A new year has begun. Who knows if this may be our last one?
"But of that day and hour no one knows,
Not even the Angels in heaven,
Nor the Son, but only the Father."
"Take heed, watch and pray, for you do not know when the time is."
This has become very real to us this past year, yes we have accepted Christ into to our lives but are we really watching like it says in Mark13:33?
We don't know when it will be our turn to meet the Lord, it will most likely come faster then we expect.
I don't know about you but I'm excited to meet the Lord I can't wait to spend eternity with Him and be all done with the trials and tears.
"And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes,
there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying.
There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away."
We love that verse! It's such an encouragement to me and my husband.
2016 has been a really tough year for us. God has blessed us tremendously and given us much much grace.
I'm often reminded of what Tony Evans says: I rather live hell on earth and spend eternity with the Lord, than live a good life on earth and spend eternity in Hell.
I couldn't agree with him more, it often feels like we live thru trials all our life and never get pass them but I thank God for his promise to us if we keep our faith in Him thru those trials.
Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer,
indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison,
that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days,
Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.
We've learned so much this past year and yet it seems that our faith is so small. We truly are a spoiled people.
Anyway I wanna write a bit of Gods story in our life in 2016.
As most people know 2 years ago I was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 21.
We had tried many things to shrink the tumor such as -barley life - 35 % hydrogen peroxide - being on a fruit and vegetable diet for 40 days - white flower oil - coffee enema - apple cider vinegar - baking soda water - vitamin O - apricot seeds - B17 pills - eating shredded beet & apple & carrot - apply heated pad on tumor - drinking teas - and you name it. I did more things in 2015 but now I want to focus on 2016 .
Yes they are all good things but they didn't shrink the tumor in fact we could almost see it grow. I came more and more breathless as the tumor pushed onto everything we thought I was only gonna life for a few more months (this was in the beginning of 2016) I could hardly sleep at night I was in a lot of discomfort. I knew my only option would be to have a surgery done so I went in twice to see if I could get a surgery done and they're reply was the tumor is to large it's to dangerous we can't do it. So we prayed about it and felt the Lord lead us to Tijuana Mexico, so we went on May 9th and when we arrived after I had a few tests and an X-ray and CT scan done the doctor tells us he has treated many patients but he had never seen a right kidney on the left side before, he said the tumor is very large it has pushed the right kidney to the left side in front of the stomach (that's why my stomach was so very sensitive) and everything was pushed to the left side, the right side was just one large tumor so a week after May 19th I had a major surgery done and the removed the 11 lb tumor I apparently had bled a lot they had to do 2 blood transfusions during surgery. My body had a lot of fluid cause the tumor was blocking the blood circulation so I lost 30 lbs that day. After the surgery was done the Surgeon tells my husband that it had been a very complicated surgery 1 little mistake and I would have been gone. After the surgery we found out our friends back home had committed themselves to pray for us during the surgery. Oh how thankful we are for our brothers and sisters in Christ.
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord,
Plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
Plans to give you hope and a future."
Gods hand is not shorten. We've learned to trust God and not lean on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Today no one could ever tell what we went thru 7 months ago I'm healthy as can be. There's no such thing as us going thru it all on our own or we did it . God did all of this thru us. And our church stood behind us, thank you all so much, There's a lot more to this story but I don't want to make it too long. Feel free to ask us, we're willing to share what the Lord has done.
Glory and Praise and thanks be to God.
Happy New Years.
Lighthouse Gospel Church