I am so excited that I am in the double digits now! This treatment was relatively uneventful, so I'll take that!
I have neglected my blog a bit lately because I honestly have just been so, so busy!
I spent a weekend in Charleston, had my 10th chemo treatment, celebrated David's birthday, have written tons of curriculum, celebrated Labor Day with my family, and prepared for a new unit in preschool! Phew! Life is good!
God has been speaking to me so much lately. I wanted to share with you all a little of what's been on my heart.
I grew up in the church and am so blessed to have known the Lord for a long time. I have been in ministry of some sort for many years, but I want to be honest with you and tell you that I have not always been very bold about sharing the gospel. Mostly just because I don't like stepping on people's toes and I don't love confrontation.
On my drive to Charleston, my sweet friend Lana shared with me about a sermon she heard by Perry Noble at Newspring church.
There is a common saying out there that you may have heard before.
"Always share the gospel. When necessary use words."
While this statement is fine, it can serve as a cop out for many Christians.
The truth is, God tells us to "Go and make disciples of all nations." It's hard to make disciples without ever actually saying anything! This saying gives us an excuse to be silent which we should not take. Yes our actions should speak louder than our words, but that's not exactly hard to do if there are no words at all!
We need to ask people about their faith. We need to ask people if they know Christ! If we don't ask, we'll never know, and we may never have an opportunity to lead someone to an eternity with Jesus.
When Lana shared this message with me, I had such stirrings in my heart. I have always made it clear that I was a Christian, but have never been as bold as I wanted to be.
In a lot of ways, I feel like my cancer has given me that boldness. I have had SO many more opportunities to share my faith and what God has been doing in my life since I got my cancer diagnosis back in April.
I have recently found myself GRATEFUL that I have cancer. Yes, you read that correctly. I am truly grateful that I have cancer. It has made my marriage stronger, it has made my faith in God grow, and it has given me this amazing vehicle to share the gospel with friends, family, and even strangers.
God is so good to me. He loves me so much that He allowed me to go through this trial so that I could be closer to Him. And He loves the people in my life so much that He allowed me to go through this so I would be bold enough to share with them! What a responsibility!
God is good. If you don't know Him, you should ask about him. If you do know Him, share. Share with everyone you know what God has done for you. ASK people if they know who Jesus is! If you step on some toes, it's OK. Jesus stepped on quite a few toes in His day. :-)
People, I only have two treatments left. In less than 3 weeks I will have my last chemo treatment and will start the next phase of this journey. Continue to pray for complete healing!