I know that it has been a while since I last wrote a blog, but I thought this would be a great time to let you all know of the incoming issues that are happening in our lives.
A couple of months ago, my wife went to the dermatologist because of a “mark” on her nose that wouldn’t heal. Come to find out, that “mark” was skin cancer. Well as anyone should do , we had it removed, it was cancer but it was the “least” dangerous of them all, because she took care of it right away. As I am writing this ( Dec. 6, 2013) she was cleared in the morning, in the meantime, this past Monday, she went for a mammogram and the doctor called her right after she was finished with the dermatologist and told her that he saw a lump. As you can expect, she was a little devastated (cancer does run in her side of the family). That leads me to this. So the Lord for the last couple of weeks or so has been showing me stuff through the Scriptures but I really had no idea why, until today with the news that Sherry received about the lump they found in her from her mammogram. So let me share with you all what He showed me.
It started right after Thanksgiving on Nov. 30 with this: Why do We (I) suffer? Why does God allow it? I have to remember that nothing ever happens to me or Sherry unless God allows it. I my never understand why but I need to live by faith. Believe and trust that the Lord has His reasons for it to happen. If I (Sherry too) can look past the pain for the moment and pray to see the bigger picture that God has for us, that we can find hope and even peace in what we (sherry) is going through. Then this Scripture was linked to this for me
1 Peter 5:10
After you have suffered a little while, our God, who is full of kindness through Christ, will give you his eternal glory. He personally will come and pick you up, and set you firmly in place, and make you stronger than ever.
Then on Dec. 2nd God revealed this to me: As a follower of Christ, we will go through hardships. The Lord has chosen to develop Sherry and I through difficulties and hardships just like he did with the Apostle Paul. God can’t mold and shape our lives unless we are willing to surrender and to be transparent before Him. We need to remind ourselves to learn to rest in His care and allow Him to work in our lives to the fullest. Not only will we grow to be like Him, we will be a testimony of His grace and hope to a dying World.
II Corinthians 1:4-5 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. 5 For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ.
Then finally on Dec. 4, two days prior to hearing the news, God shared this with me. The most powerful message I can give isn’t a sermon, it is a life I live when the pressure is on, temptation is tremendous, or buried deep of problems. The world needs to be exposed to believers who are obedient. By showing peace instead of anxiety or practicing patience rather than speaking a harsh word. A Follower of Jesus bears witness to the beauty of the gospel. I (we) attract unbelievers to Christ through our words and actions. We need to live with spiritual eyes. Jesus wants our eyes fixed on Him and our decisions and choices to please Him in His sight.
I write this for two reasons, the first, I have been keeping a log of my daily time with the Lord for over a year now and without this I would have not been able to remember all that He has done. I encourage you all to start writing down each day what God shares with you, you will be SURPRISED when you can look back and see how God has worked in your life. The second reason is because when God does something in your life we are told to tell others.
Luke 8:39 “No, go back to your family, and tell them everything God has done for you.” So he went all through the town proclaiming the great things Jesus had done for him.
I hope that this brings encouragement and hope to you all and maybe I will write other things God has shown me in my life over the last year.