Where is My Safe Place?

How are you celebrating July 4? As we join family and friends to honor our country and the process that made us free, ask yourself…

Where is My Safe Place?

Is it a cozy, comfortable chair? How about under your favorite tree?

Our Forefathers and their families shed blood, sweat, and tears to make sure our United States of America was free from Great Britain’s rule. They formed the thirteen colonies and paved the way for our government to be “by the people” and “for the people.”

Today our country’s government officials and citizens are at odds on several issues. The news media loves to focus on those differences and make us feel that our Constitution and Declaration of Independence are being ignored.

Is the state of the Union our sole source of feeling safe and secure?

As we celebrate our country, our families, and our freedom, can we remember where our refuge comes from?

Where Does Our Refuge Come From?

 

Psalms 46:1 assures us:

God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.

Refuge can be defined as a condition of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger, or trouble.

  • God is our safe place
  • God shelters us from danger and trouble through His strength
  • God is ALWAYS present

What Does Having God as Our Refuge Do for Us?

 

The answers are in Psalm 46:2-10.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.[c]

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
    God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
    he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come and see what the Lord has done,
    the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease
    to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
    he burns the shields[d] with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+46%3A1-10&version=NIV

Knowing God is our Refuge:
  • Drives our fears away (v.2)
  • Shifts our focus away from the world’s problems knowing that God is in control (v.6)
  • Assures us that no matter how chaotic things get, we can find quietness and strength in our Father’s love (v.10)

 

Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me,
    for in you I take refuge.
I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings
    until the disaster has passed. Psalms 57:1

 

On July 4th as we celebrate freedom and patriotism, let us also give praise for…

God is our refuge…safe, secure, loving, forgiving, ever-present, and just

 

How will you spend your July 4th? What are you thankful for?

Leave your comments below:)

 

Cancer Survivors Day is Today!

 

 

Celebrate Cancer Survivors Day

Today is Cancer Survivors Day!

 

June 3rd is National Cancer Survivors Day. It was created to honor all who have fought the cancer dragon and WON, and to give hope to those currently fighting this disease.

There are around 14.5 million people in the U.S. who have beat cancer or are currently fighting the battle. Every year 450 men and women out of 100,000 are diagnosed with some form of cancer, and 171 die from it (per 100k). 

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death in women. One out of eight women in the U.S. could develop invasive breast cancer.

If you haven’t been personally affected by cancer, I bet you know friends or family members who have been.

My Experience With Cancer

 😥 I am ashamed to admit it, but before I heard, “You need a biopsy. This could be breast cancer”…

 🙂 I had compassion for so many I have known (friends and relatives).

 😕  I offered to pray for them, but after a few days, I forgot to lift them up.

 🙂 Perhaps I would visit them, listen, and pray with them.

But…

 😥 I did NOT take them meals after surgery or when they were ill from treatments.

  😥 I did NOT send cards or notes to let them know I cared.

 

Now that I have had breast cancer and mastectomies, I KNOW exactly how to comfort those who get this life-changing diagnosis!


I wrote this poem to  express my feelings after I heard the scary and life-changing words, “You have breast cancer…”

It is dedicated to my friends (Lisa McDaniel) and relatives (my dad and aunt) who have died from cancer and my survivor friends (I won’t list them…I might leave out someone’s name).

Hearing the News

Hearing the news

Changed attitudes

Calls not made

Prayers not prayed

Cards not sent

Time not spent

Letting you know

You won’t fly solo

Through your disease

And its horrors, Oh please

Forgive me, I pray

For looking away!

To not let you know

I love you so!

–Karyn Almendarez, January 2018

Cancer Survivor Day

How Do We Celebrate and Honor Cancer Warriors?

  • Remember those who have fought and lost and what they mean to you
  • Call a cancer warrior/survivor today and tell them you care
  • Send an encouragement card
  • Start a written or digital prayer list and pray for one person each day
  • Take dinner to a cancer victim

**Here is an excellent resource for anyone diagnosed with breast cancer!

https://openyourtreasures.com/7bby

As always, the best resource is God’s Word!

22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23 New International Version (NIV) 


PLEASE share this post with anyone you know who has cancer or is a cancer survivor!

Until next time… Blessings and Health!