Why #IamNotAfraid

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

First. A confession. My last two posts about cancer were presented as anonymous. So coming clean. I am writing about my experience. Not a friend.

I guess it took me awhile to wrap my head around it – to process it – I do that by writing- but I was not ready to personalize it yet.

So I will say it out loud. I am a cancer patient.

But more important. #IAmNotAfraid.

Through this 5-week process thus far I have always – and I mean always – had a supernatural peace about my situation.

Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”

In John 14:27 Jesus advises, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

The Apostle Paul reminds us in Philippians 4:5-7 “The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

This peace is not of me. And yet it carries me fully.

Two days ago I awoke with a song in my head. I had suffered a miserable night and arose very early to get in the bathtub which is my panacea for the chemo and radiation side effects.

And as I literally drowned my pain in the tub – I heard the song again in my head. A doxology. A song I had not sung since I was a child. A song by a denomination I had long left behind. And truly. The words were forgotten to me and yet I heard the whisper from Him. And I remembered.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise Him all creatures here below
Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts
Praise Father Son and Holy Ghost

And so I sang it. Once. Twice. Three times. And as tears ran down my face I was overwhelmed with a long list of praises to God as He is surely touching the hearts of many on my behalf.

So Thankful.

For my husband who is my strength. My heart. And a tireless caregiver.

For my children – whom though live very far away continue to be very present in this journey.

For very supportive extended family and friends.

For excellent, kind doctors and staff.

For an amazing compound pharmacy (pharmacist) who is brilliant in finding creative ways to alleviate pain.

For employment.

For a patient and considerate manager.

For health insurance.

For kindness and favor afforded me from strangers.

For a hair stylist who took one look at my mounds of disappearing hair and “fixed” it so I could feel pretty again.

For my sweet neighbor who cooks fresh broth and pastina and walks my dog.

For a new friend who helped me manage my chemo mouth sores (who knew the power of buttermilk?)

For sisters and nieces and sisters of the heart who research things that relieve my symptoms and send me care packages.

For a brother who checks in on me daily even though he is in the middle of his own crisis.

For friends who send prayer cards. And fuzzy blankets. And soft slippers. And funny jokes. And who pray for me and enlist the prayers of churches and perfect strangers to do the same.

For guys in the gym who come alongside my husband as a friend and sounding board for him. For brothers and brothers in laws who do the same…

For each day. Because as I said – God’s presence is felt every second of this journey and He allows me to have a positive – will win attitude. I can even be thankful for this illness. Because it has pointed me to the TRUTHS of life. Love people passionately. Appreciate the light from the moon. The laughter of the neighbour kids who live behind me. Hold lightly onto the things of this world – because they are passing and don’t matter. Taste each and every day. And live it well. Not waiting to die – but planning to LIVE! Jesus told the apostles – I have come so that they (you me us) may have life.

In abundance.

And so back to doxology.

I Praise God. Because in the blessings that flow and the momentary troubles that arise, He is with me in the shadows of death and in the green pastures.

And that my loves, is why I AM NOT AFRAID.

Amen and Amen

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Thanks and God Bless You!

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I want to thank everyone for the opportunity to encourage, inspire and teach. However, today will be my last day of posting on Christian Blessings.

Since the death of Sister Evelyn at the end of last year, I have tried to keep some teaching going for a while. However, you must know that Sister Evelyn gave only a little control of her website before passing and some of those settings are acting up. Also, since I also am 70 years old and have had my battles with cancer recently, it is sometimes all I can do to keep my ministry site going.

Understand, that Sister Evelyn’s site will remain standing as a free-Wordpress site, if it isn’t already, and unless someone has the means to delete it, WordPress will keep it active as far as the former posts are concerned. There are many years of posts in which to glean encouragement, inspiration and teaching from. She will NOT be forgotten and at least for a while, her legacy of love and compassion for others will continue.

I am truly sorry if this further inconveniences so many, but time grows upon all of us and takes its toll. I will be continuing my website if anyone is interested. I am not trying to take advantage of this situation, just giving a chance if people are interested and led by the Holy Spirit to visit. Please do not forget that several others, some who have contributed, and some who have shared “Likes” have their own websites as well and they can be found through their comment links and Gravitars.

Because Brother Kenneth (Wayneman) has consistently posted (and may continue to do so if his settings remain) here is a link to his website that I hope you will frequent: Immortality Road

Another Kenneth, a dear Brother from Scotland always shows his support and encouragement of our posts and he himself has a website that I hope you will check out: Christian Devotions

Finally, in saying thank you and God bless you, here is the link to my site: For The Love of God

My continued prayer will be that you are abundantly blessed by the works that Sister Evelyn and others have left behind in this work that she founded. One day, and most likely soon, there will be a grand reunion and we will all be able to share our thanks and love with one another in the presence of Jesus Christ our Lord!!

God Bless in Christ Jesus, – Pastor Roland Ledoux


Reflecting With God 3/31/2023

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Thinking, praying, reading, studying the Bible – when we do these things, we are reflecting on the Word of God. To reflect is to contemplate and/or consider, and God wants us to deeply reflect on His Word so that we can better understand Him.

Friday Reflecting

“Come now . . . and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people . . . out of Egypt.” – Exodus 3:10.

None of us can tell for what God is educating us. We fret and murmur at the narrow round and daily task of ordinary life, not realizing that it is only thus, that we can be prepared for the high and holy office which awaits us. We must descend before we can ascend. We must suffer, if we would reign. We must take the via crucis (way of the cross) submissively and patiently if we would tread the via lucis (way of light). We must endure the polishing if we would be shafts in the quiver of Emmanuel. God’s will comes to thee and me in daily circumstances, in little things equally as in great: meet them bravely; be at your best always, though the occasion be one of the very least; dignify the smallest summons by the greatness of your response.

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Gifts and Grace

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“Yahweh spoke to Moses on the desert plains of Moab beyond the Jordan across Jericho, saying, ‘Command the children of Israel that they give to the Levites from the inheritance of their property cities to live in; and you will give to the Levites pastureland all around the cities’ ” (Numbers 35:1–2).

The idea of giving is ancient. Before God’s people even enter the promised land, they’re commanded to help the Levites—who will be serving them as spiritual leaders—by giving them cities. Now that God has given to the people, He asks that they give back to His work. There is an opportunity for obedience, and this obedience will come with the blessing of continued spiritual guidance from the people to whom they are giving the land. But giving is not the only concept at play here.

Shortly after this, God asks the people to provide refuge cities for murderers (Numbers 35:6–8). He institutes a system of grace—a type of house arrest. The idea that synagogues and churches are places where criminals can find refuge (sanctuary) likely finds its origins in this.

This system of grace also manifests itself in types of hospitality. We see this several times in Paul’s letters. For example, Paul’s relationship with the Corinthians was on the rocks, yet he still requests hospitality for his fellow ministry worker: “But if Timothy comes, see that he is with you without cause to fear, for he is carrying out the Lord’s work, as I also am. Therefore do not let anyone disdain him, but send him on his way in peace in order that he may come to me, for I am expecting him with the brothers” (1 Corinthians 16:10–11).

God is gracious, and He calls us to be the same way—even when we don’t want to, and even when our sense of justice makes being gracious frustrating.

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Filipino Expat Encouragement 3/30/2023

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March 30, 2023

John 15:8
“By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”

The bearing of much fruit not only brings glory to God, but proves such rich fruit-bearers to be genuine disciples of the Lord Jesus. Now, though there is no merit in their bearing fruit, they sometimes get comfort from it, as proving an abiding union with Christ. “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in His love.” There is no maintaining of holy confidence in the soul but by walking in godly obedience; nor can there be any true spiritual communion with God whilst the guilt of disobedience lies hard and heavy on the conscience. To make straight paths for our feet; to walk in the fear of God; to live to His glory, are not only sweet tests of genuine discipleship, but faith, hope, and love cannot be maintained without them. And yet if we know anything of what gospel fruit is, and what we are as poor, vile sinners, must we not too often put our mouth in the dust? Instead of rejoicing in our fruitfulness, must we not often lament our barrenness, and cry out, “My leanness, my leanness, woe unto me!” Still, if we see and feel a deficiency in these points in ourselves and others, and, comparing our hearts, lips, and lives with the word of truth, must plead guilty, shall this utterly discourage us? No. This very discouragement may prove of service to us. It is good, at times, to be discouraged; because it makes us learn that “without Christ we can do nothing,” and that it is only by His grace that we can produce fruit to His glory. It is, therefore, good to see and feel our barrenness and unfruitfulness; for it is this very sight and sense of our own want of fruit that leads us in earnest desires to the Lord Jesus Christ to work in us to will and to do of His own good pleasure.

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