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 Here are a few unpublished revelations.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.
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.
The new year begins tomorrow! Skip resolutions and promises to yourself, instead dive into the Bible, looking for new and fresh ways to connect with your Savior. Jot notes on recipe cards, find inspirational apps for your phone, enjoy coffee with a neighbor and share your faith. But ultimately walk with Jesus at your side. We are to be His hands and feet, so serve when you are able, say a kind word, spend time with family; particularly your elders.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ.
What does the word “Easter” mean and does it have the same significance as “The Resurrection”?
According to Merriam-Webster: Easter is a feast that commemorates Christ’s resurrection and is observed with variations of date due to different calendars on the first Sunday after the paschal full moon.
I’ve answered my own question! Still, I think the word “Easter” in the minds of many, means bunny rabbits and baskets filled with candy, patent leather shoes, white gloves, floral dresses, and a big meal after church.
From Palm Sunday until a week later, there is much to be mindful of. In a period of seven days, Jesus goes from being hero-like, a big parade complete with palm fronds, children waving and smiling — to Crucifixion, death, burial and then the big TA DA day; the big reveal you might say; roll the stone away and Jesus is gone. He Has Risen! Hallelujah! But do we miss the “in-between”?
There is no exact way; it is what you believe and what is comfortable for you. The following link is common throughout Catholic and Christian faiths.
How to observe Holy Week
What an incredible time of year; the celebration of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Our King, born into humble circumstances, who would walk this earth as a man, human in every sense, to bring light to a dark world.Kings brought their finest gifts, sheep and cows stood near their shepherds, a heavenly host sang Hallelujah, the brightest star shone in the sky, and the baby Jesus was held by his earthly parents, Mary and Joseph. What a day it must’ve been for his heavenly Father, knowing all his son would accomplish, and give up.
Another holiday has passed, but the message of His birth, and the sanctity of his love, never leaves the heart.
May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope;
The spirit of Christmas which is peace;
The heart of Christmas which is love.
~Ada V. HendricksLove came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, Love Divine;
Love was born at Christmas;
Star and angels gave the sign.
~Christina RossettiChristmas in Bethlehem. The ancient dream: a cold, clear night made brilliant by a glorious star, the smell of incense, shepherds and wise men falling to their knees in adoration of the sweet baby, the incarnation of perfect love. ~Lucinda Franks
Oh! lovely voices of the sky
Which hymned the Saviour’s birth,
Are ye not singing still on high,
Ye that sang, “Peace on earth”?
Oftentimes (usually) we are unaware of those who pray for us, or our loved ones – due to the many prayer circles we belong to and friendships we have (and those of the people we know and don’t know).
I received in my email today, a note from someone I don’t know – that encouraged me with this scripture: “I have loved you, with an everlasting love and I am constant in my affection for you.” Jeremiah 31: 3
The timing of this beautiful quote couldn’t have come at a better time, the irony (although this begs to God’s timing, not ours) is that it had been sitting in my email box since September 11th.
Do not be glib when you say you will pray for someone; make an effort. Pray with intention. You may not know what they need (and probably you don’t!), but God does. Let prayer become as natural to you as breathing.