Faith Is Not always Easy!

God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12 NLT)

 

 

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I am of all men ‘most blessed’. I was diagnosed with cancer in 2012 and began chemo treatments in Conyers, Georgia where I served a church. My daughter Michelle and family were moving to the Houston, Texas area following a job for her husband Steve. They encouraged me to come to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston for a second opinion. After tests, my new Oncologist said, “They were right in GA, you do have stage 4 Lymphoma, but you also have brain cancer and thyroid cancer. After thyroid surgery, I had months of chemo and weeks of daily brain radiation. After the fact, I learned that even my new Oncologist questioned my survival.

I had CT and MRI Scans yesterday and a visit with my Oncologist today. Everything turned out ok and I am thankful to be cancer free. I don’t have to go back for another check-up for 8 months. Brain cancer affected my short-term memory. Chemo and brain radiation weakened my immune system and I continue to take IVIG Infusions to boost my immune system.

I have thought many times “why” God chose to heal me? It is certainly not that I deserve it. I have already lived longer than I have left and I want my remaining years to bring honor to God. I know that one day my body will die, but I will live forever in my heavenly home because Jesus is my Savior and Lord. I’m glad I belong to Him.

Every time I have an appointment at MD Anderson, I always see so many people who are a lot worse off than I am. I often strike up conversation with them and pray with them. I had opportunity today to speak with 3 different people about how God has healed me and I gave them my business card with my name and website, www.FaithIsNotAlwaysEasy.com. I told them that I designed the website to encourage people like them. I was able to have prayer with them. They committed to sending me an email with their names so I can remember to add them to my early morning prayer list. I even talked to a mom today with a small child with cancer.

After serving 42 years as a pastor, when I got cancer, God gave me a new ministry of prayer and encouragement. There are so many needs around us and I begin each day asking God to give me spiritual insight to see the opportunities He provides and to be a good steward of that opportunity. I enjoy sharing with others how God has blessed me. Be Blessed today!      “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” (2 Cor. 1:3-4 NLT)

8.30.2018

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