“God is my Victory and He is Here!”

All text in red below are direct quotes by Stacy from her blog at  http://hiswaynotmine.blogspot.com/ 

 
 
“…This side of heaven, I will never have a “perfect vessel.” After cancer treatment comes to an end, there will be other tryings, other pressings, more refining, more lessons to learn, more brokenness.  But the King of kings and the Lord of Lords will heal the brokenness. He will bring faith where there was fear. He will speak words of Truth, shining His magnificent light into all areas and then out through the cracks that He has mended, I pray He shines…if I would only surrender to His mighty Hand, trusting Him fully.It is a choice. A daily choice. And the irony that that is right where God had me this past week…faith versus fear. Choosing Him and His Truth….or choosing me and my circumstances.

“Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.” Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter, so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.” Jeremiah 18:2-4

“But now, O LORD, you are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.” Isaiah 64:8

God gave me a glimpse of what He desires me to be…..a vessel for his honor. A vessel fit for the Master’s use. A vessel marked by the healing brought only by my Father’s hand.”

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But what I know is that we are not promised tomorrow.“All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as a the flower of the grass.
The grass withers,
And its flower falls away,
But the Word of the LORD endures forever.” 1 Peter 1:24-25

“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” James 4:13-15

In an instant…..
life can be changed…...

….a son is born prematurely as his mother’s life hangs in the balance.

….the doctor tells you your son has a random, fatal genetic condition and he will either die while still growing within or may live for hours following his birth, at most.

….my sister’s husband of 20 years, shares that his interests lie in others areas….areas that don’t include her.

…..my mother goes for a walk and gets hit by a car from behind, suffering another brain injury.

…..the doctor calls and says, “the pathology came back showing cancer.”

And the lens is polished and shined as you come to look at the future differently, and look at each moment as a gift because life as you know it, can change in an instant.

We all have our “instants.”

So, how are you living your todays?

Are you loving deeply….. telling those around you that they matter?

Are you investing in people or in things?

Are you harboring unforgiveness and bitterness or are you pursuing peace and reconciliation?

Are you saying you’ll do it tomorrow……or embracing your today?

Are you living for your self, or living for God, the very one who put that breath in your lungs?

And if that instant of change comes along your path…..do you have a hope outside of this life? A faith in He who endures forever?

Do you know that Christ came to give you life…..eternal life….an inheritance that is incorruptible?

An inheritance that waits for you, as does He. He won’t push Himself on you. He isn’t that way.

But He waits. As a patient Father. As a loving Father. As your Redeemer…..for you…..

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved…” Acts 16:31


May we all live as if today is our last day. No regrets. Secure in the arms of our Lord and Savior. 
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The battle field laid before me and the opposing army was coming….the diagnosis still fresh, as a wound that has just been afflicted dripping drops of bright red blood. Breast cancer thronged in my ears. My surgery on the horizon and over that hill the landscape was unknown, but there was the enemy charging forth.I stood. Armed in the power of His might ready to declare His name.

I remember many a Sunday the pull in my heart to be among God’s people, worshipping together. Maybe, you too, can relate to this draw. As an army stands against the enemy collectively and yet, you too, stand individually. And together the power of God blankets His people and possess you.

The power is so strong. You can’t deny it and are brought to your knees in a posture of praise and worship.

He alone is worthy. He alone is God. And because of Him, no weapon on this earth or in the hands of the enemy can be used to defeat the power that God possess.

Oh, the battle ensues and Satan tries to take us down bringing defeat to our minds. But in Him, there is no defeat. We are conquerors and co-heirs with Christ.

So we stand. We worship. And we fight in the power of His Truth. For Truth always defeats the lie.

This cancer will not have me because God does. That is the truth.  May this cancer be used to refine me that more of His Truth may be seen through me.

That is my battle cry.

And on this battlefield, when the landscape is uncertain and the terrain unknown. I stand strong in my God who knows the hills and the valleys. Trusting that He will guide me through.

He has done that and more.

And this Sunday, as I sat surrounded by God’s people, this battle cry rang out once again. The next phase of the battle dawning. Radiation begins tomorrow. My emotions laid just under the surface, ready to spring forth. They were hidden even from me. As the words spilled forth from my heart to my lips to the throne of God, so too, the tears came. Not tears of pain. Not tears of sorrow. Tears of triumph. Triumph for what He has already overcome and triumph for what is to come.

And I will bring praise. For no weapon formed against will prevail.

I will rejoice. I will declare.

God is my victory and He is here.

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and the power of His might.” Eph. 6:10

This is my prayer in the desert
when all that’s within me feels dry
 
This is my prayer in my hunger and need
My God is the God who provides
 
And this is my prayer in the fire
In weakness or trial or pain
 
There is a faith proved of more worth than gold
So refine me Lord, through the flame.
 
And I will bring praise. I will bring praise.
No weapon formed against me shall remain.
 
I will rejoice. I will declare.
God is my victory and He is here.
 
This is my prayer in the battle
When triumph is still on its way
 
I am a conqueror and co-heir with Christ
So firm on His promise I’ll stand
 
I will bring praise. I will bring praise.
No weapon formed against me shall remain.
 
I will rejoice. I will declare.
God is my victory and He is here.
 
All of my life in every season you are still God 
I have a reason to sing. I have a reason to worship.
 
I will bring praise. I will bring praise.
No weapon formed against me shall remain.
 
I will rejoice. I will declare.
God is my victory and He is here.
 
This is my prayer in the harvest
when favor and providence flow
 
I know I’m filled to be emptied again
the seed I’ve received I will sow. 
Much love,
Stacy
 
 
 
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Lord, every good gift comes from You.

(From James 1:7)   One Thousand Gifts   http://www.aholyexperience.com/

 
 
 
145. A great big thanks to You, O LORD, you are my  Father; I am Your clay–all Yours, ABBA Daddy–all Yours, every bit of me. I am the work of Your hands.. Mold me,  fashion me, make me soft and supple and totally pliable in Your Hands, totally yielding to You, nothing held back… a trophy of Your grace, a vessel that honors and glorifies and reflects YOU.  (Personalizing  Isaiah 64:8)
 
146 .By His grace and enabling power I will CHOOSE faith, not fear. I will choose Him and His Truth….not me and my circumstances.
 
147. Grass, flesh, flowers, and more: all fade but the Word of the Lord stands forever.  I can count on it. (1 Peter 1:24-25)
 
148. My response  to the challenge of Stacy’s words in http://hiswaynotmine.blogspot.com/   is one of my 1000 gifts from God to me today.  I personalized  her direct quote for me: “Because I am Born Again, I, Paula,  can and will love others with His love.  I will choose to not harbor any unforgiveness and bitterness whatsoever and will pursue peace and reconciliation. I will and I do now confess all known sin and all my failures to God and receive 1 John 1:9. When I confess my sin, He is faithful and just to forgive my sin and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. Jesus’ paid the debt of all my sin and I am free, free, FREE!  Thank You, LORD!!!!!  I will  embrace the today that God gives me.  I will not live for myself, but will live for God, the very One who put that breath in my lungs.  He has numbered my days and each one of them is a precious gift to be invested in the way He chooses. If He wants me mostly in bed after chemo then I will do that with joy in my heart and rest and sleep and use that time that I am awake in bed wisely, same when He gives me strength to be up and around.   May I  live as if today is my last day. No regrets. Secure in the arms of my Lord and Savior.  Father, You alone are worthy. You alone are God. And because of You, no weapon on this earth or in the hands of the enemy can be used to defeat the power that God possesses.  Satan may try to take me down bringing negativity, despair, anxiety, fear,  stress,  and depressing thoughts to my mind. But in Jesus, my Savior, there is no defeat: NONE! I am a ‘more than conqueror and co-heir’ with Christ. When God the Father looks down at me, His child, He sees His Son Jesus in me.  WOW. Think on that one, Paula Girl!    I will stand firmly on the ground God has me on right now, keep my eyes on Jesus, hold on tight to His Hand,  and worship God.  I will fight in the power of His Truth: the Word of God.  Help me Lord to really love Your Word, to be hungry and thirsty for it, for YOU. Truth always defeats every lie.  This cancer will not have me because God does. That is the truth.  May this cancer be used to refine me that more of His Truth may be seen through me. That is my battle cry. And on this battlefield, when the landscape is uncertain and the terrain unknown and the scary assaults and doubts well within me, I will reject those thoughts and replace them with the truth of God’s Word. I stand strong in my God who knows the hills and the valleys. I will choose to trust that He will guide me through.  He has done that and more. When He died on the Cross, I died on the Cross.  When He was buried, I was buried with Him.  When He rose again, so did I.  Through simple faith I have received His gift of Eternal Life.  It is mine forever.  The triumph for what He has already overcome and triumph for what is to come is mine in Christ.   I will bring praise to my Heavenly Father. For no weapon formed against me will prevail. I will rejoice. I will declare: God is my victory and He is here!”
 
149. The administration of Chemo #5 went smoothly yesterday and my blood counts are good. Knowing what is going directly into my vein,  I am always happy to walk out of there alive and on my own two feet.  Thank You Father for the path You have me on.  Since You have me on this particular path during this season of my life, then by faith I can know that it is the very best path for me.
 
 
Specific prayer request:
 
There are signs that the chemo may be progressively damaging my neurological system.  Hopefully this is temporary, not permanent.  The toxic effects tend to be cumulative and I am asking the Lord for complete healing according to His will.  God most certainly still can do miracles today and I am coming boldly to His throne of grace and asking Him for one for me. NOTHING is impossible for God…absolutely NOTHING!   Can you join me in prayer that God will protect every single healthy cell throughout my body–specifically  the neurological system since it appears to be taking a lot of hits in this process but my entire body as well.  May He make all the healthy cells thrive and flourish even in the midst of all the treatments behind and ahead.  Please pray that He will take away all the cancer cells out of my body, according to HIS will and timetable and that  I will be strong and brave IN CHRIST and a very shiny light for Him: a trophy of His grace.  The final chemo treatment is tentatively scheduled for October 3rd but that may be moved later.  According to the Dr it looks like there is a possibility that he may reduce the dose, delay it, or eliminate one of three IV drugs most likely hurting my neurological system (Taxotere), depending on how the next three weeks go. I pray that the will and wisdom of my personal Great Physican be done and He will make that will crystal clear to all my doctors and to us. 
 
Praising and thanking the Author and Finisher of my faith,
 
Paula
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2 Responses to “God is my Victory and He is Here!”

  1. Teresa Holmgren says:

    Wow, Stacy’s words are SO powerful! I need to read them again later when I have more time and digest more of what she is saying. So much in there! I am praying everyday for you. Trusting the Lord to work out his will for that last treatment, but praying for the effects of yesterday’s treatment to end quickly! Love ya!

  2. Nancy Louise Fraley says:

    Dear Paula, May you be blessed and encouraged this day, as you bless and encourage others. Love,

    Nancy Louise

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