A NEW LIFE

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Yesterday I had my last radiation treatment…….and I got to ring the bell.  I know deep down that GOD saw me through something quite difficult.  I have read that people have their family and friends attend, but I didn’t have that.  It was just me and the people who treated me.  It was an emotional moment…….that moment between me and GOD.  HE saw me through giving me the strength and courage I knew I did not have to withstand 20 treatments!

Lysa Terkurst has said in her book: “It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way ” this wise statement:

SOMETIMES TO GET YOUR LIFE BACK, YOU HAVE TO FACE THE DEATH OF WHAT YOU THOUGHT YOUR LIFE WOULD LOOK LIKE.

And how often do we say that life is not supposed to be this way!  We all seem to think we know how life should be.  But in reality GOD knows and sees how our lives will turn out.  Never in my wildest dreams would I have though I would be ringing the cancer bell.  And so we cannot escape life’s disappointments, trials and tribulations.  If you think you can avoid any heartache and disappointment, then you have bought into satan’s lie.  Sometimes life as we know it or dreamed that it would be has to die in order for us to live a new life, a life in CHRIST.  Rest on these words from JESUS…….

JOHN 16: 33  “I HAVE SAID THESE THINGS TO YOU, THAT IN ME YOU MAY HAVE PEACE.  IN THE WORLD YOU WILL HAVE TRIBULATION.  BUT TAKE HEART; I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD.”

You see, JESUS wants us to have peace in spite of how things turn out…….peace in HIM.  Be careful when satan wants to turn your disappointments into a blame game – blaming GOD for all your disappointments and circumstances that didn’t turn out the way you wanted them to.  Satan will do anything so that you will blame everyone and everything.  It’s his way of distracting us so we will take our eyes off of the only solution that exists…….the true heart of GOD.

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I love the heart of JESUS don’t you?  Because HE loves us so much, HE only wants our hearts at peace in spite of the chaos around us.  A new life in CHRIST is a life of peace and rest.  And when disappointments and difficulties come our way……..JESUS helps us carry those burdens.

JESUS has taught me not to blame anyone for my cancer.  But to use it in a positive way to love others around me, and HE has loved me so and held me so very close with HIS compassion that now I see others hurting more clearly.  There is life before cancer and now a new life after cancer. 

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How we handle disappointments goes to the heart of our faith, because when we are disappointed we doubt GOD’S goodness and plans for us.

JAMES 1: 6  “BUT LET HIM ASK IN FAITH WITHOUT DOUBTING.”

Thinking of what I thought my life would be was really just a dream of my own making, not what GOD wants for me.  So letting all of that go, is a hard thing to do.  And embracing cancer is even harder when all you want to do is run from it.

JESUS IS OUR ONE TRUE HOPE

The enemy does a good job into making us think that disappointment or tragedy is the end…….but it is not.  Tomorrow is a new day, with new mercies that only GOD can give us.  HE comforts us when we are pushed further into HIS arms.  No one else here on this planet does this so so well…….there is nothing like JESUS.

ISAIAH 30: 18  “THEREFORE THE LORD IS WAITING TO SHOW YOU MERCY, AND IS RISING UP TO SHOW YOU COMPASSION FOR THE LORD IS A JUST GOD.”

See what that says?  The LORD is WAITING.  Yes, the LORD waits, waits for us to run into HIS arms and no where else when we are hurting.  So run there today…….HE waits with compassion, mercy and love.

JAMES 1: 3 “…….BECAUSE YOU KNOW THAT THE TESTING OF YOUR FAITH PRODUCES ENDURANCE.  AND LET ENDURANCE HAVE IT’S FULL EFFECT, SO THAT YOU MAY BE MATURE AND COMPLETE, LACKING NOTHING.”

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6 thoughts on “A NEW LIFE

  1. I LOVE that Isaiah 30.18 verse! Isaiah is such a love letter to us from a gracious, loving God Almighty.
    Thank you for sharing the good news about ringing the bell. I am so happy for you. I love how you invite God to sink deeply into your heart, and humble yourself to receive Him.

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    1. Oh Kathy I had to! Laying on that table in submission is a difficult thing. And to do for 20 sessions was such a vulnerable thing……but the LORD was with me and held my hand when no one else could! HUGS and thank you!

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  2. Praying for you today. I know it’s been hard getting through the treatments. So glad you rang the bell. We learn so much in every trial, even though they are very much unwanted trials. 🙏🏼

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