Friday, July 19, 2019

Huge PRAISE REPORT - Thank You, Jesus!

"Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon His name, make known His deeds among the people."
I Chronicles 16:8
(KJV)


When my family and I started out this year, seeking God about His word of the year for us, we found that the word was to be "favor."  I wrote about it HERE.  At first glance, the word "favor" brought wonderful things to mind, and I envisioned a year full of blessings and void of trouble.  How carefree 2019 would be!  We would glide along and everything would fall right into place, right?  Surely favor meant no worries and fun times all around.

It didn't take long to come down out of the clouds and realize that I had it all wrong.  Favor meant nothing of the sort.  Deep trials descended one right after the other, and it felt like satan had pulled out all stops and unleashed a rampage like we'd never before seen.  The fiery darts were coming thick and fast from so many directions, I could barely keep up.  The job outsourcing that happened in early February of 2018 turned into months-long loss of income, Kevin's health problems escalated rendering him unable to work, Zach's and my health issues worsened, things we had counted on staying the same started falling apart, carefully laid plans crumbled under our feet, and we reached the utter end of our own ability to fix anything at all.  God had told me in 2015 that HE wants to be our all in all.  Funny, but I thought He was, and if I remember correctly, I told Him so.  As I look back over the past 4 1/2 years, I realize that we were far from the position of God being our all in all.  Gradually, He has stripped us to that point, and quite frankly, it has been a painful process.  (Read more about it HERE.)

BUT, back to our "word of the year," even though God has allowed us to be severely tested spiritually, physically, financially, emotionally, and mentally, ALL THROUGHOUT each fiery trial, He has extended unbelievable and miraculous FAVOR upon us.  Over and over and over again, every time it looked like we would go completely under, He miraculously answered prayer, and HERE CAME JESUS, right on time.  


"They sent for Jesus, your friend's about to die,
But tarried He still on behind,
So, they laid Lazarus in a tomb, and said their last good-bye,
But coming down the road was Jesus right on time.

Just hold on, my child, because He's not too far away,
And He knows your need before you pray.
So, when your feet are weary, from the mountain you have climbed,
Look ahead, here comes Jesus right on time!

I've struggled through life's deserts, they were so hot and dry,
'Til it seemed all hope was gone, and I would die. 
I wondered where was He, is He still a friend of mine?
 Then coming down the road was Jesus right on time. 

Just hold on, my child, because He's not too far away,
And He knows your need before you pray. 
So, when your feet are weary from the mountain you have climbed,
Look ahead, here comes Jesus right on time."
Written by:  Charles P. Bosarge

I have been walking through some of the darkest, scariest health situations of my life, and this week has been brutal.  Honestly friends, I did NOT know how I would make it through.  It has felt like a 1,000 pound cloud has accompanied my every step for so long.  On Monday, came a long-dreaded biopsy that ended up being worse than even the dreading ahead of time, and before I could get any answers concerning the biopsy came another medical test yesterday.  Physically, I have been pretty uncomfortable, but the waiting is the absolute WORST.  The mental anguish and torment has been unbearable.  As I waited, still groggy from anesthesia yesterday, the doctor walked up to the side of my bed, and I could not hold back the tears as his words dispelled the lies satan has been screaming for so long.  How I praised God right there in the presence of everyone within the sound of my voice!  One hurdle down, but what about those biopsy findings?  Unanswered questions hung over my every move like a lead balloon.  We returned home to a phone call from the surgeon telling me he wanted to see me to discuss the biopsy results.  Can anyone say full-blown panic?  If it were good news, wouldn't he just want to talk to me over the phone?  Why ask us to make the drive there to get the answer?  Let's just say fear took it to a whole new level.

This morning, Kevin and I sat in the surgeon's office, and as he sat across from me, he spoke these glorious words, "Everything is good.  Everything is BENIGN.  Sorry to worry you.  I just like to tell my patients in person."

BENIGN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  The word we have been pleading to God for and pounding the doors of Heaven about for so long.  There it was.  Handed to me like a most precious gift.  Oh, that word!!!!!!  THANK YOU, JESUS innumerable times over and over again!!!!!!  I do not know how relief could be felt any stronger than what washed over me in the seconds following the hearing of that six letter word.  Several hours later, I am STILL in total AWE of our awesome GOD and the abundant mercy He lavished on me today.  I know, and I told the surgeon so, that this could have turned out so differently.  But, GOD, rich in mercy!  Today, He spelled favor —B-E-N-I-G-N, and I feel like He graciously and so kindly handed me a new lease on life.  How I thank Him!

God did not promise that we would not be sorely tried in 2019.  What He did speak is favor.  Though we are called to suffer, and the full healing has not yet come, we are alive, praise His wonderful name, and this song has become my anthem.  


"But God, rich in mercy
You came to save me
Now I'm alive!
My God, strong and mighty
You reached down for me
So I could rise.
Now I'm breathing in, breathing out
I was in the grave, but God you called me out
Now I'm breathing in, breathing out
I was in the grave, but God you called me out
Now I'm alive!"
Written by:  Zach Williams

When satan went before God and asked His permission to test Job so severely, God put limitations upon what satan could do and told him he could not touch Job's life.  I am SO thankful we serve the same God Who is in absolute control, and satan cannot do anything that God does not allow.  How comforting to know that our dear Lord walks before us and winnows our path, and HE decides what to leave in and what to take out.  "And the LORD, He it is that doth go before thee; He will be with thee, He will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed."  Deuteronomy 31:8

I want to thank each one of you for your faithful prayers, loving friendship, encouragement, emails, cards, and gestures of kindness through our many struggles.  I cannot begin to express what it has meant to us, and I trust God will richly bless each one who has helped to pray us through these trials.  One of you has given up meals and fasted for me this week, and I tell you, that just humbles me and touches my heart more than I could ever put into words.  THANK YOU seems so inadequate.  I am so very grateful to God and to all who prayed.  



Whatever you are going through, God is there.  You do not walk alone.  I am praying for each one of you, also, and trusting God to pour out His richest and best blessings upon you and your life.

28 comments:

  1. Oh Cheryl, what wonderful news you’ve shared with us!! Your special FAVOR was benign!!! Finally, good things happen to good people, and I am so thankful for you in letting us know that prayers were answered in Jesus’ name. How thoughtful of the doctor to want to tell you the good news in person, but I know how hard it was not to know immediately. Love and God bless you and your family. Thank you, too, for your faithful prayers.

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    1. Yes, my friend, God's favor is spelled benign!!! Oh, He is a faithful God Who is absolutely worthy of our full trust and confidence. The words to a song come to my mind, "satan has lost the battle, when to the Lord we humbly bow, God still answers prayer." He DOES still answer prayer. He is still on the throne, and He has not lost one drop of His almighty power. By His stripes, we are STILL healed, in Jesus' name. Praise God! Thank you for your prayers and kind words so many times, and I am surely continuing to pray for you, too!

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  2. Oh, such glorious news, Cheryl!!! I knew you were all going through some tough times, and I've been praying, but I didn't realize you had such an overwhelming health scare. Yes, God's favor is spelled "benign," and we can praise His holy name!
    Blessings to you and the family!

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    1. YES! Glorious news indeed! Oh, my friend, yes, we are praising His holy name, and I feel like I do not know how to thank Him enough. I shudder to think how differently things could be today, and ALL glory goes to Jesus, the One who suffered those awful stripes for our healing. I have never loved Him more. Many blessings to you and your family, too! You will never know how much I appreciate you and your faithful prayers through our battles. Thank you from the bottom of my grateful heart!

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  3. WOW! What have I missed? I am so sorry that you have been going through this major health issue...I had no idea! But I rejoice with you about that wonderful word, BENIGN! I know that you haven't been posting much lately but with everything that's been going on with me, I just thought like many of us, you were just busy with "life" as well. Have you posted about this and I just missed it? You have prayed for and encouraged me so much since the first of the year when my health challenges started...and believe me when I tell you I completely understand the fear involved with a cancer scare...when you are waiting on biopsy results...when you want to trust God so bad but the fear overshadows your faith...when you feel guilty about letting he enemy get to you and discourage you when you try to stay strong! Praise the Lord for the negative biopsy! I will absolutely be lifting you up in prayer as you continue to get well, sweet friend. Thank you for sharing this today.♥

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    1. Oh, yes, my friend, BENIGN is causing us to greatly rejoice, and how we appreciate you rejoicing with us! All throughout the intense struggles and trials, I have wanted GOD to be glorified, and oh, the joy that fills my heart to be able to see Him glorified now! I know you surely understand and know the relief that washes over from hearing the word benign, and isn't it so wonderful that God gave both of us such wonderful news? I remember how relieved I was to hear that your news was benign, also. No, sweet friend, I haven't posted about this in detail, as sometimes things are just too difficult and hard to talk about. I was so looking forward to being able to share GREAT news with all of you, and it was with so much joy that I am doing that now. There are NO words to thank Jesus enough. It is ALL because He suffered those stripes and took our sickness and disease upon Himself, just like He took the blame of our sins and paid the awful price for what we have done. Your prayers and friendship are so precious to me, and I am SO grateful to you for praying! Sending much love and gratitude to you!

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  4. I didn't know you were going through a medical condition, but I'm so thankful to God that He has led you through the valley of death and you came out singing His praises! Much Love from
    Abigail Antonion
    (I first started following your blog as "Abi Ant", that was a long time ago!)

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    1. Oh, yes, I remember you! I am so happy to see your comment and read your kind words. I am SO very thankful to God for His amazing grace and mercy to me and how He has led me through that valley and kept me alive. I want to live every moment to bring Him glory! So thankful for you, Abigail, and I hope all is well with you and your family. Many blessings to you!

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  5. Cheryl! I had NO idea. I have been praying for you, Kevin and Zack, but I really didn't know the depth of your health issues...or Kevin's or Zack's for that matter. Dennis and I will continue to be in prayer for all of you, health, living and job situations all included.
    Praise the Lord that you recieved such wonderful news and favor from Him. Fear of the unknown can be so dibilitating. Sometimes, in my health battles, I just want to say, "Come Lord Jesus." Please take us all home. But our work is not done here.
    My friend, you so often inspire me with your deep faith. May He continue to bless you and your sweet family with His riches and abundant love.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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    1. Oh, thank you from the bottom of my heart, dear Betsy! You will never know how much we appreciate your and Dennis's prayers. You are such a faithful prayer warrior and precious friend. You are SO right. Fear of the unknown is so terribly debilitating, and it can just wreck your whole world. I am so thankful Jesus never scolds us when we don't have the faith He would like us to have. I have thought about Peter asking Jesus if it was Him to bid him come to Him on the water and how when Peter didn't have enough faith and began to sink, Jesus reached out His hand to save him. He is such a loving Lord Whose compassions fail not. So thankful for you and your faithfulness to bear our burdens. Many blessings to you!

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  6. Oh Dear Cheryl, Praise the Lord!! Our God is so mighty and awesome. I am so very grateful that He answered your cries, and has kept you alive today. Even though I have been slow with my emails these past few months, I have kept you all in my prayers so much!! What a precious and kind Doctor who wanted to speak with you in person to tell you the results. A double blessing of favor! May our Lord continue to keep holding your family safe through all of the trials.

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    1. Dear Bettie! YES, praise our dear and loving Lord! I surely understand your not being able to write. I have had you on my heart so many times and prayed for you and am SO longing for the day that you write and say you are feeling better. May God bless you for your faithfulness to pray for us right in the midst of your own pain and terrible suffering. May God richly bless you, dear friend.

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  7. Praise God from whom all blessings flow. I rejoice with you sweet friend for that word BENIGN, I pray for continued healing for you, Kevin, and Zach! I pray for added grace as you face difficult challenges, know that our God is all powerful and all knowing, He takes care of the birds, so we know He cares for us.

    “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”
    ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:26-29.
    I know He is watching over your family!
    Love and prayers, Pam

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    1. Oh, yes, praise the Lord to hear that word! Oh, I cannot tell you the relief. I just love the verses you shared, and they are so very comforting to me. I don't think we will ever comprehend how very much He does love and care for us. He is so faithful. I cannot thank you enough for your loving prayers and concern for us. May the Lord richly bless you, my friend.

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  8. Oh Dear Cheryl, My heart is so overwhelmed with this message on your blog.I knew something was wrong with you all My heart was so heavy for you all..I did not know what but now I know the rest of the story..My God is so good all the time..He still answers prayers..I always like the song God Likes To Work When Nothing Else Will..What great mercy and Favor He has..When I hear of answered prayers it's like a second breath to run on awhile longer..I am in the Fire also..The songs on the blog I cried through each one..Prayers will keep coming your way..For complete healing for all 3 of you and a wonderful job to boot..His arm is not short to deliver just what we need..His favor has not run out so there's more on the way..As the song says Here Comes Jesus Right On Time..So keep watching for His next favor.Because, He Cares For His Sheep In The Valley..That was the title of a song my Mother wrote..Let Me know when the next Favor arrives..So I can rejoice with you..Have a blessed week-end!! Love Loads,Elaine

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    1. Dear, sweet friend! You are so faithful to care and pray and be concerned! Yes, I surely know what you mean about answered prayer and how it gives a boost to our faith. I am SO sorry to hear that you are in the fire. Thank you SO much for your prayers, and I want you to know that I will be praying for you, too, and trusting God to see you through your heavy trials. Thank you so much for the reminder that there is more favor on the way. I will surely be watching for it. Your dear Mom! That sounds like a beautiful song. You have a blessed weekend, too, and I am sending much love back to you, dear friend!

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  9. Girl you scared me! I'm so grateful the the results were benign. I know your family must have been so scared for you. God is so merciful! Have a blessed day my friend!

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    1. Oh, He surely is so very merciful, and I am SO undeserving of that mercy. I look back and see all the mistakes and failures, and I do not understand how He could love me so and extend such compassion. It makes me love Him more than I have ever loved Him in my life. You are a blessing to me, sweet friend. You have a wonderfully blessed day, as well!

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  10. WOW! Praise the Lord from Whom ALL blessings flow! He is so, so good to us ALL the time! Many blessings to you and your sweet family!

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    1. Praise the Lord, indeed! He surely is so very good to us all the time, and I trust He will richly bless you and your dear family, too, my friend. Thank you for standing with us and for your many, many prayers and precious emails and encouragement. I am praying for you, too, and sending much love to you today!

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  11. Oh I am praising the Lord with you Cheryl!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you Jesus for your healing power over this situation! So thankful that the Lord undertook in this mighty way for you. You and your family continue to be in my prayers, and I will continue to be praying for all of you!!!! It has been such a busy summer for me, I haven't had much time on the computer. How thankful I was to see this post come through, and how much I am praising the Lord with you right now for His healing touch! Much love and thanksgiving for this situation ending in praise! Blessings and hugs to you!

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    1. Oh, thank you, sweet friend! Our God is an awesome God who can do anything and everything! Thank you for helping to pray us through and for your faithfulness and friendship. It truly means so much to me. I am so thankful you are enjoying your summer. Much love to you today.

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  12. Wow, Cheryl, as a brand-new blog friend, you were encouraging me while you were going through this! I had a cancer scare a few years ago and it is so hard to wait and be faithful and prayer-ful and yet have that fear chasing us! So thankful for your good news!! (I've been reading through some old posts on your other blog, but glad I came over here too)

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    1. Oh, praise the Lord that He used these trials to encourage you! I am so sorry you had to go through what you did, but so very grateful to God for bringing you out of that trial with victory! I am so grateful for your visits and support and to get to know another precious fellow blogging sister! I am praying for you in your weight loss journey and joining arms with you for great results for us all! Sending love and hugs your way!

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  13. Hi Cheryl,PLEASE pray for my nerves..My Husband and I was almost killed in a road rage deal on Thursday night..And since then I have great fear..There was screaming and cursing a bunch and had not God answered my screams to him for help I am sure we both could have been gone..Sorry to take your time with this but I really need prayer..I screamed out God stop the devil now and things changed and we all parted our ways..Thanks for all your prayers..Love Loads,Elaine

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    1. My, that sounds just awful. What a horrible thing to go through! People are so violently angry these days, and we surely have to lean hard on God in such trying times. I am so thankful the Lord came to your rescue and helped you through that and protected you and your husband. He is so faithful! Praying for you, dear friend.

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  14. Hi Cheryl! Thank you so much for sharing with such transparency your journey thus far and all the victories that the Lord has won for you all! Oh how I thank Him for how He has brought healing and redemption in so many areas of your lives. You are a true soldier of the Lord who continues to march on to bring Him all Glory and Praise.

    Sending you much love and gratitude my faithful, sweet friend.

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    1. Dear, faithful friend! Your words of encouragement and prayers truly mean so much to me and are such a blessing on this journey. I am so very thankful for you and send much love and gratitude back to you today!

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