Umbrella In Case It Rains
Do you open up an umbrella to cover your head every time you step outside just in case it rains? This is similar to filling our mind with worry about bad things that may happen in our lives. Our thoughts dictate our attitude and even impact our health; as well as relationships. If we spend our waking hours worrying about events that may happen, we are not present in the moment and are unable to enjoy life. We don’t listen to our children, spouse, family because we are distracted. Worry breeds stress and stress breeds depression. This scripture pretty much sums it up.
Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. 😌
Umbrella When it Rains
There is a story about a young girl that went to a small country church in a farm town that was experiencing a drought. The crops would be lost if no rain came soon. She was intrigued listening to the conversations and folded her sweet hands and prayed too. Later that day she went out to play and took her red umbrella. Her mom asked why she was taking an umbrella outside on a sunny day. She answered, “we prayed for rain and it is coming”. Faith of a child….. we all can learn a lesson from this. The rain may come and it may not but prayer draws us closer to God. Sometimes unanswered prayer is the biggest blessing of all. Prayer is our leap of faith trusting His way is the best way. We may not see the reason for the twists and turns of life but need to trust.
Hebrews 11:6 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance in what we do not see.
Rain Or Reign
The question is what reigns our life? Do we walk around worrying it may rain or grasp that God is in charge and have faith that we are in His hands? It may not be easy, but living by faith even through trials will make us stronger. Don’t let worry run your life and steal your happiness.
July 13, 2017 marks 10 years since my first diagnosis of Colon Cancer. Was I worried that night before I went in for my first colonoscopy? I vividly remember two days before my procedure, I went on a run, and while running thought about the fact that it would be my last run until I would find out if there was something wrong with me. Statistics were in my favor. Young✅ Active lifestyle✅ Not obese✅ Not a smoker✅ No Family History ✅. As I ran that evening in July, I tried to reassure myself of my low probability of any true health risks. Two days later I woke up after my colonoscopy to find out I had a tumor that appeared cancerous. Three days after that, my surgery revealed I had Stage 3 Colon Cancer. I stayed strong and found so many blessings along the way. In 2009, a sonogram revealed another tumor in my ovary that looked suspicious. The biopsy was cancerous making me a Stage 4 survivor. This next round of chemo almost got the best of me but it didn’t. That’s what is important. Do I put up my umbrella “worry” when it’s time for my annual CT scans? It definitely lurks around, but I choose to carry my umbrella of faith knowing that God will carry me through. Right before I was diagnosed in 2007, I memorized a scripture and it has become my morning prayer every day. Psalms 143:8-10 – Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in You. Show me the way I should go for to You I lift up my soul. Rescue me from my enemies Oh Lord, for I hide myself in You. May Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.... After my first chemo was complete, I had this verse tattooed on my shoulder. Strangers that have noticed it often ask me what the scripture is and it gives me the opportunity to tell of my faith and preach a little about listening to our bodies. Read my post “How it All Began” story to learn of my symptoms and how I got diagnosed. Don’t ignore your health, make it a priority.
Keith and I traveling to North Texas to see our girls.
He has been my rock for 33 years… ❤️❤️
I love to run and run to stay healthy. After cancer, I started running more and run a half marathon every year. My philosophy is “It is me vs. me.” I try to avoid getting caught up on how fast my time is, but do wish I was faster. Most importantly, just thankful I am healthy.