“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 http://www.aholyexperience.com/
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 http://jpoliver.com/wordpress/archives/281:
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.
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,