I recently committed to memory JOSHUA 1: 9……….
“HAVE I NOT COMMANDED YOU? BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS. DO NOT BE FRIGHTENED OR DISMAYED, FOR THE LORD YOUR GOD IS WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO.”
I was so touched by this verse because of the “don’t be frightened or dismayed” phrase. A diagnosis of breast cancer will frighten you to your core and being dismayed means you have plenty of feelings of “alarmed concern.”
And so I immediately placed this verse upon my heart and today as I opened my devotional there it was! My breath caught……it was as if GOD was directly speaking and confirming that verse to me……
BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS.
GOD’S heart for HIS children is so precious, so divine and so so good. HE tells us exactly how HE wants us to live…….we need only to listen.
PSALM 46: 10 “BE STILL, AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD.”
Nothing makes you still yourself like hearing a tough diagnosis. But just when you think you cannot breathe, GOD places HIS hand upon your heart and says “I AM WITH YOU, WHEREVER YOU GO.”
GOD has shown me in so many ways already, how to be strong and courageous, not only for me, but for other women who have been diagnosed with cancer. HIS divine hand is a heartprint upon me, carried deep within. And I am stilled and humbled.
There is so much to be said for “faith over fear”. Believe me, I have had to deal much with shedding the fear inside of me. But truly it all fades away when I focus on GOD and HIS amazing love and guidance for me. Being still means you take your mind off of yourself, and look and turn all your attention to GOD and who HE is and HIS love for HIS beloved.
There are glimpses of the DIVINE every day…….a sunset, a sweet friend, a prayer said, scripture read and the gospel shared with someone. HIS heartprints are upon us. HE first loved us and we are to love others, forgive others, encourage and guide one another.
JOHN 13: 34 “A NEW COMMANDMENT I GIVE TO YOU, THAT YOU LOVE ONE ANOTHER: JUST AS I HAVE LOVED YOU, YOU ALSO ARE TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER.”
GOD’S divine heart is written down for us in the Holy Book……let’s read it daily, let’s read it reverently, and feel HIS gentle touch upon our own hearts…….HIS HEARTPRINTS for us!
EZEKIEL 36: 26 “AND I WILL GIVE YOU A NEW HEART, AND A NEW SPIRIT I WILL PUT WITHIN YOU.”