Like Scott Hamilton, We are Blessed Beyond Our Wildest Imagination

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Scott Hamilton’s attitude facing brain cancer for the third time and how he dealt with a past bout with testicular cancer inspires me.  Hamilton, who won gold at the 1984 Olympic Winter Games and has served as a skating commentator for several networks. joked that he has “a unique hobby of collecting life-threatening illness.”  He said on Twitter that he has “been blessed beyond my wildest imagination.”

(The video of Scott  is short and worth listening to IMHO):

Olympic Skater Scott Hamilton Facing Third Brain Tumor Diagnosis: ‘I Choose to Celebrate Life’

Key points for me from hearing him speak in the link:

-My response to this sets the stage for the rest (I liked his analogy of how we respond as parents to our children when they fall down)

-“We choose in everything we do to celebrate life.”

-“Fall down, get up, and smile like Kriisti Yamaguchi. (cool footage in the video) Yeah, I’m gonna fall down, I’m gonna make mistakes, I’m gonna do/(go through) all kinds of things that I wish didn’t happen…but it’s what’s next..it’s how you get up.  Because the more times you get up, the stronger you are to face the next thing which will happen… because that’s life.”

—Scott Hamilton

 

 

”Learning to pray is learning to trust the wisdom, the power, and the love of our Heavenly Father, always so far beyond our dreams. He knows our need and knows ways to meet it that have never entered our heads. Things we feel sure we need for happiness may often lead to our ruin. Things we think will ruin us — if we believe what the Father tells us and surrender ourselves into His strong arms, bring us deliverance and joy.” ~Elisabeth Elliot

 

 

Psalm 77:19

19 Your path led through the sea,
    your way through the mighty waters,
    though your footprints were not seen.

I am asking God to help me to snuggle up in His love and just rest and trust and leave every single detail of my life in His Hands and STOP GRABBING BACK STUFF I GIVE TO GOD.  The trickiest part for me is keeping my grubby paws off of it all and in a sense as His child,  let Him as my Daddy do the driving in my life and me sit in the back seat and relax.   He knows about all the dangers and scary stuff I see ahead that I keep pointing out to Him.  He knows how to navigate it all perfectly and He’s right here beside me and won’t leave me for even a split second. As I am writing this I  got to thinking about a post I wrote about letting God be my driver during my first round of cancer and I  looked it up.  I found this from June 2011: http://jpoliver.com/wordpress/archives/211    Today you get a “Two for One” blog, ha, ha. 😉 It did me good to re-read that old post.  I’m still a work in progress and continue to learn some of the same lessons along with brand new ones.
Like Scott Hamilton, I truly AM blessed beyond my wildest imagination…and so are you!  🙂
Paula

2 thoughts on “Like Scott Hamilton, We are Blessed Beyond Our Wildest Imagination

  1. Paula, I like the analogy about the car ride. I’ve been struggling with the surrender issue and this made it so much clearer. Keep the blogs coming. Not only are they helping you get through this, you’re also helping others learn and grow closer to God.

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  2. Thanks for the link, Paula. You are a blessing as you share what God is using to strengthen and help you. It is another example of II Cor 1. I don’t have time to listen to the video now, but look forward to doing that later.

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