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    (Am I crazy for posting this? And help, please.) {Day 10}

    {Day 10} “A man with leprosy came and knelt in front of Jesus, begging to be healed. ‘If you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean,’ he said. Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out and touched him. ‘I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be healed!’ Instantly the leprosy disappeared, and the man was healed.” ~ Mark 1:40-42 NLT I remember the season I struggled with depression. Yep. You read that right. Me…the girl who God saved a few times from death is human. And broken. And sometimes has to admit that waves of dark days loomed over her while caring for 3 little kids. Silently, I suffered because…

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    {Day 9} Bad to Worse?

    {Day 9} Bad to Worse? “Again, I tell you truly that if two of you on the earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by My Father in heaven. For where two or three gather together in My name, there I am with them.” ~ Matthew 18:19&20 NLT   Four years after my stem cell transplant, we struggled with infertility because all of the chemotherapy had thrown my body into premature menopause. The good news is that my closed womb opened our hearts toward adopting a precious baby girl from China right after my 31st birthday. Overjoyed with our newest addition, I now felt…

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    {Day 8}

    {Day 8} “Every word of God proves true. He is a shield to all who come to him for protection.” ~ Proverbs 30:5 NLT   I clutched my red journal a sweet friend had given me before I started my stem cell transplant. Each time Scripture spoke to my soul, I jotted the words down along the hand-pressed pages like they were my personal shield that stopped Satan’s arrows from penetrating my heart. I’ve kept this notebook all these years later and flip through these reminders from time to time. Interestingly, what I recall most about this season of my life was how God spoke to me during my darkest moments,…

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    {Day 7}

    {Day 7} “As they began to sing and praise, the LORD set ambushes against the [enemy]…”  ~ 2 Chronicles 20:22a I laid on my couch at home, exhausted for the umpteenth time weeks after finishing my stem cell transplant, and surviving the near-death ordeal because of a blood clot. (Just so you know, resting is always allowable when we’re sick). But you’d think after overcoming all of this, I’d feel pretty pleased to put this mess behind me. And I was. But do you know what one sentence crept in from time to time when I felt an itch, or extra tired, or perceived any discomfort? That maybe my cancer journey wasn’t…