"There is Hope" Day 1

Adam starts his radiation for his cutaneous lymphoma this morning. He will have his treatment for 15 days. Although we are absolutely confident this is going to be the end of this cancer journey for now, there are still thoughts of the future. 

Throughout this process Adam and I have explored some darker thoughts, "What if this cancer returns?" "Are our kids more susceptible than we thought to cancer?" "How much is this all going to cost in the end?" We agreed we have needed to be very careful with our thoughts throughout this process. 

We believe the truth of God's word combats our negative thoughts and helps us focus on today and the beautiful life with which God has blessed us.

I wanted to create a way to encourage Adam through this journey. A verse, a song, or some encouragement for each day he undergoes his treatment.

While thinking through how to do that, the Lord reminded me that Adam is not the only one going through a weird and difficult time. I can think of many people who are hurting, in a waiting period, or are discouraged. So, I write these 15 days of "THERE IS HOPE" not only for Adam and myself as reminders, but also for anyone out there that may need them. 


Today's verses:

Do you not know?

Have you not heard?

The Lord is the everlasting God,

the Creator of the ends of the earth.

He will not grow tired or weary,

and His understanding no one can fathom.

He gives strength to the weary, and increases the power of the weak.

Even youths grow tired and weary,

and young men stumble and fall; but those who HOPE in the Lord; He will renew their strength.

Isaiah 40:28-31a


Today's Thoughts:

1) God created everything. He created me and you; He knew what He was doing when He created us with the propensities we have toward certain illnesses. He made us with our personalities, whether sensitive, or not easily shaken. God didn't make a mistake when we formed us the way He did; and every bit of who we are can be used by Him for His glory.

2) No one understands His plans, but we can hang onto His promises. Romans 8:28 says, "We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan."  He is working for our good.

3) When we put our hope in Him, meaning when we wait on Him to work, when we look for Him working, and when we expect Him to work for our good*, He promises to renew our strength. God alters our old strength, changing it for the better, making us even stronger than before.*


Today's Prayer:

Jesus, we thank you for being the creator of all and blessing us in ways we could have never imagined. Give us eyes to see the good today, in the people around us and in our lives. Help us to trust you and believing your promise that you don't make mistakes; you created us the way we are and have a plan for good. Jesus, we need you. Help us to put our hope in you, expecting you to work in our lives. Amen.


Today's song:

 'Soar' by Meredith Andrews

{listen by clicking the word 'soar'}