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I Breathe

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“Today” by Iona

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Today the grass is greener

than I have ever seen

Today the sky is bluer

than it has ever been

And Today my heart is breathing

like I’ve never felt it beat

And Today flowers are growing

from the ground beneath my feet

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Today my hope is stronger

and the visions clearer

To walk in Love eternal

the path that takes me nearer

And to You the music’s playing

like it has never done

And to You my feet are dancing

underneath the sun

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In You I Live

In You I Live

In You I Live

and breathe

This song is exactly opposite of what I actually felt this morning. The day is indeed beautiful with the sky bluer, the grass greener and flowers growing around the back patio. And inside myself I felt distant from this beauty of the day. I did not feel like dancing, making music in praise. I felt heavy…burdened. Sorrow instead of joy in the morning.

Last night, I laid it all out. In my conversation with my dad, we discussed everything that I could think of at the moment…this decision about the chemo treatments is not just the treatments. I realized it goes so much deeper than that…job, living, safety factors as my body physically fades, side effects of medicines, what happens after I can no longer be on certain medicines, independence and dependence decisions, current pains, current emotions, hopes that seem lost…

In a day, I don’t think these things in this much depth. But because I fell asleep last night still questioning…today, the heaviness lingered. I started making my morning coffee and asked God, “What happened to my joy?” I remembered a verse where it talks about our sorrow turning to joy–so I set out to find it. I should have known it was in the book of Jeremiah. In chapter 29, God assures the Israelites that He has a plan for their future, one that prospers and brings hope (29:11).

This morning I felt too that I was in bondage…exile from former things, out of my comfort and asking God, “Where are You? Why am I here in this place suffering like this? And what is going to happen in my future?” Seems last night that is all that happened–I just asked a lot of questions. My earthly father put his arm around my shoulder as I wept. He could only answer my questions honestly saying, “I don’t know.” But my Heavenly Father says, “This may not make sense at the moment. I know your pain, sorrow, confusion. Seek me and trust me. I love you and have the perfect plan for you. Your sorrow will soon turn to joy.”

Then I found my verse that I was seeking–Jeremiah 31:12-14 (The Voice):

“The redeemed will return home and shout for joy from the top of Mount Zion; they will shine with the sheer goodness of the Eternal— The harvests of grain, wine, and oil; the healthy flocks and herds. Their lives will be like a lush, well-watered garden. From that day on, they will never know sorrow. Young women will dance for joy; young men will join them, old ones too. For I will turn their mourning into joy. I will comfort My people and replace their sorrow with gladness. From the overflow of sacrifices, I will satisfy My priests; All My people will feast on My goodness.”

My own visions are unclear, but seeing through eyes of faith gives freedom from this sorrow–maybe not physically, but in my soul. I learn to live. And I breathe.

We have the idea that God is going to do some exceptional thing— that He is preparing and equipping us for some extraordinary work in the future. But as we grow in His grace we find that God is glorifying Himself here and now, at this very moment. If we have God’s assurance behind us, the most amazing strength becomes ours, and we learn to sing, glorifying Him even in the ordinary days and ways of life.

~Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, June 4.

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I’m home!

Yep! Got discharged about 9:45pm and we left shortly after that. Sleep finally found me on our drive home, but still exhausted. We all are. Got home not too long ago and I am ready to jump (not literally) into bed. My own bed. 🙂 I am feeling much better compared to how I entered the hospital/the last two weeks, but it will still take recovery time and getting used to the new stomach/digestive medicines and the steroids. Doctors are now aware of the problems I have been having and will keep in contact with me about how I am doing. My main doctor was out-of-town so he has yet to be notified about all this too.

Thank you for your prayers. The doctors there are so kind and want to help me feel the best and maintain the best I can as long as I can and I am thankful for that too; it is a huge blessing to me and my family.

And I just cannot thank God enough for my family. For all their love and care, texts of encouragement, and by replacing a short trip to see grandparents and cousins to hang out with me in the hospital. And those extended family members who understand the sacrifice they had to make to help me feel better as it was in part a sacrifice for you too, thank you for your love and prayers.

It is in moments like these that I do not understand why my problem had to come at a time like this, but trusting good has come out of it. Because God is good. And that is what I am going to think about as I fall asleep. I am going to trade my guilty weight of “bringing down the family and ruining the weekend” with thoughts of God’s goodness and grace.

Goodnight everyone.

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