When It’s Hot

We’re experiencing a heat wave here. Even our bike ride yesterday late evening left us in a sweat. So imagine today when we decided to take a stroll at John Bryan State Park around one in the afternoon. Yep…HOT!

The shade from the trees offered a bit of relief but there was nothing more satisfying than a cold drink of water (and I suppose having the AC on full blast too).



Jeremiah 17:7-8 says, “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”


It has now been two weeks since I started the Sirolimus chemo treatments. Thus far, the only side effects I have had are an increase of problems in the intestines (which also is a combination of tumor pressure) and my mouth is always dry! It feels like I am dehydrated even though I am drinking more. However, I have no mouth sores yet, in which I am very thankful!

When it’s hot, I take a drink of water and remember the life I have been given–through trials, an opportunity for growth; through pain, an opportunity to give thanks; through weariness, an opportunity to rest.

“And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.” Isaiah 58:11

Treasure Falls

Treasure Falls 2


DSCN2491 Treasure Falls, (Hwy 160, Colorado.) 24×48 canvas. July 2013.


Filed under Adjusting to NF2, Family Times, Paintings

4 responses to “When It’s Hot

  1. Tracy Harbaugh

    Wonderful encouragement here, Mel! Great job on the painting 🙂 Lord bless you, friend!

  2. The Lord is keeping you strong in Him! You are such a blessing to so many of his children. Will be praying that you don’t get sores in your mouth. I love the painting too….it makes you want to jump into the water! Love you Melinda.

  3. Megan

    Beautiful correlation sis!! I love those verses from Isaiah 17 🙂 That was a really hot day for sure but we survived ;D Oh and great insight: “When it’s hot, I take a drink of water and remember the life I have been given–through trials, an opportunity for growth; through pain, an opportunity to give thanks; through weariness, an opportunity to rest”…. XO, Megs

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