What Do You Say?

December 7, 2008 at 7:21 am 1 comment

When people ask, “How are you?” sometimes we just give the polite answer, “Fine.”  More and more we say something like, “OK,” or “we’re hanging in there.”  Occasionally, we are able to say, “We are blessed.”  I mentioned that I wanted a plaque that says, “Count your blessings,” because in our struggle against cancer, I forget how blessed we are.   A few days later, I was given a lovely plaque with those words on it in big letters!

We are blessed – Dan only had to take 2 pain pills today.  The new bandage material being used keeps the drainage from staining his clothing.  We have free air mile tickets to fly out to be with Scott and family in Montara, CA.  We have a nice big place to stay.  Brenda, Charla and Natasha do our shopping for us.  Natasha and Melissa do our chopping for us.  Paul makes fresh carrot juice for Dan. We have empty boxes to store things in our 10′ X 10′ storage room, boxes to ship a few things to Romania.  I could give you a long list of heartaches, but, if you’ve been reading the blog, you’ve heard them all before. Instead, we focus on our many, many blessings for it is God who is at work in you and us both to will and to do His good pleasure.

However, we do have the daily challenge of watching the sarcoma grow in the open incision that will not heal. Even in that we are blessed because this is drawing us closer to God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.   Jeanie M. blessed us with 2 Peter 1:19, “May the Morning Star rise in the darkest corner of your troubled hearts.”  Thank you, God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit for all these blessings, in the name of Jesus, Amen. ~~ Anne and Dan

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  • 1. Sherrie Hammond  |  December 7, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    Anne and Dan,
    God loves you and so do I. “Give your worries to the Lord, and He will care for you. The Lord will never let good people be defeated (Psalm 55:23-ETRV).” “Through your faith, God’s power protects you for salvation . . . the purpose of these struggles is to test your faith. Your faith is more precious than gold. Gold will be destroyed, but after your faith is tested through fire, it will last. When Jesus Christ is revealed, your faith will be praise, glory, and honor for Him . . . You are receiving the salvation of your souls, the goal of believing . . . So, get your minds ready. Be alert. Put your hope completely upon the gracious love that you will receive when Jesus Christ appears (1 Peter 1:5,7,9,13-SEB).”

    We continue looking for the reward to show up soon. This is how we endure through every circumstance: “By doing good, you will silence foolish, ignorant men. This is what God wants . . . If you suffer pain unfairly, but you take it because your conscience is controlled by God, then that will be to your credit . . . if you servants do right, yet you endure suffering, then God will bless you for this. This is why you were called: Christ suffered for you! Christ left you an example. He wants you to follow in His steps . . . While He was suffering, He wasn’t trying to get even. Jesus gave Himself over to God who judges fairly . . . His wounds were used to heal us (1 Peter 2:15,19-24-SEB).”

    Remember to give God glory in all circumstances just as you already do: “Make a special holy place in your hearts for Christ, the Lord (1 Peter 3:15-SEB).” “Dear friends, don’t be surprised because of the fierce struggle you’re in, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be glad that you are sharing in the sufferings of Christ. Then, when His glory is revealed, you will be very, very happy. If someone insults you because of Christ’s name, you should be happy, because the Spirit of glory and the Spirit of God is resting upon you . . . if you suffer as a Christian, you shouldn’t be ashamed. Use this name to give glory to God . . . the people who are suffering by God’s will must commit their souls to a faithful Creator by doing good things (1 Peter 4:12-19-SEB).”

    When Jesus shows up, you will receive a beautiful crown for doing right even in difficult times: “When the Chief Shepherd [Jesus] appears, you will receive the glorious crown which will never fade away . . . Throw all your worries onto God, because He cares for you . . . The Devil is your enemy. He is like a lion. He walks around, roaring and looking for someone to eat. Those of you who are strong in faith must resist [actively oppose] him. You know that the brotherhood in other parts of the world is experiencing the same suffering as you are. God called you into His eternal glory in Christ. After you have suffered a little while, the God of all gracious love will make you complete, strong, firm, and solid. Power belongs to Him forever. Amen (1 Peter 5:4-11-SEB).”

    Everything is new, fresh, healthy, and painless in heaven. In Christ, our ultimate victory over death and sorrow: “Then I saw a new sky and a new earth. The first sky and the first earth were gone . . . I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God. It was like a bride prepared for her husband-to-be; she was beautiful. And I heard a loud voice coming from the throne. It said, ‘Look! God’s sanctuary is among men. God will live with them. They will be His people. God Himself will be with them and He will be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. None of these things will exist: death, sorrow, crying, pain. Old things have passed away.’ The One who was sitting on the throne said, ‘Listen, I am making everything new . . . From the Spring of Life I will freely give water to the thirsty person. The person who is victorious will receive all these things. I will be his God. And he will be My son (Revelation 21:1-7-SEB).” “His name will be written on their foreheads . . . the Lord will shine on them. They will rule as kings forever and ever . . . The right time is near . . . Let the person who does right continue to do right things. Let the person who is holy continue to be holy. Jesus said, ‘Listen! I am coming soon. The reward I have is with Me. I will pay back each person according to the way he lived . . . The people who wash their robes are happy. They will have the right to eat from the Tree of Life and the right to enter the city (Revelation 22:4-14-SEB).'”

    Love to you,


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