Hi everyone!!! Once again I have been missing in action but I’m back. My cousin, Deana called me the other day to check on us to see how we were doing because I haven’t written a post lately. I am doing extremely well. If I felt any better, I just might burst!!
We were blessed with a couple more school contracts for photography and have been quite busy to say the least. We also took a mini vacation to Boca Raton and Miami to spend some time with our youngest son, Dominique who turned 20 this year and to get to the ocean. The ocean is our place of peace and solidarity. When I look out at the vast blue and green tones to see where the ocean meets what looks like the end of the earth I simply marvel in God’s greatness. I see how awesome the Creator truly is!!
I also had to take a moment to reflect on loved ones lost and friends who lost loved ones within the last few weeks. I lost a cousin James “Jamie” Bohannon, Jr.. Some will say we lost him to heart disease, I will simply say heaven regained it’s own. I did not have a close relationship with Jamie but was always fond of his infectious smile. He reminded me so much of his dad, Uncle James.
My two friends who lost parents, one a father and the other a mother, I will not even being to say I understand what they are feeling including James’ mother (Aunt Dottie) and sister (Shell) but my heart, love and prayers will be that you all are comforted by the Most High. I will pray that in your times of despair you will look to Him to feel his loving arms around you and be thankful for the time spent with our loved ones. Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
My friends who lost their parents were both diagnosed with cancer. I am so tired of this disease!! Each year the number of people I know are being effected by this disease and it just hurts me to my heart. I get in a solemn mood every time I hear the words.
In my very first post on this blog: Getting Started, I wrote of my first encounter with someone close to me leaving this world under the grips of cancer. Her name was Deborah. She was a mentor in my life who instilled in me that when trials or tribulations come my way to not consider them to be threats but to take them on as challenges and once I conquer those challenges make them into opportunities. I was given the honor of speaking at her homecoming service and will leave you with the poem that I know was given to me by the Holy Spirit. I hope you will find the comfort in the poem that I did when she departed to return Home.
A Threat Called Cancer: Who Do You Think You Are?
Did you think you would be the one to come in and slowly take her away?
I firmly stand before you in my Father’s house and answer you NO! For Deborah and those who have gone on before her and those who walk with you today; you are merely an opportunity for those who don’t know Christ, the chance to know Him; those who know Him the opportunity to get closer to Him, and even for those who have strayed away the wisdom to know that He is still there waiting with open and forgiving arms.
So I ask you again, Who do you think you are?……Did you think that you would be the one to come in starting with one cell multiplying to thousands invading and taking over her body?
Again, I answer to you NO! You were the one that opened Deborah’s heart and mind to Christ then allowed the Holy Spirit to invade her body, which allowed all that God needed in her, so the light would shine through her and touch others.
Now….Who do you think you are?……Did you think that you would be the one to defeat her?
Who, Deborah? No, no my friend, and I do call you friend. You see what you may have meant for evil God meant it for good. You were simply the one that came in as a threat – created a challenge in which Deborah turned into an opportunity to complete God’s Holy plan.
Feel free to replace “cancer” with whatever you like and replace Deborah’s name with someone you know. It’s time to call the enemy to the carpet and remind it that it’s place in your life does NOT exist. I dare you to take this moment of grief as a challenge to create the opportunity for you to find comfort in God’s word.
For He is, God the Comforter.
I Thessalonians 4:15-17 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not proceed them who are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel And with the trumpet call of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first; Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air and so shall we forever be with the Lord.
Thank you all so much for continuing to read my blog and more importantly your prayers for my complete healing.
Much Love & Comfort