I want to thank you for your prayers for me and my family. God has been good to us during this latest battle. He has known what we needed and provided. Last Thursday was a rough day, yet God in His love provided.
Our Pastor, Coye Still, spoke last Wednesday night on Hosea 2:15. I know some of you are thinking Hosea 2:15? It says, “There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. There she will sing as in the days of her youth as in the day she came up out of Egypt.” In these verses, Hosea is prophesying that Israel will be restored to God. The Valley of Achor can be translated as the Valley of Trouble was going to become a door of hope.
I went to bed thinking that it is just like God to offer us hope as we walk through the Valley of Trouble. I woke the next morning and what should I read in my devotional Bible, but Joshua 7, where the Valley of Achor is first mentioned. Achan had sinned and the people of Israel brought him to the Valley of Achor and put him to death because of the sin he had committed against God. That is a tough thing for us to accept that God’s perfect holiness cannot be where sin is. Romans 6:23 reads, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Our sin deserves death, but out of His rich love for us God provides a way. He sends His One and Only Son to die for us. The perfect, Son of God dies a sinners death in order that we may know God as Father.
As I finished my devotional reading I had no idea what a Valley of Trouble the day was going to be.
1. God is good. He provided a word about HOPE before the word on the Valley of Trouble
I began thinking what should I fix for breakfast. I immediately thought of a spinach omelet. Knowing the kids would need more to make it through the day until lunch I thought “Omelet with biscuits.” I asked the Lord if I should have a biscuit too. I know that may seem silly, but I have to monitor my carbs carefully as I’m a type 1 diabetic. The Spirit responded, “eat the biscuit.” I’ve never heard the Spirit of God tell me to “eat a biscuit.”
Hayden and I arrived at the Doctor’s office and were told that the chemo is not working. The tumor was growing. I would not receive the second dose. I would have a different, harsher chemo beginning the next day and that we needed to have a CT scan done to rule out a blood clot in my lungs. Then the nurse said, “Don’t eat anything until after the CT Scan.”
2. God is good to allow Hayden the ability to leave work and meet me for every Doctor’s appointment.
3. God is good to allow another friend, Laurin, to be there with me as I wait to find out when the CT will be occurring.
4. God is good to sustain me literally with food as my CT would not be scheduled until 3:30 that afternoon.
I arrived at home with about fifteen minutes to spare before picking up my youngest. I began to slip into discouragement and I thought I’m going to listen to some Christian music. The Spirit whispered “Kari Jobe” in my ear. I put her CD in and began to listen. I only had time to listen to two songs, but read the words to the first two on the CD.
by: Kari Jobe, Ed Cash and Chris Tomlin
Only One Name lasts forever. Only one Fame stands alone. Only one King has an anthem that goes on and on and on.
And I’m singing to the God who brings redemption to the nations. Kings and oceans bow to Him in praise. And I’m singing to the God Who wrote the book on our salvation…to the One who covers me in grace, I’m singing.
Only One Word in the beginning. Only one Truth will prevail. Only one Love brings a freedom. Only one Man took the nails.
Praise, praise to the Savior. Praise to the Lamb of God. Praise in all of His splendor. Praise for saving my life.
by: Mike Guglialnucci
You hold my every moment. You calm my raging seas. You walk with me through fire and heal all my disease. I trust in You. I trust in You.
I believe You’re my healer. I believe You are all I need. I believe You’re my portion I believe You’re more than enough for me. Jesus, You’re all I need.
Nothing is impossible for You. Nothing is impossible for You. Nothing is impossible for You.
You hold my world in Your hands.
5. God encourages!
Thursday ends with me leaving around 2:30 p.m. to go for a CT. Four hours later after enduring two failed attempts to use my port, five more failed attempts at finding a vein in my right arm, and one successful attempt in my left the CT was finished. Two more hours to eat dinner, go to two different drug stores to get the prescription needed to take before chemo the next day and finally I arrived home. God had proven his love one more time to me by giving my friend, Erin, who was willing to walk the hard afternoon with me.
6. God provides yet again!
No matter what we face, Our God is with us. He never leaves or forsakes us. Praise Him for His faithfulness. Thank you for your prayers. I will do my best to write when I can. Thank you for your constant prayers! The Lord is faithful and He is able to do anything even the impossible. May His will be done in my life and yours.