Encouragement

♱ From the Bible

★Proverbs 3:5-8

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths.

★Isaiah 41: 10

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. Continue reading

♱ Ephesians 6: 13-6:17

Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness.  For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

♫ | What a Wonderful World

by Louis Armstrong

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
They’re really saying I love you.

I hear babies crying, I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more than I’ll never know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world.


What a Wonderful World w lyrics – Louis Armstrong
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♫|You Raise Me Up

written by Brendan Graham

When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary;
When troubles come and my heart burdened be;
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence,
Until you come and sit awhile with me.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up… To more than I can be.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up… To more than I can be.

There is no life – no life without its hunger;
Each restless heart beats so imperfectly;
But when you come and I am filled with wonder,
Sometimes, I think I glimpse eternity.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up… To more than I can be.

♱ Lamentation 3:18-26

Everything I had hoped for from the Lord is lost!”

The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words.
I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss.
Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this:

The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness;
his mercies begin afresh each morning.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance;
therefore, I will hope in him!”

The Lord is good to those who depend on him,
to those who search for him.

So it is good to wait quietly
for salvation from the Lord.

Cherokee Legend

In the morning when I was going to start new chemo, I found an e-mail with the following story from Sam & Lois, who have facilitated the Good Grief Group at the Neighborhood Church and other bereavement support groups in the community for the past 23 years.

Cherokee Legend

Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian youth’s rite of Passage?

His father takes him into the forest, blindfolds him an leaves him alone.  He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not remove the blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine through it.  He cannot cry out for help to anyone.

Once he survives the night, he is a MAN.

He cannot tell the other boys of this experience, because each lad must come into manhood on his own.

The boy is naturally terrified. He can hear all kinds of noises. Wild beasts must surely be all around him . Maybe even some human might do him harm. The wind blew the grass and earth, and shook his stump, but he sat stoically, never removing the blindfold. It would be the only way he could become a man!

Finally, after a horrific night the sun appeared and he removed his blindfold.

It was then that he discovered his father sitting on the stump next to him.

He had been at watch the entire night, protecting his son from harm.

We, too, are never alone.

Even when we don’t know it, God is watching over  us, Sitting on the stump beside us.

When trouble comes, all we have to do is reach out to Him.

Moral of the story:

Just because you can’t see God,

Doesn’t mean He is not there.

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

Healing Animal Videos

My sons have sent me cute animal videos to cheer me up.  According to the Kaiser newsletter, having a pet is effective to reduce stress.  It helps lower blood pressure and patients who have had heart attacks have shown a significant difference between people who had pets and people who didn’t; one year later the death rate was 1 to 5.   With pets people can increase activity level, get comfort and encouragement, and help them connect to the outer world.

For me, an animal lover, the videos my sons send are absolutely a part of healing.

Please crick titles.

1. Otters holding hands

2.  Rottweiler Attacked by Beagle Puppy

3. Beagle Puppy Howl

4.  Beagle Puppy at 3 weeks “Cutest Thing Ever”

5.  A Perfect Beagle Howl

6.  Dancing Merengue Dog

7.  Big Cat Halloween

♱ Come Quickly Lord

I am losing all hope;
I am paralyzed with fear.
I remember the days of old.
I ponder all your great works
and think about what you have done.
I lift my hands to you in prayer.
I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain.
Come quickly, Lord, and answer me,

for my depression deepens.

Don’t turn away from me,
or I will die.
Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning,
for I am trusting you.
Show me where to walk,
for I give myself to you.
Rescue me from my enemies, Lord;
I run to you to hide me.
Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God.
May your gracious Spirit lead me forward
on a firm footing.

(New Living Translation Psalm 143:4-10)

Pony with Prosthesis

This is a real story-very encouraging!

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She’s a grey speckled pony who was abandoned by her owners when Hurricane Katrina hit southern Louisiana .

She spent weeks on her own before finally being rescued and taken to a farm where abandoned animals were stockpiled.

While there, she was attacked by a pit bull terrier and almost died. Her gnawed right front leg became infected, and her vet went to LSU for help, but LSU was overwhelmed, and this pony was a welfare case. You know how that goes.

But after surgeon Rustin Moore met Molly, he changed his mind. He saw how the pony was careful to lie down on different sides so she didn’t seem to get sores, and how she allowed people to handle her.

She protected her injured leg.  She constantly shifted her weight and didn’t overload her good leg.

She was a smart pony with a serious survival ethic.

Moore agreed to remove her leg below the knee, and a temporary artificial limb was built. Molly walked out of the clinic and her story really begins there.

‘This was the right horse and the right owner,’ Moore insists. Molly happened to be a one-in-a-million patient.

She’s tough as nails, but sweet, and she was willing to cope with pain.  She made it obvious she understood that she was in trouble. The other important factor, according to Moore , is having a truly committed and compliant owner who is dedicated to providing the daily care required over the lifetime of the horse.

Molly’s story turns into a parable for life in Post-Katrina Louisiana ..

The little pony gained weight, and her mane finally felt a comb.

A human prosthesis designer built her a leg.  The prosthetic has given Molly a whole new life, Allison Barca DVM, Molly’s regular vet, reports.  And she asks for it. She will put her little limb out, and come to you and let you know that she wants you to put it on. Sometimes she wants you to take it off too. And sometimes, Molly gets away from Barca. ‘It can be pretty bad when you can’t catch a three-legged horse,’ she laughs.

Most important of all, Molly has a job now. Kay, the rescue farm owner, started taking Molly to shelters, hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers. Anywhere she thought that people needed hope. Wherever Molly went, she showed people her pluck. She inspired people, and she had a good time doing it.

>’It’s obvious to me that Molly had a bigger role to play in life, Moore said. She survived the hurricane, she survived a horrible injury,

and now she is giving hope to others.’

Barca concluded, ‘She’s not back to normal, But she’s going to be better. To me, she could be a symbol for New Orleans itself.’

the ground surface that she stands on, which has a smiley face embossed in it. Wherever Molly goes, she leaves a smiley hoof print behind

♱ “Though Our Bodies are Dying”

As I was walking my dog, I ran into Iris, who lived in a senior home in our neighborhood. She noticed something wrong with me; I was wearing a beanie  instead of a wig. I explained that I had been fighting against cancer.

“ Are you ok?”  she said, immediately worrying about me.

“ Lots of concerns one after another, but I am doing fine.”

“I’ll pray for you. Even if things get tougher, there is always hope, you know?” she continued.

“Yes. I know.  I believe there is hope beyond our deaths, and even at this moment, God is right here between you and me.” I answered.

“ Good!  Go for it, girl!” she answered in a strong voice raising her fist in the air.

Being encouraged, I remembered the Bible verse:

“ That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”—2 Corinthians 4:16-18

“Your Faith Has Made You Well”

In the bible, there are lots of miraculous stories that people were saved from incurable diseases and even from death.  It is not a magic, but the faith in Jesus as our savior, gives the power of healing, I believe.

From Matthew 9:19-22

So Jesus and his disciples got up and went with him. Just then a woman who had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding came up behind him. She touched the fringe of his robe,  for she thought, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.”

Jesus turned around, and when he saw her he said, “Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well.” And the woman was healed at that moment.

Wait Patiently For the Lord

7 Hear me as I pray, O Lord.
Be merciful and answer me!
8 My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.”
And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”
9 Do not turn your back on me.
Do not reject your servant in anger.
You have always been my helper.
Don’t leave me now; don’t abandon me,
O God of my salvation!
10 Even if my father and mother abandon me,
the Lord will hold me close.

11 Teach me how to live, O Lord.
Lead me along the right path,
for my enemies are waiting for me.

13 Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness
while I am here in the land of the living.

14 Wait patiently for the Lord.
Be brave and courageous.
Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.

(New Living Translation Psalm 27 )

No Fear to Death

” Every  religion believes in eternity–another life.
This life on earth is not the end.
People who believe it is the end, fear death.
If it was properly explained that death was nothing but going home to God, then there would be no fear of death.”

from the Joy in Loving by Mother Teresa

I wonder if death is something like birth.  Delivering a baby is scary and has pain, but once it’s over, there is a new life.  Just like that, after death, we can enter God’s kingdom with a new life.

“Endless must be our terror, until we come heart to heart with the fire-core of the universe, the first and the last and the living One.” –George MacDonald

Yes.  If we hold on to God who created this universe, our fear ceases.

“It is when tomorrow’s burden is added to the burdeon of today, that the weight is more than a man can bear.
Never load yourselves so, my friends.  If you find yourselves so loaded, at least remember this; it is your doing, not God’s.
He begs you to leave the future to Him.” (George MacDonald from Annals of Quiet Neighbourhood)

At last, Paul, who was prisoned, tortured, and martyred, said as follows in a letter to the Philippian church.

“I’m torn between two desires; sometimes I want to live, and sometimes I long to go and be with Christ.  That would be far better for me, but it is better for you that I live.” (Philippians 1:23-24)
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.  Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.  If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand.  His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

The Place My Hope Is Found

The Bible is a love letter for me from God.

It fills me with abundant love, and makes me want to believe, follow, and give everything to Him.

Among thousands of gods, Jesus alone is my savior and His father alone is my God.

My life is in His hands.

Listening to this song, I felt zealous to live for Him and die for Him.

In Christ Alone lyrics

Songwriters: Getty, Julian Keith; Townend, Stuart Richard;

In Christ alone my hope is found

He is my light, my strength, my song

This Cornerstone, this solid ground

Firm through the fiercest drought and storm

What heights of love, what depths of peace

When fears are stilled, when strivings cease

My Comforter, my All in All

Here in the love of Christ I stand

 

In Christ alone, who took on flesh

Fullness of God in helpless Babe

This gift of love and righteousness

Scorned by the ones He came to save

Til on that cross as Jesus died

The wrath of God was satisfied

For every sin on Him was laid

Here in the death of Christ I live

 

There in the ground His body lay

Light of the world by darkness slain

Then bursting forth in glorious Day

Up from the grave He rose again

 

And as He stands in victory

Sin?s curse has lost its grip on me

For I am His and He is mine

Bought with the precious blood of Christ

 

No guilt in life, no fear in death

This is the power of Christ in me

From a life’s first cry to final breath

Jesus commands my destiny

 

No power of hell, no scheme of man

Could ever pluck me from His hand

Til He returns or calls me home

Here in the power of Christ I stand

 

The Lord is My Oncologist

The George’s Bible class assigned the students to write a personal Psalm 23, “The Lord is My Shepherd”.

This Psalm was written by King David, the father of King Solomon and ancestor of Joseph, the father of Jesus, in about 1000 B.C..  He depicted God as a shepherd probably because he himself was a shepherd before he became a king.

 

If I, whose job is fighting against cancer, apply the Psalm 23 to my life, God would be my oncologist.

So here is my version of Psalm 23.

 

The Lord is my oncologist.

I shall not want.

He makes me to lie down on an exam table in peace listening to all my concerns;

He leads me to hope assuring that he knows about every single cancer cell in my body;

He renews my strength.

He guides me to the best treatment, for his name sake.

Even though I walk through the storm of breast cancer,

I will fear no death or side effects,

For you are close beside me.

Your wisdom and your skills protect and comfort me.

You prepare a chemo ward before me in the presence of uncertainty;

You respond to my needs promptly; all prescriptions and procedures I need are given.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my battle: and I will place my life in your hands forever.