Dear praying friends and family,
Thank you for helping us with your prayers (and tender words, yummy meals, and thoughtful gifts)!
Here’s the latest:
I’ve started posting my breast cancer #2 journey updates (which some have been receiving by email) on my UnderConstruction-DoItAfraid-Amateur) blog. If you read the “About” page, you’ll know if the blog is of interest to you and/or others. ♥Please pray God uses my words and experience to strengthen, comfort, and encourage each reader.
He loves me! THEN: 28 years ago (newlyweds!), he cleaned out the shower drain – again and again – as my hair fell out. NOW: He shaved my head.
We’re learning! Thanking God for my man!
♥Please pray my obvious cancer-patient look will be a bridge to making God known, rather than a wall of weird and fear.
Returning to the Classroom truly was the “best thing” for me. Felt great! Lots of laughter. Lots of love. Thankful for The Greenhouse!
♥Please pray each student, each family gets a greater glimpse of God as they pray fiercely for me.
♥Please pray for continued mercy and healing – death to all cancer cells and shield to all healthy cells.
Lately, due to a common chemo side-effect, I’ve been thinking a lot about taste.
EVERYTHING (except coffee! :D) tastes nasty! So much so, that one night I shed a tear or two as I forced myself to eat my dinner and drink my water (heavily loaded with lemon and lime – which helps some.)
Yes, I know, food tasting bad is a First World Problem. Fortunately, I did have a little perspective and was truly grateful I can keep food down, and I have plenty to nourish my body. Food is also meant to taste good, right?
BUT GOD uses all things for good – as promised!
Spiritual insights – connections – are one of the ways God is working my cancer for good. And as if I’m a life docent, I want to help others see it, too. As if I’m walking beside you, encouraging, “Look! Don’t miss it! Take it in!” (With the passion of all those exclamation marks!)
Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. Psalm 34:8 (NIV)
Look! Don’t Miss It! Take It in!
When I take a bite of strawberry, it tastes nasty. But is the strawberry nasty? No! The strawberry is good. It tastes nasty to me because my taster is off – it has been altered by toxins.
When God isn’t tasting good to me (and you?), He is still good, but my taster is off.
Altered by toxins-
Worldly, fleshly counterfeits I crave, pursue, indulge
(Endless list of toxic sin)
This week, as a life docent (a.k.a teacher at The Greenhouse), I asked my students:
to consider the “Taste and See” scripture
to begin recognizing when God isn’t tasting good
to just tell Him (confess!)
to hold up their shield of faith and remember, “But God, you say you’re good!”
to ask “Why is my taster off?” (Reveal sin.)
to cry out, “I want to know and believe You as good.”
Praying we know Him as good – more and more .
Thanking God for you!
Love, Becky (who – by faith – is believing God is good.)
“He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.” (2 Corinthians 1:10-11)