A repost because. . .
I looked out my window today and there were the sparrows again
these three precious ladies are still battling and living for the Lord
I want to ask you all again to pray for them. Cancer is hard!
But they fight like a girl (that's strong fightin' guys!) and they trust in their Lord, our God!
And they continue to smile SO big!
Let's lift them up together, OK?
It's funny what God will use to bring about a blog post. When I'm typing on my lap top, I can see out the window into my big back yard. There were about 30 sparrows on the ground and at all the bird feeders and I found myself humming, His eye is on the Sparrow. And then I began to think of a young lady who sings this song beautifully. And then I began to think of three ladies that I am praying for who are battling cancer right now.
And then I began thinking of others who fought the battle and some have won and some won in a different kind of way. Both are out of pain now. How about the ones of us still here but do not have cancer. We fight a battle of some sorts every day. My old pastor used to say, "If you're not going through a battle now, you've just come through one or you're about to go through one." Jesus never promised us a life withouth troubles. In fact, He said "You will have troubles." But He doesn't leave us alone to flounder in the storms all by ourselves. He promised to be with us every step of the way.
What are you battling? Have you already fought one? Do you need to gear up for one coming? Battles come in so many costumes; discouragement, loneliness, sickness, broken relationships, frustrations, etc. I've been there myself. It's easy to curl up in hopelessness during really hard, heartbreaking times, but it is NOT hopeless. Jesus is in the circumstance even if we cannot see Him in the moment. He IS there and watching and shepherding, loving and guiding and we just have to trust and not get lost in the feelings. "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9. "Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows." Luke 2:7.
Sarah, a young girl that I met in the blogging world, battled a 14 year disease that left her homebound all those years, in daily pain. She said her pain on a good day would be moderately high. She could not run free anymore, had to have daily help. But her attitude was soaring off the charts. Her motto was 'choose joy'. When she was asked what her definition of joy was this was her answer. . .notice she is not saying what things brings her joy but what IS joy. . .
She would tell you to "Choose Joy" in spite of the circumstances.
I dedicate this blog post to Sarah and to these three beautiful, wonderful, strong, amazing women that I and many others are faithfully praying for who are battling cancer right now. I would say they all exhibit Sarah's motto. They stand on the promises of God, honor Him with their lives, joyful despite their circumstances. I wanna be just like them! Would you please say a prayer for these three too?
Liz "I walk by faith and not by sight"
Joanna and her verse. . ."I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death." Phillipians 1:20
*Please visit Vicky at her place where she shares her experience. . .http://thewestraworld.blogspot.com
Close your eyes and listen to Sarah sing like a bird. . .His Eye Is On The Sparrow From the date on this song, it looked like Sarah recorded it about a year before soaring off to the meet her Lord face to face last Fall.
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