Welcome to Faithfulness Friday!
We’ve had nearly two months to review God’s faithfulness in scripture, which is great, right? Have you enjoyed it as much as I have?
For today, I felt God leading me to share my own experience with God’s faithfulness over the last two and a half years. Ignoring it seems to be, well, ignoring all God has done. And, I don’t want to do that when He deserves all the praise – and when you might be encouraged by it in your own tough season.
This verse particularly grabbed me today.
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all,
how will he not also with Him graciously give us all things?
Romans 8:32 ESV
The thought of God giving His own son – willingly – and all to God’s perfect planning, gives me great pause. The question of the Lord graciously giving us all things really twists my brain around. All things. All! I love that, don’t you?
I don’t usually mention things about my health. Please know today that I share all this to give God the glory!
As for the lung cancer status, the original tumor found in December, 2017, is smaller than ever. Yay, God! The metastasized area outside my right lung has been too small to note on CT scan reports for a long while now. God is so good! Beyond good. Our God is great!
The Multiple Sclerosis report is that it is stable. The MS doctor I see thinks no medicines are needed. There is only one drug option because of the cancer situation, but if I need it later, I can try it. I went back to using the walking stick last summer after taking a year off. Four months of chemo took care of the need to use the stick again. I’m thankful to have the stick when I need it – anytime I leave home!
Sometimes I “forget” about the cancer. Although, having a “maintenance” chemo treatment every three weeks reminds me continuously for the following week. But, I never forget about the MS. The accumulation of chemo causes leg weakness and instability. Every time I stand from a sitting position, the MS reminder is there.
God told me to “get healthy” in December of 2017, and “all will be better in the end”. My quest for optimal health is in obedience to the Lord. Not worshiping food. Just simple obedience, which sometimes is hard. Eating out is always a time when I can’t eat completely cleanly, but I do the best I can and try not to overly stress about food.
Verses warning against worry prop me up for life without worry. God’s Word sure helps us!
As far as pain, I no longer have pain. The first year was painful, on all fronts from cancer and MS. For the longest time now, I have no pain from day to day. See how good our God is?
Family has been a huge help with supplements for health, especially my parents. Mom has been on her own healthy lifestyle journey for many years, and Dad has the benefit of health living, as well. Mom keeps me straight on all “the latest”. If you met her, you’d never believe she’s almost 80. For years, my parents have run circles around me. Praise the Lord!He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? (Romans 8:32 - NASB) Click To Tweet
As MS has removed many things from what I can accomplish, sometimes I wonder if writing is soon to go. While the thought of it makes me very sad, I have to know God is in control. It’s all up to Him. If He wills it, He will give me the next thing. I desire His purpose. How about you? Are you struggling to find purpose?
Recounting the “all things” in your life can help appreciate the good the Lord is doing for you and your loved ones. Do you have a personal faithfulness praise story? I’d love for you to share it in the comments. Hugs, my friend!
Because He lives~