Tonight, at exactly 7 p.m. one year ago I was sitting in a restaurant eating sushi with my best friend. The phone call I took changed my life forever.
It is a surreal moment watching your best friends tears silently pour down her face as she learns, like I was learning, I have cancer.
I would not change the last 12 months for anything in the world. To some that may sound absolutely, certifiably crazy, but for me, I know, that I know, that I know that nothing takes my King by surprise. He knew what was coming all along. He perfectly orchestrated people, places, events to bless, love on and encourage me through my roughest year yet.
It is a threat of the enemy and the absolute truth from Jesus that “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10 (NIV)
It is not “if” we face trials, it is “when” we face trials. That’s a promise. It may sound negative, but personally, I would rather have the truth up front. Don’t sugar-coat, blow smoke or down right lie to me so you “don’t hurt my feelings”. I want the truth, the whole truth, the good, the bad, the ugly. It is through our trials that God shows up and shows off. You will see His hand in every circumstance and everywhere if you are looking for God to show up, to rescue, to do battle for you. He absolutely and unequivocally will. It is the most beautiful display of love and affection I have ever experienced.
In Hebrew the word “all” means exactly that, ALL. There is no way to interpret “all” any other way. There is also NO room for misinterpretation. All means all. Knowing this shines a bright light on scripture. Romans 8:28 is a perfect example of all meaning all. We can’t read or understand the scriptures as “sometimes” or “only for certain people” or “only in certain circumstances.
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 (HCSB)
“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. Matthew 6:34 (MSG)
I have but one vision for my life. It is seen through the eyes of my Father. He will reveal all details as He sees best for my life. I trust Him and could not be more excited. Even and especially through the fire He molds, shapes and creates a beautiful masterpiece in me.
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Miracles first and and front row, I am CANCER FREE by the miracle healing of my King Jesus. Within this journey there continues to be many miracles. Miracles by the multitude. All the honor, power and glory belong to Jesus as He so richly deserves. I truly can’t thank Him enough or love Him more through this.
All my love,
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