Additional “Cancer Fightin’ Words”

More “Cancer Fightin’ Words” to add to my running list:

When I am handed lemons with any aspect of this cancer diagnosis and treatment, I will make lemonade. The healthy sweetener will be my attitude as I draw from God’s strength.

When I am dealt a round of lousy cards I will play my hand to the best of my ability with grace and dignity. The game’s not over ’till God says so.

I can clearly picture Herceptin in my arsenal of weapons against breast cancer:  I have an effective,  multimodal approach to target and attack with a vengeance  EVERY single Her2 positive breast cancer cell that might dare to linger.  It is beautifully dealing with all Her2 protein over expression for me.  This monoclonal antibody is like a well designed missile: specifically targeting Her2 receptors.  It’s extended half life is allowing for CONSTANT exposure to tumor cells and in the unlikely event that there are any left after the mastectomy and all those rounds of chemo and radiation  I’m knockin’ ’em dead every 21 days, both on the intracellular and extracellular level.  It’s BINDING to Her2 cells, flagging each and every one for total destruction by my own God-given immune system which is fighting hard on my behalf.  It is inhibiting proliferation of cancer cells so that my healthy cells can thrive and flourish.  Thank You Lord, for Herceptin! Please make it work on my behalf.  I am Yours and my hope is in YOU, God.

 At Sunday School they were teaching how God created everything, including human beings. Little Johnny seemed especially intent when they told him how Eve was created out of one of Adam’s ribs. Later in the week his mother noticed him lying down as though he were ill, and she said, “Johnny, what is the matter?” Little Johnny responded, “I have a pain in my side. I think I’m going to have a wife.”


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

“Healing the Broken”: Song


In His grip,



Mercy and grace I did not deserve from God and the Policeman

To Pee or Not to Pee (Unknown Author) 
“I have a job.  I work, they pay me.
I pay my taxes & the government
Distributes my taxes as it sees fit.

In order to get that paycheck, in my case,
I am required to pass a random urine test
(with which I have no problem).

What I do have a problem with is the distribution of my taxes
To people who don’t have to pass a urine test.

So, here is my question:
Shouldn’t one have to pass a urine test to get a welfare check
Because I have to pass one to earn it for them?
Please understand, I have no problem with helping people get back on their feet.
I do, on the other hand, have a problem with helping someone sitting on their BUTT —-doing drugs while I work.

Can you imagine how much money each state would save
If people had to pass a urine test to get a public assistance check?

I guess we could call the program “URINE OR YOU’RE OUT”!

P.S. Just a thought, all politicians should have to pass a urine test too!”

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

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”)


More “Some Can’t of Cancer” to add to my running list




From Sheila’s card:


“Cancer is a Villain, who doesn’t play fair…
But it Can’t dim your spirit and it Can’t silence prayer …”




Cancer stole my left breast, 11 lymph nodes, my hair, and my health for a while.  It’s a ruthless robber all right–sneaking in and playing havoc in my body, taking what is not it’s to take. It’s been an unwelcome tenant that I am fighting for all I am worth to evict and lock my doors tight so it’ll never get back in.    I find myself uneasy at times, waiting and wondering if it’s going to show up somewhere else in time like happens to so many people with cancer.  Aggressive breast cancer likes to branch out and metastisize and take over places like the liver, lungs, bones, and brain.  That’s a hard possibility to face but the truth is, it is not my reality right now as far as I know and I can be happy about that and live with gusto every day God gives me whether the future holds more hard things with cancer or not. Right now I am doing terrific and I thank God for that. Every indication thusfar is that I am winning this battle.  Hooray for that!  Kudos to You,  Lord for making that possible!




 Oh dear, Lord–can YOU please make cancer get outta here and leave for good? I can’t “make” it go but You can compel it to exit permanently. Maybe You already took care of it and it’s gone for good already.  Oh, I hope so and pray so!  I will choose to rest my weary heart in you and let go and trust.  




 Cancer can mess with this outward shell that I need to walk around in temporarily on this earth but it can not steal the treasures I have laid up in Heaven, not a one of those can cancer touch, not ever.




Matthew 6:19-20

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.




Humbled by His grace and mercy,



“Some Days There Won’t Be a Song in Your Heart. Sing Anyway.”

Photo: “Element of Surprise””  posted with permission
BAR MITZVAH BEE      Two bees ran into each other. One asked the other how things were going. “Really bad,” said the second bee. “The weather has been so cold and wet and there aren’t any flowers or pollen to make  honey.” “No problem,” said the first bee. “Just fly down five blocks and turn left, keep going until you see all the cars. There is a Bar Mitzvah going on and there are all kinds of flowers and fresh fruit.” “Thanks for the tip,” said the second bee; as he flew away.
        A few hours later the two bees ran into each other again and the first bee asked the second bee, “How did it go?” “Fine,” said the second bee. “It was everything you said it would be.”
        The first bee then asked, “Hey, what’s that thing on your head?”  To which the second bee replied, “It’s my yarmulke. I didn’t want them to think I was a WASP.”

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

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.

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.

Gratefully His,




31 Days of Praying For My Children



Photo: “Old Man and the Sea””  posted with permission


Humor: atvantages of travelling in groups:



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



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


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


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
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

“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).”


Living Our Litanies

The Realtor’s Hymn: I’ve Got a Mansion, Just Over the Hilltop”  
The Massage Therapist’s Hymn     He Touched Me  
The Doctor’s Hymn The Great Physician  
The Weathermans Hymn “There shall be Showers of Blessing
The Tailor’s Hymn “Holy, Holy, Holy”
The Politician’s Hymn “Standing on the Promises”
The IRS agent’s Hymn “I Surrender All
The Electrician’s Hymn “Send the Light”
The Shopper’s Hymn “Sweet Buy and Buy”
Teacher’s Hymn “Be still and know”
Golfer’s Hymn ..”There is a Green Hill Far Away”
Dentist’s Hymn “Crown Him with Many Crowns”
Ob/Gyn’s Hymn “Come, Labor On”
Bar Patron’s Hymn “Fill My Cup”
Optometrist’s Hymn “O How I Long to See” or “Open my eyes That I may See”
Gossip Columnist’s Hymn “I Love to Tell the Story”
Contractor’s Hymn “How Firm a Foundation” or “The Church’s One Foundation
Firefighter’s Hymn “It Only Takes a Spark”
Undertaker’s Hymn “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”
Carpenter’s Hymn “Behold the Wood”
Surfer’s Hymn “Come to the Water”
Lawn Service Hymn “Just Like a Deer(e)”
Decorator’s Hymn “How Lovely is Your Dwelling Place”
Baker’s Hymn “Taste and See”


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

(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, 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, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 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


31 Days of Praying for Your Husband


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

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

“While I’m Waiting” song

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)

God WANTS us to Hear Him

Photo: “Life in the Fast Lane”  posted with permission

A mathematician and an engineer are sitting next to each other on a long flight. The mathematician leans over to the engineer and asks if he would like to play a fun game. The engineer just wants to take a nap, so he politely declines and rolls over to the window to catch a few winks. The mathematician persists and explains that the game is real easy and lots of fun. He explains, “I ask you a question, and if you don’t know the answer, you pay me $5. Then you ask me a question, and if I don’t know the answer, I’ll pay you $5.”Again, the engineer politely declines and tries to get to sleep. The mathematician, now somewhat agitated, says, “Okay, if you don’t know the answer, you pay me $5, and if I don’t know the answer, I’ll pay you $50!”This catches the engineer’s attention, and he sees no end to this torment unless he plays, so he agrees to the game. The mathematician asks the first question. “What’s the distance from the earth to the moon?”The engineer doesn’t say a word, but reaches into his wallet, pulls out a five-dollar bill and hands it to the mathematician Now, it’s the engineer’s turn. He asks the mathematician “What goes up a hill with three legs and comes down on four?”The mathematician looks up at him with a puzzled look. He takes out his laptop computer and searches all of his references. He taps into the air phone with his modem and searches the net and the Library of Congress. Frustrated, he sends e-mail to his co-workers all to no avail.After about an hour, he wakes the engineer and hands him $50. The engineer politely takes the $50 and turns away to try to get back to sleep.The mathematician then hits the engineer, saying, “What goes up a hill with three legs, and comes down on four?” The engineer calmly pulls out his wallet, hands the mathematician five bucks, and goes back to sleep.

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

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

868. Enjoyable ladies meeting last night.  What a blessing to be able to walk there and back effortlessly 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” 

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms,



2012: A Year of Rebuilding,Restorating, and Renewing Like Only God Can Do



Cartoon: “IF YOU are a Loving and Merciful GOD, then Why didn’t YOU send someone to cure cancer or send true leaders to lead us? What is YOUR problem, GOD!”      ” I did!!! You aborted them.”

Just saying: Paul Stone’s Photos


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

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

856.  Beth shared a link to chapter 1 of Laura Story’s new devotional on Blessings and I enjoyed it:  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.
Praising Him,

Ever Been in Cahoots?


Ever Been in Cahoots?

(Unknown Authors)


“I have been in many places, but I’ve never been in Cahoots.
Apparently, you can’t go alone ~ you have to be in Cahoots with someone.

I’ve also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there.

Sometimes I’m in Capable… I go there more often as I’m getting older.
I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump. While I like to exercise,        

I’m not too much on jumping…it’s tough on the knees.

I have avoided going to in Sane. Can’t get there by plane…you have to be driven.  

I have made several trips near that area, when I was lost for a short time.                   

No thanks to my friends, family and work. 

I actually was pulled out well short of that destination by a guy, God in the flesh, Jesus Christ.  Close call.


I have also been in Doubt.
That is a sad place to go and you can’t leave there by getting stuck somewhere in Decision, a suburb of that doubt.                                         
I try not to visit there too often.  My faith in Jesus Christ left me less in doubt.

I’ve been in Flexible, but only when it was very important to stand firm. 
We need a lot of that when it comes to the spreading desire to be in Decisive.

One of my favorite places to be is in Suspense!                                                             
It really gets the adrenalin flowing and pumps up the old heart!
At my age I need all the stimuli I can get!

I may have been in Continent, but I don’t remember what country that was.
It’s an age thing. 

 We lived in Sufferable until we couldn’t stand it any more.

The politicians spout Innuendo which drives me deeper In Debt.


Hey guys, I thought up some too:

Sometimes I’ve been in Decisive but I haven’t yet made my mind what I think about that place.  It was very much like time spent in Conclusive.  I never completely figured that one out either until I got to in Conclusion.  Amazing what I learned in Comprehensible: it was such an in Teresting place, pondering the immeasurable love of God. Without the Lord, I’d sure be in Deep Trouble: we’re in Separable, He and me (or is it “He and I”?).  🙂  Whenever I get in Hot Water, in A Pickle, in Jeopardy, in A Pinch,  or  in A Jam,  I know my hope is In Christ which is in Valuable to me!

It’s rather fun to do.  How about you, can you add your two cents to  “Ever Been in Cahoots?” Paula

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

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

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


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…………….. 🙂 “


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.


Romans 12:9-13

New King James Version (NKJV)

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,


“Heal The Wound But Keep The Scar”

“What day is it,?” asked Pooh.
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day,” said Pooh.”


And remember, it’s important not to get any exercise before you actually get to the exercise place.


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

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

(Oh, Beth, THANK YOU for sharing this with me! )
Heal The Wound But Keep The Scar
I used to wish that I could rewrite history
I used to dream that each mistake could be erased
Then I could just pretend
I never knew me back then I used to pray that You would take this shame away
Hide all the evidence of who I’ve been
But it’s the memory of
The place You brought me from
That keeps me on my knees
And even though I’m free Heal the wound but leave the scar
A reminder of how merciful You are
I am broken, torn apart
Take the pieces of this heart
And heal the wound but leave the scarI have not lived a life that boasts of anything
I don’t take pride in what I bring
But I’ll build an altar with
The rubble that You’ve found me in
And every stone will sing
Of what You can redeem Heal the wound but leave the scar
A reminder of how merciful You are
I am broken, torn apart
Take the pieces of this heart
And heal the wound but leave the scarDon’t let me forget
Everything You’ve done for me
Don’t let me forget
The beauty in the sufferingHeal the wound but leave the scar
A reminder of how merciful You are
I am broken, torn apart
Take the pieces of this heart
And heal the wound but leave the scar
839. Sage advice from a bumper sticker…
“Wag more. Bark less.”

840. “”When a thought of anxiety comes knocking on the door of your mind you must refuse it entrance. If you invite it in, it will have dinner with you, and if it has dinner with you it will quickly move in and want to spend the night.”
841. “Be Discerning: Don’t believe everything you think.”  😉  Ha.  Good one. 


842. “Beware what you read in medical books, you might die of a misprint…”
Dr. Denis Burkit


“HOPE is the thing with feathers,That perches in the soul,

And sings the tune

Without the words,

And never stops at all.”

~ Emily Dickenson ~

844. God’s answer to prayer yesterday: I felt better overall, had a great time in the Word,  coughed less, ate only healthy foods that build my body up, got good exercise in, and slept better.  WOW!!!  Thank You Lord and thank you to all who are praying. 🙂
845. God’s bountiful provision with berries on sale at Aldi’s: yummy , blueberries $1.29/pt and strawberries $1.29/pound yesterday.  Thank 
You, Father  for this special treat at such a great deal.

1 Corinthians 13:4-5

King James Version (KJV)

 4Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

 5Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;


“Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].” 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 AMP

Sooooooooooo glad to be His!