~Job 23:10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

I’ve seen study after study and devotion after devotion on this verse. But until you personally experience a series of trials in your own life, and experience this verse, you really can’t fully appreciate what others are trying to explain. So it was for me! Although I was greatly blessed by reading those studies, I have to admit that it wasn’t until I experienced some heavy-duty trials that I was able to have the compassion I needed to help others.

It is the first part of the verse that spoke to my heart, actually. The Lord knows the way that I take! This brings me much comfort knowing that my Shepherd knows my way. He has seen the future and knows the results of all that is going on in my life! My Creator, who has numbered the very hairs on my head (Luke 12:7), knows me intimately and cares for me. No matter how discouraged I may get, I can turn to the Word and the Lord gives me something that encourages my heart! (Psalm 61:2) From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Our Heavenly Father hears our pleas of despair and comes to our rescue! (Psalm 18:6) In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears. Thank You, Lord! I glorify Your Name on high!

Job’s reputation has followed him through the ages because he was able to claim this verse in the bible. Even to this day, we hear the phrase “He has the patience of Job.” The trials that this man suffered are unbelievable, aren’t they? Job was attacked on every side by ole slew foot! The devil attacked Job’s character, he attacked Job’s belongings (cattle, etc.), he attacked Job’s servants, he attacked Job’s family, and he attacked Job’s own body! He even used Job’s friends to attack him emotionally! There is no one that I know of personally who has been through each of these in his life time – let alone within just a few weeks! I have learned that the Lord never gives us more than we can bear! With each burden, he provides us encouragement along the way. It is up to us to search out that encouragement! The word of God should be our main source of encouragement! That source is: (Psa 121:1) [A Song of degrees.] I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. (Psa 121:2) My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.

I also noticed that Job did not get to the point where he cursed the day he was born until after his friends came to “comfort” him! The devil kept attacking him and saw that he could not succeed; so he sent along people he could “use” to accomplish his goal – discouragement. Where do you sit today, my friend? Are you one in need of encouragement or are you to be used of God to do the encouraging? Are you the type of friend that Job had? As I searched my heart, I realized that although I was experiencing trials of my own, there are many out there who are going through things that make mine look like child’s play! What kind of friend am I to those dear ones who are suffering?

If you are one who is experiencing trials today, do you surround yourself with whiners, complainers and nay sayers? It is these types of friends who will drag you down spiritually. Surround yourself with people who love the Lord, will pray for you and are there to lend an ear just in case you need one. Turn to your spiritual mentors who will not allow you to wallow in self-pity but will help you out of the pit of despair. You cannot expect someone who cannot swim to rescue you from drowning! Therefore, do not turn to those Christians who will nurture your discouragement instead of lifting you up in the Lord.

I don’t know why the Lord laid this on my heart today. Maybe I will need this down the road – or maybe you are going through a similar trial and need to be encouraged! With that said, won’t you say as Job did, (Job 23:10) But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

06. March 2008 · 1 comment · Categories: Cancer · Tags:

I have moved the Cancer Updates page for John over to my new blog on the topic. Please come for a visit 🙂 Christians With Cancer

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The Christ of Isaiah Refines Me! This is an add on to yesterday’s devotional on Job 23:10. It’s amazing how God showers us with His love when we go through trials, isn’t it? It’s like being covered with a nice warm blanket on a very cold day!

Thank You, Lord!

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If you are dealing with cancer, or have a loved one who is, please join me at my new blog, Christians with Cancer. I thought it would be nice to have a blog where Christians dealing with this trial can come together and share Scriptures, experiences, tips, etc. Sometimes we just need someone to talk to. This is your opportunity to share information or your testimony on what the Lord did for you. The Lord has blessed us with this cross to carry and it is up to us to use it to help others. After all, that is what Christian love is all about. I hope this new blog will be a blessing to someone.

If you know someone who could use some encouragement in this area, please tell them about us! God bless you!

Kate

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12. February 2008 · 2 comments · Categories: Cancer · Tags: , ,

My beloved was in too much pain during the procedure yesterday. So he has to return on Thursday after the PETscan to try it again. This time they will put him to sleep! MUCH better I would say. 🙂 I have to admit that I wanted to come out with my dukes up and punch this guy out for hurting my husband! 🙂 Wouldn’t that have been a sight? LOL! Seriously though, I’m thankful that the Lord protected my beloved and that he won’t have to suffer through that procedure again. The wait is for a reason and the Lord knows it – that’s enough for me!

As I was waiting to see John, the Lord gave me the following verses. What a tremendous blessing to be able to turn to God’s Word and have Him reveal something that He picked out just for me to encourage my heart! Isn’t that just like our Abba Daddy? 🙂 (Psa 16:8-9) I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. (8 ) Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. (9)

I was meditating on how each born-again believer must carry a cross of some kind as we serve our Lord. We all have one, but what do we do with it? Do we grumble and moan because of the weight of it? Or do we follow the Master’s example and carry our cross and glorify the Father? We are promised that He will not allow us to be tempted more than we can bear (1 Cor. 10:13). Therefore, our cross will never be too heavy or more than we can carry. The Lord will not allow it to be so. It may feel like it is too heavy at times, but it isn’t. We are comforted knowing that we are placed in the most secure place anyone can be during trials and that is under our Father’s wings. We run there when times are troubling; we are shielded when we feel that we can bear no more; we are protected from the enemy there when God sees that “just one more thing” will throw us over the edge.

(Rth 2:12) The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.

(Psa 17:8 ) Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,

(Psa 36:7) How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.

(Psa 91:4) He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

When we are at that point where we just can’t pray for ourselves, we have the Blessed Holy Spirit who prays fervently for us. (Rom 8:26) Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. I have reached that point many times and I am so thankful to know that the Holy Spirit will tell my Father exactly what I need and what my husband needs. I think of my dear friend who has fibromyalgia and most times is in such excruciating pain that she just cannot pray. Praise the Lord that God saw the frailty of His creation and did not leave us in desperation. Instead, He provided His Spirit who lives within us and intercedes during those times we cannot pray for ourselves because due to our frailties! What comfort! I truly feel as though I am under His wings when I encourage my spirit this way!

Thank you for your continued prayers for John! This lady truly appreciates it!

Kate

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11. February 2008 · 1 comment · Categories: Cancer · Tags: , ,

My beloved has been diagnosed with colon cancer. To that I say, “To God be the glory, great things He hath done”! (Eph 5:19) Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; (Eph 5:20) Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee, how great Thou art, how great Thou art. Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee, how great Thou art… how great Thou art!

I think of all the people we will have an opportunity to speak with which we would not have had otherwise. I thank the Lord that we were here in Virginia where we could be with our church family and amongst friends! Thank You Lord!!! 🙂

Later on this afternoon we find out if John’s cancer can be removed through surgery right away or if he will have to undergo radiation first. We are praying that the tumor is completely gone when the ultrasound is done this afternoon. If the Lord sees fit to leave it there, then we are praying that surgery will be performed quickly with no need for radiation. But let it be known that should the Lord choose anything else for my beloved, our prayer is that we will draw nigh to Him even more so!

Pray with me as we embark on this path. Pray that the Lord would present blessed opportunities to witness to the lost along the way!! That would be awesome!!!

Thank you!

Kate

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Things have a way of changing before your very eyes 🙂 The surgeon’s office called and has to reschedule our appointment due to an emergency. It is now scheduled for Noon on Friday. Thank you all for your prayers in the mean time.

Kate

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05. February 2008 · 1 comment · Categories: Cancer · Tags: ,

Good morning!

My husband’s appointment with the surgeon (second opinion) was moved to this afternoon. I won’t be writing a devotional on the Word of God today but, Lord willing, I will do so tomorrow.

Today, I ask that should the Lord lay us on your heart, please pray for my beloved. Unless the Lord sees fit to heal him completely, we are looking at surgery on his lower colon to remove a polyp in the not-too-distant future. As many of you know, one of the polyps removed on January 11th was cancerous. This surgery may result in either a temporary or permanent colostamy, which would change his life. Please pray for God’s perfect will because that is what we are praying for! Being in the center of God’s will, even sick, is better than being out of His will and healthy, amen?

Thank you for your prayers!

Kate

(Pro 3:5) Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. (Pro 3:6) In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.These have been my “life’s verses” since I found them shortly after salvation. I have lived by them and am determined to continue in them. Should I begin to sway, I ask you to remind me of them and hold me accountable! 🙂

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Well, the gastroenterologist has informed us that one of the polyps which was removed was cancerous. The good news is that they got it all. The one polyp which could not be removed due to its size (over 3 inches) did not have cancer on the pieces removed for biopsy. However, there still could be cancer on the inside, according to the doctor. The difficult part of all this is that the polyp is positioned right at the end of the colon and prayerfully, a colostomy will not not to be performed if the colon can be re-attached. That is what we are praying for! So this was good news and bad news in a way. In all the research I have done thus far, there are symptoms involved with advanced colorectal cancer. John has none of these symptoms and, therefore, we are believing that it was caught early. We are to thank the Lord in all things so we are thanking Him that He is still on the throne and in control. He already knows what John will go through and will provide him with exactly the right amount of grace for the trial ahead.

Thank you to all of you who are praying on John’s behalf. 🙂

God bless each of you!

Kate

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17. January 2008 · 1 comment · Categories: Cancer · Tags: , ,

Well, today is January 17th. My dear husband had a colonoscopy done last Friday (the 11th) and three polyps were found, two of which were removed during the procedure. The other one, however, was too large to remove. A biopsy was done on the remaining polyp and we were told that if it came back negative, we would receive a card in the mail – otherwise the doctor would call my husband. At 12:40, he received a call from the doctor requesting to see him at 3:30 tomorrow.

So how do I feel about all of this? If I were to say that I am not apprehensive, I would be lying. But I am going to trust in my Lord and Saviour because He loves us and nothing is happening to us that He has not already allowed.


(Psa 4:5) Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.(Psa 37:3) Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

(Psa 40:3) And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.

(Psa 73:28 ) But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.

(Psa 115:11) Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.

(Psa 118:8 ) It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.

(Psa 118:9) It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.

(Psa 125:1) [A Song of degrees.] They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.

(Pro 3:5) Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

(Pro 28:25) He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.

(Pro 29:25) The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

So I ask those of you who love the Lord and pray, to pray for my dear husband. Beseech the Lord that He would give us exactly the right amount of grace we need to go through this trial together.

(Php 4:6) Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (Php 4:7) And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

The Lord tells me to be thankful for all things. (Eph 5:20) Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; How can I be thankful for possible cancer? How can I be thankful to see what lies ahead for my dear husband? We must remember that the Lord has allowed each of us to go through a trial so that we may be of help to another – all for the purpose of leading the lost to Him and to glorify the Lord, Jesus Christ! (2 Cor 1:4) Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. May this be our prayer at this time and may John and I rest in His care in the upcoming weeks.

I am documenting this so that we can share in the joys together as family. Thank you for praying, my brothers and sisters in Christ.

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