, a beyond my hopes and dreams brand of good times! The verse I am thinking of is that God brings joy from mourning and exchanges beauty for ashes.The gift of this week surely is “good measure, pressed down, and overflowing” from God’s Hand..

    It has been such a challenging and difficult time battling breast cancer and yet He has blessed our socks off with His grace and help and mercy and love throughout every detail, including during the toughest of times and has even had unexpected gifts and surprises along the way like this week. I am feeling strong and fit and healthy now and am cancer-free as far as I know and so very grateful to be here with my dear husband, precious children, and some new friends, making incredible memories we will treasure the rest of our lives. Thank You, Father!

    Wow, are we ever having FUN!!!!!!!

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  45. 953. “Choose joy, moment by moment, Paula…the kind that has nothing to do with circumstances and emotion and everything to do with God and His goodness. Because the joy of the Lord is my strength: I can choose joy like my weather, like my very own sky. Like my very own oxygen.” (adapted quote from aholyexperience.com)

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  46. 954. Beth K sharing her beautiful treasures from the Lord with me. Here is one He gave her after a long study on the wisdom of God“:
    “ When there are things I do not know about my life’s situation, I must focus on the things that I DO know about my God. I need to glance at my problem and gaze at my Savior. I need to pay attention to God—NOT what I fear—for His love casts out my fear (1 John 4:18). He is my shield, my light, my salvation, my strength and song. He is for me! Whatever my problem is, for this very trial, I have Jesus! …What DO I know and what do I NOT know (about my situation), and am I content with what I DON’T know because of WHO I DO know and because of WHAT I know about Him?”

    955. The blessing of being able to volunteer to put out literature for the Women of Faith conference this weekend in exchange for two free tickets for Esther and I. We had a wonderful time together! A few snippets from the weekend that blessed me:

    -” Contentment is a state of being we can learn”.””Feelings often don’t make good leaders” (Marily Meberg)
    -”When I am critical of others, ask God, ‘Is that in me, Lord?’” (Patsy Clairmont)

    -Psalm: Chapter 16:11
    You direct me on the path that leads to a beautiful life.
    As I walk with You, the pleasures are never-ending,
    and I know true joy and contentment.

    -”She did what she could: 5 words of Jesus in Mark 14 that will change your life” (Elisa Morgan) …Remembering that before she did what she could by pouring out her lavish gift on Jesus, she sat at His feet.

    -I enjoyed Amy Grant’s concert at the conference

    Amy Grant – Better than a Hallelujah

    ~Lyrics~

    God loves a lullaby
    In a mothers tears in the dead of night
    Better than a Hallelujah sometimes
    God loves a drunkards cry,
    The soldiers plea not to let him die
    Better than a Hallelujah sometimes

    We pour out our miseries
    God just hears a melody
    Beautiful the mess we are
    The honest cries of breaking hearts
    Are better than a Hallelujah

    The woman holding on for life,
    The dying man giving up the fight
    Are better than a Hallelujah sometimes
    The tears of shame for what’s been done,
    The silence when the words won’t come
    Are better than a Hallelujah sometimes

    We pour out our miseries
    God just hears a melody
    Beautiful the mess we are
    The honest cries of breaking hearts
    Are better than a Hallelujah

    Better than a church bell ringing,
    Better than a choir singing out
    (singing out)

    We pour out our miseries
    God just hears a melody
    Beautiful the mess we are
    The honest cries of breaking hearts
    Are better than a Hallelujah

    We pour out our miseries
    God just hears a melody
    Beautiful the mess we are
    The honest cries of breaking hearts
    Are better than a Hallelujah

    (better than a Hallelujah sometimes)
    better than a Hallelujah
    (better than a Hallelujah sometimes)

    Mandesa sang this song at the conference :

    Another I like: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AAALBo2DKs

    956. Soaking up fresh air and sunshine and time in the Word and prayer and remembering old times with my Gerson Gal Buddy while relaxing on flannel sheets under a tree at Langford Park

    957. Sage advice from my old friend Nina, mama to 12 kids in her FB status:

    “True rest – NO MORE WORRYING! There are 3 elements of FAITH that must be realized for it to be FAITH. 1) BELIEVE that God can do anything and can answer any problem. 2) DESIRE Him to handle the problem His way. 3) This is the one we don’t do when we worry… ACT right now AS IF God IS at work taking care of the problem, because HE IS. Our part is to be fully involved in our place of responsibility, have no anxiety, trust Him with NO thought of working it out yourself and simply FOCUS on God alone, with gratefulness and love. Apply this to what you worry about… and REST in HIS amazing provision for you.”

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  47. 958.
    Going to the Party
    By Randy Alcorn

    “Imagine someone takes you to a party. You see a few friends there, enjoy a couple of good conversations, a little laughter, and some decent appetizers. The party’s all right, but you keep hoping it will get better. Give it another hour, and maybe it will. Suddenly, your friend says, “I need to take you home.”
    Now?

    You’re disappointed–nobody wants to leave a party early–but you leave, and your friend drops you off at your house. As you approach the door, you’re feeling all alone and sorry for yourself. As you open the door and reach for the light switch, you sense someone’s there. Your heart”s in your throat. You flip on the light.

    “Surprise!” Your house is full of smiling people, familiar faces.

    It’s a party–for you. You smell your favorites–barbecued ribs and pecan pie right out of the oven. The tables are full. It’s a feast. You recognize the guests, people you haven’t seen for a long time. Then, one by one, the people you most enjoyed at the other party show up at your house, grinning. This turns out to be the real party. You realize that if you’d stayed longer at the other party, as you’d wanted, you wouldn’t be at the real party–you’d be away from it.

    Christians faced with terminal illness or imminent death often feel they’re leaving the party before it’s over. They have to go home early. They’re disappointed, thinking of all they’ll miss when they leave. But the truth is, the real party is underway at home–precisely where they’re going. They’re not the ones missing the party, those of us left behind are.”

    959. Joy and I took turns reading aloud last evening on a bench by the lake. The wind made it delightfully cool jacket weather and we saw the beautiful colorful changes of a brilliant sky as the sun went down–a lovely gift of a Mother/Daughter Time.

    960. Joy sharing this lovely song with me (Come to Jesus): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_4g8_e16dc

    961.

    “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”
    962.

    Logan is a 13 year-old boy who lives on a ranch in a very small town in Nebraska. His family listens to Christian Radio station 89.3FM KSBJ which broadcasts from Houston, TX. He called the radio station distraught because he had to take down a calf . This is the recording of that 2 minute call: a precious conversation I felt privileged to listen in on and I hope you guys will too.

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  48. 963.

    “What you think you can’t handle — might actually be God handing you a gift.”

    “…Giving thanks isn’t a pollyanna game — but a powerhouse game-changer….”

    “…And a gravelly voice speaks of cancer and a grave and a child whose name she wears around her neck, and we finger that name together and fiercely believe in a Father who knows and holds and cups like relief, like a lung, when we can’t breathe.”

    “And I think of everything I have chaffed against and railed about and howled to the heavens and who am I to know what is best or not — but when you bow and surrender to the sovereignty of God then you are in the posture to receive all as a gift.”

    Direct quotes above copied and pasted from: http://www.aholyexperience.com/2012/11/the-holiday-that-could-become-all-of-our-days-change-our-lives/ This book referred to in the link , “One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to live Life Fully” was what spurred me on to keep a Gratefulness List of some of God’s treasures for me has been such a rich blessing.

    964. Come to Jesus

    965.Vibrant red male cardinal swooping out of the entryway as we went in to meet someone who might soon become a new neighbor

    966. Fun weekend campout at Rock Springs with Joy and Hannah and many friends.

    967. Fresh starts and new beginnings after mess-ups

    968. The joy of meeting Princess, a fellow Her 2 Positive warrior, at Casting For Recovery last year and her recent Homegoing to Heaven. No more suffering or pain or tears or cancer for her.

    969.
    “I will not die an unlived life.
    I will not live in fear
    of falling or catching fire.
    I choose to inhabit my days,
    to allow my living to open me,
    to make me less afraid,
    more accessible,
    to loosen my heart
    until it becomes a wing,
    a torch, a promise.
    I choose to risk my significance,
    to live so that which came to me as seed
    goes to the next as blossom,
    and that which came to me as blossom,
    goes on as fruit.”
    ~ Markova
    ———————-
    970.

    “…But it occurred to me that when it comes to prayer, I have a couple of issues that cloud my vision:

    ■I don’t really believe God will answer.
    ■When God does answer my prayers positively, I let fear keep me from rejoicing.
    Do you ever see that same pattern in your prayer life? You pray, because you know you should, but never in your life do you really expect God to answer. That God would answer you seems almost too good to be true. You believe in your head that God hears you, but your heart refuses to make the leap of faith, lest you find yourself crushed with disappointment.

    And when God does shock you by giving you what you think you don’t deserve, you’re afraid to believe it. You’re sure there’s a joke somewhere, or that someone’s going to pull the rug from under you. So you hang on to doubt instead. You let fear paralyze you into inaction. You refuse to rejoice, lest someone find out that you’ve been given more than you deserve, that you’ve been dealt a good hand.

    But what if you really did believe that God wants to answer your prayers? What if you really did believe that God will give you more than you deserve? What if you allowed joy to get a hold of your heart as you learned to live by faith that God is all He says He is . . . and more?

    The irony is that He’s already given us more than we will ever deserve through His Son Jesus Christ. He’s already dealt us the best hand through Salvation. Perhaps today you simply need a reminder of His goodness. Perhaps today you simply need to keep on praying. The answer you’re waiting for may just be on the way. ”

    –Direct quote from http://www.truewoman.com/?id=2256

    971. The complex cyst that was on my left ovary for years seems now gone for good (without surgery–hooray!) and although my endometrial lining is thicker than it should be, probably due to the hormone blocker, the recent biopsy was benign. The Tamoxafen that I am on to help prevent a reoccurence of breast cancer can CAUSE uterine cancer ! and I am asking God to protect my uterus along with the rest of me. Thank You, Lord for a good report! I’d sure love to keep all my remaining innards and parts intact if possible.

    972. My dear mother-in-law recovering well from her third right hip replacement surgery and a special time with her yesterday at the Rehab facility

    973. The yummy fragrance of fresh pumpkin seeds roasting in the oven last night and the aroma of turkey in the oven today (even though I am a part vegan/part vegetarian and won’t have any, it does smell homey and good)

    974.

    Nuggets remembered and gleaned and my heart convicted and challenged as I start to re-read “Created to be his Helpmeet” by Debi Pearl (quotes below are hers):

    “Most people have practiced hitting the notes of bitterness, sourness, hurt feelings, and frustration so long that their soul finds the discordant notes easily, almost without thought. But you don’t have to keep on practicing discord: you can practice joy and thanksgiving just as easily, and certainly with more pleasure. Every day, every right response makes the fingers of your sould find the notes of joy and thanksgiving easier and easier.”

    “I want you to know something wonderful about Jesus. With Him, it doesn’t matter where you have been or who you have been with, (or all the mess ups you’ve made–my add on) because His love and forgiveness can reach down and make you whole. He is willing to love you and make you His bride, just as you are. And He asks you to be a bride to your husband, just as he is.”

    975. Wonderful, Merciful Savior http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=fvwp&v=9zH-jyiLOR4&NR=1
    Joy figured out how to play it by ear on the piano: hers is my favorite rendition

    976. Lovely time to chat and pray with Sonia on the phone

    977. Quote by Lynn Eib in “He cares” NLT New Testament re: 1 John 4:18 “Perfect love casts out all fear”:

    “Fear is a funny thing. Not “ha-ha” funny but pecular funny. You need a certain amount of it in order to live safely; but if you have too much of it, it paralyzes you from really living. The late psychiatrist M. Scott Peck had some great thoughts on the subject. He said, ‘The absence of fear is not courage: the absence of fear is some kind of brain damage. Courage is the capacity to go on in spite of the fear, or in spite of the pain.’
    ‘So how do we do that? Tell ourselves we’re really not afraid? Pretend that we have no fear? No, the apostle John…shows us a much better way. He writes that when we truly experience the love of God, His perfect love gets rid of all the fear. If you believe with your mind and your heart that God truly loves you, you will not fear today or tomorrow because everything that touches you first will be sifted through His loving Hands. “We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in His love” (1 John 4:16).
    ‘Is your back up against the wall? GOD loves you. Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? God LOVES you. Are your days numbered? God loves YOU. Trust in that love.”
    ————

    978. I am thankful that God is teaching and training the fingers of my soul to learn to find new, sweet notes of joy and thanksgiving that have nothing to do with circumstance and emotion–that He has put a new song in my heart!

    979. Breast cancer is rough stuff. It is sneaky and it doesn’t fight fair. Even after treatment it can seem to linger in the shadows waiting for a reappearance, causing fear and uncertainty. Sometimes I have felt like the cancer is like an elusive ”fertile cobra” loose in my house that I’ve been trying to cut up, poison, zap, infuse with Herceptin, and deprive of hormones. I’m not sure if it’s gone for good or just wounded for a time, coiled up, hiding from the doctors and I awhile, waiting to slither out with a bunch of genetically mutated babies someday, and ready to strike again. How I’d like to permanently evict the unwelcome intruder from this house of mine! Fear of the uncertain unknown can also poison one’s mind and be a joy robber. God has much, much better for me than that.

    We all have different ways of coping with difficulties. The Bible has been like a Love Letter from God to me and has been such a source of encouragement, hope, guidance, and comfort in my journeys through the ups and downs of life. This isn’t about “religion” for me, it’s about a relationship with God through the hardest time in my life which the last almost two years has been for me. I had my shockaroo mammogram December 30th, 2010.

    The Bible is loaded with scriptures that are uplifting through the storms and sunshine of the Her 2 Positive breast cancer fight. Sometimes I like to look up verses in different translations and versions (www.BibleGateway.com) to wrap my mind around them better which is what I did with Isaiah 41:10:

    Isaiah 41:10
    New Living Translation (NLT)

    10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
    Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
    I will strengthen you and help you.
    I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

    Isaiah 41:10
    New International Version (NIV)

    10 So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
    I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

    Isaiah 41:10
    (The Message)
    Don’t panic. I’m with you.
    There’s no need to fear for I’m your God.
    I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you.
    I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.

    My take-away application a la Paula:

    My soul can be at complete rest. I don’t have to be scared, worried, or discouraged about all this cancer mess because my God is in control and He is with me. Because of this reality, I do not need to fear because He’s my God and He’s got my back (along with every other single angle of my entire being). Right now as well as through every future step in this journey through Cancer Land He is going to give me ALL the strength and help I need. He is cradling me in the Palm of His Hand, holding me close, snuggling me in His sweet love that never fails, lifting me up in His victory. Yes, I can rest in Him.

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  49. 980. “When I was in the hospital after my cancer surgery, a friend came into my room and told me God was going to teach me great things through this trial. I wanted to take the IV out of my arm, stab it in hers, and tell her, ‘You get in the bed and learn great things from God, because I don’t want to learn this way’.

    If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with cancer, I doubt you’re rejoicing over the possibilities of what you can learn from suffering. But I hope you are praying and believing that God can touch you. Wherever you are. Right where you are:
    *Newly diagnosed and in shock, praying there’s been some mistake.
    *Facing surgery, praying the doctor can get it all.
    *Undergoing tests, praying for some good news finally.
    *Dealing with a recurrence, praying it’s been found soon enough.
    *At the end of medical hope, praying for a little more time.
    *Holding the hand of a loved one, praying to be strong for them.”
    –Lynn Eib in “When God and Cancer Meet” http://www.allbookstores.com/search?…o.x=10&Go.y=12

    981. Romans 8:26-28

    New Living Translation (NLT)

    26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. 28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

    Romans 8:28

    The Message (MSG)

    26-28 Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.

    982. “My Last Days”: These poignant stories caused me to take pause and think through my bucket list and changes I want to make in my life. As far as I know I’m doing terrific. Cancer has a way of reminding me of the brevity and fragility of life.

    983. “I have lived, laughed, loved and lost.
    I have cried, mourned and grieved,
    hoped, prayed, and healed.
    I have found strength and true beauty.
    I am a survivor.” (Unknown)

    984.

    “Today we fight. Tomorrow we fight. The day after, we fight. And if this disease plans on whipping us, it better bring a lunch, ’cause it’s gonna have a long day doing it.”
    – Jim Beaver, Life’s That Way: A Memoir

    985.
    Christmas songs by Iband

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