I just looked at the little pink boxing gloves which hang on my monitor. While going through chemo, I'd seen a Nicole Johnson (a dramatist who toured with Women of Faith) video clip on YouTube called Stepping Into The Ring. It was about a woman who had just been diagnosed with breast cancer and compared it to stepping into a boxing ring. The piece culminates with her saying, "Cancer doesn't have me, God has me!" That carried me through the rest of treatment and continues to carry me today. In response to an email I sent, Nicole's assistant sent me a pair of boxing gloves which help me remember... nothing "has me" except God.
While this piece referred specifically to cancer, it certainly is true of anything else we face as well. Truly he is God the God of Hope! After completing treatment, I was faced with that "little lost sheep" syndrome which is so commonly reported (at least by women). At that time, God gave me this verse:
But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more! Psalm 71:14
I know you already know this but I don't think it can ever be said enough... your illness, finances, relationships and/or whatever don't have you, God has you and the very best is yet to be! Praise God!
Oh, and thank you for keeping your promise and taking the snow for us up here. We appreciate that. Now about this arctic air... :wink: Oh well, you can't have everything but at least I tried. My husband says we're the "frozen chosen" up here.