Just Share It; Anne Graham Lotz

                                                           Everyday is a brand new day,
                                                            everyday is a journey.

When to the sessions of sweet, 
solemn thought
summon up remembrance of things past,
I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought.
But if the while I think on thee, 
dear friend,
All losses are restored and sorrows end.

I know I have been sharing quite a few of these lately, but I could not miss the opportunity when it came to cancer. We are here or we should, encourage each other daily, especially if we have lived through cancer. So fellow cancer survivors, let's be there mentally and with prayer for Anne Graham Lotz as she goes through her journey with cancer. Everyone has their own story and path to experience. Just remember, the way you went in will not be the way you come out. 

What Cancer Can Do
By: Anne Graham Lotz
I am the true vine and my Father is the gardener…Every branch that does bear fruit he trims clean so that it will be even more fruitful.  John 15:1-2
Yesterday I had my one-week check-up after breast cancer surgery. While there are some issues to be expected, the doctor believes that all seem to be healing nicely, for which I praise God. The surgeon then revealed, with compassion in her eyes, that she had the pathology report. As she went over the numbers, it became evident that the results were not what I had prayed they would be.  A trace of cancer was found in the lymph nodes which alters the follow-up treatment significantly. So beginning October 18th I will begin eighteen weeks of chemotherapy, with additional treatments stretching out over the next twelve months.  The adventurous journey through the valley of the shadow will be longer than anticipated. BUT I am still confident the Shepherd will walk with me each step of the way until He sees me safely through!
The hardest thing facing me is the need to clear my schedule. By necessity, I will have to cancel commitments throughout the next year in order to take the cancer treatments. As I looked ahead at the calendar, I could almost audibly hear the “click” of the Divine pruning shears.
I’m confident that the Gardener knows exactly what He’s doing. I’m more expectant than ever of bearing much eternal fruit. For His glory.
Thank you for your prayers and your concern! So many of you have sent cards, gifts, pillows, emails, texts, and testimonies of your own experience. I have been blessed by every single one!
There is one devotional thought that has been sent to me by quite a few of you. It is entitled, What Cancer Can’t Do.  It then lists about a dozen things.  It’s a great list, and I was encouraged when I read it. But I wanted to turn it around. Although I’ve only known about my cancer for a little over a month and so in no way qualify as an expert. I have experienced some things already, and I’m expecting to experience even more things, that cancer can do. I want to share them with you. Feel free to add to the list.
Cancer Can…
…enrich love
…refocus hope
…strengthen faith
…deepen prayer
…command peace
…bolster confidence
…increase endurance
…multiply friendships
…enhance memories
…open doors
…realign priorities
…grow courage
…create empathy
…tenderize compassion
…develop character
Cancer can be a blessing in disguise.
Cancer can be the preliminary to bearing much eternal fruit.
Cancer can be a display case for God’s glory.
 Have a blessed day everyone. 


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