In the world we live in , there are so many trials for our minds. All you have to do is watch the commercials on T.V. and you are aware of the condition of mankind. They have a pill for this and a pill for that. Enough pill to give you anxiety and make your head spin. The most prominent condition is stress, depression, and anxiety. People are cracking right and left, and unable to deal with the pressures of the day we live in. So they march right to the doctor and get a prescription for their problems. Doctors are wonderful and medicine is amazing, but our Lord is the Great Physician. He is so able to patch us up when we are broken. He has even written a perscription in Philippians for us. If we follow that order from the Great Physician, we will have a stress, depression, and anxiety free life. He loves us so much, and knows what we need, and what is vital to having peace of mind. Keep this perscription in the forefront of your eyes and try to think on these things. You will feel the peace of God take over. True things, honest things, just things, pure things and lovely things. Things that are of a good report. Virtue and praise, all of these things are key to our peace of mind and happiness. Think on these things.
This week I had a wonderful experience with our youngest daughter Grace. Right now I am bursting with pride and joy for the woman that she has become. As many of you know that have followed my blog, I have been fighting stage 4 advanced cancer for a 17 months now. It was a very hard thing for my children, I have five. All of them have stood behind me through this time. Grace is a hair stylist now, having a very successful career. Had a client one day and was telling her about her Mom and the cancer battle. The lady told Grace that she was involved in an organization called “LOOK GOOD, FEEL BETTER” Beauty, Courage, Confidence. It is a program to help women who are dealing with cancer and the treatments involved with fighting cancer. Going through this changes women in many ways one being how we look. Grace listened to this woman and felt called to become a part of helping these women. She took classes and with her abilities with hair makeup and even head wraps and wig care she felt she could do it. She is a perfect fit and has a personality that will make the women smile, laugh and walk away encouraged. She decided to do something because of what her mom was going thru. In some way, do something to help women like me. This week she had a meeting at the Cancer center I go to every two weeks for my Chemo infusions. I got to be one of the women that she encouraged and taught how to wear their makeup to cover things that chemo can do to our skin. She did a wonderful job. I enjoyed it so much and it was great being in a room with other women who are experiencing the same struggles that I am. She had us go around the room and tell what kind of cancer we have and where we are in treatment. Everyone was different. A thirty-eight year old beautiful woman with 4 kids and breast cancer. A 50-year-old with two different kinds of cancer , another with lymphoma. But we all laughed and smiled as we followed Grace, watching her as she made up one of the gals. We did it right along with her. We were given a makeup bag with everything we needed to leave that place with a new lift in our step. Every one looked so beautiful! Grace also showed us many ways to wrap our heads. One of the ladies that Grace wrapped said she felt like royalty as Grace wrapped her pretty bald head. We also learned how to dress with the changes our body might go through. To share this time with my daughter Grace was something I will always treasure. If you know any woman with cancer you might tell her about Look Good Feel Better. It is a part of the American Cancer Society. This is a volunteer program serving more than 50,000 women each year who have cancer.
Forever and ever, that is an eternity and we will praise Him non-stop. There is so much to praise Him for, he has created such a beautiful place for us to dwell. He created us, and provided all of our needs. We are wonderfully made. Each one of us is a miracle. Yesterday, I looked up at the sky, and saw beautiful cloud formations In the vibrant blue sky. I said to the Lord, “that is so beautiful, it looks like heaven up there,” and the thought crossed my mind, that I can’t even imagine the beauty we will see when we get to heaven. This is just a sampling of what the Lord has for us when we get to our new home. We will fall on our faces with adoration for the Lord and the heaven He created for us. I see everything as a picture and as I tried to visualize heaven, I thought, I would love to have a camera in heaven. But then it occurred to me that we won’t need a camera, because heaven will be captured for us Forever and Ever.
I took this photo off the California Coast, at Sunset Cliffs in San Diego. It really caught my eye that someone had gone to the trouble to erect a stained glass peace sign on a large rock in the ocean at the cliffs. I don’t think that was easy!! Any way that is always the cry of the people right now. A lot of the peace cries come from war protesters. The anniversary of John Lennon’s death was yesterday. All day they played his songs on T.V. and radio. They all echoed the same cry. Give Peace a Chance, and Imagine. The only true peace comes God, so all of these peace sign people are barking up the wrong tree. If only they would ask the Lord about it. I am noticing that the peace signs are back in fashion. I really do dislike that symbol. It is such a worldly symbol. I will take the cross any day for my peace. Lets give real peace a chance and cry out to the Lord for Peace on Earth. Looking back today, I wrote this back in 2010. Things have definately changed, now people are crying out for victory over Isis. Lord we do need your help.
Though it is not one of my best photo’s, it is one of my favorites. I love to take photo’s of sheep. So much is said about sheep in the Bible. I am always trying to get a good shot of sheep. This particular day, my husband and I were driving down the highway and saw sheep out in a vineyard that was dead, nothing but sticks. I thought how great is that. Vines that had not been tended, and sheep, all in one photo. Well , we got off the highway and went out to the vineyard. We then took a dirt road that took us where the sheep were. My wonderful patient husband!!!. I jumped out of the car and started approaching the sheep for my best shot. The sheep saw me and bolted in fear, I had no shot. The whole herd took off. You know they only follow their shepherd. So my husband found the shepherd and gave him $20.00 to herd them towards me. That is when I spotted this sheep. He had grass in his mouth. In the midst of this vineyard that had not been tended, the sheep were being fed. The grass was very rich there. He will feed His flock like a shepherd. He will take care of us and give us what we need. We shall not want. I just love all that I could glean from this photo. In the midst of devastation and trouble, he will always be there for us and provide what we need. This shepherd knew exactly where to take his sheep.
Love Is an amazing thing! It covers everything. But the love of a Mother is something special. I think it can be said that Moms love with a pure heart, and definitely love fervently. I know there are Moms who may not have that pure love, but with the Lord all things are possible. If you had a mom that couldn’t do that, pray for her. The Lord can change her. The Mom that I know had a pure heart and was fervent in her love. I fervently love my children, and because I love them fervently, I can truly say they love me fervently back. I feel their love, and it lifts me every day. We are examples of love to our children and they learn from us. We can then see them be examples to their children, of how to love. Loving someone with a pure heart,with no agenda’s or motives is really patterning our self after the Love of God our Father and His Son Jesus Christ. Unconditional, tnfailing love, and our example. Make someone feel loved today. I know I do, I got this plant from one of my beautiful girls today.