Embracing Uncertainty

“When we embrace uncertainty, it can be very liberating. If you can accept the uncertainty, it allows you to live life every day.” Victor Gospodinoff

My mom passed away last year—not from breast cancer though—she was a breast cancer survivor for over 15 years. I so miss her. Today, I remembered her funny little characters that she often drew when I was a child.

Stick figures… my brothers and I called them! Sketches of people, young and old… who always… And I do mean always! Had their hands and feet curled up. Smiling faces from the pages with no lips and triangles for a body. Those amazingly simple drawings that I cherish. 

Not as Good as Mom’s Stick Figures Were… But Such Fond Memories Still!

Adoringly, I drew a stick figure—a modest likeness to my mom’s—I’ll admit. But close enough! Through a kaleidoscope of memories, I took off the breast cancer pen that I was wearing and placed it next to the stick figure on the sheet of paper. For a few long solitary seconds, my mom’s love embraced me in warm nostalgias. I heard her inspiring voice, talking as we often did. We were deep in conversation on our way home from one of her radiation treatments.

We were talking about what a blessing the young man was that gave her the treatments. Since, mom didn’t drive, I had to take her to each appointment. This was a task that I eagerly accepted. But my mom was concerned, because I worked out of town. And would have to use a half day of sick leave, each time… 5 days a week… during the 7- or 8-weeks  that she needed to do to complete her treatment.

The young man overheard my mom talking about hoping that I would have enough sick time to finish her treatment….  He then told me to bring my mom for her treatments at 6:15 in the morning, if that would help. He was willing to come to work and hour early… That way my mom could get her treatment. And I could get to work on time without having to take any sick leave.

“God will always put people in your path to help you,” I can hear my mom saying. I can still see the expression of joy and relief on her face in my mind’s eye, because of the young man’s act of kindness. Each day, she got up early and bravely faced uncertainty with determination. Until she was told by the doctors that she was cancer free—I love you mom… now and forever.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month—a time to focus on spreading the word about steps women can take to detect breast cancer early. Along with opportunities to support breast cancer research…

Whether it’s illness, concerns over your children, financial woes, challenges on the job, love or a lack thereof… be encouraged in your time of uncertainty. You’re not alone according to Isiah 30:21.

Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.~ 3 John 1:2

The Struggle is Real—But So is God’s Grace

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. ~ Ephesians 2:8-9

There are days when you walk out into the bright sunshine… embraced by a cool breeze.  And as you look around, you realize the struggle is real. Then you smile. Because so is God’s grace—that unmerited favor that you don’t deserve—but received just the same. Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

So you shake of the cares of life—counting your blessings. Thanking God for deliverance from enemies, afflictions, and adversities—dangers seen and unseen. Knowing that you’re blessed—able to do all things through Jesus Christ. You have God’s daily guidance, forgiveness, and preservation. You’re a joint heir with the Son of God (Romans 8:17).

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The Favor of Being Graced by God

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: ~ Ephesians 2:8

In our… it’s all about me… self-made state of mind. We sometimes remember that we didn’t make ourselves. In humility, we see our smallness in the vast universe. We thank God for feeling the harmony of life. When the rhythms of this world flow in our favor. In the fiercest storm, we see glimmers of hope. These are the times when we feel the grace of God in our lives. It’s in such moments of clarity, we thank God for His amazing grace.

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In the Name of Jesus

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. ~ Matthew 28:18-20

Easter, Pascha (Greek, Latin), or Resurrection Sunday is a sacred time for Christians all over the world. A time when we reflect and reverence the sacrifice of our risen Lord and Savior… Jesus Christ. A celebration of the unfathomable outpouring of humility and love for humanity by Jesus in honor of God, our Heavenly Father.

As I listen to the song, As I Pray (https://clyp.it/i3wmmhms/widget), the words are so honorable and powerful. They give meaning to the phrase “words are spirits”. In the song, the artist sounds passionately in love with God and yearns to be with Him… because He has been in His presence. Such a deeply devoted love of God requires knowing His Son Jesus Christ. According to John 14:6, Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

So, in the mist of “easter eggs” and “easter bunnies” …on this Easter Sunday, we know why we celebrate in love and hope. We rejoice… knowing victory is already ours! For the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead… affirms that He lives… and we shall too.

God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.

The Shield of Faith Protects Against Fiery Darts

Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. ≈ Ephesians 6:16

Have you ever felt like a bullseye was on your back? With a homing device locked-in… that guided fiery darts to land in the center circle. Even as a Believer, fiery darts can pierce your heart, shatter your thoughts, and captivate your mind. Fiery darts, those dispiriting disruptions… harbingers of chaos and confusion. Ranging from minor disappointments to overwhelming crises that cause you to say or at least think… @#$%!

By identifying theses fiery darts: delay, discouragement, difficulty, depression, and doubt… you can defend against them by putting on the shield of faith. Exercising your God-given supernatural authority to protect yourself against the fiery darts of the enemy. You can also, learn to quench the fiery darts before they attack you!

When delay makes, you believe the blessing will never come… Faith insists, But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint (Isaiah 40:1).

When depression causes you to feel like it’s not worth it… Faith insists, For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).

When difficulty tells you that life is too hard… Faith insists, But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).

When discouragement tells you that things won’t get better… Faith insists, And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).

When doubt causes you to think that you’ll never get your heart’s desire… Faith insists, Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart (Psalm 37:4).

Don’t think your fiery darts strange. They happen to everyone. They are a part of life. The goal is when faced with a fiery dart… not to react in a negative manner. Don’t go berserk. Stay cool! Take a deep breath. Whisper a prayer. Then embrace your shield of faith.

Cloak yourself in the shield of faith… divine inspiration that allows you to stand bravely against every fiery dart that comes your way. Knowing that your faith, which is patient and enduring is your God-given shield of protection. Knowing that God can use a fiery dart for good in your life and those around you.

Therefore, when you get a fiery dart aimed at you, don’t be afraid, don’t give up, don’t worry about getting even. You know the source of all fiery darts. So, just tell God about it and raise your shield of faith up high… protecting yourself from the crown of your head to sole of your feet.

God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.