Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ruling Authority

Then someone came and said, “Look! The men you put in jail are standing in the temple courts teaching the people.” At that, the captain went with his officers and brought the apostles. They did not use force, because they feared the people would stone them. ~ Book of Acts, Ch. 5

The ruling authority of the Jews in ancient times feared retaliation should they use force on those preaching Christ.  The people's response wasn't one of human effort, might or power, rather the Spirit of the Lord moving people to obey Him over human beings. 

Fascinating ancient story given the time we live.  Simply fascinating.

Smooth sailing is no longer an option.  Yeah!  I luv the book of Acts and all the exploration that takes place, both nautical and spiritual.

Traffic Cop Needed

I'm starting the transition from chemo to surgery, which apparently requires endless appointments if you're me.  I need a traffic cop for my cancer calendar. #dodatdance.  Just a few more appointments and I'll know more. Lol.  Even science is consumed with more, more, more!  Or maybe I should say the relationship bw insurance and medicine requires more, more, more.  Our culture is a hot mess.  Nothing left untouched by our relentless desire of "more."  More can be great, more of Christ would be dandy!  Thank you, cancer!

I have my third biopsy scheduled this morning for a new spot on my left breast at 11 o'clock.  But also showing up is a considerable reduction of the original tumor of 6.5 cm, which shrank to about 1 cm. 

My PET scan also came back "clear" with no FDG uptake, which means no visible cancer by means of the glucose injection during the PET.  Cancer feeds on sugar.  Who knew? But how did we not?  PET scans aren't 100% trustworthy, hence the new biopsy order.

The results of today will determine if I am a candidate for a lumpectomy or a mastectomy. 

We'll see what path the Lord chooses! 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Spilled Blood

Last week, I felt a craving to squirt ketchup in the snow for fun.  In that moment, it dawned on me how absolutely paradoxical the ancient texts of Isaiah are when mentioning a mysterious crimson blood making one whiter than snow; 

"Come now, and let us reason together, saith Jehovah: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."

I can't explain it and I don't know how it works, but it does and Jesus is who he says he is.  On February 14th, 2005 I sat on my bed in agony after hearing some devastating news and something deeper in me than I knew existed called to its likeness, deeper still.  In that moment there was a supernatural exchange of power that completely took me out of myself and the words on the pages of the Bible were made alive.  I was not searching for God when He found me...but I was responding to the wooing of the Spirit, which was absolutely an unknown frontier for me.  I didn't have a clue what awaited me.  

Jeremiah 33:3 ~  Call to me and I will tell you great and UNSEARCHABLE things you do not know.

Oh!  Precious is the flow,
That makes me white as snow,
No other fount I know,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus

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