Deut 33:12

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LOL!  😉
Today and tomorrow we have appointments to see my breast surgeon and oncologist to discuss the biopsy results and talk about the best course of treatment.

“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) 

Today I start a fresh written gratefulness list of some of my next One Thousand Gifts from God (   to me in Round Two in the Ring fighting breast cancer:
1.  The first on my list is time this morning meditating on Deuteronomy 33:12 
 “Let the beloved of the LORD rest secure in Him, for He shields him all day long, and the one the LORD loves rests between His shoulders”  (Amplified)
The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by him; and the Lord shall cover him all the day long, and he shall dwell between his shoulders. (KJV)
“The Lord’s dearest one
rests safely on him.
The Lord always shields him;
he rests on God’s chest.” (Common English)
“May the one the Lord loves live by Him and be safe. The Lord covers him all the day long. And he lives between His shoulders.” (NLV)
“God’s beloved;
God’s permanent residence.
Encircled by God all day long,
within whom God is at home.”  (The Message)
My take-away, persoanlized a la Paula:
Like Benjamin,  I am treasured, cherished, and loved deeply by the Lord.
I am resting close to him in safety.  He is encircling me with His loving care continually and sheltering me.
The Lord protects and shields me all the time, I am secure  like a child at rest on its mother’s back or being held close in her arms, pressed to her chest.
 I saw a video of a baby otter sprawled out, resting on his mama’s tummy who was floating on her back taking great care of her pup.  That’s kind of like a snapshot of me and God right now.  I am asking God to help me snuggle up in His love and really, truly rest in Him, way down deep.
2. “Just be Held” by Casting Crowns

Hold it all together

Everybody needs you strong

But life hits you out of nowhere

And barely leaves you holding on

And when you’re tired of fighting

Chained by your control

There’s freedom in surrender

Lay it down and let it go

So when you’re on your knees and answers seem so far away

You’re not alone, stop holding on and just be held

Your world’s not falling apart, it’s falling into place

I’m on the throne, stop holding on and just be held

Just be held, just be held

If your eyes are on the storm

You’ll wonder if I love you still

But if your eyes are on the cross

You’ll know I always have and I always will

And not a tear is wasted

In time, you’ll understand

I’m painting beauty with the ashes

Your life is in My hands

Lift your hands, lift your eyes

In the storm is where you’ll find Me

And where you are, I’ll hold your heart

I’ll hold your heart

Come to Me, find your rest

In the arms of the God who won’t let go.

3. Yesterday “Bones” ( nurse and friend)  generously shared some of her Fl Thornless Blackberry Bushes with us.  She started with two canes years ago and now has a huge, sprawling, wonderful blackberry patch.  I love berries but don’t want them to take over the yard so I planted them  in large, semi- buried pots along the trellis on the fence where I will train the vines.  It’s going to be such a blessing for the birds, squirrels, and us  to pick our own berries in the Spring! I hope they leave some for us too!

Prayer Requests:
– Complete healing of my knee (I had surgery on 8/5)  I am diligently doing PT at home and at a Therapist’s.  I am making good progress but still have a ways to go in being able to straighten the knee all the way, build up my quads, etc

– I would appreciate prayer for the Lord’s wisdom and guidance in totally eradicating cancer from my body.  I’d sure like to evict it completely FOR GOOD this time!

-Please pray that God will give me courage  for each day and all that is ahead and fill me with overflowing faith, joy that has nothing to do with circumstances or emotions, and a peace that passes understanding.

Learning to lean harder on the Everlasting Arms,



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