Take Two {Day 1}

{A few months before my diagnosis in 1998, I rested while my hubby and his parents walked around the Miami Zoo.)

Well, as I posted devotionals weekly for about 6 months or so, thinking my subscribers were receiving my blogs, it turns out maybe 3 sweet friends were the recipients.

Ha.

I’ve since updated my subscriber list to include all my favorite people who have asked to be included. Can you do me a favor? If you were receiving my blogs in the past, can you comment below and let me know? This way I’ll know if I need to make further adjustments.

Because of my snafu, I’m posting my 30-day Devotional for the Newly Diagnosed again and hope to have this in some sort of a downloadable file you can forward to friends walking through a sickness.  I’m skipping the Preface, but you can read it by clicking here. 🙂

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 {Day 1}

 

“Faith is being sure of what we hope for. It is being sure of what we do not see.”

~ Hebrews 11:1 NIRV

 

At 25 years old, I sat in the ER waiting for my X-ray results since my breathing consisted of sucking in shallow gasps the best that I knew how. Knowing the why behind the incredible pressure in my chest was the only thing I cared about.

Well, that and my six-week old baby growing in my belly.

My husband and I hadn’t planned on this pregnancy, and we certainly were not in any financial state to raise a baby. And our relationship of only four years? Let’s just say we co-existed. Although this does not sound like the best way to raise a child, this little life brought a tinge of hope that maybe we could salvage our wobbly marriage.

But now this weird chest heaviness thing happened (the main reason we were in the hospital to begin with), and I needed some good news after five months of hopping from doctor to doctor to figure out why I fought fatigue and itched like my body was infested with fleas.

Now, here we were waiting again on another doctor.

This time he entered the room with a sigh, and informed us that there was no easy way to share this news, but growing around my lungs was an eight-inch tumor, roughly the size of a football, which he believed was caused by Hodgkin’s Disease lymphoma. This explained my gasping, itching, and extreme fatigue, he said.

I hugged my husband and whispered out an odd response, “I’m not crazy.”

You see, for five months I had gone to multiple doctors, praying someone could answer why I fell asleep at work and felt the need to scratch my skin off. My many physicians during that time had said the same thing, “It’s in your head.”

This was the beginning of my two-decade long health battle. Every day was a fight to have faith that God would heal me. And one day, it was over.

And this is the part of the story I want you to focus on, because one day your health issues will come to an end, too.

And do you know the one nugget of truth I can tell you through all of this? That God’s Word is true, especially this sentence in Hebrews 11:1 that reminds us to believe our circumstances can change, even if we don’t understand how.

We’re not supposed to understand the supernatural steps behind our healing, we’re just supposed to have hope during the process.

That’s faith. That’s being sure. That’s believing in the thing you can’t see.

I pray this verse helps you inch your way towards trusting the Lord’s timing a little more each day.

It’s hard.

But He is good.

Even if you feel overwhelmed by your current situation, He loves to bring beauty from ashes by opening your eyes to see life through a changed lens.

As it turns out the oncologist that diagnosed me in the ER had also battled Hodgkin’s Disease Lymphoma at age 17. Coincidence? I don’t think so. Hodgkin’s Disease had affected roughly 3,500 patients a year back in 1998, so the odds that my oncologist walked my same path was only the beginning of seeing glimpses of God in the midst of the muddiness.

He blessed me with the most compassionate doctor that could empathize with my unusual journey, almost like God was saying,

“Trust me even if you don’t understand the why right now.”

That’s faith.

And right now, God is showing up in your journey, too.

Those little glimpses of goodness are tiny reminders that He’s working all things out. Today is a good day to start a healing journal to document any concerns you have, along with the different areas of your life where God shows up.

Because He will.

The amazing part of this progression is always when you look back and see how He directed you. Yes. Faith is being sure of what we hope for. It’s being certain of what we do not see, but one day will.

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What are you hoping for right now?

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Empty your heart out to God, sharing with Him the emotions trapped inside:

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“All miracles begin as an impossible situation.”

~ Pastor Dan Plourde, Calvary Church Jupiter

 

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those

who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

~ Romans 8:28 NLT

 

 “To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous

blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair.”

~ Isaiah 61:3 NLT

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God bless you all,

Dabney

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  1. Brenda says:

    Every Dr. Is not commissioned by God. Most Doctors are minimal but God sends his best for healings and life lessons.

    Wonderful article.

  2. Barbara Olson says:

    Had been getting blogs! Please note I have a new email address as we have moved to middle TN and had to change our internet service. Thanks Dabney

    Love,
    Barbara Olson

  3. Dixie Senft says:

    I received them all along Dabney. Such a blessing. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Dixie

  4. Laura Bennet says:

    I received them all. So good! 😉

    • Wonderful! I knew you were one of the few on my original list. : ) Thankfully, a handful of others reached out to let me know they also received the devos, so I will adjust accordingly. I hope you have a wonderful day today! xoxo

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