Friday, May 6, 2011

Five Reasons for Hope

FFF spring
Thanks for stopping by to read my Friday's Fave Five list for the week!  If you were here on Wednesday, you know that I got the pathology results from my biopsy.  Although the results were not unexpected, they're also not what we were hoping for.  Yet, in the midst of it, the blessings are abundant.  My FFF list for today includes five reasons for hope!
  1. God is in control.  Always has been, always will be. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God...." (Ps. 46:10)
  2. "You won't be going through this alone."  These were among the first words I heard from the first friend I told.  I've been incredibly blessed by the outpouring of love and support from family, church family, and friends.
  3. The cancer is not invasive.  (It still needs to be treated because it has a significant chance of becoming invasive.)  Thank God it was detected early!
  4. Although I've only met the surgeon once, I have confidence in her.  That doesn't mean, however, that I won't be praying for wisdom and skill as we move forward.
  5. It's been just less than a month since the radiologist recommended a biopsy.  In that time, my depression has been held at bay.  As I have prayed, the Lord has graciously granted my plea for peace.  Even with the uncertainty and unfamiliar (to me) territory that lies ahead, I am not afraid.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7, New International Version, ©2011)
I would be blessed if you would join me in both prayer and praise!

Visit Susanne at Living to Tell the Story for more Friday's Fave Five.


  1. Just want you to know that I am thinking of you. No words can change what you are going through. Your focus is in the right direction and He will see you through, this I know for sure! Blessing to you for the hope that have will prevail! ♥

  2. Melissa, I am praying right now for you. It's great that the cancer is not invasive and has been spotted early. May God guard your heart and mind as you travel through this...

  3. you know i am here for you...
    i am glad that you have peace (of some sort) during this time...
    just keep your faith strong!
    lots of hugs and prayers

  4. my moms in touch prayer group had to be cancelled today but I am gonna go ahead and pray for you RIGHT NOW!! thanks for sharing and for being able to find that Peace amidst a trial. Have a restful weekend....

  5. I am so thankful the cancer was found in the early stages and that you are finding peace in the scripture. I am praying for strength for you as you fight this battle.

  6. Precious glad it was caught early and is not invasive and you have a good support system. I'm glad most of all, though, for the peace God gives. Just took a moment to pray for you.

  7. melissa, how blessed you are to have a faith and friends around you at this time. god is indeed in control and good and how awesome that you purposefully choose to believe that. i will pray for you just as soon as i finish with this comment.

  8. sending love to you over the internet.

  9. I've been there, I faced cancer and I can honestly say I do not regret the experience. It made me a better person and changed my life in more positive ways than I could ever begin to describe.

    Trust in God, lean on your friends, take each day as a gift and choose to see the positive in everything. With God, friends and family you can get through this.

  10. I'm praying as I type. I can't imagine how people without faith make it through difficult times. I'm sorry the biopsy was positive, but thankful that it's treatable. I hope you feel all the power of prayer.

  11. Melissa, I am so sorry I haven't been around lately. So sorry to hear about your cancer diagnosis. Sending prayers and big {{Hugs}}!

  12. Melissa I'm praying for you and lifting you before the Lord. I'm so glad you guys caught it early. May you feel the prayers of your bloggy friends supporting you too.

  13. I'm very late getting around to visit everyone! But please know my prayers will also be with you during this time. I'm so thankful we live during a period of history when so much is known and can be done to cure this disease!

  14. That #5 is just an incredible God-given blessing, Melissa. I'm so glad to hear it's not invasive and was caught early.

    Praying for you and praising with you!

  15. You have an amazing insight as to rays of hope during a tough time.

    Thank you so much for your kind words on my blog.

  16. I'm sending prayers to you via blogspot and I love your optimism. Also, thanks for being such a great blog-buddy, you're one of the few who reads my updates and each comment makes blogging that much more fun!

  17. What a beautiful testimony you're sharing with us all. A living, breathing, daily testimony to God's grace.

    Thoughts and prayers...


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