“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, and how I frantically scribbled the truth along the pages, oftentimes weeping.
Little did I know, the weeks following my blood clot debacle, my notebook would soon be filled with precious Scripture from church members who prayed for me. Since I was feeling better, my doctors allowed more visitors to cheer me. The morning my pastor’s wife, Cheryl, showed up was a pleasant surprise. She brought soft pajamas, along with a bag filled with gifts. Her instructions were to open one present each morning.
I looked up at her a tad confused.
She then explained that the ladies from church had picked out gifts they wrapped, and chose a specific verse to attach for encouragement. These became my morning surprises I looked forward to. Not only did the thrill of opening a wrapped gift cheer me, but I began scribbling down each Scripture as if it were written just for me.
Some days during my five-week inpatient treatment, I felt so weary I couldn’t even switch on the TV to waste time. Nurses popped in, drew labs and ran numbers as they tried their best to lift my spirit, but all I did was tuck my head under the covers, while gripping my notebook.
These were my promises. My hope. My reminders that He was with me, protecting me during my sluggish days. And this is what I hope you hear:
He wrote the same personal encouragement to help you, too.
Choose to build a God-sized shield around your heart as you meditate on His Words and keep believing that He’s positioning you for a miracle. While you’re on this journey, maybe you need your own separate Scripture notebook to mark the personalized verses He whispers to your heart each morning. Always know that when you come to Him for protection, just as Proverbs 30:5 promises, His Word is your shield.
Write down the Scripture you feel God has given you recently: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Each morning pray and ask God to start directing you to specific verses on which to meditate:
“Nobody gets a testimony without a test.”
~ Joyce Meyer
“God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true.
He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.”
~ 2 Samuel 22:31 NLT
“But you, O Lord, are a shield around me; you are my glory,
the one who holds my head high.”
~ Psalm 3:3 NLT
“In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith
to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.”
~ Ephesians 6:16 NLT
To those of you who have emailed me, thank you. I don’t know how else to tell you that your encouraging words are like gold. The enemy hates what’s happening.
And he’s trying every which way to discourage me each time I write another devo. But do you what? When any negativity towards this project creeps in, I write more.
This is my only way to fight back.
So thank you to those who are keeping me going with your kind words. God is using you.
I’m praying for you all.
PS If you missed any of the first six days, click the underlined Day to catch up: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 6, and day 7. And as always, if you see a typo, or if you think something sounds clunky, please share your feedback below and I’ll include you in the acknowledgement section of this 30 Day Devo for the Newly Diagnosed, from a (Former) Professional Patient. My dyslexic brain thanks you.
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