Promise #1: I will not fear, God is ALWAYS with me

I am listening again to James MacDonald’s CDs that my friend Sue loaned me: “Always True”: about some of God’s exceedingly great, magnificent, and precious promises in His Word.  These are some of the highlights/direct quotes that were a blessing to me from the series:

2 Peter 1:4

New Living Translation (NLT)

4 And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.

2 Peter 1:4

Amplified Bible (AMP)

4By means of these He has bestowed on us His precious and exceedingly great promises, so that through them you may escape [by flight] from the moral decay (rottenness and corruption) that is in the world because of covetousness (lust and greed), and become sharers (partakers) of the divine nature.

His promises are like diamonds hidden in a mountain of gold.

Promise: A declaration of what someone will do.  The character of the person is on the line.  God NEVER breaks a single promise.

I am an heir of God’s promises as His child.

Promise #1: I will not fear, God is ALWAYS with me.

Hebrews 13:5-6

New Living Translation (NLT)

 

 5 Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said,

   I will never fail you.
      I will never abandon you.”[a]

 6 So we can say with confidence,

   “The Lord is my helper,
      so I will have no fear.
      What can mere people do to me?”[b]

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.”

No one can fathom His greatness:

Psalm 145:3

New King James Version (NKJV)
 3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised;
         And His greatness is unsearchable

God is a promiser by nature.  His Word is brimming and overflowing with promises.  It’s an assurance God gives His people so they can walk by faith as they wait for Him to work.  God tells us “I can and I will.”

Hebrews 6:18

New King James Version (NKJV)

18 that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might[a] have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.

 

Psalm 119:140

New King James Version (NKJV)

 140 Your word is very pure;
         Therefore Your servant loves it.

Psalm 145:3  His promises are great, they come from a great God.

New King James Version (NKJV)

 3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised;
         And His greatness is unsearchable.

God’s plan is about the person He is making me into.  His plans are all good.:

Jeremiah 29:11

New Living Translation (NLT)

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good (wholeness) and not for disaster (evil), to give you a future and a hope.

  

Person resting in the promises of God has a great life no matter their circumstances–they are resting in His truth.  Do you think God is going to disappoint you?  Let you down?  No way!  He always has the final word.

Jeremiah 32:27

New Living Translation (NLT)

27 “I am the Lord, the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for me?

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Lord, every good gift comes from You.
 (From James 1:7)
 
137, Two dolphins playing close to the shore
138.  I will not fear, God is always with me
139. Enjoying table games and the Wi with the kids
140. Jumping over waves
141. Early morning and evening strolls on the beach

Father’s Love Letter

 
My Child,

You may not know me,
but I know everything about you.

Psalm 139:1
I know when you sit down and when you rise up.
Psalm 139:2

I am familiar with all your ways.
Psalm 139:3

Even the very hairs on your head are numbered.
Matthew 10:29-31

For you were made in my image.
Genesis 1:27

In me you live and move and have your being.
Acts 17:28

For you are my offspring.
Acts 17:28

I knew you even before you were conceived.
Jeremiah 1:4-5

I chose you when I planned creation.
Ephesians 1:11-12

You were not a mistake,
for all your days are written in my book.

Psalm 139:15-16

I determined the exact time of your birth
and where you would live.

Acts 17:26

You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
Psalm 139:14

I knit you together in your mother’s womb.
Psalm 139:13

And brought you forth on the day you were born.
Psalm 71:6

I have been misrepresented
by those who don’t know me.

John 8:41-44

I am not distant and angry,
but am the complete expression of love.

1 John 4:16

And it is my desire to lavish my love on you.
1 John 3:1

Simply because you are my child
and I am your Father.

1 John 3:1

I offer you more than your earthly father ever could.
Matthew 7:11

For I am the perfect father.
Matthew 5:48

Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand.
James 1:17

For I am your provider and I meet all your needs.
Matthew 6:31-33

My plan for your future has always been filled with hope.
Jeremiah 29:11

Because I love you with an everlasting love.
Jeremiah 31:3

My thoughts toward you are countless
as the sand on the seashore.

Psalms 139:17-18

And I rejoice over you with singing.
Zephaniah 3:17

I will never stop doing good to you.
Jeremiah 32:40

For you are my treasured possession.
Exodus 19:5

I desire to establish you
with all my heart and all my soul.

Jeremiah 32:41

And I want to show you great and marvelous things.
Jeremiah 33:3

If you seek me with all your heart,
you will find me.

Deuteronomy 4:29

Delight in me and I will give you
the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37:4

For it is I who gave you those desires.
Philippians 2:13

I am able to do more for you
than you could possibly imagine.

Ephesians 3:20

For I am your greatest encourager.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

I am also the Father who comforts you
in all your troubles.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

When you are brokenhearted,
I am close to you.

Psalm 34:18

As a shepherd carries a lamb,
I have carried you close to my heart.

Isaiah 40:11

One day I will wipe away
every tear from your eyes.

Revelation 21:3-4

And I’ll take away all the pain
you have suffered on this earth.

Revelation 21:3-4

I am your Father, and I love you
even as I love my son, Jesus.

John 17:23

For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed.
John 17:26

He is the exact representation of my being.
Hebrews 1:3

He came to demonstrate that I am for you,
not against you.

Romans 8:31

And to tell you that I am not counting your sins.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19

Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19

His death was the ultimate expression
of my love for you.

1 John 4:10

I gave up everything I loved
that I might gain your love.

Romans 8:31-32

If you receive the gift of my son Jesus,
you receive me.

1 John 2:23

And nothing will ever separate you
from my love again.

Romans 8:38-39

Come home and I’ll throw the biggest party
heaven has ever seen.

Luke 15:7

I have always been Father,
and will always be Father.

Ephesians 3:14-15

My question is…
Will you be my child?

John 1:12-13

I am waiting for you.
Luke 15:11-32


Love, Your Dad
Almighty God

Father’s Love Letter used by permission Father Heart Communications
© 1999-2011 www.FathersLoveLetter.com

http://www.fathersloveletter.com/video.html

 
 
Lord, every good gift comes from You.
 (From James 1:7)

 

127. A very special time yesterday at my favorite restaurant, Sweet Tomatoes, with Vanessa and all the other ladies who came and their outpouring of love and delightful surprises

128. We are leaving today for the beach this week.  I love being at the ocean with my family!

129. Ruth’s nurturing massages

130. The wig cap from Marla which makes the wig more comfortable on my scalp

131. Fun fellowship having Jim and Becca over for supper last night

132. Multiple soaking rain showers watering the plants this week

133. John heart to reach out to hurting people

134.  Betsy’s job promotion

135, Heidi’s new home

136. Kathy removong tics in time to avoid her getting Lymes’s Disease

Jesus says to You, “I am Enough. I am More Than Enough.”

Songs I looked up and listened to this morning:
 
I Can Only Imagine
 
Open the Eyes of my Heart
 
I’m Trading my Sorrows
 

 
“Don’t be consumed by what you don’t have, just bring what you do have to Jesus, and watch Him do what only He can do.  And my God will meet all your needs.  No matter what you are facing right now, Jesus says to you, I am enough.  I am enough.  I am more than enough.”
 
–From “God’s Shelter for Your Storm” By Sheila Walsh
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Lord, every good gift comes from You:

117. Jesus is more than enough, no matter what I face

118. A Father/Son Time last night for John and Nicholas

119. Theresa having a great first day teaching her class

120. Belly laughs

121. Reminiscing over precious baby pictures of our quiver

122. A whole entire mouth, lips, throat, tongue, ears, and nose completely free from chemo sores…hooray!

123. My position “in Christ”

124. God is WAY bigger than pain and cancer

125.Anticipation of our generous gift from Mom and Alan next week: more time at the beach on my third week after chemo when I am feeling my best

126. Enjoyment again of  humor about transportation terminology in Indonesia

“I’m trading my sorrow
I’m trading my shame
I’m laying them down for the joy of the Lord

I’m trading my sickness
I’m trading my pain
I’m laying them down for the joy of the Lord
[ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/d/darrell_evans/trading_my_sorrows.html ]
[Chorus:]
And we say yes Lord yes Lord yes yes Lord
Yes Lord yes Lord yes yes Lord
Yes Lord yes Lord yes yes Lord Amen

I’m pressed but not crushed persecuted not abandoned
Struck down but not destroyed
I’m blessed beyond the curse for his promise will endure
And his joy’s gonna be my strength

Though the sorrow may last for the night
His joy comes with the morning

“My God will meet ALL your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” Phil 4:19

Hebrews 12:12

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith….”
Hebrews 12:12
  

Hebrews 12:2

American Standard Version (ASV)

 

 2 looking unto Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising shame, and hath sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:2

New Living Translation (NLT)

 

2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.[a] Because of the joy[b] awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.

Hebrews 12:2

Amplified Bible (AMP)

2Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:2

New International Version (NIV)

2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:2

New King James Version (NKJV)

2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

  
  
Lord, please “fix my eyes on Jesus”. Give me a steadfast, focused gaze that does not waver and does not get distracted by anything else.  I want eyes that keep looking, and looking and looking at YOU;  the Champion, the Author and Perfecter,  Pioneer and Finisher, the Source and Initiator of my faith.  Thank You that You Who began a good work in me will bring it to completion.
  
  
  
Lord, every good gift comes from You.

From James 1:17

  
100. New tender baby cukes on the vine
  
101. Reading together in bed with John
  
102. Ability and satisfaction of checking off some items on my neglected things to be done list
 
103. Tinkling  chimes in the wind
 
104. Nice visit with Jackie stopping by with bread family will enjoy
 
105. Sweet prayer time with Ruth
 
106. The mutual pleasure of tucking and snuggling sweet girls in bed
 
107. Nicholas getting registered for dual enrollment at SSC for Freshman English
 
108. Feeling well enough for a short bike ride with Hannah
 
109. Boats lined up at the nearby marina
 
110. The beautiful sound of my girls singing praise to God
 
111. Nicholas getting a 100 on his Economics assignment today
 
112  A faithful, loving husband
 
113. Tina making our apartment sparkly – clean
 
114. A surprise purple zebra – striped bloom in flower pot by my garden
 
115. Joy making yummy mashed potatoes
 
115. Bryan and Pam emailing me some humor
 
116. The bold red cardinal in the tree
 
 
 
 

Romans 15:13

 

Romans 15:13

Amplified Bible (AMP)

13May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope.

Romans 15:13

New International Version (NIV)

 13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

 13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

It’s been a tough week after chemo.   As somebody who has been feeling physically sick, exhausted, weak, in pain,  and on the miserable side along with being rather low in the faith, joy, peace, and hope departments, this is what I get out of this verse for me:

I can not conjure/whip up/create genuine down-deep joy, peace, and hope  on my own and thankfully that is not His arrangement or intent.  It is GOD, my God, who is the source of all hope , whose desire it is to fill me completely, utterly, and entirely with joy and peace.  This joy and peace has nothing to do with circumstance or emotion or getting the things I want and everything to do with HIM.  My part is to believe, rest in, trust in, let go, cleave to, rely on, adhere to, cast my care on, relax in, lean into, place my confidence and have faith in HIM…  NOT in how things appear to be going or how things seem to sometimes work out for others before and around me, etc.  My job is the trusting part, to choose what He already has for me.    Through the power of the Holy Spirit  the result is a  bubbling over, an abounding, a spilling out from overflow of confident hope.  He is “THE” God of hope, my hope, all hope. 

What kind of joy and peace and hope is this He offers me?  Supernatural, that’s what.  Certainly not natural to weak, doubting flesh,  Radical.  It’s the brand that is not dependent on anything I can see or feel.  HE is the One I choose to put my faith in, to believe, to trust no matter what. 

 Sometimes I’m not so good at trusting God. I want to be strong in faith.  I KNOW that He is the One Who absolutely is worthy of my absolute confidence. His Word, His character, and His track record proves it over and over but sometimes I do get discouraged and I flounder and have despairing thoughts.  Does God have grace and help when His kids aren’t soaring high, full of faith?   Can He help me to trust Him…teach this struggling, doubting scardey-cat daughter of His these truths? Yes He can.  I know He can.  I am going to ask Him to FILL me up to overflowing with the kind of faith that pleases Him and brings Him honor and glory. 

I cry out to You Lord, asking YOU to flood my heart with confident faith in YOU.  You are totally worthy of my trust and yet my eyes are bad.  I don’t see things the way You do.  I get mixed up, forgetting that You know better than I do what would be the best way to answer my prayers.  Father, I sure am getting a lot of “opposite” answers of what I think is best.  Can YOU please help me to be brave through the pain and this battle with cancer?  I’m not sure I “get” the point of all this pain that is not letting up.  I am trying to learn all the lessons You have for me in it and I would rather not extend any need for additional pain. As far as I know this is not chastening and  I am confessed up in the sin department. I do not want a hard heart, stubbornness, sin, etc in my life blocking my relationship with You and others. There must be some good reason for this pain and cancer  that I simply do not understand.  Please increase my faith in You Lord.  I need more faith.

   Before all this I thought I had a high pain tolerance and now I don’t know, maybe not.  All this “feels too hard for me”.  Your Word says You will not give us more than we can bear.  I am all worn out from this crazy invisible tourniquet/inflated BP cuff and the chemo.  I make one lousy cancer patient, Lord. I don’t know how to do a good job being a cancer patient and I stink at it.  I feel grouchy and grumpy and upset inside and I do not like how things are going AT ALL!  Can You transform my heart and  make me sweet for You and a blessing to others? Can you please give me the grace and strength  I need?  I know the truth is that Your grace is sufficient for every single thing You allow in our lives.  I don’t know how to get through this terrible thing and I am asking You to show me moment by moment and then PLEASE help me to carry it through both on the inside and outside.  I let go, I let go, I let go.  I am Yours, Father.

I ask again in the name of Jesus Christ that You please heal me of this pain and the cancer.  You say to ask and I continue to ask.   I would so appreciate it, Lord if my desires for healing would work out with You and Your plans for me and my family. You say we can come boldly to Your throne of grace and that is what I am doing: asking, pleading, imploring You.  I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that You can do it if that is best.  I know that You are just as good and kind and loving whether your answer on my prayer is “yes”, “no”, or “wait”. How I wish Your answer is “YES!” but I know it might not be.  I know many people have it much rougher than me in their trials.  You’ve arranged for me to see and hear about some of them.  Please help me not to give in to self pity or giving any place to feeling sorry for myself.  I want to walk closely with You–draw me in nearer and nearer to You.  Please teach me how KEEP my eyes on You, snuggle up in Your love and trust, and please help me to do it.  I praiase and I thank You, Lord.

Gifts from His Hand:

93. This morning I have not felt any down-deep pain in my bones from the meds.  Whew.

94. Eyes that see.  I am so thankful not to be blind.

95.  The encouragement of Romans 15:13

96. Knowledge that my Dad is in Heaven and I’ll see him there.

97. Salvation through simple faith: a free and exorbitantly lavish gift

98. Chris’ breast cancer shrunk after the chemo and that surgery went well for her

99. Delicious herbal tea

Gratefully His,

Paula

Steadfast Rock of Ages

“Sometimes on the Rock I tremble
Weak of heart and faint of knee,
But the Steadfast Rock of Ages
Never trembles under me.”

 
Gifts #82 –
 
82. Two lovely gardenia blooms from our bush plucked by two lovely daughters
83. My Lymphadema Therapist, Karen
84. Phone calls from three precious sisters
85. Joy’s broken toe feeling better, mending well
86. That I have a good dentist that can fix my tooth
87. The blessing and relief of more sleep this week
88. Anti nauesea/vomiting medication that works
89. Tribal people hearing the Gospel and receiving the Gift of Eternal Life
90. Faithful people like the Rizlers helping to save the lives of unborn babies
91. A high White Blood Count
92. Heart surrender I am learning through pain

Top Priorities: The Unseen (2 Cor 4:18)

 

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. ~ 2 Cor. 4:18

I CHOOSE to fix my eyes on Your unseen Face, Heavenly Father. I have never seen You face to face, Lord, but You are right here with me and I can see you and hear You clearly in Your Word. I can “Be still and KNOW that You are God.”  You are God and I am not.  You are orchestrating the drama of my life, You are calling all the shots.  There are many hard things in my life which I would never, ever have willingly chosen for myself but You have for me out of your immense love and wisdom.  I can learn to trust You, choose to trust You through the heartbreak, suffering, the pain and all the “rough stuff”. and draw close to Your loving heart.  I can see Your handiwork all around me…Your Fingerprints are all over nature and the people and circumstances around me, all over my life too as Your beloved child.

I can run the race set before me in Your strength.  I’m not supposed to do it in mine… I cease my striving and hang tight, clinging to You and Your word instead, drawing grace and endurance from You.  I so often am weak but You are always strong.  I mess up and fail every time I turn around but You never do, dear Father and my life is hidden in the Yours as Your child.

 I will choose to invest my life in the “unseen”: the eternal.  Please make YOUR top priorities, MY top priorities, Lord.

  

In Him, my all in all–

  

Paula

  

Thank You Father for gifts from Your Hand  # 67 – 81

67. Made it through ok with  Chemo round #3 yesterday: my halfway milestone in this course of the treatment–yahoo!

68. Praise that He will be with me through all the side effects: they are starting to hit and it is hard.  God is bigger than all this.

69. A heart that faithfully pumps for me

70. Lungs that breathe

71. A liver that detoxifies.  I “feel” like a toxic waste dump now after working so hard to detoxify months on the alternative cancer therapy before all this but He is able to make the chemo work and protect and take care me

72. Kidneys  that filter

73. That the Great Physician is both my personal Dr and Daddy and He is watching over me every second of every day

74. A lovely surprise of purple asters and words on a note that ministered to me at my door from an anonymous friend, encouraging me after a difficult day -I so appreciated this blessing.  I am lifting my secret gift-bearer in prayer.

75. Nicholas will be flying home late tonight after three weeks away in Arizona–thanksgiving for my son.  I love him dearly.

76. Endorphins from hugs

77. The sweet fragrance of Joy’s hair

78. Re-discovering a loving note from Hannah tucked away, warmed my heart again

79. John driving me to and being with me through all these difficult medical appointments and being my very best friend

80. Great progress with my PT exercises I do at home every day: continual marked improvement in range of motion and ability to reach higher in my left arm

81. Free organic produce nourishing my body and building it up

 Your Grace: song by Andy Park 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOK9VAgEMr8

Your grace opens the way
That I might draw near to You
With my heart full of faith
Your grace is all undeserved
Though there are times I fail
Still You are with me

Your amazing grace is perfectly free
Day by day Your grace, empowering me
To please You in all things
To walk in Your ways
Completely forgiven
And it’s all by Your grace

Your grace lightens my load
You give me the strength I need
  to keep walkin’ this road
Your grace is all that I need
Though I am weak
Your grace is mighty within me

(Bridge)
I want to walk in a manner that’s worthy
Of the calling You’ve given to me
I want to walk in a manner that’s worthy
Of the gospel (2x)

 

 Another neat song the same wonderful friend sent me:

 

My faithful Father, enduring Friend
Your tender mercy’s like a river with no end
It overwhelms me, covers my sin
Each time I come into Your presence
I stand in wonder once again

CHORUS:
Your grace still amazes me
Your love is still a mystery
Each day I fall on my knees
Your grace still amazes me
‘Cause Your grace still amazes me

Oh, patient Saviour, You make me whole
You are the Author and the Healer of my soul
What can I give You, Lord, what can I say
I know there’s no way to repay You
Only to offer You my praise

It’s deeper, it’s wider
It’s stronger, it’s higher
It’s deeper it’s wider
It’s stronger, it’s higher
than anything my eyes can see

 

 

 


Oh Death and Grave, Where are Your Sting and Victory?

WHEN ALL MEANS FAIL
“To believe when all means fail is exceedingly pleasing to God and is most acceptable. Jesus said to Thomas, “You have believed because you have seen, but blessed are those that do believe and have not seen” (John 20:29).

Blessed are those who believe when there is no evidence of an answer to prayer—who trust beyond hope when all means have failed.

Someone has come to the place of hopelessness—the end of hope—the end of all means. A loved one is facing death and doctors give no hope. Death seems inevitable. Hope is gone. The miracle prayed for is not happening.

That is when Satan’s hordes come to attack your mind with fear, anger, overwhelming questions: “Where is your God now? You prayed until you had no tears left. You fasted. You stood on promises. You trusted.”

Blasphemous thoughts will be injected into your mind: “Prayer failed. Faith failed. Don’t quit on God—just do not trust him anymore. It doesn’t pay!”

Even questioning God’s existence will be injected into your mind. These have been the devices of Satan for centuries. Some of the godliest men and women who ever lived were under such demonic attacks.

To those going through the valley and shadow of death, hear this word: Weeping will last through some dark, awful nights—and in that darkness you will soon hear the Father whisper, “I am with you. I cannot tell you why right now, but one day it will all make sense. You will see it was all part of my plan. It was no accident. It was no failure on your part. Hold fast. Let me embrace you in your hour of pain.”

Beloved, God has never failed to act but in goodness and love. When all means fail—his love prevails. Hold fast to your faith. Stand fast in his Word. There is no other hope in this world.”
 Written the day he died…

(A friend sent this to me today.  I am sorry, do not know author)

The verses that came to my mind as I read the above were 1 Cor 15: 55-58

New International Version (NIV)

54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”[a]

 55 “Where, O death, is your victory?
   Where, O death, is your sting?”[b]

 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

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1 Corinthians 15:54-58

New Living Translation (NLT)

 54 Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die,[a] this Scripture will be fulfilled:

   “Death is swallowed up in victory.[b]
 55 O death, where is your victory?
      O death, where is your sting?[c]

 56 For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. 57 But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.

 58 So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.

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KJV:

54So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

 55O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

 56The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

 57But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

 58Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

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Chemo treatment #3 for me today.  PLEASE PRAY! 🙂
 
Thank You God for # 48 – 66
 
I will BY FAITH:
48. Praise God for the grace, strength, and help He is giving me
49. Thank God for suffering that is bewildering to me at times.  I just “don’t get it”  but He is in control, is completely wise and loving,  never makes mistakes, and these truths are what matter.
50. Hope and trust in God through the pain and the cancer treatments
 
51. Picnic lunch with family under a shaded pavilion at the beach after church
52. A mansion in Heaven that has been prepared and ready for me at just the right time: God’s time.
53. My husband responding with loving patience and  kindness when I am crabby and feeling very low–it melts my heart and turns me around for a change of heart and desire to walk pleasing to the Lord and others
54. The encouragement of Theresa loaning me the book “Why doesn’t God act more like God: Habakkuk and the problem of evil”
55. The reminder today that His thoughts and ways are not mine and His perspective is PERFECT. Isaiah 55:8-9
56. I thank You Lord that You continue to bring me to the end of myself through the cancer
57. That He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, and enables me to go on the heights
58. He works in my heart to be able to genuinely rejoice in the Lord even when circumstances seem bleak and ominous
59.  That the truth in the Word of God is setting me free
60. I so enjoy flowers, their beauty cheers me up, and I have little bouquets from my garden and carnations John bought for me sitting on my coffee table
60. Thankful to have two bathrooms in our apartment
61. Hot showers
62. Warm baths
63. Clean water out of the faucet at our disposal
64. Electricity and plumbing that is dependable
65.  Ice.  Some people have no ice.
66. Thank You Lord for the chemo treatment #3 today.  Help me to mean it, Lord.
 
Gratefully His,
Paula