To Walk In Faith is a guest post by my friend Robin.
Little did I know that my life was going to send me a serious curve-ball on July 21, 2010. As usual, my day started like any other with the coffee already brewing, the dogs anxiously waiting to be let outside, and with me trying to get a load of laundry in before I started out the door for my weekly errands and for one of my favorite tests…the mammogram (insert sarcasm here). Coffee cup, purse, and car keys in hand, I was out the door in a flash. You see, I never slow down for anything. I am like the Energizer Bunny on crack. Never slowing down and never stopping for anything, especially when it came to taking care of me.
I am always the caregiver of everyone else because that is what I do and that is who I am. No regrets for this. No… not one. It was after my mammogram that my life came to a screeching halt, the tears began to flow, and I sat in my car wondering how this could ever happen and how I was going to get through what was yet to come.
I didn’t even know where to begin, except to cry out to my Heavenly Father. Being a believer, I knew that God was my Elohim (my Creator), my El Shaddai (my Supplier), my Adoni (my Lord), and my Jehova Jireh (my Provider), but now I was being awakened to a new level of my personal relationship with my Lord. I was now being called upon to walk IN faith with my God, not walk BY faith because I wanted myself to be totally immersed in my Jehovah Nissi (my Victory) and my Jehovah Shalom (my Peace).
Was it an easy, peasy journey? Absolutely not, but my God gave me strength through His amazing grace and His personal presence and through the prayers and support of my precious family and friends. After numerous surgeries, tests, chemo, medications, and countless doctors’ appointments: on October 7th, 2011, I was told that I was cancer free! There were no words except for my tears of joy and my numerous praises to my Jehovah Rapha (God, my Healer). He was NOT restricted by my circumstances! He had a plan, a plan that I may never understand fully or completely, but He had a plan! I still continue to see my physicians every six months and go through blood tests, MRI’s, Bone Density tests, and CT Scans to name a few, but learning to walk IN faith for me changed my life.
Things that used to upset me or cause me to lose my focus on what was important in my life no longer affect my daily walk. I have learned through this journey that everyday, every moment, every divine appointment is a miraculous gift and blessing from above. I have learned to experience everyday like it is my last. I cherish more, treasure more, and love more. Although, this chapter in my life started out to be the biggest fear that my husband and I have ever faced, it ended up bringing us closer together than ever before and allowed us to become even more of the people that Our Heavenly Father had created us to be. We are still a work in progress, but that is what is so great about our God and His amazing grace! He continues to turn these rocks into diamonds!
I want to sincerely thank my friend Robin for sharing her story with us. Robin and I hope that her story will be a blessing to you.
Note from Laura: I would loved to have this blanket to give to my friends as they went through chemo. I just wanted to wrap them in God’s promises.