The Unexpected Journey
This lovely Bible study, from The Daily Grace Co., traces the promises of God from Genesis to Revelation. It traces the story that God is writing through covenant promises to His children. This study walks through the story of Scripture through the lens of the covenants and reminds us that God has always been faithful and we can be confident that He will be faithful in our lives as well.
If you loved the Amen Bible study, this study is for you! It is the perfect study for digging even deeper into the story of redemption. This book is 8x10. It is 159 pages long.
The Unexpected Journey
It was May and time for our family vacation to the beach. The weather was great and there was an endless beach to isolate our clan for the sake of COVID-19. Before the trip, I had gone to the doctor for some tummy troubles and was given some reflux medicine. However, by the end of our beach week, I was not able to splurge on vacation food. In fact, I was not able to eat much of anything.
When we got home, I went for some blood tests and an ultrasound. I had no sooner returned from the appointment when I received a call from the doctor telling me to go to the ER as soon as I could. I was a bit puzzled as my husband drove me to the hospital. The pandemic regulations did not allow him to go in with me, so I went alone to get checked out, which included a CT scan. When the doctor came in to report the results he said, “It is not good, and it is very serious.” I asked if my husband could be brought in to hear what the doctor had to report as well. I knew it was something big because they did not hesitate to break the rules for him to join me. The doctor proceeded to explain that there was a cancerous mass in and around my pancreas. He showed us the scan images and pointed out the mass. Tears fell down my cheeks because I knew the fatal odds of pancreatic cancer.
Please understand that my tears were not because I did not trust God. My life was committed to God and His will long ago. I have trusted Him with my life, but now that death was a certain possibility...
God was in control—I knew that. I determined there in the ER that I would be a grateful, thankful patient, and trust God with everything.
I was admitted to the hospital, and things started happening fast. After several procedures and a biopsy, I was sent home. The tests showed my cancer was extremely aggressive, so my treatment would need to be extremely aggressive. Back to the hospital I went to begin chemotherapy, alone again. I kept busy with tests, procedures, and infusions. Two days in I started feeling anxious from the meds, being alone, and all things cancer. My family came to the courtyard so I could see them from a distance. I played Christian music and read my Bible for comfort. Finally, I was released to go home.
This was the beginning of six infusions scheduled three weeks apart. The week of chemo included prednisone, so there was energy enough to get through it. In the second week, the white blood cell count would go incredibly low, and along with it my energy. The third week was supposed to be a good week to get ready for the next chemo infusion. However, my third week always seemed to have a surprise sickness or weakness.
Would you be able to trust God with what was ahead? Join us here next Tuesday for Faith Over Fear in My Unexpected Journey.
You may also be interested in 12 Letters I Wrote to a Friend With Cancer.
4/6/2021 09:09:47 am
A cancer diagnosis is one of those things I would dread going through. Yet I know God's grace would be sufficient if He allowed that to happen. Still, it would be a hard path. I look forward to hearing more of Debbie's journey.
4/8/2021 10:46:09 am
It's a great little series, Barbara, that will teach us all about the faithfulness of our Good Father and how trusting Him will always reap huge benefits!
4/6/2021 12:26:07 pm
We never know what assignment of faith God will require. I am looking forward to reading more about his faithfulness to you, Debbie, in the coming weeks!
4/8/2021 10:49:36 am
I love every one of these three posts, Michele. Debbie has been so transparent and graciously allowed us gaze into her world of cancer and wonder, "Could I be that brave? Could I trust God like that?"
4/6/2021 03:22:26 pm
This sounds like an intriguing journey and series. I am praying it has a good outcome.
4/8/2021 10:52:15 am
It's a great little series, Susan. It's encouraged me through my little, daily struggles as I trust in God's faithfulness. And honestly, I have always questioned the fact that I trust Him with my eternal security, yet I struggle with the little, seemingly insignificant, day-to-day trusting.
4/7/2021 08:01:58 am
Oh, sweet friend. It must have been so scary to walk this journey. I am so grateful you found peace in the things of God along the way.
4/8/2021 10:54:48 am
There is a peace waiting for all of us out there, Rebecca. It's a peace found only in God—a peace the world cannot give. "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid." John 14:27
4/7/2021 02:07:34 pm
Debbie, I'm so sorry you have had to go through this. I hope and pray that Jesus has been especially near to you and your family. Sending love and prayers.
4/8/2021 10:56:28 am
I'm sure Debbie would say, "God has been especially good," and "Thank you for your prayers, Debbie Wilson!"
4/7/2021 04:02:13 pm
Oh, I have been there, Debbie. Praying for you in this. Thank you for using it to further His kingdom.
4/8/2021 10:57:28 am
It's AMAZING, Lauren, how God gives us difficulties in our lives to further His kingdom and bring glory to His name!
4/7/2021 04:16:21 pm
Thank you for sharing your story Debbie. I’ve also gone through cancer, and I so appreciate what you said about tears not being a sign that you didn’t trust God. I pray that you’re doing well and continuing to be encouraged each step of this journey.
4/8/2021 10:58:47 am
Well, then you know, Cassie! :) Even through tears, we trust!
4/8/2021 05:16:03 am
Debbie, thank you so very much for sharing your journey with us. Your words so very much touched me today. Blessings.
4/8/2021 10:59:34 am
Her posts are such a blessing to me as well, Paula! God is good!
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