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In The Busyness of Life, Who Do You See?

“…that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”–John 6:40

As I read this scripture, my eyes rest on “sees the Son.” I ask myself, how often do I see Jesus? How often do my daily activities distract me and keep me from seeing the Son? Do I care that He is standing in front of me? Do I walk past Him not even noticing His presence?


Picture This!

First, picture yourself walking down a busy sidewalk with strangers coming and going. Next, you spot a close friend approaching. She/He hasn’t looked up because of reading text messages.

Therefore, you get to decide. Are you going to look at her/him and walk on past? Or are you going to make eye contact and greet your friend with a warm hug?

Will you enjoy as much conversation as you both have time for? If you choose to stop and visit, will you carry the vision of your friend and pieces of your conversation with you as you “tackle” your day?

As I read, “…who sees the Son and believes in Him…”, I ask how many times I SEE HIM during my regular day.

Or

Do I walk on by because I am too busy to acknowledge His presence, talk to Him, and take part of Him with me?


Jesus Gives Us What We Need

In John 6, Jesus tells his disciples that God gives the true bread from Heaven. They jump on that, and ask Him to give them that bread ALWAYS!

He replies,

“I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe.” John 6:35,36

Rushing Past

How many times do I rush past Jesus during by “busyness” not recognizing what He wants to offer me?

No wonder I get stressed over my “to do” list, fret over silly challenges, and close myself off to others’ needs!

My intentions are good I want to spend more quality time SEEING Jesus every day.

Therefore, when I realize I am slipping, I have to recommit myself to start my day with Him. Only then can I see Him, recognize His grace, and share His grace with others.

When the fire of prayer goes out, the barrenness of busyness takes over. --George Carey Click To Tweet

 

So, when I don’t start my day with Jesus in prayer, empty busyness takes control. I take my eyes off of Him, and I forget to call on Him for help.for big or little things!

Not Alone

I’m not the only one…

In Matthew 14:29–30 Jesus called to Peter asking him to walk on water to join Him. Peter got nervous watching the waves caused by the strong winds. He began to sink when he took his eyes off of Jesus. He immediately called to Jesus to save him.

What was Jesus’s response?

“Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.” Matthew 14:31

Amazing Grace

Isn’t that amazing? Jesus didn’t chastise him focusing on his circumstances. He immediately reached out His had to catch Peter. He is waiting for us to call out to Him to save us in ANY situation.

Above all, I know I need to try harder to SEE Jesus each day spending time with Him in prayer and in His Word. Only then will I focus on His power and love.


Prayer:

“God, thank you for reminding me that Jesus is my friend worth seeing and listening to. Please give me the drive to start my day with Him. Forgive me when I am so busy and distracted that I take my eyes off of Jesus and forget to call on Him for help.”

Humble Disclaimer: The ideas for this blog came after I read one of the Our Daily Bread devotionals. Each devotional has corresponding scriptures which complement the writer’s story.

Some of the devotionals speak louder to me than others. When I am convicted, the act of sharing my thoughts helps me act on what I write. I guess you could say I am writing to myself!

I never want to sound “preachy” or self-righteous. The “cracks” in my “pot” are wide and deep.

I am living proof that “a cracked pot” can survive traumatic challenges. But, being a retired baby boomer causes me to consider how much time I may have left. Thriving, not surviving, is my passion. Spending time with Jesus is my lifeline.

What are some ways Jesus helps you thrive? Comment below!

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Breast Cancer: Now What?

Breast Cancer Blog Series

Breast Cancer: Now What? Women of all ages fear the dreaded words, “I think you need a biopsy for breast cancer.”

I am not the poster child for annual mammograms. Before November of 2017, my last one was about ten or more years ago. (I don’t even remember when it was!)

When my doctor found a lump in my left breast during a routine pre-Medicare physical, we both agreed I needed one.

The peaks and valleys of breast cancer

THE PEAKS AND VALLEYS OF BREAST CANCER

Breast cancer is different for each woman who is diagnosed. I can only speak for myself in saying that there are initially many more valleys than peaks.

For those of us who are breast cancer survivors, there are so many challenges (VALLEYS) we go through…mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual. Click To Tweet

MENTAL VALLEYS

We may ask:

      • Why me?
      • What is breast cancer?
      • How did I get cancer?
      • Am I going to die?
      • What happens next?

After the biopsies (which are NO picnic) and diagnosis, we ask:

  • Do I need to be in a hurry?
  • What treatments are available?
  • Do I have choices?
  • Which treatments are right for me?
  • How do I prepare for surgery?
  • What treatments are right for me post-surgery?
  • What will recovery involve and for how long?
  • How can I keep it from recurring?

The lingo the physicians throw at us requires another college degree to understand what they are talking about! This adds to our mental stress.

EMOTIONAL VALLEYS

Then the questions arise:

  • How will this affect my relationship with those I love?
  • What lifestyle changes will be necessary?
  • How do I keep a positive attitude?
  • Won’t the stress play havoc with my emotions and affect my healing?

PHYSICAL VALLEYS

  • How much pain will I be in and for how long?
  • Will the treatments make me sick?
  • Will I lose my hair?
  • Do I want reconstruction?

SPIRITUAL VALLEYS

Spiritual valleys creep in even if we have a deep-rooted faith.

  • Am I being punished?
  • Did God “zap” me with this disease?
  • I am scared. Can God help me?
  • Will God heal me?

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PEAKS IN THE BREAST CANCER JOURNEY

Fortunately, there are also PEAKS in this journey! There are many more I will be writing about in upcoming posts…

I wrote this journal entry after having multiple biopsies, ultrasounds, and MRI. Then came the needle biopsy, which was not as painful as the mammograms had been. After I got the call from the surgeon that I had cancer, I wrote this journal entry…

“This morning when I awoke, I was thinking about peaks and valleys. Since I am working on a logo with mountains and sun (hope) behind it for my website, I want to write about the peaks and valleys of surviving breast cancer. I am going to begin blogging about the steps you go through…emotions, decisions to make, physical pain challenges, spiritual challenges, family challenges, etc.

Then I read the Our Daily Bread devotional about The Great Physician (to read the article, click on the link at the end of this post).

I was reminded that striving for spiritual well-being could be much more crucial than physical healing because physical pain is temporary and spiritual healing is eternal.

The prayer in that day’s devotional really rang home.

“Father in heaven, it’s so hard to see beyond our pain. Please let us sense Your mercy in this moment.Lift our eyes beyond ourselves. Let us find a new vision and source of health in the care of Christ, who heals.” –OurDailyBread

My journey has included double mastectomies, decisions about treatments, love and support from family and friends, and radical changes in diet and lifestyle. As of August 2018, I am cancer FREE!

In this blog series, I will share honestly and openly what I have experienced,  what I have learned, and specific changes you can make in your lifestyle to prevent or heal cancer. Yes, cancer can be cured…

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Go to ChrisBeatCancer: https://www.chrisbeatcancer.com/

My intentions are not to convince you what to do, only to give you information and inspiration to make choices, live every day striving to deepen your faith, and find complete healing and wellness.

 


Breast Cancer Blog Series

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