March 20,2010

Yay! Spring is here!! (This is our dog, Brody. He's enjoying the weather!)


Romans 4:18-25; 5:1-5

18Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, "So shall your offspring be." 19Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah's womb was also dead. 20Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. 22This is why "it was credited to him as righteousness." 23The words "it was credited to him" were written not for him alone, 24but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.

 1Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 3Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

My mom and I are leaving for Chicago again Monday morning. We have to be at the airport by 8 am and will arrive at O'Hare International just before 10 am Central time. I see the doctor around 3:30 and have chemo scheduled for 4:30. We are staying overnight and then flying home Tuesday morning.

In the above verses, Romans 4:21 really stands out. God has given me so many promises over the last few years regarding my health. I am fully persuaded that God has the power to do what He has promised. I have been doing well, although this past week brought on a few things to remember in prayer. Physically, my back has been hurting along with a pain in my stomach. I feel like God is preparing me for something... I am not sure if maybe my chemo regimen will change again... please just pray for discernment so that I know what decisions He wants me to make.

My sister in law asked me to look up the song "Before the Morning". I had never heard it before now and I think it has a really great message. I am including the link to listen to it.

And as I said above, Spring is here! It's a new season!

Click here to listen to Before the Morning by Josh Wilson

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