I recently found this quote, and it deeply touched me, and summed up how I view my breast cancer diagnosis now, my mission, my calling. "It is good for me to have been afflicted, that I might know how to speak a word in season to one that is weary." Wow have I been placed in and sought out situations to put that into action! Praise God for giving me His strength and tenderness to share a word and a prayer and a message of hope to so many who are weary.
Thank you Jesus for all the ways you blew my heart and my life wide open after my diagnosis. Thank you Lord for all the Sisters I met through this blog, thank you Lord for all the Sisters I met on the Y-me message boards, thank you Lord for all the survivors I met and walked with as a Hero of Hope for the American Cancer Society. Thank you Lord for this newest opportunity to be a servant leader for the Cancer Survivors Circle just started at my church.
Yes yes it sure would have been nice to receive an EARLY DIAGNOSIS, not Stage 3 and every bit of the toughest cancer treatment, but hey, as The Good Witch, my oncologist once said, "Baby you got street cred."
Every fear, every heartache, every horror, every tear, every loss, every poke, cut, poison and burn from breast cancer, will never diminish what I have been abundantly given in BLESSINGS AND PURPOSE.
I used to say "why me why me Jesus?"
Now I say "Thank you Lord, thank you Lord for taking my greatest challenge and darkest hour, shining your LOVE AND LIGHT ON IT, and using it all for Your glory."
Thank you Lord. Thank you.
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.