Luke 12:29-31: And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.
I have been through many struggles. Including but not limited to: physical abuse, emotional abuse, kidney cancer, anemia, 6 – 7 surgeries in the past two years. You may wonder how is it that I continue to keep my head up and smiling everyday. I smile and never give up because my God hasn’t taught me how. I keep moving forward because I am constantly encouraged by God and all the wonderful people God has allowed to come into my life. I thank God because he taught me that without Him, I cannot do anything. Alone I will fail, but with Him I will make it through.
Even though, I have endured incredible obstacles, I can say I have never been alone. God has always been by my side, He has taught me that I am not a victim, but that I am a survivor. With much pride I say and reiterate:
I AM NOT A VICTIM; I AM A SURVIVOR
I found this short essay about forgiveness and I will like to share a portion of it with you.
Forgiveness is not an event. It’s a process, a continuum, a destination. Forgiveness does not happen all at once. The resentment and anger may come seeping back into your soul. But don’t give up. Keep asking God to help you. Keep confessing your own sins, and in the knowledge that God forgives you, you will increasingly find the strength to forgive others. Forgiveness doesn’t happen overnight. But if does happen.
Forgiving is not an easy task, but its not an impossible one either. Continue to seek God’s strength to overcome whatever hurt someone may have caused you, and you will see you will start forgiving without realizing its happening.
Jeremiah 32: 26-27
Then the LORD’s word came to Jeremiah, saying, Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?
There are times when we have to go through things and we they are too small to bother God with the issue. But here is proof, in His word, that there is no issue too small for God nor too big. All your worries, All your cares, give them unto God, for it is Him who will be doing the fighting for you. You worry about doing His Will and He will take care of you.
I know the title can throw anybody off. But I like to catch your attention.
Today is a very special day for me, because on this day my God saved me. He gave me another chance at life by allowing my Kidney Cancer to be detected on time. Two years ago today, I had a left kidney nephrectomy done at Rex Hospital by two amazing doctors. I will never forget them and I will be eternally grateful to them for being so wonderful to my family and I in such a critical time as this. Mark W. McClure, MD, FACS & Daniel Khera-McRackan, MD are the doctors God provided for my care and continue to care for me.
When I was diagnosed with Kidney Cancer it was the last thing I was expecting. I had been married for only 5 months when I was diagnosed and I have to say God gave me the right man to marry, because he stood by my side all the way. This experience God allowed me to go through was amazing, yes amazing, because it turned my world around. It made me realize what was really important in my life and how I was wasting my time being angry & rebellious. God allowed this experience to happen so my eyes would be open to my reality, to the true reality of the way I was living.
This experience did not only give me a new perspective on life but also to those around me. God’s purpose was so powerful it caused an effect in my atmosphere. I praise God so much because after the surgery was completed and the Cancer was removed from my body, the doctors were really able to see how serious the situation was. Dr. McRackan called my parents to the side, while I was in the recovery area, explained to them that I only had one more year to live if the Cancer wouldn’t have been detected. As I write this, my tears are running down my cheeks, because I think about how me not being here would’ve affected my kids, my husband, my family and my friends. But I praise Him because He decided it wasn’t time for me to come home yet, He has other plans in store for me. God created me for a purpose and I’m walking into my purpose everyday with His help.
It doesn’t matter how dark your days may become, close your eyes, God will light the way.
Being that God created all things; and when that is said, the first thing we think about is the material things, the things that are in front of us. The things we can see, feel or touch. The beautiful sunrise, the endless oceans, the astounding mountains. All the beautiful creatures He created, is the first thing we think of.
We forget to look deeper, to look beyond the obvious. At times, we need to shut our eyes and feel, because our ability to feel was also created by God. Our ability to move, to talk, to hug, to walk, to love, to enjoy, our determination and focus, was also created by God. He created each one of us to be unique in our own ways. He gave us all different characteristics, so when we come together we make things whole. We are like tools for Christ, made to work together so we can create bigger things for the love of Christ. We are the body of Christ and were created to work together, to help each other. When one leg is injured, on a human being,the other leg makes up for most of the body’s weight until the injured leg recovers itself. The Lord wants us to be able to lean on one another. To know if I fall, my sister or brother will be there to pick me up.
Lets learn to work as a whole, as a team, with the same purpose. The purpose being, to work for the kingdom of the God and help those in need by allowing Christ’s love to flow through us and create wondrous things for God’s Glory.
My Lord has taught me to keep pressing forward.
For those who don’t understand the meaning of pressing. It means to push forward or advance with force, eagerness, or haste for something you want.
Plenty of times when we are going through difficult situations, we forget we have God, we forget God’s promises, we forget God is our provider, we forget God is our healer, we forget God is our deliverer and instead of praising Him we praise our problems.
Our God did not give us a spirit of fear; but of power. We must keep pressing forward with force, eagerness and haste towards our promise, towards God’s purpose. When the enemy rises like a flood, determined to wash your faith away and everything else you allow him to take. You need to remember the God you serve, that you trust, that your faith relies on. CALL ON HIM AND HE WILL COME TO YOUR RESCUE; HE WILL SHOW YOU THE WAY; HE WILL STAND STRONG IN YOUR DEFENSE.
You are His child and a father never abandons their child, knowing that God is our father, He will protect us now and always from all things.
Yes, there are situations that are heartbreaking and tear us to pieces but in those moments of devastation and right out helplessness – you have to remember- God never gives us more than we can bear. He knows the purpose of everything He allows to happen in our lives – your responsibility is to KEEP PRESSING FORWARD because God has not left you, this is just a season you must endure so He can bring you GREATER – TO ANOTHER LEVEL.
Believe in what He has promised you, never doubt it, because when you least expect it – it will come to pass.
WE HAVE TO HAVE A TESTIMONY!!!