January 22, 2016
Have you ever felt like your faith has been shaken? Have you ever lost faith because things looked so dark and there didn’t seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel? I have come close to this many times in my life, but I have learned that by holding onto my faith, trying to never let it waver, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, I can believe in the promises of God. Hebrews 1: 1-13 says it all. These men were some of the most faithful in history. Today I am thankful that God gives me reasons to hold onto my faith.
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.
3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:
10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.
12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.
13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
January 23, 2016
There is no doubt that illness is a fact of life. Some people are blessed with very little while others have hereditary diseases and conditions that affect them all of their lives. I suffer from arthritis in different parts of my body. I have at least 4-5 migraines a week. I have the aches and pains that come with getting older and the body not functioning as it did when I was young.
I was privileged to meet a lady named Kim many years ago when Ken and I lived in Florida. Kim was a very short woman that had been born with club feet and debilitating arthritis. She had never walked a day in her life and had lived in nursing homes for much of her life. If you ever had a chance to speak with her, you would never have known she had grown up this way. She was always vibrant and happy, always praising the lord
Today I am thankful for the meeting her. Even though I haven’t been in contact with her since Ken passed away 16 years ago, she still remains an inspiration to me. When I think about what she has gone through in her life, when I think about the hereditary disease that Rich lives with, I realize how blessed I am in health and how little I really have to go through with my medical issues.
January 24, 2016
A year ago I was diagnosed with uterine cancer. While some cancers spread quickly and destroy the tissue and organs nearby, I was diagnosed with “Carcinoma in Situ” which basically means the cancer stays right where it starts. It does not metastasize, however if the surrounding tissue is not removed, it can appear in another area.
The doctor said the early detection was due to me always following up on my yearly exams. He was surprised to see it because it is rare in women my age who have gone through the change. An immediate, total hysterectomy was ordered and done. I recovered faster than most people, in fact I only had pain for a day or two.
When they tested all the other tissue, ovaries, cervix and uterus, there was no other sign of cancer cells. I don’t need yearly exams anymore because there is nothing to examine, but I wasn’t planning on having any more children anyway (laugh out loud).
Today I am thankful for all the new medicines and procedures that they have developed that make surgery less invasive, less painful and more accurate. NOTE: to all my sisters out there. If you still have your parts, no matter how old you are, even if you have gone through the change, my doctor says you should still have the yearly exams.