Step By Step

When I was diagnosed with cancer I began to talk to other cancer survivors quite a bit. It was during that time that I began to first hear the phrase, "new normal". Cancer is a disease does not just affect you physically. It affects you mentally as well. Though I suppose there are exceptions, studies seem to indicate that the vast majority of cancer survivors have their lives irrevocably changed and have to find a "new normal". This is true whenever we have suffered any sort of loss be it a disease, permanent injury, loss of a loved one, a broken relationship, loss of a career and so forth.

Over the past few days, it seems like I have been hearing the song, "Tell Your Heart To Beat Again" playing on the radio quite a bit. For me it was very timely because during an examination yesterday, I was required to reflect on the fact that physically and mentally I am not the same woman I was six years and I am far more vulnerable. I lost the career I loved and most relationships have been very difficult to maintain. That has made me sad but I understand. I can be... challenging nowadays. At the same time, I have never been in a place where I have felt more loved and cared for by God.

During my examination yesterday, I was asked the question, "Do you have suicidal thoughts?" The person who asked that question immediately apologized and said, "I'm sorry. I am required to ask that question." That told me that he knew exactly what my answer would be.

I paused before answering the question and then suddenly chuckled.

"You know, with all the stuff I've been talking about you probably would think that I would but actually, despite all of these things I have hope. God has brought me through so much but even if I were to, for example, get cancer again and even die, I have hope because of Jesus Christ so no, I do not have suicidal thoughts despite all these things. I am full of hope."

I could tell by his face and the face of the other person in the room that they believed me.

Romans 15:13 says:

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

God is the God of hope and God, not our circumstances, is the true source of joy and peace. When we set our eyes on Him rather than on our circumstances, when we trust Him, He will fill us with all joy and peace to the point that we will overflow with hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Though our path may be dark, rough and even lonely at times, the God of hope walks with us, step by step.

Blessings!

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John Knox @watchmanjohn ·

I enjoyed this blog - well said and a good testimony was given.

wmj

Steve Hurt @serveonlyhim ·

Amen!
I get asked that question to. Well, use too.

Sarah Vm @godissogood ·

Ah how true about that hope.

"I've got a home in Gloryland that outshines the sun..."

A very uplifting reminder to all who are struggling to see it right now, that although we have ups and downs in our lives, there is always that glorious constant hope in Christ Jesus. Romans 8 safe :dance:

God bless,

Sarah

Les Braswell @doneuntotheleast ·

God is the God of hope and God, not our circumstances, is the true source of joy and peace. When we set our eyes on Him rather than on our circumstances, when we trust Him, He will fill us with all joy and peace to the point that we will overflow with hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.

The above sure sums it up. Excellent word.

In Christ,
Les