Quick health update: as of today I am doing great. I feel awesome, that’s all because over the last few days I have really gotten back into my juicing. I figured that it would be the best way to get rid of the wheezing completely. Although I have not returned to the full fledge 10-13 per day, I do have a goal of 6 juices per day along with my vegetarian diet, from you know God’s original menu. I also have introduced soursop tea 3 times per day with no added sweeteners. FYI: sugar feeds cancer!
I must admit, I was not totally clear on the full direction of this blog in the beginning. I knew I would keep everyone abreast of my health and how I am doing while celebrating God in the mist. I knew I would take you on the journey in my healing from cancer totally trusting God with the provisions he had already promised to us all. As each day goes by and I ponder on how God is using me in this “turn of events” in my life which some would call tragic, I have found fortune. I have found this fortune by listening to that subtle touch or nudge on the shoulder by God that we all sometimes ignore. Well, I didn’t quite ignore it but I did say..Who me? I have never reputed the fact that He is going to use me for His purpose though this trial, I just didn’t know to what magnitude. You know they say He has a sense of humor….So this is how the conversation went (between me and God). Please know that He blessed me with a sense of humor too:
March 2010 – breast cancer
Kari, “God I am not sure of my relationship with you, do you even know I’m here and I need you. I have asked for so many things (side note: all material) and I haven’t received my blessings that I feel I deserve. God replied, “Kari, I love you dearly and I am with you always. Those things you asked of me are just that..things. I have a bigger and better plan for your life. In this bigger plan, I will use you. Therefore, please continue to be patience and know that I am here.” Now, through the breast cancer, I did come to know God greatly. I truly understood why He sent His Son, Jesus. Well, as time passed and He blessed me with knowledge of this disease and how to defeat my enemy, I slowly gave in to defiling my temple again with an unhealthily lifestyle. Even more so, I stopped sharing the new found wisdom.
November 2012 – lung cancer
Then He pulled out the proverbial belt…and began as I remember my mom would do when I got into trouble as a kid. Every lash would not just be a word, but each syllable of the word!!! His words were, “didn’t I tell you that I would use you”. The difference is that with God it was/is not punishment. He needed to get my attention again because I had strayed from truth and His purpose. This is the answer to my prayer and my fortune. He answered my spiritual needs which are far more important than any thing on this earth.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort; who comforteth us in all our affliction, that we may be able to comfort them that are in any affliction, through the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God
We all have learned to pray for ourselves and others when in need but there is another side to prayer, listening. In my quite moments with God I was lead to John 21:15-17. This is one of the times that Jesus had appeared to the disciples after the resurrection. He asked Simon Peter three times “do you love me?” And after he answered yes each time and was somewhat hurt that Jesus had to ask him a third time, Jesus replied to each , “feed my sheep”. Essentially what I took from these verses was He wants to know if we indeed love Him and if so then feed my sheep. In other words, be a good shepherd to one another, help one another. The Bible says we are to love one another as God has so dearly loved us. My love/our love for you will have us to share this journey and all the wisdom God continues to bless us with. The goal is to touch or change one life but our prayer is for many. We want to show a walk of faith in Christ and the blessings that follow.
Please note as I will often remind you, IT IS NOT ABOUT ME! It’s all about God and giving glory and honor to Him; walking with Him in faith.