• Devotional,  Encouragement,  Fighting Fear

    {Day 6}

    “Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.” ~ Matthew 19:26 NLT   On the third night of my stem cell transplant, I sat up in my hospital bed, gasping like someone was dunking my head underwater. Hitting the nurses’ call button, I stammered out, “I can’t breathe.” With shaky hands, I dialed my husband around midnight for prayer. Jason called our pastor and then followed by calling our family and friends, all the while my nurses injected some type of medicine into my IV. My eyelids slid shut, and I fell asleep upright slumped over my knees. When I…

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    This Brings Life {Day 4}

    {Day 4} “The tongue has the power of life and death.” ~ Proverbs 18:21a NIV I wish someone would have warned me about what strangers might say that morning I walked into the welfare office to register for food stamps. Since our income was cut in half when I stopped working to start treatment, we had no other choice but to lean on the government to survive. I adjusted my bandana around my bald head and signed in for my appointment. When I sat, I noticed a sweet teenager wearing tattered jeans cuddling her baby. She asked a few questions about my circumstance as I lifted my infant out of…

  • Devotional,  Encouragement

    {Day 3}

    {Day 3} “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”  ~ Ephesians 3:20b NLT   I’m a planner. A finagler. A behind-the-scenes manipulator. But oftentimes, my strategy doesn’t follow His formula. In my quest to speed up my healing journey, I developed an obsession with finding methods to rid myself of the disease. Many of these tactics shifted my focus from my Creator towards His created things. Mind you, they were good things like herbs, vitamins, and detoxing, which all promised the healing I longed for. I think we can all agree…

  • Devotional,  Encouragement

    Stop. {Day 2} (And opinions, please.)

    {Jason and I eating take-out and playing cards with Shelly and George.} Hello, sweet friends. Here is Day 2 of the devotional I’m writing for the newly diagnosed. And if you have no idea what I’m talking about, read this first: Preface and Day 1. Blessings, Dabney {Day 2} “Can any of you add a single hour to your life by worrying?” ~ Matthew 6:27 NLT Stop. This is what I wish someone would have told me to say during my down days, to audibly utter the word, “Stop” when I sank into sadness. Here’s why. We can often get discouraged when we obsess over what’s wrong. In moments like…