I wrote this during and following my recovery from two difficult experiences with cancer in my life. Perhaps my sharing these thoughts will be an inspiration to you or someone you know who is struggling and reaching out for support. May God bless you!
All throughout our lives we will experience hills and valleys. Sometime we might find ourselves in a very low valley and then must face a hill that seems like an un-surmountable mountain to climb. During the past few years due to serious health issues, I have faced both. You see, cancer interrupted my life in January 2000 and then again in January 2004.
However, I have learned that our God on the mountain is also our God in the valley. If we truly seek His face, He will take us by the hand in that darkest valley and will safely lead us out. He will put His strong arms around us and then carry us over the tough places in our pathway. He wants us to lean on Him all the way from that deep valley to the highest mountain peak.
He is just waiting patiently for us to be totally dependent on Him. Invite Him into your heart as Savior and Lord of your life today. He will lead you out of the dark valley and into the bright sunshine at the top of the mountain. I just praise Him and forever will be grateful to Him that I am cancer free today.
I also know that the day when my life on earth in over, my last breath here will be my first breath in Heaven. When my eyes close in death, they will then be immediately opened there to see the loving, outstretched arms of my Jesus welcoming me. I know that when I see Him, I will know Him by His shining, smiling face and by the scars in His nail pierced hands. What a day that will be!
Until then and as long as God has work for me to do for Him on this earth, I will gladly do it to bring honor and glory to His Name. But when He calls me home to serve Him there, I’ll be ready to go and pray I will leave this place willingly. Then I can truly say, ‘Here am I Lord, use me as You will'.
The LORD is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?
Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
1 I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
Who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD is your keeper;
The LORD is your shade at your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
8 The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore.
What an awesome God we serve!
During retirement, my prayer is that I might serve the Lord by sharing the Gospel through my writing. As the Lord leads, my work will inform, challenge and encourage. I also enjoy Biblical theme woodcarving, Bible studies and Christian music. Watch, pray and keep looking up!
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