Sunday, February 3, 2019

No Longer...

Hello, Sweet Friends and Warriors!!  I've been dwelling on this post for several weeks now.  This post is the follow up from my post on surgery day.  If  you've just come by to look at some art, welcome!! I hope that you also will be blessed, as I have been.

I want to start with praise and thanksgiving.  All of my praise and thankfulness resides with my Father who loves me with a reckless kind of love.  He has loudly and clearly shown me this love over and over again.

I also want to, again, thank you all for the prayers you have surrounded me with.  I truly have felt them and they have made a difference.  I continue to covet your prayers and add them to mine for you.  That we all should believe and experience the overwhelming love of God each day; that we should all claim His promises.  That we not accept "just so" in our faith lives, simply believing in Him, but that we are driven to a real and perfect relationship with our Creator in which we don't simply believe in Him, but that we BELIEVE HIM.

I entered into this storm of cancer knowing that He was able to heal me; what I didn't know was if He would.  Not at first anyway.  As I clung to the cross and poured myself into the word, it became more and more to clear to me that the healing He desired for me was not simply that which is confined to this world.  He wanted---wants--so much more for me.  He wants so much more for you!!  The more I drew in, the larger my picture became.  You see, this world is temporary and fleeting.  God is eternal.  Eternal life with Him is the big picture!

I don't know-none of us do--how much time I will have left in this world. What I do know, is that He has healed my physical body.  My pathology report reads like the miracle it is!  No cancer cells remain in any of my tested/removed tissues.  Not. One. Cell. My doctor has said "you have a 100% cure!" He is careful to remind me how dire my presenting picture was, how large my tumors....lest I forget how wonderful my response has been?  I know where my help comes from!!

I remain a work in progress, no longer who I once was.  Some may look at me and focus on what no longer remains.  Some may say there is less of me.   I KNOW that I am so much more now than I once was.  And so, I go on.

My future holds newness; priorities, plans. I don't know what the plans are, but I know who holds them.  "I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."  Jeremiah 29:11

He holds your plans too!  Let's pray today for the removal of barriers that prevent us from living under His will and following the plan He has for each of our lives.  {heart}

There are lots of ways to praise Him.  I use art a lot to connect, dwell and praise.  I had these silly selfies on my desk; printed ages ago for some other purpose.  One day, I sat at my desk, not really able to do much and this page completely unfolded.  I used one of my favorite Sweet 'N Sassy stamp sets, Capture This, and the Shake it Off Lowercase Alphabet.

My word of the year is "surrender."  This is my verse of the year:  "Behold! I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?   I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert."  Isaiah 43:19

He is always the way in your wilderness and living water in your desert.  Always.
Be blessed--Jane