“Living Like Someone Left the Gate Open”

  Edit: Please note that after posting this “Do not fear” quote below, in my search to find them and look them up  myself,  I was disappointed to find out that, while a nice thought that there are 365 verses saying “do not fear”, somebody made that number up and it is not correct.  I’m sorry I did not check it out before posting that quote.  However: what is true is that there are lots and lots of Bible verses telling us not to fear and what God is like,, PLENTY in His Word to encourage us every day!—Paula 9/12/12

I was visiting my son last night when I asked if I could borrow a newspaper.

‘This is the 21st century,’ he said. ‘I don’t waste money on newspapers. Here, you can borrow my iPad.’ 

I can tell you this; that ole’ fly never knew what hit him.”



“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 to me:  http://www.aholyexperience.com/ 
889. “Think about it.
If God knows everything, the cancer diagnosis did not surprise Him.
If God sees everything, He saw the bad news coming.
If God has power over everything, He could have stopped it.
But He didn’t.There are so many hidden meanings in those words. He could have, but He didn’t. What that says to me is that He is in control, in every aspect of the universe, He is in control.

He is in control.
Errant cancer cells are not.
Toxic medicine is not.
White- Coated doctors are not.
Herbs and vitamins are not.
You are not.
I am not.”

Quote from “When God and Cancer Meet” by Lynn Eib


890. James 4:8  “I will come near to God and He will come near to me.”

“I will…

TRUST- in HIS timing

RELY- on HIS promises

WAIT- for HIS answers

BELIEVE- in HIS miracles

REJOICE- in HIS goodness

RELAX- in HIS presence”

(On a card given to me at the ladies retreat at Cappernium Inn http://capernaumministries.com/gallery/ this summer.  It was a precious time with the Lord and sisters in Christ)


891.”You keep track of all my sorrows.  You have collected all my tears in your bottle.  You have recorded each one in Your book.” Psalm 56:8

Joni Eareckson Tada said, “Every tear you’ve cried will be redeemed.  God will give you indescribable glory for your grief, not with a general wave of the hand, but in a considered and specific way.  Each tear has been listed, each will be recompensed.  I’ve cried a few times over not having the use of my hands.  I think it’s ironic that on the day in Heaven when I finally get back the use of my hands so I can dry my own tears…I won’t have to: ‘He will wipe every tear from our eyes'” (Rev 21:4)

892. I love the word picture I have in my mind of the poster our friends Verona and Darrell (who are living in the realities of cancer) saw of a dog in the middle of a long jump.  It says, “Live like someone left the gate open”. I like that!  God truely has “left the gate open” to live fully with the freedom we have in Christ.

893.”If the Gospel is not the best news you have ever heard, then you have misunderstood the Gospel.”

Gratefully His,


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7 Responses to “Living Like Someone Left the Gate Open”

  1. Nancy Fraley says:

    Good words today, Paula!!!!

  2. Kathy Geiger says:

    As always, I enjoyed your blog. It is always uplifting and gives me something to think about. I especially liked the quote of Joni Erickson Tada. How many tears we cry each year in anger, frustration, and hurt. To think that God knows each and everyone individually as He knows us, but He knows our tears as well. Wow!~ Mind blowing. And then to think that they might be rewarded some how. Why? What are they worth to Jesus? My tears have value? How? Absolutely mind blowing. It is hard to grasp, to think about, to grab hold of and not let go. ~WOW!~

    God Bless. Kathy

  3. Esther Day says:

    Paula, what wonderful words to give courage and comfort! “Do not be afraid!”
    Every tear redeemed and wiped away by Jesus Himself!
    Thanks, Esther

  4. Denise Makielski says:

    I always enjoy reading your blog.

    Love you!!

  5. Paula says:

    Thanks for the encourgement ladies!

  6. Verona says:

    I bought a souvenir replica of an ancient tear bottle on our trip to Turkey a few years ago. I keep it on a shelf by a stationery card with a lady with a tear bottle in her hand. On the back, the artist said she was inspired to paint the picture by her pastor’s sermon on the immeasurable love of God, based on Ps. 56:8. It has meant a lot to me.
    I want to use what Joni said on a card to my sister-in-law, because of the sudden death of my brother, last month. It is good to see your blog again. I started to read it on my phone and the print was to small and I hadn’t gotten back to it. Thanks for the reminder note. Darrell got a blood transfusion Thus. to help his anemia. He felt so much better than usual after the 6th chemo. The Dr. couldn’t explain it, we think it may have been the high powered vit, B-12
    So thankful thank you are finished with the Herceptin, and that you are leaving behind many of the cancer problems, we will continue to pray for healing of your arm and a cancer free report now and 5 years down the road. God is good.

    • Paula says:

      Verona, I’m so sorry about your loss of your brother. (((Hugs))) I am so glad you sent me that 1000 Gift book last year–it got me going on my gratefulness list while battling cancer and helped me focus on His lavish blessings. I continue to pray for you both as you deal with Darrel’s cancer and appreciate your Caring Bridge updates–may He guicde and direct every step. Your tear drop bottle sounds like a lovely symbol.

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