The Weaving



Thin Lines


Lord, every single gift comes from You…“Lift my gaze to see life from Your perspective. Help me to understand-and treasure-every good thing You send…”(From James 1:7)   One Thousand Gifts
505. The bone-tired fatigue of the cancer treatment is only temporary
506. Christmas fun
507.  The Weaving(Unknown author)My Live has been a weaving between my God and Me,

The colors that He weaveth, He worketh steadily.

Oft times He weveth sorrow and I in foolish pride

Forget He sees the upper and I the underside.

Not till the loom is silent

And shuttles cease to fly

Will God unroll the canvas

And explain the reasons WHY

The dark threads are as needful

In the skillful weavers hand

As the Threads of Gold and Silver

In the Pattern He has Planned.


I am continuing to go through my journaling that I did this year and am pulling out gifts He had for me to recount on my gratefulness list as I reflect back over 2111:
607. I can well remember  the joy, my deep contentment,  and the sheer delight I felt many years ago looking into beautiful blue eyes gazing up at me when I got to nurse my sweet baby girls.  The Lord blessed me with an abundant milk supply and I loved to watch my little ones being nourished and nurtured at my breasts, milk overflowing from their lips and dribbling down their chubby, lovely faces and round bodies. It’s sort of a picture to me of God’s lavish love: good measure, pressed down, and overflowing. I am so grateful that I got to have that privilege and those memories from that season of my life. Thank You Father, for that gift.

608.This year I have often thought of the title of one of Barbara Johnson’s books because it applies to me: “Pain is inevitable but misery is optional: so stick a geranium in your hat and be happy”. Aint that the truth?!   So much of life boils down to choice.   🙂 Job  said, “The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.  Blessed be the Name of the Lord”.  Amen to that.   I will choose to praise and trust my great God Who never makes one single mistake.  He has arranged and orchestrated every detail.
609. “Some things are so important to God that they are worth interrupting the happiness and health of His children in order to accomplish them.”
610. “Ask the Saviour to help you, comfort, strengthen and keep you, He is able to save you, He will carry you through. (Children’s song in the UK that Rosemary shared with me before my mastectomy)
611.These are some Scriptures and thoughts that have been a special blessing to me the first few months of last year after being diagnosed with breast cancer. I printed them out and tacked up on the back of my front door to remind myself of what I want to be thinking about:  Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 9

God’s timing is always on time.
Be still and know that I am God
Psalm 46:10A

Proverbs 3:5-6  


Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.


Psalm 27:14  


Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.


Psalm 34:4  


 4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me;
   he delivered me from all my fears.


   Job 23:10
10 But he knows the way that I take;
   when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.

26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:26, 28

Isaiah 40:28-31 
28 Do you not know?
   Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
   the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
   and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
   and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
   and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the LORD
   will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
   they will run and not grow weary,
   they will walk and not be faint.


Psalm 91

 1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
   will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
   my God, in whom I trust.” 3 Surely he will save you
   from the fowler’s snare
   and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
   and under his wings you will find refuge;
   his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

Psalm 23

 1 The Lord is my shepherd;
      I have everything that I need.
 2 He lets me rest in green meadows;
      he leads me beside peaceful streams.
    3 He renews my strength.
   He guides me along right paths,
      bringing honor to his name.
 4 Even when I walk

      through the dark valley of death,[a]
   I will not be afraid,
      for you are close beside me.
   Your rod and your staff
      protect and comfort me.
 5 You prepare a feast for me
      in the presence of my enemies.  
   You welcome me as a guest, anointing my head with oil.
      My cup overflows with blessings.
 6 Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
      all the days of my life,
   and I will live in the house of the Lord

He is God and I am not.

This battle is the Lord’s.

“Prayers are instantly noticed in heaven. Wherever there’s a heart big with sorrow.  Or a lip quivering with agony.  Or a deep groan of sadness, the heart of God is open.” (Charles Spurgeon)





1 Corinthians 16:13


13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.  14 Let all that you do be done with love.



1. God is always good!…always!
A. He will always meet my genuine needs…always!
B. He will always forgive my sin…always!
C. He is always up to something good in my life…always!
D. He will always love me personally…always!
E. He will always give me the grace I need…always!
2.God is always great…always!
A. He is always in control of all things…always!
B. He is always present with me…always!
C. He is always the same…always!
D. He is always trustworthy…always!
E. He is always wise in what He does…always!



“God is who He says He is.


He can and will do what He says He will do.


I am who God says I am.


God’s Word is alive and active in me.


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





612. Nita praying Psalm 140:7 for us on the day of my mastectomy: “(Sovereign LORD, my strong deliverer,
You shield my head in the day of battle. ) Lord, protect John and Paula’s minds and thinking as they go through this battle. Be their shield, help them remember what is true, help them keep their minds and thoughts steadfast on You. Strengthen Paula for this battle.”

613. Deb setting up the Lotsa Helping Hands site for us, Nita coordinating and training folks at NTM to help.  Thsi year so many people were the hands and feet and mouth  of Jesus to us: juicing, produce washing, coffee brewing for coffee enemas when I was doing Gerson Therapy, providing meals, cleaning, laundry, baked goods, groceries, encouraging cards & emails, including the children with fun activities, etc .  We are so rich in family and firends!  Thank You Lord for these precious ones who have ministered to us!

614. My Christian sisters at Healthy Living 4 Him


Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that
we may receive mercy and find grace to help in our time of need.
Hebrews 4 :16

Because of Christ, I can come to His throne of grace with boldness, I
am His child.  He has mercy and grace to help me in my times of need.


Winston Churchill said:
“Never give in.  Never give in. Never, never, never, never-in nothing great or small, large or petty-never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense.  Never yield to force.  Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy”
Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that
we may receive mercy and find grace to help in our time of need.
Hebrews 4 :16

Because of Christ, I can come to His throne of grace with boldness, I
am His child.  He has mercy and grace to help me in my times of need.

I have a lot of needs and He has all the answers.
Note from me on 10/29/12: oops 615/617 the same…like the sign I have in my living room: “Count your blessings. Recounts OK.” HA!  Then looks like I had a major chemo brain mis-count back then leaping from #507 to #607 in one line–ah well, not going to worry about fixing my count.  🙂



2 thoughts on “The Weaving

  1. Dear Paula and John,
    Forever in my hearts dear friends. I will print this one out as well as save it for I love your Truths to Remember, Charles Spurgeon’s quote and all the scriptures along with the Weave Poem. You certainly have a lot to be thankful for. God Bless You. Kathy


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