In October 2007, I sat with in an auditorium with thousands of women watching Nicole Johnson perform a sketch entitled, "Stepping Into The Ring". This piece was about a woman who had just learned she had breast cancer and it resonated with me as I recalled my father's battle with colon cancer which started when I was 14. He passed away two years later.
The day I saw "Stepping Into The Ring" for the very first time, I did not know that within my own body a cancerous tumor was growing. I had breast cancer.
It would be about six weeks before I learned that there was anything wrong with me. Truthfully, I did not look sick and I felt great. How I looked or felt didn't matter. I was in deep trouble and if drastic measures were not taken, I would die. Even if drastic measures were taken, there were still no guarantees that I would live. Cancer is like that.
While I was going through treatment, someone posted a video on a cancer website. It was a video of Nicole Johnson performing "Stepping Into The Ring". I recognized the piece immediately and sobbed uncontrollably as I watched it. What a blessing it was to be reminded that cancer did NOT have me. God did!
I wanted to let Nicole know how much that piece meant to me, so I decided to send a message to her ministry, realizing of course, that she might never see it. To tell you the truth, I was rather surprised to get a response from her assistant. A few days later, I received a package which amongst other things contained a pair of minature pink boxing gloves which you can see in the picture posted within this blog.
One of the items in the box had a white ribbon tied around it which said, in pink letters of course, "Get Hope, Give Hope". I picked up my little boxing gloves and tied them together using the white ribbon. Then I hung them over my computer monitor as a constant reminder... cancer doesn't have me; God does.
I want to remind you that whatever challenge you face, no matter how big or small it is, you must never forget that God is the one who has you. Though something may be happening to you, it is not who you are. If you are a child of the Living God, that's who you are and nothing... nothing can ever separate you from His love. Do not let the enemy tell you otherwise. He is a liar who seeks to steal and destroy. Stop listening to him and listen to what God's Word says instead.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?As it is written:
For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:35-37 (NKJV)
____________ does not have you. God has you!
What a great blog, I could feel all your emotions, as my tears welled up for your ppast situation, they were tears joy, knowing that you understand God had mercy and a plan for you. God bless and keep you my friend.
Peace The Regifter
Thanks for this post K, I was reading these verses today actually as part of a little study booklet I've been working through. I'm glad you brought them back to my mind ... much needed, let's say!
No matter what we're struggling with, the enemy will exploit the situation, try to capitalise on our fear or despair, anger, pain, exhaustion. He can batter us psychologically, but he can't take God's love away from us. Let him keep on throwing punches. We've got the armour of God [Ephesians 6:10-18]; he's wasting his time :)
God bless and take care.
Well I cried too. You also used my life passage from 1975, Rom. 8:35 - 39. please us it because it isn't mine ... merely how we are more than conquers and the is nothing that can separate us from the Love of God in Christ Jesus!
Thank you K. for sharing a emotional and difficult battle you face ... hope we can be of some help and encouragement.
In His love from which we can never be separated in Christ,