Happy Mother’s Day

 

37BFED18-F174-4E8E-8429-3EEF9F247CF0Whether you are a parent or not,  you are givers of life. Whether you are birthing a new business idea, a ministry, a career, a new hobby or a little bundle of joy. Within you lies the ability to receive, conceive, nurture and bring forth new dreams, hopes, innovative ideas, great adventures and beautiful little ones.

Give a woman a shack and she’ll turn it into a beautiful home. Give a woman an idea and successful businesses are formed, books are written, songs are sung. Give her a call from God and new ministries are born. Give her a child and she will groom the next leader and world changer. Give her a husband and she’ll turn that frog into a prince  🙂 .

 Woman of God you represent the productive side of God; the creative side of Him. You are highly favored by Him, trusted with one of God’s greatest gifts, the gift of life. Trusted to carry and birth His very heart, His Son Jesus Christ.

There is nothing ordinary about you. You are loved, blessed and very much-needed in this world. You’re strong, beautiful and simply extraordinary! You are royalty, you are God’s Woman and His smile and favor is upon you.

 Happy Mother’s Day Mighty Women of God!

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A Mother’s Day Story-A Letter From My Mom

A Mother’s Day Story-A Letter From My Mom

Seven years ago my Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, it was a shock to us all but it was also a great blessing. It brought my Mom closer to God and it showed us both what it means to stand by God and His promise. When I first got the news I looked up and said, “God, what’s going on with my Mom?” It was a simple prayer. I was a child in shock seeking understanding from Her Father, to be honest I did not have time for a lot of words. God answered my prayer.

That’s the beauty of prayer, prayer is not a ritual. It’s not about grandeur or great length, it doesn’t require elegant speech. Prayer is a conversation with God, birthed from your relationship with Him. The only thing prayer requires is belief in God the Father who is able and a sincere heart. “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of Him.” -1john 5:14-15

I heard God say that my Mother’s diagnosis was not unto death but to draw her and the only thing He wanted me to do is stand and not waver. So I did and He did what He promised. God healed her and drew my Mom to Him and she has been cancer free for seven years and counting. Thank you Father God!

On this Mother’s Day I thought I’d share the letter my Mom wrote to me for my birthday, two years after her diagnosis. I have spoken with her about this and she is fine with it.

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To my dearest daughter, this is quite an emotional letter for me. I thought I’d take this time to share some of my thoughts with you. This was the longest and hardest journey I have ever faced. I know that God has healed me, blessed me and kept me going, but you were my greatest hope and faith. You were the one who gave me the faith and encouragement to not give up. Your prayers and your constant reminders about how bless I was made me believe and strengthened my faith in God. There were days I wanted to give up and you never gave me the opportunity to do that. I feel that this, like you said, was God getting my attention. He did get my attention; I realize now how special life is. Now I try to live one day at a time and not stress and even try to enjoy life. In time I will do more to enjoy my life.

I just want to say thank you for traveling with me on this journey, for being my daughter, my friend and going the extra mile with me. I know I was a pain at times but thank you for not letting me feel like a burden to you. You gave and gave your time and never complained and I know I might joke around at times about us but I know you love me no matter what my faults may be. I may have not been perfect but I treasure you and have loved you from the day I found out I was carrying you. You have always been in my heart and nothing can or ever will take that away.

This is your Day and I feel so blessed that God has allowed me to see you if just another year. I pray I will be around to “torture you” in your old days. I know my grandkids gave me hope to go on but you gave me inspiration and faith to believe and for that I am eternally grateful. There is so much I can say to you but for now I just want to say thank you and I love you always.

Mom

Happy Mother’s Day to all Mothers and Mothers to be!
Whether you are a parent or not, you are givers of life. Whether you are birthing a new business idea, a ministry, a career, a new hobby or a little bundle of joy. Within you lies the ability to receive, conceive, nurture and bring forth new dreams, new hopes, innovative ideas, great adventures and children that will change the world. Know that everything your involved in for Christ has the potential to inspire a generation for you are God’s handiwork created in Christ to do great works.

-A Kingdom Princess

A Mother’s Day Story- A Letter from My Mom

A Mother’s Day Story- A Letter from My Mom

Seven years ago my Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, it was a shock to us all but it was also a great blessing. It brought my Mom closer to God and it showed us both what it means to stand by God and His promise. When I first got the news I looked up and said, “God, what’s going on with my Mom?” It was a simple prayer. I was a child in shock seeking understanding from Her Father, to be honest I did not have time for a lot of words. God answered my prayer.

That’s the beauty of prayer, prayer is not a ritual. It’s not about grandeur or great length, it doesn’t require elegant speech. Prayer is a conversation with God, birthed from your relationship with Him. The only thing prayer requires is belief in God the Father who is able and a sincere heart. “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of Him.” –1john 5:14-15

I heard God say that my Mother’s diagnosis was not unto death but to draw her and the only thing He wanted me to do is stand and not waver. So I did and He did what He promised. God healed her and drew my Mom to Him and she has been cancer free for seven years and counting. Hallelujah!

On this Mother’s Day I thought I’d share the letter she wrote to me for my birthday, two years after her diagnosis. I have spoken with her about this and she is fine with it.

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To my dearest daughter, this is quite an emotional letter for me. I thought I’d take this time to share some of my thoughts with you. This was the longest and hardest journey I have ever faced. I know that God has healed me, blessed me and kept me going, but you were my greatest hope and faith. You were the one who gave me the faith and encouragement to not give up. Your prayers and your constant reminders about how bless I was made me believe and strengthened my faith in God. There were days I wanted to give up and you never gave me the opportunity to do that. I feel that this, like you said, was God getting my attention. He did get my attention; I realize now how special life is. Now I try to live one day at a time and not stress and even try to enjoy life. In time I will do more to enjoy my life.

I just want to say thank you for traveling with me on this journey, for being my daughter, my friend and going the extra mile with me. I know I was a pain at times but thank you for not letting me feel like a burden to you. You gave and gave your time and never complained and I know I might joke around at times about us but I know you love me no matter what my faults may be. I may have not been perfect but I treasure you and have loved you from the day I found out I was carrying you. You have always been in my heart and nothing can or ever will take that away.

This is your Day and I feel so blessed that God has allowed me to see you if just another year. I pray I will be around to “torture you” in your old days. I know my grandkids gave me hope to go on but you gave me inspiration and faith to believe and for that I am eternally grateful. There is so much I can say to you but for now I just want to say thank you and I love you always.

Mom


Happy Mother’s Day to all Mothers and Mothers to be!
Whether you are a parent or not,  you are givers of life. Whether you are birthing a new business idea, a ministry, a career, a new hobby or a little bundle of joy. Within you lies the ability to receive, conceive, nurture and bring forth new dreams, new hopes, innovative ideas, great adventures and children that will change the world. Know that everything your involved in for Christ has the potential to inspire a generation for you are God’s  handiwork created in Christ to do great works.

-A Kingdom Princess

Hope For the Future Prayer

Hope For the Future Prayer

hope is...May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. ~Romans 15:13

Here’s the thing about Hope, it is the key ingredient of the substance that produces our faith; its our confidence in the unseen.

Hope is what saved us (Romans 8:24). Hope fought for us and laid its life down for us. Hope renews and strengthens us (Isaiah 40:31). Hope takes us to places we can only dream of. Hope never fails and will never put you to shame (Romans 5:5).

Did you know that our hope pleases God, He delights in those who put their hope in His unfailing love (Psalm 147:11).

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declared the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” –Jeremiah 29:11

This scripture was the seed of hope that was planted in my life and took root in my heart. It grows and blossoms everyday bearing fruits of joy, peace and love even in the midst of a storm. The funny thing is I didn’t seek this promise out, it came to me and it continues to find its way back to me in the most interesting ways especially during the hard times. There is a second part to this promise that is often overlooked. In it God says,

“You will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declared the Lord.” Jeremiah 29:12-14. Not only does God promise you a life and a  future you can look forward to He promises to be with you every step of the way. To never leave or forsake you. God is with you.

God’s promise is everything to me. It’s my lifeboat and my anchor. It’s God’s life-breathed word, His gentle embrace; it’s His perfect love for me. Lately it’s been my declaration prayer. This is what I’d like to share with you today, this is my Hope for the Future Prayer:

I know that God has a plan for me, Its not to harm me

But to help me grow and succeed in every area of my life.

Whenever doubt arises, I can call on Him. He will show me the path, He will show me His way.

God is faithful and true. God is a Promise Keeper. I’m not in this alone for He is with me.

I’m excited about His hopes and plans for me.

God’s plan gives me hope for the future.

Today, I take another step toward that future.

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Having Hope

Having Hope

hopeI was in a very dark place in my life. My heart was completely broken, my relationships were failing, my life felt like shattered glass. It was useless picking up the pieces. I had given up…on everything, including my faith. Then an Angel in the form of my sister-in-grace reached out to me. She said she had a word for me from God.

He said, “I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

 When my sister-in-law said this I laughed, I said to her, “My life is falling apart. I can barely get through today without crying my eyes out and you expect me to have hope for the future.”

She said, “This is God’s promise to you, I need you to hold on to His promise.”

“You have no idea how I feel,” is what I said to her, “you’ve never gone through pain like this before!”

“Actually, I have.” Is what she said, I could hear it in her voice. She was telling me the truth. We both went silent for a while. “Do me favor”, she said, “the next time you find yourself so overwhelmed by the hurt that it feels like you can’t breathe, I want you to do this one thing for me.”

“What’s that?” I asked.

“I want you to praise Him.” I remembered thinking, its official, she’s crazy! It’s time to hang up the phone now.

“I know that sounds crazy,” Is what she said. Whoa, did she read my mind? “But I want you to trust me in this.” She pleaded.

As I mentioned earlier faith had left the building for me, so this idea of having hope when all hope was lost and trusting God again seemed insane to me. But there was something about her faith and her confidence in this promise that encouraged me to at least try.

Moments later…

There I was lying on the bathroom floor. The cool tile felt good against my tear-stained cheek. The hurt raged within me like a vicious storm.

“I can’t do this, I won’t do this.” I argued, but I promised her that I would. “God I praise You, I give You the glory. Thank you Father, Hallelujah! It hurts Father, God it hurts so bad, but I give You the praise and the glory Lord!”

What felt like the weakest moment in my life became the most powerful and most defining moment of my life. The weight I was carrying suddenly lifted. I didn’t realize how hard I was fighting to keep myself together. I felt this presence that laid beside me and wrapped strong arms around me. Then came the peace that stole in like a gentle wind. It dried my tears and eased my mind. The headache I had that felt like an atomic bomb had gone off in my head, quickly faded away. My heart, though broken, somehow felt…cared for. I don’t know how else to explain it except to say that Hope came in. Now this hope was not a feeling I felt, but a presence. Not a human being, someone far more divine. I believe Christ Himself showed up in that bathroom. I left that bathroom with Hope by my side. I walked away feeling like I can try this faith thing one more time.

Things didn’t change in my life right away. I spent many more days crying and praying on that bathroom floor. Somehow I was able to hold on to God’s promise. Probably because everywhere I went I kept seeing or hearing His promise. I needed a new key chain and there it was, a key chain about having Hope amongst a bunch of goofy, non-Christian key chains. I’d turn on the TV or the radio and I’d hear Jeremiah 29:11. The word “hope” or the phrase, “hope for the future”, would pop up on my favorite TV shows, a commercial, a poster, or in a movie I’m watching. I didn’t have to fight to hold on to Hope because it was all around me. It kept chasing me down. It was as if Hope was fighting for me. Then one day I began to feel it on the inside and soon it began to manifest itself in every area of my life.

That was Seven Years Ago.

I asked God to explain the, “not harm me” part of His promise because what I went through really hurt me. He explained that He would never allow anything to come my way that would irrevocably damage me. Any pain in this life would only be temporary. He would never take me to a place beyond His repair.

What appeared to be a loss was actually a gain. I gained strength that I didn’t know I had access to, knowledge that I didn’t have before and confidence in knowing that I can overcome anything and do extraordinary things through Christ. Above all I came away with an awareness of just how great God’s love is for me. I can truly testify to who Christ is. I can now write and speak with a boldness that I did not have before that says, “God is not human, that He should lie, not a human being, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?” Numbers 23:19

My Prayer for You

I want you to know and grab a hold of this, God loves you child of God with an Unfailing Love. His plans and hopes for you are real and it’s going to touch every area of your life. You may be down and out right now but it’s not for long. It may feel like you can’t but believe me when I say that you can have Hope For The Future. For Christ is your HOPE! It’s an unshakeable, unbreakable promise from God. Signed and sealed by His beloved Son Jesus when He shed His righteous blood on the cross for you. Today I’m living that promise.

Generation Grace

Generation Grace

Jesus reveals the heart of the Father through the parable of the Lost Sheep. A man loses one of His sheep and leaves the ninety-nine in His flock to go after it. When He finds it, He brings it back to the fold and invites His friends to celebrate the return of His lost sheep.

Jesus says, “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over the ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”

Child of God, you are the ninety-nine, the one who needs no repentance. Your heart, mind and purpose are set in Christ.

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The Ninety-Nine

Here’s a situation ripped from headlines. You’re a bakery owner and you were just asked to bake a wedding cake for a couple that does not share your Christian beliefs. Remember you’re in Christ, they’re not; you’re Heaven bound, they’re not. God plans your day; He makes firm your steps. God is not out to harm you but to prosper you. So why did He bring this unsaved couple in your path?

God positioned you for one reason and one reason alone. If you think it’s to prove your faithfulness to Him you’re wrong. There’s no need for that. You’re belief in His Son and His finished work at the cross has you sealed for eternity. You’re the ninety-nine, Heaven’s not rejoicing over you, it’s waiting to rejoice over the salvation of that one demanding that cake from you.

But how do I do that, especially in a situation like that, I’m not a preacher?

Neither was Paul or the Disciples. Take a page from their book, simply testify about the love of Jesus; that same Love that saved you. Plant that seed of love and Christ will do the rest. If you’re too shy to speak, that’s okay, you have something mighty within you that can tear down barriers and move mountains. You have access to God through prayer. You have God’s ear; pray and watch Heaven move on your behalf.

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Christ said this to Paul, “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you.” Acts 18:9-10

I believe that God is raising up a generation that does not fear lawsuits, persecution or death. A Believer who is confident in the power of that name that is above all names. I believe our God is challenging all of God’s people not to run from these challenges but to seize them as opportunities to share God’s grace. See it as a chance to impart life to a person who may not walk through those church doors to hear God’s Word. It just may be, that their only chance of knowing the Love that God has for them is through you Child of God.

I believe the Father is stirring up a Generation Grace that shares in His will to see none perish. One who refuses to bury the talent God gave them and seizes every opportunity to lift up the name of Jesus. That person who served you coffee, the students you teach, your co-workers are not chance encounters but God encounters. Not all ministry takes place in a synagogue or church, it can be as casual as a Man waiting by a well for someone to give Him a drink 🙂

Are you that Grace Generation?


Seek and You Will Find

I’ve come to realize in my own walk with Christ that you cannot seek God and call upon His name and God not affect every area of your life. The beauty of prayer is this, when you pray you unleash God’s power and will into your life. He touches everyone and everything that is connected to you. Now God is not a bully, He doesn’t bulldoze His way into your life, He’s a gentleman, which is why He says, “Ask…seek…knock. He’s waiting for you to invite Him in.

a childOUT OF THE MOUTH OF BABES

I shared with my 17-year old son the news of me being accepted back into the Bachelors program after having to drop out twice. My son says to me, “I don’t know why you’re so surprised, didn’t God say that He was going to do it. God always does what He says!” To that I said Hallelujah!

FAITH LIKE A CHILD

A few months ago I was teaching my 10-year old about prayer and how she should bring her fears to God. Like most kids she confessed that the only thing she fears is her parents splitting up because she doesn’t want to be separated from her family. I don’t know why but I felt prompted to ask, “You don’t fear death?” and she said to me, “No, I know I’m going to be with my family in eternity.” My heart said, “Wow, glory to God!” I could not believe the faith that was coming out of a 10- year old child. I know adults who haven’t fully embraced the gift of eternity, yet my daughter does.

The other day my four-year old wanted me to play with him and I told him that mommy wasn’t feeling so good. As soon as the words left my mouth, he placed his little toddler hands on my chest and prayed, “Father God in the name of Jesus, make mommy feel all better. Amen.” To that I said, thank you God.

If I were to put a label on my husband it would be Mr. Revelation. He doesn’t spend the time studying the word, as most tend to think. You don’t see him holed up in his “spiritual closet” 24/7. He simply has the desire to know the heart of God and within minutes God reveals to him hidden truths you’ve never heard preached or taught before. It is amazing to see a man with no formal training gifted with a natural ability to read the “Spirit” behind the text and be able to understand and explain the most complicated verses in the bible.

Prayer Changes Things

Your prayer does not need to be high and lofty or of elegant speech, it just needs to be sincere. There have been moments in my prayer life where the only words I was able to get out in between my sobs is, “Father help me!” , and in those moments I witnessed the power of Heaven move with great authority in my life.

I’m sharing what God is doing in my family to encourage you in this, that every promise in Christ is a yes! God is not going to save you and not bless and heal your family. Your child is a “yes”; your marriage is a “yes”. Your healing is a “yes”. That victory you are seeking is a “yes” in Christ.

Don’t be deceived by what you see in this visible realm, even if the person who is giving you the most grief is the one closest to you. Don’t be discouraged for a greater realm is at work on your behalf.

Please know that you are “in Christ” today and every day that follows and that my friend is a position of greatness! Keep seeking; keep believing, your hope in Christ will not be put to shame.

 Ask…Seek… Knock…Pray! It’s an open invitation.

Naked and Unashamed

 

In the beginning God the Creator of all creation planted a garden called Eden which He placed Man to live in. Picture a vast land lush and green, filled with fruit bearing trees and colorful vegetation, this was the farmer’s market of all farmers’ markets. Fresh water rivers glistening like a sparkling jewel across the land. There must have been so much to see and explore in a land filled with gold, onyx and aromatic resin. Every day must have felt like a safari with every animal ever created living in the same land. With the command of the Father to both Man and Animal to eat of the vegetation only, along with the dominion over the earth and all that dwell on it given to Man, that means there were no predators or prey… just God’s peace.

God placed Man in a finished work, a successful, established and thriving garden and He gave Man the CEO position to manage this work.  On top of that God told Adam and Eve that they were free to eat of any tree except for one. With all of Creation eating the same thing I would imagine that God’s garden would have an endless supply of food.

Scripture says this about Adam and Eve, Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.-Gen 2:25 NIV Now most of us, not all, would have a problem with walking around naked. I would definitely feel like “something” was missing in my life (lol!). This is a beautiful illustration of the Believer in Christ and what being a child of God looks like. Adam and Eve were in the presence of God, naked and unashamed, lacking nothing in the abundance of God.

Every time you turn to God in prayer it’s like being transported back to the Garden of Eden. Every time you open up your heart to Him you are stripping yourself of your own self-efforts and self-righteousness and allowing yourself to be clothed in Him, dependent on Him, provided for by Him, relying on His efforts and not your own to finish what HE started in you, to fulfill the vision and purpose for your life.

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“For those God foreknew (that’s you!) He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son.”

“And those He predestined, He also called, those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified.”-Rom 8:29 & 30

If you have a need or a great burden, God has you covered, if you need healing you are clothed in the Spirit of God that will quicken that mortal body of yours.  Because you’ve turned to God, confessed His Son and trusted Him with the contents of your heart, you are clothed in perfection, the image of His Son, adorned in His calling, beautifully dressed in His justification and glory. Free to live in His abundance, equipped to accomplish all things through Christ, living off of His Resume and not yours. You are loved and positioned for greatness. You are the best dressed… Naked and Unashamed.

 A Prayer for Today

Open your heart to God today, give Him the things you’re afraid to come to Him with, share with Him the YOU behind the mask, the “bare-naked” YOU. There is no shame or condemnation in God’s presence just an abundance of Love and Grace. In Jesus name. Amen.

A Strange Request

It was late in the afternoon when I received an urgent phone call a  friend of mine was admitted to the ICU and his family who was at least 6 hours out asked if my mother and I would please go to the hospital for them. I’ve known this person since we were kids, I just ran into him at the food store just a few weeks earlier.  We laughed about some of the silly things we did growing up and promised that we would catch up sometime soon so  I was shocked when I heard that someone as young as him was fighting for his life.  On my way to the hospital I found myself asking the Lord what would you have me to do and I got my answer: pray for his salvation.

I got to his room thinking that he would be awake so I could share with him the goodness of our God but to my surprise his nurse said that he was in a coma and that he probably won’t make it. So I sat at his bedside and talked to him about our childhood, the joys of parenting and playfully told him to wake up and get out of the bed or else. There he laid lifeless, hooked up to life support, breath being forced into his body. I wanted to pray for his healing but then the nurse came in and said that he had a couple of visitors, his coworkers who wanted to see him, so I only had a few minutes. So I leaned over and whispered in his ear and said, “You may not know God but He knows you and He loves you so much that He sent His beloved Son Jesus to die for you so that you may be free in Him. When you see Him be like the thief at the cross and just say, ‘Lord, remember me!’ and He will.” Then I left.

The next morning I got a phone call… he died earlier that morning. I was devastated. I asked God, why didn’t You ask me to pray for his healing, at least then he would be alive to share his testimony with others and now it’s too late. His response was, “Salvation is Healing.” Later that day I got a phone call from my Mom she just left the hospital to see his family who had arrived just before he passed. While she was there the hospital’s Chaplin showed up to pray for his departed soul and his family vehemently declined saying that they don’t believe in God and neither did he so they turned the Chaplin away and that is when the purpose of my visit was revealed. Had I been there while they were there they would have stopped me from praying for him so God sent me ahead of them to speak God’s salvation into his hearing. Then the Holy Spirit brought to my remembrance all of the many times God spoke to the dead and brought life to their mortal bodies.  In the book of Mathew Jesus returns life to a dead girl simply by taking her hands in His. (Matthew 9:18-26)  In the town of Nain Jesus raised a widow’s son Luke 7:11-16 with a simple command to get up and the young man did. We all know the story of Lazarus after being dead in the tomb for 4 days . Jesus, the word of God made flesh, told the people, “that if you believe you will see the glory of God.”-John11:40, This Jesus said in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” and he did.  I heard the Lord ask me, “Is it that hard for you to believe that I, creator of your spirit and your mortal body, can save a person who is brain-dead. ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’Matt 19:26  

Jesus commended the centurion man in Matthew 8 with being a man of great faith because he understood that all it took was a word from the Throne of Grace and his servant will be healed. I believe that my Lord and Savior  sent me ahead to speak God’s healing salvation into my childhood friend’s hearing and I believe that my Lord met with my friend in that space between life and death and there my friend received Salvation and True Healing Himself…Jesus Christ.

The Promise, The Stand: A Mother’s Day Story

It was the week before Christmas when I got the call from my Mom, her doctor just called with her results, she has breast cancer. The words were like a knife to my heart. I had so many questions. “Where are you?” I said. “On my way to your house.” She said. I only had a few minutes to get some answers. As soon as I hung up I cried out to God I could barely get the words out, all I could say was, “Father God, what’s going on with my mom.” And He said, “This is not unto death but to draw her.” There was a knock at my door, it was my mom. As I walked to the door I went over in my mind what God said to me and when I opened the door only one thought filled my heart…I will not cry, I will not doubt.. I will stand on His promise.

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I went to every appointment, saw the x-rays, heard the horror stories and saw the fear on my mother’s face, yet I did not cry… I did not doubt… I stood on God’s promise. Her surgery was 2 days before Christmas and as she laid in that hospital bed tears rolling down her face my heart wanted to break but I did not cry, I did not doubt I placed my hands on her chest and quietly prayed over her. At this point in our journey I was living off of a little sleep, take-out and hospital food but I didn’t feel weary. There was a strength in me that wasn’t my own. A strength that kept me strong, kept me sharp and confident that God will do what He said He would do. In the weeks to come I saw God’s hand all around us. He gave us favor with the doctor’s, the nurses, the staff, strangers went out of their way to welcome us, help us, make us laugh and even find treats for us.

The recovery and the treatments were pretty rough but I wasn’t moved by what I saw. The chemo tearing away at her, changing her, ripping what I know to be my mom, a vibrant, independent woman, away from us. What moved me was the greater Spirit that was in me, a Spirit that embraced us, went ahead of us and perfectly orchestrated every appointment and every procedure.  That’s what encouraged me and gave me hope. God’s promise was all I chose to see.

It’s been 4 ½ years, since that life-changing call. After the surgery, the chemo and the radiation my mom emerged healthy, strong, vibrant, cancer free and saved (Hallelujah!)For my birthday my mother wrote me a very beautiful letter. In it she thanked me for being there, for never complaining, for never allowing her to feel sorry for herself or fall apart. She confessed her belief in God to me and said that it was all because she saw God in me, she felt His strength and His presence in me and around me and for the first time during our breast cancer journey …I cried.

I learned something about God’s grace that day; that if you take yourself out of the way God will take you all of the way. I thank God for saving, healing and drawing my mom. I thank Him for using me and for giving me the courage and the strength to stand. Thanks to God I can spend another Mother’s day with my mom. I want to encourage you in this season of your life by letting you know that there is no disease, no addiction, no pain or heartbreak in your life that is too big for our God to handle. He will help you, He will heal you and He will give you the courage and the strength to stand. In Jesus name I pray that God’s grace and peace be multiplied to you today, Amen.

IF YOU TAKE YOURSELF OUT OF THE WAY GOD WILL TAKE YOU ALL THE WAY!

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