Tuesday, May 21, 2019

May 2019

     On May 27th, it will be my 9th anniversary of being cancer free.  I am rejoicing!  I continually give God the glory.  This is one of the verses God gave me.  John 11:4 "...This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby."  He is the "Great Physician" and "Great Healer".  There is no other that can perform miracles.  Men try to say that they can "heal" but they are liars.  It is up to God how He heals people and when.

     When I was diagnosed with cancer the first time (April 2003) I never once questioned God.  "Why me?"  This was my thought "Why not me?"  I know one thing, I could of never made it through that valley without Him.  Then again when the cancer returned (December 2009) I knew immediately I needed to lean on my heavenly Father.

     As we have traveled down the road, we have met so many people that have had or are going through cancer.  Our hearts are immediately knit with these folks.  We truly know what is is like.  It is awful!  Many times when we are going through some trial in our lives folks will say, "I understand" or "I know what you are going through."  They do if they have been through that same trial in their lives.

     I never realized the vast number of people with cancer, young and old.  I remember while I was going through treatment, friends of ours, 5 year old son was going through brain cancer.  They would often send names and stories of other children with cancer so we would pray for them.  It got to be so overwhelming, I had to stop reading all the new ones.  All I would do is cry.

     Even today, every time we turn around there is someone else with cancer.  We have a list of names of cancer patients right now we are praying for.  Yet we know who the "Great Physician" is.  We added a name just this past Sunday of another young mom with cancer.  It breaks my heart.

     A couple of weeks ago, a young girl and I were out soul winning.  When walking up the driveway I notice a breast cancer decal on the back of their vehicle.  I knocked on the door and began talking to a lady.  After awhile I asked if she or someone close had cancer.  Immediately she began to cry, her mom had recently passed away from breast cancer and she also had a grandchild with cancer.  The young girl with me asked the lady, "can I give you a hug" and the lady hugged her.  I began to share some about my cancer and again our hearts were knit.  We chatted some more and she said that she was saved but was not attending church.  I prayed with her before we left, please pray that April will get back into church.

     All I know, is that I am going to continue to give God the glory.  He has been so good to me and I just want to tell others.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

February 2019

     Today I have been thinking and remembering a very special person.  Some of you know who it is before I even mention her name, Kelly Moncofsky.  It was a year ago today that she passed away from the awful battle of breast cancer.

      I am so thankful for all the special times I got to spend with her and their precious family.  Then to be adopted into the Moncofsky family has been such a blessing to Scott and I.  Since we never had any children Jason and Kelly were like are own, and then to have 5 wonderful grandchildren is just out of this world.

     Since I first began this cancer blog it is unreal how many people we have met or have heard about that have cancer.  There is no age limit to this awful disease, it hits the young and the old.

    I also wanted to share this article that Kelly wrote for me to share on my blog.  I thought I would share it again.  When you read it, think about her friend, Jesus.  Do you know him?  Is he your friend?  If not, please make him your friend today.  Message me and I would be glad to share Jesus with you.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Time To Start Over - January 2019

     Have you ever started to do something, messed it up and decided to just start over.  Maybe you were baking something,, messed up the ingredients or forgot to put something in it.  It was a flop! So start all over again.  Maybe you were sewing something, messed up the pattern or sewed it the wrong way.  Oops, rip it apart and start over.

     I don't know about you but I am glad to have a forgiving, loving, heavenly Father who wants and allows us to start over.  Here we are starting a new year, what are your resolutions or goals for this year.

     There are so many, I know many will say, "I am going to loose weight", "I am going to eat healthier", "I am going to find a better job", and on and on we go.  Also, many will say, "I am going to read my Bible through", "I am going to go to church more", "I am going to pray more", "I am going to learn how to win souls", "I am going to win more to the Lord" and all of these are good things.

     I don't know about you but sometimes I can make too many goals and it will overwhelm me.  This year I read a post about finding "A New Name for A New Year" well I listened to the video and then watched another video on all the different names for Jesus.  When Jehovah Jireh came across the screen and said "The Lord Will Provide", I knew immediately that was my name for 2019.  Many things that Scott and I are praying for this New Year, we know that "the Lord will provide".

     So I choose to seek the Lord daily and make short goals.  Already this year, I have chosen a name for 2019, and today I started a Bible devotional on prayer.  I am going to try not to set goals that are way out there.

"And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart."  Jer. 29:13

"But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him will all thy heart and with all thy soul." Deut. 4:29

"Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:"  Ps. 139:23

     There are things that I am striving for but am not seeing results because I messed up and now I have to "start over".  It is OK to "start over" and we must continue to "start over" or we will just quit.  But it is so encouraging to see some of those short goals accomplished.

     I guess what I am saying is I am going to daily seek the Lord.  Make some daily goals instead of months and a yearly goal.  Do you ladies make lists of things you want to get down daily or weekly..  As you do what is on the list you check it off, and down the list you go.  Doesn't that make you feel good in that you have accomplished something?

     So I choose daily goals instead of the yearly goal.  Today I can read my Bible, pray, eat healthy, exercise, walk, send an encouragement card, call a friend, bake cookies, clean bathrooms, etc. You can look at your list and see what you have accomplished.  Don't get discouraged if you didn't finished the list, pick it up tomorrow and continue on.  Another list might be, pass out 5 tracts today, talk to someone about the Lord, visit a shut-in, etc.  The lists change daily and we can see our goals scratched off daily.  

     As I close this writing I would like to ask you to pray for me as I go to MD Anderson on January 8th for my year check-up.  I give the Lord all the glory for healing me of cancer twice.
   
      Recently we visited a lady we use to work with Becky Eastep who has gone through breast cancer and it is back.  She has already had a couple of surgeries to remove tumors on the brain and will be going through radiation treatment soon.  Please pray for her.  We have seen many others going through this awful disease of cancer.  A pastor friend, we got to see a family in Missouri that the man had cancer and is doing well now.  We immediately bonded with this family.

     As we travel we try to encourage those families going through cancer.  We know what they are going through and can share our hearts and prayers with them.  If you think about the different things in your life, there are things that you have been through that can help someone else down the line.  We may not know why or how come we go through certain things in life but be assured you can help others going through the same thing.

Each Day is a New Goal!

Picture before Cancer Surgery