Praise Report — Cancer FREE! Thank you Lord!

I had posted a while back about an old friend from school being diagnosed with breast cancer, and had requested prayer for her.  I just read her caringbridge website tonight, and she posted that she is CANCER FREE! 

Thank you all for praying for her, and thank you Lord for answered prayers!  God is so GOOD! 

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Worry

Phillipians 4:6 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." This is one of my favorite versus everytime I'm tempted to worry.
 
I have plenty of things that I can make myself worry about — my family, kids, relationships with friends, my health, finances, my endless lists of things to do, etc.  I am finding more and more when I start my day with the Lord these days, my days go much more smoothly and more peacefully.  Now this is not to say that I don't worry, because this is something I have done and been my whole life.  I would love to change, but sometimes change takes time.
 
There is another scripture that basically says to not worry about anything and to pray about everything.  That is another great one because when something does happen that causes me to start the worrying trend, I remember to not worry, but to pray.  More often than not it works out — sometimes not how I expect it to, or maybe even want it to, but it is how the Lord wants it to — and I must trust Him with everything. 
 
I am learning lots during this "down time" that I have.  I'm starting to get to the point where I am enjoying being home, being able to be there for the kids more, being able to take care of them (when I'm not sick), and not having to rush around like a chicken with my head cut off because I'm working 40+ hours a week and trying to take care of everything else.  It really was not an easy task, and I don't honestly want to go back to that.  My family needs me now during this time, and I'm going to relish it.  There will be plenty of time to go back to work after they are all out of the house and on their own.  For now, I will enjoy it!
 
Many blessings to you today! 

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Encouragement

 

Psalms 117:1-2 "Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol Him, all you peoples.  For great is His love towards us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.  Praise the Lord."

In many respects life has been mostly good, but there have been many trials lately (with my health and relationships).  I always need to remember that God is in control and He has my best interests at heart.  I had prayed about all my relationships (family and friends) about a month ago, and things got stirred up in my life (yet again).  It was quite painful, and it continues to hurt periodically (emotionally).  Again, I need to remember it is God's will and He has His best interest in mind for me. 

There are times that I feel alone, and during those times I turn to the Lord.  I can't see the bigger picture, but He can.  So I go back to the basics and pray the Lord's prayer when I don't know what else to say or pray.  I am very thankful that the Lord has blessed me with a very loving and caring husband, who is constant and my rock.  Honestly, I don't know what I'd do without him anymore.  I remember when I was single I did fine, but now I can't imagine my life without him ever.  He has enriched my life so much.

My relationship with my mom has even gotten better over the years, and I wish she lived closer to me (I couldn't have said that years ago) — the Lord has really changed and healed our relationship and I don't know what I would do without her or my dad.  They are such awesome people.  Then my sister, who will always be my trusted and best friend (like my mom and dad).  I love her more than anything, and also wish we were closer in proximity.  She is such a kind, loving and wonderful person.  I don't know what I'd do without her. 

Later this month we're all getting together to celebrate mine and my mom's birthday, and I can' wait!  Whenever we get together we end up laughing so much that our tummies hurt.  I always find that after those get togethers that I have dreams about them, and wake myself up laughing.  When friendships come and go, I've found that I can always rely on my beautiful family and for that I'm thankful to the Lord.  I love you all so much. 

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