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Change … The New Things


Tuesday at Ten again! Follow the Link at the end and check out the rules … there aren’t any really =D {It’s also day 7 of 31 Days of Writing.}

Just follow the word prompt where it takes you. Write … take pictures … sing us a song … whatever and where ever the prompt goes.

Let it lead you by your heart!

Today’s TT Prompt: Change!

Farewell Summer

Farewell Summer

Change.

It often means a farewell to something. The change of seasons, both in nature and in ourselves. Ah, what season is this?

Autumn. It’s literally Autumn here at the Jersey Shore {my favorite season} and it’s autumn in myself, I think. A little over 3 months and I reach the big 50. No drama in that, just a weird sense of, “how did that happen”. =)

I do not feel 3 months from a half century of life!

 

Other changes in this sweet Autumn of mine …

Went to the oncologist yesterday and the cancer on The Hubs’ liver continues to shrink. I know I’ve told you all that Hubs had decided to quit chemo. Well conventional chemo has been stopped! Yay! He’ll start to feel better and his hair will grow back. His hair falling out really bothered him, to his own surprise. It’s already returning.

The Doc did say things, again, that thing I didn’t want to hear; things we know to be false, with God! So we simply don’t accept that part of the report and continue with our life and choices in the faith of God.

We are standing on The Word of God; our indestructible foundation!

Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed save me and I will be saved,for you are the one I praise.” Jeremiah 17:14

 

Standing on The Word

Standing on The Word

We are ever changing. We are not who we were when we drove to Hamilton yesterday for this appointment. The news was good! They are changing his treatment and sending The Hubs to find out what NEW oral treatment trial he fits into {and Miraculously The Hubs agreed! Praise God} … New technology in chemotherapy medication. Doc says he CAN’T ever tell us that this cancer will be totally removed. What they know of this type of cancer mutates … the doc says. My take: If it can mutate it can die … and it will die, because …

GOD!

Well what we say is this: Nothing is impossible with God!

For with God nothing will be impossible.” Luke 1:37

Nothing is impossible with God.

Nothing is impossible with God.

So what hasn’t changed?

Our faith has not changed. It has not wavered … because our faith is in God; not medical tests or even the doctors knowledge – though we do firmly believe that God sent us to the best doctor for The Hubs and God is using him greatly, despite the protocols and science that says things outside of God’s promises. We, in the faith of our God, believe that God’s promises are going to make changes in the doctors, for His glory!

I do so love watching the amazement they get when they see The Hubs living and thriving; God’s been working on these professionals for over a year now!

Our schedule has not changed … yet … but in about a month it should slow down to a more normal, livable pace.

So there you have it … Change as I see it, today. Obviously my vision of change will not be the same tomorrow, because I will have been molded more by the hand of the Potter. After all it is His plan and I am just the dust of the earth miraculously alive by His breath!

“Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:8

To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven …” Ecclesiates 3:1

Autumn Sunlight

Autumn Sunlight

Thanks for reading.

Andrea

Andrea

 

 

31 Days: A Journey to Healing

31 Days: A Journey to Healing

 

 

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31 days of Five Minute Free Writes

 

 

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Expecting Everyday Miracles: Beginning Something New


Morning

Morning

I wrote the fifth post for this 31 day challenge basically on the stroke of midnight last night. I really didn’t think I’d rise and be ready to write the sixth. But God ….

He speaks to me, audibly, as well as through … His Word, Devotions and Others … even Others who are not believers. The Word does convey that He will use anyone and any situation to His good will.

So today’s five minutes came in a scripture devotion this morning.

The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. – Psalm 19:8

 

Today we go to the oncologist and get the report from the last CAT scan. I already know The Hubs’ intentions to quit all treatment. My eyes are open, but I am surprised that I am calm and have a joyful heart.

It feels as though we are starting something new today!

And that has me feeling expectant and a bit excited. Not a normal response to the “somethings new” in my life, for me. Yet here I am … feeling as though we are truly done with this cancer trial. And I’m ok with that. I don’t feel apprehensive or frightened.

Maybe it’s that The Hubs has tempered me with his consistent, if not always soothing, reminders that he is done with chemo.

(as I once again remind myself that chemo is not medicine; it’s poison.)

He is done with chemo. He is done feeling trapped by a disease that our faith in God assures us cannot live within him. He is done feeling tired and worn out and old. And he is tired of having no hair.

So I’m going into this day with that joyful heart and open eyes knowing that God goes before us and makes a way in this fallen world, that accepts illness and death from sickness as a norm.

KNOWING that I know that God is about to glorify Himself through a miraculous healing.

YOU see, I believe that we should not be surprised by God’s healing of our illnesses and disease. WE shouldn’t see it as a miracle; in the way the world sees His miracles.

Because the world defines a miracle as an unexpected and an unexplained phenomenon, and it is not.

God’s miracle of healing and of prosperity and of protection, and so many other things are most assuredly explained! And what’s more God’s miracles SHOULD be expected.

All anyone need do. to begin to expect God’s miracles. is to read THE BOOK.

Miracles are an everyday occurrence in the life of the believer who walks in his faith daily. That is not to diminish the wonder of God’s work … I continue to stand in awe daily of God’s amazing work! God’s miracles are amazing, EVERYDAY!

I find God’s daily miracles as amazing as the next man, as much as the non-believer is amazed, or more.

Why?

Because though I’ve come to expect God’s miracles; like my waking and breathing each morning, a miracle is a miracle! I just have the assurance of daily miracles. It’s as amazing as if you received a beautiful gift each morning wrapped in light and gentle breezes, just for your joy.

Like a beautiful fall morning.

Autumn Morning

Autumn Morning

Because even though as a believer I’ve come to expect God daily. I continue to be excited even as I expect Him to amaze me, and He does EVERYDAY!

Expectation does not drain the wonder for seeing God’s hand move in this life. Expectancy simply magnifies the Everyday Miracles!

So today we begin something new here in Hutchland … We move forward EXPECTING His miracle … I can’t wait to see and experience what that might be.

Thanks for reading!

Andrea

Andrea

 

 

31 Days: A Journey to Healing

31 Days: A Journey to Healing

 

 

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Simplicity of Healing :31 Days:


My daily 5 minutes in healing scripture! A 31 Days of Writing in 5 minute challenge. Click the buttons at the bottom of my posts to: Go to all my challenge posts or to go to any of the blogs that hosts these two challenges! The buttons are self explanatory. =)

Now onto the challenge of writing this post in 5 short minutes!

Go!

Walking with God ... Beyond the Cross

Walking with God … Beyond the Cross

Matthew 9: 5-8

Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” Then the man got up and went home. When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to man.

The world would tell us that certain “illnesses” or “diseases” are terminal. Cancer, heart disease, addictions! Some would even say the afflicted could have avoided these ailments with different lifestyle choices. However, with all of the study and research and information available and applied these things continue to exist.

What is it about healing that is so very hard for the human race?

It is now my understanding that healing is a mind thing. A spiritual thing. Which is easier, to accept forgiveness or to accept healing? I believe for some both are virtually impossible; that is until they come to an understanding of God and His character.

When we decide to believe God and His promises we should begin to live right. And in that living right we begin to heal … Mind, Body and Spirit.

But it always goes back to BELIEF.

Belief in Jesus. Belief in healing. Belief that God means what He says and does what He promises.

And Healing was and remains a promise!

Whether you believe yourself to be Born Again or “just” a spiritual person, God sent Jesus to HEAL the world. ALL of them, not only the “chosen”. ALL of THEM!

“THEM” are US! ALL of US!

Mark 2:17

When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor–sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”

It’s simple. We can heal, we just need to believe what Jesus came to do. We are often asked if we believe in The Cross … and we say yes. But … do we truly understand the gravity of what that means? The Cross is so much more than a piece of wood, or a tree … The Cross is Jesus and what He provided for us. The Cross is a bridge from the fallen world and a fallen life to a Life of Abundance in all things; salvation, healing, righteousness …

I’ve said it before and I’ll likely end up here several times in this challenge.

HEALING was complete in the Atonement! We said YES to Jesus so essentially we said yes not only to salvation but to complete healing body, soul and spirit. Is it a process? Yes … because we question and we doubt and we delay the renewing of our minds.

The Fruit

The Fruit

The simplicity of healing is at the cross … the completion of healing is beyond the cross; is a changing of the mind and life. Complete healing is a fruit we bring forth in our walk with God.

Stop!

I for one, am not content with just sitting at the cross. I am going to accept my forgiveness, and forgive myself too, get up and walk and complete my healing and the healing of my family. I’m going to work this process and deepen my understanding and relationship with Jesus. Amen.

Thanks for stopping by.

Andrea

Andrea

 

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31 days of Five Minute Free Writes

 

 

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I will give you a new heart, He said.


Good morning! It’s Day 2 of 31 Days of my journey to healing in the Word, in 5 minutes of writing.

Today I cheat. For over a year my posts have centered almost entirely on my husband’s (and our family’s) battle with lung cancer. Trust me, this remains my focus, but when I started this challenge it was to get those scriptures of healing deeply within me where they can really do a work.

I honestly want what I’ve seen others obtain: That TRUE understanding of healing and wholeness that God provides. And I honestly want to live and walk in that promise. I honestly want that for my whole family.

When I chose this theme I wrote in the intro that our whole family battled health issues, and this is true. So I’m going to spend the next few days presenting those issues.

My scripture today is Ezekiel 26:36 and this is my health battle. It’s been an almost five year battle.

Go …

My Story ~ My Heart

Joyful

Joyful

 

Hello, my name is Andrea, and this is my story.

Ezekiel 36:26

26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

I was at that crossroad in my life, I realize, that everyone talked about. I just never imagined it would be on a gurney, on the packed hallway of a local ER.

As the attendees of the sick and dying bustled about, I felt, for a moment, much more than my forty five years. For the very first time in my life. A young doctor, a decade my junior, came to the bedside, to tell me my fate, I assumed. Instead he unceremoniously introduced the Cardiologist.

‘Great!’, I thought silently, ‘I handle this alone, too.’ My husband had not arrived at the hospital, yet.

Astonished, I saw from the young physician’s expression, that these green eyes were as wide as they could go, and glistening with the tears; I was desperately trying to hold them back.

“We want to admit you. You are in congestive heart failure and waist deep in fluids.” the doc said. The rest of what Dr. A. said sounded as if it were moving away from me in a tunnel as I began to pray.

In my head I heard that soft, familiar voice say, “This is what I am going to do. I am going to give you a new heart. I am going to give you a new spirit. I am even going to remove that stone heart from your body and replace it with a heart of flesh, a heart that is for Me, God. I am going to make it possible for you to live according to my will, you are no longer your own. I promise you will find it easy to be obedient to my commands with this new heart. You will live. You are mine, and I AM yours!”

With that, my hearing surfaced and I heard the doctor explaining the condition of my heart.

“…so your heart is enlarged, and like any overworked muscle it is thick and hard. Therefore it cannot pump adequately enough to control the fluids in your body…” Dr. A. said seriously, yet with a soft kindness that was endearing.

I listened intently to everything the doctor said, I was enveloped in an unspeakable peace. Even as he spoke I heard God say, “I have removed the stone heart.” in that still soft voice.

This was the last chance, I realized, that I had been looking for. I listened intently to God, just then, because that is how hope grows up to be faith.

I have yet to stop listening. However, there are obstacles and frustrations, which this new journey has around each bend. And I know this well after almost 5 years. Things have gotten away from me; the fervor the writer of this particular blogger has been dampened by life and desires that hinder her original diligence. That is what I hope this 31 Day challenge within God’s healing scriptures will reignite!

My intention with this challenge is to get ALL of God’s healing scriptures and promise deep within my spirit so that each time an ache or a temptation to deviate from the healthy interjects it’s self into my thinking I can conquer it once and for all with the Word!

FYI: I will refer to the heart illnesses that have been diagnosed with the “heart event”; to the cancer with  the “cancer event”; to my son’s addiction as his “addiction battle”.
Silly or not, this is how I will go about “not giving voice” to the disease that has been reported. I will not empower the works of the enemy by using the names that I have already put under the blood of Christ Jesus.

Welcome, I’m glad you’ve joined me.

* This was an easy Five Minute Post today because I wrote this post for another blog of mine about 5 years ago. I’ve added updates to it, of course i.e. the cancer event and the addiction battle explanations and more. I hope you can forgive me for the quick cheat. I simply wanted you to know the foundation of this 31 Day challenge theme. Thanks.

You can also find me linked with Kate’s Five Minute crew here and The Nester’s friends here.

Andrea

Andrea

 

31 Days: A Journey to Healing

31 Days: A Journey to Healing

 

 

31 days of Five Minute Free Writes

31 days of Five Minute Free Writes