For those of you that don't know, my Dad was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in late June. It came as a shock, he has never smoked and has always seemed in good health. Over the last month things have changed a lot for my family and myself.
God has been so good to us. We have been blessed in so many ways, by so many people. It is truly a blessing that God has given us the capacity to love! I can't begin to thank everyone enough for their love toward my family.
I've pondered many times how wonderful it is that God gave us emotions. He not only gave the ability to see, touch, smell, hear and taste but to feel. Yes, sometimes we feel anger, grief, hurt or fear but we can also feel joy. Love. Trust. That is what makes life so beautiful. If we have tasted grief it makes joy taste far sweeter. If we have felt hurt, we learn to value love. If we know what it is to fear, we know what it is to trust.
Joy is stronger than bitterness. We have a choice every moment of every day to be joyful; to remember that we are blessed.
Love can conquer hurt. It is far more powerful.
Trust eclipses fear. It does not remove fear, it simply moves in front of it. When we surrender our desire for control and just trust God, fear can no longer have any effect.
When we come to hard times these truths are easy to forget. Or (if you are more like me...) just to ignore. It's easy to allow lies consume your mind until bitterness takes you captive; but in the end, only the truth will set you free.
~ Sarah Leana