Thursday, May 12, 2011

Stepping Out in Faith

After spending years with my familiar but unpleasant companion Depression, I'm happy to say that he has taken a vacation.  I'm praying that he'll make it a permanent vacation!

Before I'd even had a chance to clean up the mess he'd left behind, though, another unwelcome visitor moved in.  (I've got to get that door fixed.)  This new companion is named Breast Cancer, and he has already overstayed his welcome.  With help from my lawyer doctor, we're writing up the eviction papers right now.

While I don't believe that God causes disease, I do believe that He allows us to face trials.  I know that He has a purpose, and that He does not waste our suffering.  And if this is the road to which the Lord is leading me, my goal is to seek the most God-glorifying way to travel it.
  Teach me your way, LORD,
   that I may rely on your faithfulness;
give me an undivided heart,
   that I may fear your name.
I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart;
   I will glorify your name forever. (Psalm 86:11-12, New International Version, ©2011)

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9 comments :

  1. I don't know what to say except to praise God for you, what He's done through you already, and what He's going to do in the days to come.
    Love you,
    Lisa

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  2. GOD's plan is never wrote out for us is it? I continue to pray for you, and my prayer is for your FAITH to get you through!! Keep your BIBLE close, and GOD closer!!

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  3. Wow, just after reading your blog, my Hubs came upstairs and asked me to read our Pastor's blog post on our church's site (for other technical reasons) and well it just made me think of you! You should read it!
    http://www.hillcrestfrankfort.com/BlogDetail.ign?id=8
    Our GOD is AWESOME!

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  4. Wow! What a brave post. I've struggled with depression before too and it is a tough road to climb. I love you vulnerability in this post. I really love this line "While I don't believe that God causes disease, I do believe that He allows us to face trials. I know that He has a purpose, and that He does not waste our suffering." This is so true. All our suffering doesn't go unnoticed...it's God's way of molding us into the image of Christ. Thanks for sharing this today.

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  5. I’m here from Bonnie’s today. Wow ,our “Thology of trial” is exactly the same, It’s just worded differently (and only slightly). Depression is no friend, neither is cancer. I have known deeply one and flirted with the other. This was awesome, smiling from ear to ear. Thank you. God Bless and keep you and all of yours.

    And the word verification - DO NOT HEART THAT - but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do. :)

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  6. It's really early in the morning - my brain isn't really awake - but I think I just submitted a comment - and noted your word verification - and did so without word verification - puzzling - make me wonder if my comment went through = I hearted that comment about as much as I hearted reading you - so hope it did.

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  7. I tried to leave a comment the other day and blogger was down. I so understand hoping depression has taken a vacation... forever. Thank you for sharing with honesty your heart. The new path God has for you with cancer and trusting God through the trial is an amazing faith I see in you.

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  8. I believe just as you do that God allows certain things to happen and not causes it. That's one of the reasons I've never really said I "have" cancer. It doesn't have me. I was diagnosed with it and I've lived about 15 years with this - if the doctors are correct. You're right, we do have a purpose in life and sometimes (well, probably, mostly) our trials, successes, hurt, pain and love are the sources of what will help us help others. (Did that make sense?) :-)

    I'm so glad Mr. Depression is being kicked out. Try to ensure his eviction papers are always updated and know that I have your bank and will definitely show up in court to get Nasty Breast Cancer out on its butt!

    I love you! Be sure to rest as you fight.

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  9. We can be burned by the fiery trials, or with God, we can be refined by them. Praying for you to continue with a strong and steady heart...

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