I am learning many things on the journey that I am on. I have cancer, but I don’t want it to be a downer. I like to say my name is Darlene,not cancer. I am now experiencing exhaustion . I am one who really never sat down too much, and now I find my self getting so weak, I have to lay down and rest. I fought it and had fear about it, and finally went to the Lord about it. Throughout the Bible there is teaching on REST. There are so many things that steal our rest, and it seems its one of the first things man gives up in stressful times. The Lord says in Matthew 11:28-30 “Come unto me, all ye that labour & are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and you shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” many of us are carrying heavy burdens. Whats heavy to one person might not be heavy to another. No matter wat we are carrying the Lord is there to give rest to our soul. Take the yoke that the Lord provides and learn from him. His yoke is easy and his burden is light. Don’t try to figure it all out or try to do it yourself. Rest and wait patiently for Him. He has it all under control. Don’t ever fight taking a rest. It is good for your soul!
No one ever said life would be a bed of roses, I think we can give that a big Amen! But being a Christian and walking with the Lord sheds a different light on the lives we live. We are living for Him and in love with the Lord no matter what the hardships may be. We are very often not understood. It is hard to wrap your mind around how difficult it is for non-believers to believe. We are Christians and people who are not of God don’t hear us. Some times it may feel like the only persons that listen are Christians. The people of the World,(not Christians) talk about the world, and can’t hear what we have to say, often times calling us an offence. These people also find the Lord to be an offence. The scripture for today, is very clear about these very things. I’m proud to say that I am of God, and I know the spirit of truth ,and the spirit of error.
Feelings of frustration, sadness or stress, things that can start shaking our faith. Getting too busy to take the time to stop and talk to the Lord. He is waiting for us you know. There are times when we just need to get away from what ever is tearing at us. Its time to run to the Lord and have quiet time with Him. It can happen in the den, yard, or bedroom, but the greatest thing is to run away with him for a little while and just sit at his feet. We find our peace there and get our feet back on the path following Him. The photo today brings a strong memory to me. It was in Victoria, Canada that I took this photo. I remember walking the grounds of where we were staying and spotting this lovely place to sit down. Peach roses, white bench, flower pots everywhere! I thought this is a perfect place to sit down with the Lord. The Lord called me to that place, and time. I will never forget it. My daughters and I were on a girls trip. We did that allot before they all got married. I highly recommend it for mothers and their daughters.
This was a very bad day for me. There was good news and bad news, Im sure you have all had days like that. Those of you who follow me know that I have incurable Renal Cell Cancer, kidney cancer moved to my lungs. I have been in treatment for 3 months. Three hard months.! I had a three-month scan to see the progress if any from the drug I am taking. The Name is Votrient. I have been on the highest possible dose and have had numerous side effects. They have literally been life changing side effects. I was eager to see the doctor to find the results. I wanted a miracle I guess. Well I had good news. The cancer in my lungs of which I have three, have shrunk in size. The cancer in one lymph node had shrunk, and the other affected lymph node had stayed the same. They found no cancer that had traveled. All good ! I asked can I come down on this horrible medicine? The doctor said no. He said if I hadn’t taken this medicine three months ago the cancer would be throughout my whole body. It is very aggressive. I asked if it would shrink more, he said no. I was blessed that it had been knocked back like it was. I said will I ever be able to taste food again? He said no. Will I ever quit being so exhausted? He said no. I asked about numerous other symptoms and he said no. This is your new life. That was the bad news. I know I have to accept what it is and Praise the Lord that I am alive. I am grateful to the Lord, I love Him no matter what, but I have to say it isn’t easy. Then I read the above scripture and was filled with comfort and peace. He will be there with me , what more can I ask. I think it just took me 3 months to really get it. But I feel comforted by my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
I am a Cameo collector. It’s such a fun collection, and it doesn’t take up much room. I am fascinated by the craftmanship that goes into each face. They are little pieces of art, tiny sculptures of mostly women. If you look thru a magnifying glass you can see each little sculpting mark. They are truly amazing and one of a kind. Just like us; we are one of a kind, created by the master sculptor.. I can’t help but draw a comparison. In Isaiah 49:16 The Lord tells us that he has carved us upon the palms of His hands. Our image is continually before Him. This just stirs my heart of the love our saviour has for each of us. I hope this little visual aid will allow you to never look at a Cameo in the same way. The ones that are pictured today are lava Cameos.
Yesterday I woke up to the sound of songbirds in my back yard. It sounded if there were many, almost like a songbird celebration. I went to the door to look out and to my great delight, and surprise, the sky and trees were full of yellow birds. If I had to estimate there were at least fifty or more. The sound was so beautiful, and they all sounded so excited. We were having a mix of snow and rain at the time and they were taking shelter in our trees. If you know me, then you know I was blessed out of my socks. Of course I ran for the camera and started clicking away. All the while knowing that this surely was the Lord that this migration or whatever it was stopped for shelter in my yard. Gods blessings come in many ways, but this one was soooo sweet. Here are some of the many blessings of God that will come on us all if we listen to the voice of the Lord our God. 1. Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. 2. Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. 3. Blessed shall be thy basket, and thy store. 4. Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out. 4. The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face; they shall come out against thee one way,, and flee from before thee seven ways. 5. The Lord shall command the blessings upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou sets thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. Deuteronomy 28:3-8. If you want to hear about more blessings just read the entirety of this chapter.
We all have a taste of heaven here on earth, but nothing to compare with what the Father has prepared for us in heaven. A place is being prepared for us right now as I write. When our Lord returned to His Fathers house, He made this statement to all who would hear. He said there are many mansions there. I don’t know about you, but I have always dreamed of a mansion. There are many mansions here on earth, but many of us here will never have one. We have so much to look forward too! I once read a book called Intra Muros, written about a womans dream of heaven. She told of seeing her mansion and even walking inside. The thing that really struck me was her description of the tiles of her floor. They were glass squares with living yellow roses inside. No death in heaven so the flowers remained perfect and were her favorite color. Can you imagine the beauty of such a floor. Honestly as profound as this sounds, I think it will be way beyond even that. This mansion is historic and is now owned by the Navigators. They hold retreats and training here. You can even have high tea in this mansion. It’s in Colorado Springs, Co.