"Dede's Walk With God"


(A touching story for the heart...)

Hurriedly, I walked out onto the patio to shake the small hand area rug. Thinking all the while of the other mundane things that needed to be done, I noticed the crocuses were just peeking through the cold, dark earth and the hyacinths were up ready to bloom. I sat down on the step to get a better look and felt the warm sun. It was cool, really too cool to sit outside without a jacket but I hardly noticed because the fresh, clean smell of yesterday's rain along with the morning sun put new energy into my soul.

For a few moments my heart sang; yes, right then every thing did seem right with the world. For a few minutes I was able to put aside the trials that beset me when I had stepped out into the fresh air. Evidence of renewal was everywhere. The further I looked the more evidence I saw. After the long winter and the weight of snow and rain the fragile little plants were anxiously pushing their way through the warming earth to once again brighten the lives of all who would take a moment to look at them.
I thought of the times that I had always felt I was too busy to just sit and drink in the beauties around me - seeing them from the car window was enough. But then on our wedding anniversary thirteen years before my husband and I sat in the doctor's office as he announced a diagnosis of breast cancer.
The nearest treatment center was three hours away. The proposed regimen was, I would take treatments five days a week and could go home for the weekends.

The thirty treatments were marked off on the calendar but I could not understand why my body would not cooperate with me. Finally my doctor informed me that I was suffering the ill effects of radiation, called pneumonitis. Such was my new interruption. It manifested itself as a severe case of pneumonia. I struggled with extreme tiredness, severe coughing, chills and high fever. Unlike other respiratory diseases, it does not respond to antibiotics. Days dragged into weeks and I often thought bitterly, "When will this end?"

Gardening and flowers had been my passion. Every day, I looked out the windows to see if I could see any of my flowers peeking through the earth as the snow melted. I told myself, "they will never make and neither will I."

This was a new way of living for me - discouragement had never been a part of my life but now….Early one morning my phone rang and a very busy religious leader asked me how I was feeling. As he continued to talk to me, I began to hear answers I had been struggling with and praying about. For one of the Lord's busiest servants to take time for me was so gratifying and very humbling. Our conversation brought the relief I so desperately needed. Even though physically, there remained a mountain to climb, I had now received inspiration to help me understand some of the injustices of life.
The next morning dawned a beautiful spring day. I was determined that I would walk around the lawn and stop at each flowerbed. As I stopped to rest at the edge of the first bed, I could hardly believe my eyes. There were little green shoots everywhere, each reaching upward to the light and straining for the warmth of the sun.

Just like the perennials, I too had come through the long hard winter.

Thirteen years later on our 50th wedding anniversary, the doctor confirmed that I did indeed have a battle ahead of me this time the treatment would be chemotherapy.
I had once again come through a long, hard winter, battling cancer again. This time the battle was Lymphoma and once again I had reached for the warmth and strained for the light. Light that only God could give. As He gently guided and I often resisted, His love continued.
Everywhere I look this morning I see what is truly a gift from God.
I will never again take life for granted. God is in His Heaven and that can make all right with the world.

Yes, each day brings its own priceless miracle - the renewal of life and a promise of tomorrow...

" But if we look forward to something we don't have yet, we must wait patiently and confidently." (Romans 8:25 NLT)

Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there, they serve some sort of purpose; teach you a lesson, or help figure out who you are, and who you want to become.

You never know who these people may be: your neighbor, child, long lost friend, or even a stranger who, when you lock eyes with them, you know at that very moment that they will affect your life, in some profound way.

And sometimes things happen to you, and at the time they seem painful and unfair, but in reflection you realize, that without overcoming those obstacles, you would have never realized your potential strength, or your hearts desire.

Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of good or bad luck. Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness, as well as experiencing sheer stupidity; all occur to test the limits of your soul.

Without these small tests, whether they be events, illnesses or relationships, life would be like a paved straight flat road to nowhere, safe and comfortable, but dull and utterly pointless.
The people you meet who affect your life, and the successes and downfalls you experience, create who you are, and even the bad experiences can be learned from; in fact, they are probably the poignant and important ones.

If someone hurts you, betrays you or breaks your heart, forgive them; for they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious to whom you open your heart...

If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because they are teaching you to love, and opening your heart and eyes to things you would have never seen or felt without them.

Make every day count. Appreciate every moment, and take from it everything that you possibly can, for you may never be able to experience it again...
Talk to people you have never talked to before, and actually listen. Let yourself fall in love, break free and set your sights high...

Hold your head up, because you have every right too. Tell yourself you're a great person and believe in yourself... for if you don't believe in yourself, no one else will believe in you either.
Create your own life and then go out and live in it !

"Live Each Day As If It Were Your Last...

Tomorrow is Not Promised..."



(A positive thought...)

Instead of: " I don't have anything to be
thankful for" Try this:

Look at yourself. Look at the
gifts God has bestowed upon you within
your spirit.
Look beyond yourself. Look
at the family of God that He has given you
to support you as you move ever closer
to Him.
Look to Jesus. Look at how
much He loves you- enough to sacrifice
Himself for you so you may be with Him

We are truly blessed beyond measure!

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