“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind”


Q.. Who was the greatest financier in the Bible?

  A.. Noah. He was floating his stock while everyone else was in liquidation.


“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)   My running list of His One Thousand Gifts   http://www.aholyexperience.com/ to me:
924. “When praying for healing, ask great things of God and expect great
things from God. But let us seek for that healing that really matters,
the healing of the heart, enabling us to trust God simply, face God
honestly, and live triumphantly.”
~ Arlo F. Newell
925. From the Sacred Journey by Charles Foster: “Arrival is less important than the journey. This is because if the journey is a walk with Yahweh-man, there is an important sense in which you have arrived already. Yes, intimacy develops, but do you ever say of a relationship, “I’ve arrived”? Along the road there may be moments of epiphany but if not, that’s fine. Ecstasy isn’t of the essence of relationship. But expect things to happen. Your incremental shuffle along the road is an incremental edging forward of kingdom borders—it’s a restoration of broken things and a making of new things.”
926. Quotes from “I’ll Take Routine, Please” by Karen http://breastcancerandfaith.blogspot.com/
“The visits to the oncologist’s office remind us without any doubt that we definitely had cancer, but we’re just coming back to see if “it’s” come back. Strange thing, that cancer. We come back to see if it has returned. Our limited minds conjure up all sorts of scenarios on the way to the office.

And what if it does come back? What will I do then? I don’t honestly know. But I guess for now – today – I’ll just keep doing what I do every day; I’ll trust in the Lord to take me through each struggle, every valley and every storm. Because when you really stop and think about it, even our most challenging days, our troubling pasts, and our difficult moments are all part of His plan to draw us closer to Him. Nothing surprises God. Praise God that our routine days – as well as those that weigh us down – remind us that we’re in this together, with Him holding our hand. “
927. Direct quotes from Sarah from her blog http://sarahkathryndavis.blogspot.com/:
“Pretty much I love the life God has given me…however trying it may currently be. My life is not my own and I know now more than I ever have God has bigger and better plans for me than I could have ever imagined 🙂 ” 
“I can’t tell you that I’ve gotten a clear message about how God is gonna use me in all this……I can only hope that my struggle will be for his glory and for his name sake.  I hope that when people look at me they don’t see me but they see Jesus because without him I would have been dead a long time ago.  
… in times of trial is when my faith has been tested and I have cried out “Why me?”……I did not ask for this burden but I know that my father’s will is greater than my own and I trust him with everything I am.”
Luke 22:42
“Father if you are willing take this cup from me; yet not my will, but your be done”
 “…like a wise woman once told me,’ don’t cheat someone out of their blessing and it blesses people to bless you.”
“The way I see it is if you don’t think I’m gonna make it then your not on my team and I need people who believe in me to be on my team.”
“…I will walk in there tomorrow morning not of my own strength but because my father walks with me and he has promised never to leave me even when I feel alone.” 

928. Einstein says Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.”
929. “Be yourself.  Everyone else is taken.”

930. “If God sends us stony paths, He provides strong shoes.” — Corrie ten Boom


931. Poem and excerpt below are from He Provides the Shoes, Walking with God through Breast Cancer By Karen Holmes



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

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

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

“Then I heard her click it on and the telltale buzzing sound began. I had the crazy thought that it was like some great mutant insect descending on my head intent on destroying my hair like some biblical plague. I clenched my teeth to shore up my resolve, and then I forced myself to open my eyes and watch with a sort of fascinated horror as the shaving of my head commenced. When it was over I felt as if I’d been through a rite of passage: ‘Your head has been shaved! You’ve now entered the Land of Cancer. Please exit to your left.'”


932. Nicholas and I leave on Wednesday for his long awaited high school graduation gift: a trip to Washington D.C. for the Values Voter Summit.  Thank YOU Lord for this gift of special time with my son.  Nicholas loves politics and the time in D.C. will be a dream come true for him.  🙂  I am so grateful that I am strong, healthy, and able to share this adventure with him, doing something of great interest to him.

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

King James Version (KJV)

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

Deuteronomy 31:6

The Message (MSG)

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

Deuteronomy 31:6

New International Version (NIV)

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

Deuteronomy 31:6

Good News Translation (GNT)

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

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


3 thoughts on ““There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind”

  1. Paula,
    Have a great trip with your son. Enjoy every moment! As the kids get older the times are more precious for they get longer in-between. I only see my son once a year. You can believe that those times are precious and I savor them greatly.

    I may be a little anxious, but I know I am in God’s hands and I trust Him. Being anything but human is impossible so obviously there is concern, but I am striving to turn everything and every one over to Him. He really is a gracious God full of mercy and love and I love Him. God Bless. Kathy


  2. Thanks for the well wishes and prayers for Nicholas’ and my DC trip, Julie and Kathy! This is what we’ll be doing: http://www.valuesvotersummit.org/schedule. Our congressman got us tickets to tour the White House and House of Representatives. We have one day to explore DC and the rest will be these interesting meetings.

    Kathy, I know this has got to be hard. I am praying, praying, praying for ya. Please keep me updated. I care about you. ((hugs))).



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