Well friends, it’s the first day of autumn in OZ. It’s rainy, overcast and absolutely lovely. I can hear the ocean, thrashing about, from my bedroom window and it is purely good tonic for my soul.
I head into my third round of chemo on Monday. Praise God I have reached my halfway point. This entire journey has truly been a mind game. Keeping my MIND focused on all God says, instead of how I am feeling, which is becoming a little fragile at times. In this, I keep going to my book of promises that I have been writing in. In this book are my list of scriptures that I absorb like a daily tonic. It is in this space that I find rest.
During this whole process, I have received so many great encouraging letters and emails from those who have walked through the fire and come out smelling smoke free at the other end. I cannot begin to express how this fuels my soul for the days ahead. I would like to say a HUGE Thank You to my friends around the planet and at home who are SO DAILY in and on this journey with me.
Today, I again read the scriptures that Pastor Kirk Pankratz from Oklahama sent me that they spoke over their daughter last year when she battled a certain cancer. SO awesone to hear the great story of God’s victory in and through it all. Here are some of them:
Psalm 91:15-16 - He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him My salvation.
2 Timothy 1:7 - For God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
1 John 4:4 - You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
Romans 8:37 - Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
Phillipians 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Isaiah 59:19 - When the enemy comes in like a flood, the spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.
Luke 1 :37 - For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment.
Again and again, God’s word trumps our adversities. It’s His nature to heal and to rescue. Never forget that. It’s all based on His great love for us – not on anything we have done.
This week, my dear friend, Liz Clout, taught at our women’s gathering. She spoke about it is no longer ‘I ‘that lives, but Christ who lives in me. Once we are saved, ‘I’ no longer exists, but rather, life is done in the plural and understanding the reality of Jesus always being with us. It was SUCH a great message. Thanks Lizzie!!!
Also in this season, I am very aware that my suffering is small compared to what many are suffering on the earth. The answer to it all has got to be Jesus led. Open hearts in prayer, open hands in service, open ears to the Holy Spirit, and open doors to all who need comfort.
So.. with much love in my heart I sign off for a couple of weeks. We will chat again soon..
Greater things are yet to come..