The original book (which this blog is based on), “The Pieces” is from journals, scraps of paper, various writing I have done inspired by my faith and what God has taught me. Here are a few unpublished revelations.
“The Pieces,” my story, Your words. Inspiration & truth. Let’s save the world with You!
There was a time during my chemo journey that I anticipated only three treatments. I was very disappointed to learn there would be a total of six. God reminded me that He is the great Protector and Healer, that I am never alone. (I felt very lonely during this time).
The tumor, surgery, recovery, chemotherapy, healing from incisions, chemo brain, infections, neuropathy, the list goes on, I thought I would possibly die from one of these. But here I am; still. My Savior never left, encouraging me with the words of kind people, doctors, cards & visits.
Jesus, thank you for being present. Forgive my anger and frustration The enemy is hard at work, trying to get me back. But he doesn’t know how coated in the armor of God I am, that my soul is filled with light, joy and grace. Genesis 3:1-8 I too, hid from God while the pieces of evil were coming together. It is not MY battle to win, it is Yours. You are already there. I know this lesson, but have chosen not to see. Choosing to skip church or several mornings of devotions, gives the devil an inch. Keep me close Lord, remind me what being lax does to the human spirit.
I am covered by the Armor of God:
- Belt of truth
- Helmet of salvation
- Towering shield of faith
- Mighty sword of the spirit
- The breastplate of righteousness
I feel peace in my spirit. Each day is a gift. So much came from cancer, the times I felt lonely, Jesus drew closer.
“No Religion” is the third largest religious group following Christians and Muslims.
The “unaffiliated category” covers all those who profess no religion, from atheists and agnostics to people with spiritual beliefs but no link to any established faith.
Hypocrisy is keeping a lot of people away from the Christian church for a myriad of reasons. I am in no way an expert and due to chemotherapy I have a terrible memory, having memorized scripture as a child, I cannot bring one to memory. I’m not the person to have a conversation with regarding the history of Christianity, which IS one of the reasons many turn away.
But hypocrisy seems to be a big player in these decisions to not follow a particular faith.
Believing one thing, acting like or saying something different. Or vice versa.
Part of my spiritual journey was learning whether or not I could stand on the foundation of my faith. Did I believe what I felt and said I believed? It turns out I do, and I do.
Having been through ovarian cancer, a gigantic tumor removed and chemotherapy received; I feel I have been healed by faith. I love this little sentence so much, I’m having it tattooed on my wrist.
Granted, there are a lot of reasons for not being involved in a church; but my advice to you — is keep going, trying new faiths, churches, go with a friend, etc. I was baptized and confirmed a Lutheran. I’m now an Episcopalian with ties to the Catholic church and socialization with my UU’er friends (Unitarian Universalist).
For me, I need to be spiritually fed, believe in my spiritual leaders and advisers, feel I could bring ANY friend of mine to the church and learn more about the magnificence of God!
I’ve learned over the past 4.5 months, that what God needs from us, when we are down and out, is to draw closer to Him, than our friends. He wants ALL of us, He wants our focus on Him, so we can learn how beneficial it is, to know our Savior. To trust that He has our back, that we can lean on him during the incredibly tough times.
I’ve been dealing with ovarian cancer since late August. I’ve had body parts removed, including a big tumor, I’ve experienced chemotherapy; and it’s AWFUL. I’m starting to have more good than bad days, but through it all; even a few pity parties, I’ve been in very close contact with Jesus, I’ve never looked forward, only today, believing that He is with me every step of the way, through every decision that was made, to every time I curled up in a ball and wanted to die from pain. It was then, He was with me the most, I literally felt the spirit of God, wrapping me up in His love and compassion. And for that, I will always be grateful.
What has been difficult for you lately? Are you complaining to your friends or expecting them to be your “soft place to land?” They cannot ever be that, because your Heavenly Father is the only one with those powers.
In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.