Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Peace

I spent last week with my sister, Judy. It was a tough week. We learned at her doctor's appointment on Tuesday that her cancer is more serious than we thought initially. Her chemo treatment sounds very aggressive, and will be hard on her. Throughout the week, in the face of fear and disappointment, it was amazing how God made Himself known to me. Consistently in the midst of panic and fright, God would somehow, supernaturally, drop a blanket of peace and reassurance on me. And one day, while thumbing through Judy's bible, He gave me two verses that I am sure he wanted Judy and I to remember.

John 14:27: "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."

John 16:33: "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

Fear was such a powerful emotion last week, and I'm still bothered with it even now. Funny, how God knows exactly how to zero in on that. I hope He will continue to work on me, and on Judy, in the face of our fear, and remind us that he is Jehovah Shiloam, and Jehovah Rophe. His will be done.

I am thankful for a wonderful circle of friends, and the dear "belles" a wonderful group of online friends who have prayed for Judy, and encouraged me. And, especially thankful for Tammy, Roycea, Cynthia, and Chris, my sister Judy's circle of close girlfriends and prayer warriors. These ladies circled around Judy last week and prayed with us, for us, and lifted Judy up out of a dark place. I thank God that he surrounded Judy with these girlfriends. God bless you for your goodness.

4 comments:

Beaufort Belle said...

I will continue to keep you and Judy in my prayers!!

justabeachkat said...

Hi. I came via Beaufort Belle. Your post was beautifully written and shows not only your love for your sweet sister, but for our Lord. As a cancer survivor myself, I KNOW how important prayers are. I will add your entire family to my prayer list. You are not alone...God hold us in His rightous right hand. This visual has helped me more than I can even explain. When I went through radiation myself, I would picture myself kneeling in His hand with a ray of healing light shining upon my head. There were many bible verses that helped me as well. I typed them out and kept them in my purse all the time. If I felt anxious, I would pull them out and read them. It helped. E-mail me if you'd like a copy. My e-mail address is on my profile page of my blog.

Hugs!
Kat

Isaiah 41:10
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

joan said...

I came over from Jennifer's blog and I will pray for continue peace for you and your sister. I've been down that road with my best friend and know the power of prayer. Take care.

Minnesota Kathi :) said...

Hello, I came by way of Brin. Your family will be in my prayers, you have a beautiful way of writing. You have a long road ahead of you but thankfully our Lord is with you on that journey.

Prayerfully,
Kathi