A friend text me the following Scripture this morning: Matthew 19:26 With God all things are possible. That very same scripture was on my journal page for today.
Be willing to follow wherever I lead. Follow Me wholeheartedly, with glad anticipation quickening your pace. Though you don’t know what lies ahead, I know; and that is enough! Some of My richest blessings are just around the bend: out of sight, But nonetheless very real. To receive these gifts, you must walk by faith-not by sight (II Corinthians 5:7). This doesn’t mean closing your eyes to what is all around you. It means subordinating the visible world to the invisible Shepherd of your soul. Sometimes I lead you up a high mountain with only My hand to support you. The higher you climb, the more spectacular the view becomes; also, the more keenly you sense your separation from the world with all its problems. This frees you to experience exuberantly the joyous reality of My Presence. Give yourself fully to these glory-moments, awash in dazzling Light. I will eventually lead you down the mountain, back in community with others. Let My light continue to shine within you as you walk among people again.
9-7-2012 Below is our mother's prayer based on Romans 12: 1 & 2 shared with me before we knew cancer was going to enter our lives again and before my sister’s call involving a new breast plate.
“Give your body to God as a living sacrifice (holy). Is it too much when you think of what He has done for you? Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think!
9-14-2013 The first day my sister and I were physically together since her diagnosis. The Jesus Calling meditation for that day was based on the scripture above:
Worship Me by living close to Me. This was My original design for (my sister), into whom I breathed My very Breath of Life (Genesis 2:7). This is My desire for you: that you stay near Me as you walk along your life-path. Each day is an important part of the journey. Although you may feel as if you are going nowhere in this world, your spiritual journey is another matter altogether, taking you along steep, treacherous paths of adventure. That is why walking in the Light of My Presence (Psalm 89:15) is essential to keep you from stumbling. By staying close to Me, you present yourself as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1). Even the most routine part of your day can be a spiritual act of worship, holy and pleasing to Me (Romans 12:1 continued).
Graham Cooke has stated that a problem cannot occur without a promise and a provision also present.
9-25-13 Eve before I left for Texas to be with my sister for her surgery: The Promise:
Jeremiah 31:4 I will build you up again and you will be rebuilt.
Jeremiah 31: 11& 12- The Lord will ransom (my sister) and redeem (her from the disease of cancer) which is stronger (than her body can fight off alone). (She)will come (home) and shout for joy! (My sister and her family) will rejoice in the bounty of the Lord.
Jeremiah 31:16 & 17 This is what the Lord says: restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears for your work will be rewarded declares the Lord. (My sister’s children) will return from the land of the enemy (the influence of fear). So there is hope for your future declares the Lord. (My sister’s children) will return to their own land (the spiritual inheritance won by my sister and her husband in their victory over fear).
9-26-13 I arrive in Texas the day before the surgery. The Provision:
Jeremiah 32: 38-41 (My sister and her family) will be My people and I will be their God. I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear Me for their own good and the good of their children after them. I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear Me, so that they will never turn away from Me. I will assuredly plant them in this land with all My heart and soul.
9-27-13 The day of surgery-our mom’s favorite, Psalm 27, is part of my devotional from
Psalm 27: 13&14 I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord: be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
Deuteronomy 33: 27 The eternal God is our refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.
Jesus Calling by Sarah Young for September 27
Relax in my everlasting arms. Your weakness is an opportunity to grow strong in awareness of My Almighty Presence. When your energy fails you, do not look inward and lament the lack you find there. Look to Me and My sufficiency; rejoice in My radiant riches that are abundantly available to help you. Go gently through this day, leaning on Me and enjoying My Presence. Thank Me for your neediness, which is building trust-bonds between us. If you look back on your journey thus far, you can see that days of extreme weakness have been some of your most precious times. Memories of these days are richly interwoven with golden strands of My Intimate Presence.
9-28-13 Day after surgery
Jeremiah 33:9 (My sister’s testimony of her experience with cancer) will bring Me renown, joy, praise and honor before all (with whom she shares) that hear of all the good things I do for them and they will be in awe and will tremble at the abundant prosperity and peace I provide for them.
9-29-13 Day we bring my sister home from the hospital
I am quoting The Word for Today for September 29 - focus scripture:
Deuteronomy 33:27 Underneath are the everlasting arms.
The Hebrew word for “underneath” means “bottom.” So it could be translated, “God’s arms are underneath you when you’re on the bottom.” No matter how deep the valley you have to walk, God’s Presence is deeper. It may feel like you are down today, but you cannot go so low that He is not there. Underneath you are His everlasting arms: the truth is: He’s not just the God of the top; He’s also the God of the bottom.
9-30-13 Day two at home-Excerpt from Jesus Calling for this date:
Your future is in My hands; I release it to you day by day, moment by moment. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow (Matthew 6:34).
10-1-13 Day three at home- Excerpt from Jesus Calling for this date:
I am taking care of you! I am not only committed to caring for you, but I am absolutely capable of doing so. Rest in Me , My weary one, for this is a form of worship. Worship Me by resting peacefully in My Presence.
Quote sent to me by my brother in law’s sister: (I do not know the author).
Dear God, I’ve tried my best, but if today I lose my hope please tell me that Your Plans are better than my dreams. Amen
Pathology report we received today revealed that cancer was found microscopically in the first lymph node ONLY. The surgeon removed NINE! The tumor in the left breast was encompassed by healthy tissue. We were VERY pleased with the findings.
10-2-13 Day four at home-my sister is nauseated in the morning- Excerpt from Jesus
Calling for this date:
Even the most ardent human lover cannot be with you always. Nor can another person know the intimacies of your heart, mind, and spirit. I know everything about you-even to the number of hairs on your head (Luke 12:7)
10-3-13 Day five at home- I have an opportunity to affirm the excellent care my brother in law is giving to my sister. I am so grateful they have each other! This knowledge makes it a little easier for me as I prepare to return home October 5.
10-4-13 Day six at home- my sister and I are both teary anticipating my departure the following day. We watch a Tom Cruise movie together entitled: Knight and Day. The movie seemed to highlight my brother in law’s position of protecting and comforting my sister in her current distress. I envision the two of them in the near future walking hand in hand spiritually embracing a bright future of joint ministry developing out of this trial.
10-5-13 Day seven at home-my departure day….. my favorite scripture is part of my devotional materials for this day:
Habakkuk 3:19 Amplified Bible (AMP) 19 The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]!