The Post I Thought I Would Never Have to Write

Posted by on Mar 7, 2010 in Blog Posts | 9 comments

Proverbs 31:25 says, regarding the virtuous woman, “Strength and dignity are her clothing.  She can smile at the days to come.”

It has recently been confirmed that I have breast cancer. 

I never thought I would ever have to say or type those words.  It has been a huge surprise to our family.  There has not been a history of this.  I guess it begins with me.

Although we have been surprised, God has not.  I draw comfort from knowing that about Him.  I firmly believe He has equipped me to walk through this trial, and I pray at the end of all the protocol for treatment and then beyond that, He will have been and continue to be glorified through it all.

Already numerous blessings have come from this and I would not trade the blessings for never having the cancer.

I will do my part as He leads through each step.  I almost hear Him say, “Just take the next step,” as He goes before me.  I intend to keep my eyes on Him and not these circumstances.

These next few months will be filled with chemo therapy, surgery, and then radiation.  I trust that God has revealed the option for me that He desires regarding the treatment protocol.  I am a good candidate for this particular protocol.

I trust God.  He will never leave me nor forsake me.  He is my rock.  He is a strong tower and I am running to Him for safety.

My intent is to not turn the blog into a breast cancer update and posting.  I do know that it will be helpful for me to be able to blog about it from time to time.  BUT, I do not want to wear you out with it daily.  So, I will post things in my usual fashion with a sprinkling of updates.  I may not be as regular.  I can’t really predict.  If anything, I have learned in the last few weeks to just show up, expect spontaneity with appointments, and let God do His thing through it all.

I suppose that’s how we should live life all the time.

That verse up there really ministers to me (LOTS of verses do), but I want those things in particular to be what I reflect throughout it all.  I pray God develops those in me even more.

What verse ministers to you in times of trials?  Feel free to post them as a comment.  I need to fill up my little spiral index with more of them.

I covet your prayers for me and my family.

Thank you.

Soli Deo Gloria!

9 Comments

  1. When our family was going through our recent bouts with Mom and Dad and their cancer, Whitley sent me these verses via text message which I still have on my cell.
    Psalm 56:3-4.

    When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. In God whose word I praise. In God I have put my trust. I shall not be afraid …

  2. I don’t know what to say really, but that I admire you and know that you are a strong person who can make it through this storm while still giving God your best. You will always be in my prayers. We love you and your family, Mrs. Amy!

    Psalm 3:5
    I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.

    with love and prayers,
    Whitley

  3. Good morning, Amy. Loretta sent the link to your blog. I will certainly have you in my prayers in days ahead. Two things come to mind, both of which you are no doubt already very aware of (preaching to the choir, here!): I Cor. 10.13, especially the second portion of the verse, which is so often omitted: “No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.” God will provide not only for you but also for your family. Secondly, in our study of Psalm 23 last week, it was noted that God “spreads the table” not in a place of comfort and tranquility but directly in the “face of our enemies.” Nothing in this world or out of it can defeat the power of God or contain his outrageous joy! Love,
    C

  4. There are so many, but today I will share the first verse that was shared with me. Jeremiah 29:11

    “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a Hope.”

    I love you,
    Frannie

    Just take it one day at a time and know you have a ban of prayer warriors all around you.

    Standing on His word. Frannie

  5. Sweet Amy – I am so sad to hear this news. I will be on my knees for you and your family. A verse that brings me comfort when I am walking through trials is:
    Zephaniah 3:17
    “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exalt over you with loud singing.”

    I love you sister!
    Hollie

  6. Amy, as I was studying Isaiah this morning, my mind and heart focused on how God is in control of everything and how He uses people, nations, nature, etc to bring about His perfect plan. He is using and will continue to use you in a powerful way for His glory.

    “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

    As I pray for your complete healing, your doctors, your family, I praise God for you, your faith, and His plan.

  7. The second verse I wanted to share with you. Mark 11:24

    Therefore I say to you, whatever thing you ask when you pray, believe that you received them, and you will have them.

    In my prayers since 3-7-10 I have asked for complete healing for my dear sweet bible teacher, Amy and I do believe she is healed.

    Love you,
    Frannie

  8. Mrs. Amy,
    I had no idea today that the sweet lady in front of me had cancer. Your smiling face and good humor has always brought us comfort and encouragement. When you spoke to me about the bracelets, my thoughts were not of you but that you were doing that for someone else. Our God IS a God of Miracles. We, as his children can live in expectation of them because He is still handing them out. We love you dearly. All of the Sanctuary girls are lifting you up in our prayers. As you face this battle, know that Our God is a God of peace and not confusion. I pray that an overwhelming peace will flow through you. You are such a strong woman; one that we can all look up to and admire.
    Ashley

  9. I am so sorry, Amy. I am only just reading this now. My favorite verse is Romans 8:32: “If God gave us His Son how will He also not freely give us all things along with Him”( my paraphrase from memory). You’re in my prayers!

    Judy

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