2012: A Year of Rebuilding,Restorating, and Renewing Like Only God Can Do

 

 

Cartoon: “IF YOU are a Loving and Merciful GOD, then Why didn’t YOU send someone to cure cancer or send true leaders to lead us? What is YOUR problem, GOD!”      ” I did!!! You aborted them.”

Just saying: Paul Stone’s Photos

 

“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/

856.  Beth shared a link to chapter 1 of Laura Story’s new devotional on Blessings and I enjoyed it: http://laurastorymusic.com/free/blessings-chapter-1/  Her song “Blessings” has really ministered to me this past year..

Esther M sharing these quotes/notes from ladies Bible Study which were an encouragement to me:

857. S.D.Gordon, Quiet Talks on Prayer

“In its simplest analysis prayer – all prayer – has, must have, two parts.

First, a God to give…

Second, a man to receive.

Let it be said that God can do nothing for the man with shut hand and shut life.

There must be an open hand and heart and life, through which God can give what He longs to.

An open life, and open hand, open upward, is the pipeline of communication between the heart of God and this old befooled world.

Our prayer is God’s opportunity to get into the world that would shut Him out.” 

 

858.Jennifer Dean Quotes from chapter 9

“In His Word, God makes extravagant promises about prayer.

He stands behind His Word. He does not distance Himself from those lavish promises in His Word as some Christians try to do.

Mark 11:24, John 14:14, John 15:7 , John 16:23,  Matthew 21:22,  Mark 9:23

You won’t find Him saying, “I didn’t really mean that – the way it sounds.  I exaggerated to make a point.” 

Does your experience in prayer match God’s descriptions of prayer’s power given in His Word?

James 5:16

Is that how you would describe your prayer life – powerful and effective?

Prayer impacts lives and situations on the earth.

True prayer works.

Perhaps we think prayer doesn’t work like the Bible says it will work.

Why not?  Could it be because we have tried to make prayer work on our terms and that the failure is not with prayer, but with our way of praying?

Every promise to answered prayer in verses is linked to a relationship.

The person who is abiding in Christ has desires that are God-shaped.”

 

859,Quote from Andrew Murray, Abide In Christ

“Believer, abide in Christ, for there is the school of prayer – mighty, effectual, answer-bringing prayer.

Abide in Him and you shall learn what to so many is a mystery; That the secret of the prayer of faith is the life of faith – the life that abides in Christ alone.”

 

860. Jennifer Dean Quote:

“Dear Friend, put away childish things – little, flesh-shaped desires; short-sighted, earth-bound understanding.

Yield yourself to His bigger agenda.

Let Him do more than you can ask or even think.

Let Him do His full and mighty work in you.

Then every prayer promise is yours.”

 

861. Since I put in my prayer requests in my blog last week I have been feeling significantly better, cough amazingly greatly reduced (it’s been going on since the end of Nov), less congestion,  and I’ve  had multiple nights of excellent sleep.  I was so exhausted–it’s made a huge difference to sleep well and  I am greatly encouraged.  🙂 I feel like I’ve had a major turn-around of progress in the respiratory issue and sleep improvement.  THANK YOU all from the bottom of my heart for praying!  How I hope this will continue!  🙂
 
862. I am so grateful that I am tolerating the Herceptin well and it is not messing up my heart or other parts which it can do—I just want it to royally mess with any rogue her2 cells that dare to linger. My one year of IV Herceptin will be done in June–right around the corner.  I am praising God that as far as I know, all this cancer  treatment has been and will continue to be highly effective for me.  To the best of my knowledge, I’m doing downright terrific and I am going to operate on the assumption that all is well in the cancer department.  🙂   Hooray that, by God’s grace, I am a thriving survivor!  I praise God that HE is in charge of my life, not cancer.  The thought that I will not die one single second before it’s God’s perfect time to take me Home Sweet Home to Heaven brings me peace.  Thank You Lord for my health exactly as it is and that I can trust You completely!
 
863. Sister-in-law Kelley healing well from mastectomy and reconstructive surgery done 2 weeks ago.  Prayer request: unexpected news of path report this week: invasive cancer in very early stages on second mastectomy in the breast not expected to have cancer
 
864. Kids all doing very well with school work, extra curricular activities, sports, and volunteer work, including some challenging Fl Virtual School on-line classes and Nicholas’ dual enrollment classes at college. I  PTL for graduation from High School in the horizon for him this year.  I praise God we have been able to continue home schooling through even this difficult past year.  Thank You Lord for John and the kids taking over so much for me when I was ill and being so wonderful! 
 
865. I am very grateful for the progress in the tourniquet sensation in my arm  gained through prayer and therapy. There are still issues but I see definite improvement and I expect that to continue.  Thank You Lord for my left arm.  Thank You Lord for the therapy that Lisa is doing. I had an appointment with her yesterday, we are working at home on things we learn there,  and it is making a difference.   What a relief!  I am so thankful that the skin that was a mess from radiation healed up beautifully.
 
866. Thank You Lord that You are really, really helping me in walking in the victory that is mine in Christ in my eating and exercise plan.  Again, thanks for praying!  I have a ways to go to get back to my ideal weight and the  level of physical fitness I desire but every day I am making good progress with God’s help.  I resumed my 100%  raw vegan diet (exclusively  raw fruit and veggies with a few raw nuts)  about a week ago, increased my exercise markedly  and dropped 10 pounds in my first week back on the plan I was on for years—Yippeeeeee!!!!!! I feel so good eating this way.  I’ve been waking up the last few days thinking , “Wow, I sure am feeling marvelous, Thank You Lord!”   My joints took a big hit from the chemo and they are doing great this week.  Supplements have really helped with chemo induced neuropathy symptoms too.  Thank You, Lord.  2012 is my year of rebuilding and restoring my health, God willing.  A physical goal I am working toward is to be in my ideal weight range,  trim and physically fit, totally cancer-free and full of vitality and vibrant health.  Accountability is a wonderful tool with weight loss and exercise and the Lord is providing that through my precious family and some dear friends.   I plan to let you know here  periodically of my progress and sure appreciate continued prayer!  I am weak but He is strong.
 
867. I am grateful for the fact that NOTHING is too hard for God…absolutely nothing.
 
Praising Him,
 
Paula
This entry was posted in Quotes and Excerpts. Bookmark the permalink.

9 Responses to 2012: A Year of Rebuilding,Restorating, and Renewing Like Only God Can Do

  1. Nancy Fraley says:

    I am so very happy to hear that you are experiencing improvements in your body!!!
    I know having faith and a positive outlook has helped much!!!

    Love and prayers,

    Nancy Louise

  2. Joy O. says:

    You keep on getting better Mom! =)

  3. Kathy Geiger says:

    Hi Paula,
    What supplements have been helping with the neuropathy? My neuropathy in my hands is driving me nuts; it is hard to hold onto to things. God Bless. Kathy

  4. Julie Bloom says:

    Praise God, that He hears even our desperate thoughts. so happy that you are improving in every way!
    Sleep well tonight, sweet friend.

  5. Verona says:

    So thankful to hear that your congestion is clearing up and you are getting better rest God is so good. My gratitude list is hand written and I am going to fill up the book before I get to 800 and will have to finish in a different book . I guess I will just keep going. I forget some days, but like the idea of looking for the good things in my life.

  6. Esther Day says:

    Am so thrilled to read how God is answering your requests from last week, that your arm is responding to prayer & therapy, that you’re sleeping better and feeling marvelous.

    Am being impacted by One Thousand Gifts…have started handwriting my thanks in a journal asking the Lord to open my eyes. You’re almost there – to a thousand!

    Appreciate the powerful quotes on prayer. With open hand and heart and life, Esther

    • Paula says:

      Nancy said:

      I am so very happy to hear that you are experiencing improvements in your body!!!
      I know having faith and a positive outlook has helped much!!!

      You always have an encouraging word, Nancy Louise. I sure do appreciate you!

      Joy O said:

      You keep on getting better Mom! =)

      Thanks for being my right hand gal , Joy: my Sunshine Girl ! Daddy, Nicholas, Hannah and you were (and are) really there for me and I am so grateful for each of you. Love ya bunches and bunches. Can’t wait to see yours and Hannah’s basketball games tonite and tomorrow!

      Kathy Geiger said:

      Hi Paula,
      What supplements have been helping with the neuropathy? My neuropathy in my hands is driving me nuts; it is hard to hold onto to things. God Bless. Kathy

      My oncologist did stop the chemo at 5 instead of taking 6 treatments because the neuropathy symptoms in my hands and feet went from intermittinent to mostly constant.

      The owner of the health food store I go to made these recommendations (her husband, who is a surgeon had neuropathy in his hands after his chemo and she told me this helped him and his hands are almost fully recovered, fully functional). I had some neuro effects in my face (frequent eye twitching, numbness around my mouth, intermittent involuntary drooling 🙁 which are all gone, thankfully). The numbness and pain in my fingers and dropping things more frequently resolved. The pain in my feet and toes is gone–just a little intermittent numbness. I am so grateful. I would much rather work on giving my body the right fuel for neuro repair than masking it with something like Neurontin which I understand some people are on afterwards for chemo induced neuropathy.

      Powdered Magnesium (Calm) as per label –I did 2 cans worth

      B 12 1000 mcg sublingual (methyl form)–I am normally on this a few times a week because of being a vegan but switched to doing it daily for months

      These next ones I am going to stop after I finish what I have left since I am almost symptom-free now .

      N-A-C 1200 mg daily

      Alpha Diporic Acid 600 mg daily–

      Phosphatidylserine 525 mg

      B Complex

      Per oncologist (only one he recc) I took 1 tsp glutamine powder three times per day, beginning 1 day before each chemo and then for the next 3-7 days. After chemo was done I did this for another 1-2 months.

      Julie Bloom said:

      Praise God, that He hears even our desperate thoughts. so happy that you are improving in every way!
      Sleep well tonight, sweet friend.

      Thank you Julie for being such a faithful prayer warrior for my sleep and other needs. What a blessing to me you are!

      Verona said:

      So thankful to hear that your congestion is clearing up and you are getting better rest God is so good. My gratitude list is hand written and I am going to fill up the book before I get to 800 and will have to finish in a different book . I guess I will just keep going. I forget some days, but like the idea of looking for the good things in my life.

      Verona–you giving me that 1000 Gifts has had a ripple-effect impact as others have also joined in which makes me very happy! Thank you. I wonder if you or anybody has any “favorites” they want to share? It is amazing how God LAVISHES His good gifts on us and what it difference when we cultivate recognition and gratefulness of those good gifts.

      Esther said:

      Am so thrilled to read how God is answering your requests from last week, that your arm is responding to prayer & therapy, that you’re sleeping better and feeling marvelous.

      Am being impacted by One Thousand Gifts…have started handwriting my thanks in a journal asking the Lord to open my eyes. You’re almost there – to a thousand!

      Appreciate the powerful quotes on prayer. With open hand and heart and life, Esther

      Esther, my dear “Gerson Gal Buddy”–I was just thinking of our two week “retreat” as we began Gerson Therapy together last year. I truly could not have done all that without you and I’m glad God gave us each other for that season. We really worked well as a team getting into our Gerson routine, huh? Whew…..Some of my favorite memories of that time together was memorizing those Scripture passages together during our walks, “almost” finishing for the day celebrated with our lovely vegan dinners out on that screened in porch with praise music in the background , laughing our heads off over funny things like those people coming to take photos, and more. oh my–what an incredible time, huh? Thanks again. Even though it was not effective in resolving the cancer in my case, I’m still glad I gave it my best and am so glad on the positive results you’ve had. I am sure my body was stronger to fight in this battle this year because of that therapy. Thanks for your faithful prayers. Thanks for all the recent juice too. I am glad that you’ve started a gratefulness journal too–you are going to love it! It’ll be fun to hit my 1000 gifts then go beyond. 🙂

      Have a wonderful day, everybody. I really, really appreciate your prayers and for the words of encouragement in my blog. Thank you!

      Paula

  7. Denise Makielski says:

    I’m so glad you resumed the 811 raw vegan diet. The body can heal so much during that time. Praise God for His provision and healing. I’m sorry to hear about your sil, I’m praying for her….. Love Ya, Sista!

  8. Paula says:

    Dear Denise,
    Wow–have you sure been a blessing to me this year with being so supportive, overseeing our HL4H group when I could not, etc, etc, etc. Thank you. The diet really grows on ya and it sure makes you feel fabulous after the detox parts.
    Love ya too sista! Paula

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *