Have no fear for what tomorrow may bring. The same loving God who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. He will either shield you from suffering or give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, then, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.
FRANCIS DE SALES
(Thanks, Deb for passing this quote along to me)
This song, based on 1 Peter 5:7, is one I taught my kiddos long ago and am posting it in honor of my dear Gerson Gal Buddy from the past Esther (only we sang “STUFF Satan lower instead of stop):
Lord, “I wanna hear You, louder than the noise. I wanna feel You, closer than the air….”
I love the words to this worship song.
Some hospital gown humor:
“I was sitting here minding my business, Kind of letting my mind go slack, When in comes a nurse with a bright sunny smile And a gown with a split down the back. “Take a shower,” she said, “And get ready. And then jump into this sack.” What she’s really talking about Was the gown with the split down the back. “They’re coming to do some tests,” she said. They’re going to stretch me out on a rack With nothing twixt me and the cold, cruel world But a gown that’s split down the back! It comes only to the knees in front. In the sides there is no lack. But by far the greatest shortcoming Is that blooming split down the back. Whoever designed this garment For humor had a great knack, But I fail to see anything funny About a gown that is split down the back. I hear them coming to get me, The wheels going clickety clack. I’ll ride through the halls on a table In a gown with a split down the back. When I get to heaven, I’ll make me no odds If my robe is white, red, or black, The only thing I ask is please! Give me one with no split down the back.”
Source: Jeremiah, David (2013-10-01). What Are You Afraid Of?: Facing Down Your Fears with Faith (pp. 35-36). Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
An elderly man on a Moped, looking about 100 years old,
pulled up next to a doctor at a street light.
The old man looked over at the sleek shiny car and asked,
‘What kind of car ya got there, Sonny?’
The doctor replied “A Ferrari GTO.
It cost a half a million dollars! ”
‘That’s a lot of money,’ said the old man.
‘Why does it cost so much?’
‘Because this car can do up to 320 miles an hour!’ stated the doctor proudly.
The Moped driver asked, ‘Mind if I take a look inside?’
‘No problem,’ replied the doctor.
So the old man poked his head in the window and looked around.
Then, sitting back on his Moped, the old man said,
‘That’s a pretty nice car, all right… But I’ll stick with my Moped!’
Just then the light changed, so the doctor decided to show
the old man just what his car could do. He floored it,
and within 30 seconds the speedometer read 160 mph.
Suddenly, he noticed a dot in his rear view mirror.
It seemd to be getting closer!
He slowed down to see what it could be
and suddenly WHOOOOSSSHHH !
Something whipped by him going much faster!
‘What on earth could be going faster than my Ferrari ?’
the doctor asked himself.
He pressed harder on the accelerator
and took the Ferrari up to 250 mph.
Then, up ahead of him, he saw
that it was the old man on the Moped!
Amazed that the Moped could pass his Ferrari,
he gave it more gas and passed the Moped at 275 mph.
He was feeling pretty good until he looked in his mirror
and saw the old man gaining on him AGAIN!
Astounded by the speed of this old guy,
he floored the gas pedal and took the Ferrari
all the way up to 320 mph.
Not ten seconds later, he saw the Moped
bearing down on him again! The Ferrari is flat out,
and there’s nothing he could do!
Suddenly, the Moped plowed into the back of his Ferrari,
demolishing the rear end.
The doctor stopped and jumped out and,
unbelievably, the old man was still alive.
He ran up to the banged-up old guy and said,
‘I’m a doctor…. Is there anything I can do for you?’
The old man whispered,
‘Please Unhook my suspenders from your side view mirror!’.
John and I are heading to the out patient surgery center this morning and arriving at 8 am for my breast surgeon to remove the chest port she put in there a little over a year ago for IV cancer drug infusions. I’m happy to have those Round Two Treatments wrapped up (hoping that there never is a Round Three) and glad to be getting rid of that extra hardware! 🙂 Thank You, Lord for carrying this child of yours close to Your heart through deep, deep waters!
I’m going to keep on hangin’ on tight to the One who loves me most of all, is my precious Savior, and is always up to something good in all that He allows in my life, including the rough stuff. He is the only One who can make any of those cancer treatments work and I know that He is just as wise, good, and loving if all these measures I’ve taken are completely effective or not. It brings me great peace to remember that I could not be in more excellent Hands than I’m already in and I’m not going to die one day before He says so and then, oh the joy when He brings me Home Sweet Home to Eternal Life in Heaven by whatever means He deems best! Hooray for the truth of John 3;16!
I would very much appreciate your continued prayers when you think of me. Thanks, friends!
My VERY happy news is that I get the last dose of my every-3-weeks-for-a year-cancer drug Herceptin on Monday 11/20 and the surgically implanted chest port comes out in December. I thank God for helping me every single step of the way through my journeys through Cancer Land. This was Round Two for me in my battle. I sure am hoping for the best possible results and that it’s gone for good this time. The reality is that cancer is sneaky and does not fight fair. I’m plum out of breasts and it’s nature is aggressive and prone to wander and multiply in life devastating places.
I’d appreciate prayer as I make changes and find my way back to healthy, trim, and fit again. Both times I was diagnosed I was slender, in peak physically-fit condition, and thought I was healthy as a horse but obviously wasn’t. Now I am over weight, the toxic drugs have taken a toll on my whole body, my left knee is injured which makes exercise much more challenging, and some bad food habits and excuses have crept back in which all need to bite the dust pronto. How I need the Lord! Good thing He has fresh starts and His help available 24/7/365. I’m a work in progress as we all are and very much appreciate prayer when you think of me. Thanks from the bottom of my heart, friends. 🙂
by Unknown Author
For every hill I’ve tried to climb,
For every stone that bruised my feet,
For all the blood and sweat and grime,
For blinding storms and burning heat,
My heart sings but a grateful song
These are the things that made me strong!
For all the heartache and the tears,
For all the anguish and the pain,
For gloomy days and fruitless years,
And for the hopes that lived in vain,
I do give thanks, for now I know
These were the things that helped me grow!
‘Tis not the softer things in life
Which stimulate man’s will to strive;
But bleak adversity and strife
Do most to keep man’s will alive.
O’er rose-strewn paths the weaklings creep,
But brave hearts dare to climb the steep
“A pearl is a healed wound. An oyster protects itself from irritation and suffering and the result is a priceless pearl.”–Kristen Welch
Father, please take the challenging stuff that finds it’s way into the oyster shell of my life and make something beautiful for You out of it all, a lovely pearl. Carve me into a trophy of Your Grace, Lord. Mold and fashion me into a vessel that pours out Your love to others.
I’m at the emergency room. Today was not a good day. I decided to go horseback riding, something I haven’t done in a few years. It turned out to be a big mistake! I got on the horse and started out slow, but then we went a little faster before I knew it, we were going as fast as the horse could go. I couldn’t take the pace and fell off, but caught my foot in the stirrup with the horse dragging me. It wouldn’t stop. Thank goodness the manager at Toys-R-Us came out and unplugged the machine. But He had the nerve to take the rest of my quarters so I wouldn’t attempt to ride the Elephant. 😉
“Life oftentimes confronts us with unexpected circumstances, which leave us in a state of despondency, fear and anxiety. We begin to question God’s love for us. We wonder if we can really trust Him. At such times, there are three absolute truths about God that we must believe if we are to trust Him. We live under the three-fold umbrella of: 1. God’s perfect love, 2. His infinite wisdom and 3. His absolute control.”
I had an OOOOOPS experience with hair coloring yesterday and silly me did not associate “auborn brown” with pinkish/orangish/red hair! Oh my! We got a good belly laugh out of it all even if I did feel like crying from the shock of seeing myself in the mirror at first.
Joy does a beautiful job dying my hair periodically and it was totally my goof in my hair color selection of auburn and perhaps also the chemicals in my hair from chemo didn’t mix well with the dye. I’ve seen people with this color hair but honestly don’t care for it and initially felt like putting a brown paper bag over my head with peep holes for my eyes and mouth for my dental visit which unfortunately was scheduled immediately after dye job #1 of 2 yesterday. We quickly rushed out for another box (hoping all the while I wouldn’t bump into anybody at Walmart that i know) and re-did with plain ole’ medium brown which was what I was aiming for initially which helped tone it down “some” but I imagine it’s going to take a long, long time to get all the red pigment out even though it’s the semi permanent kind. I then got a hair cut and the hair dresser said she LOVED the color, that many clients aim for that shade that I achieved with my back to back home coloring dye jobs, and how popular red hair is right now! After chemo this time my hair came back curly and very dark in the back and white and gray in the front—too old lady a la skunk-ish for me. Ah well! I am so thankful to have hair again and consider all hair on my head a blessing and a gift. I much prefer any color to shiny-scalp-chemo- bald!
“…There are times when we…do not know which way to turn. It may be just then that we shall learn for the first time how to stand still in perfect peace and quietness of soul, not idling away our time, not hopelessly limp and heedless of the outcome, but working on in such ways as may be given to us, observing with eager joy the way in which God will work it all out to a perfectly glorious ending.”