In the message “Without Compromise” we were encouraged to follow the path of God’s truth and refuse to compromise, even when the perceived consequences are dire. The message considered Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego as they were being threatened with certain death in the fiery furnace.
“If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and He will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if He does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
And though the message focused on the importance of living a life of consistent belief, without compromise, this particular passage is applicable to many other areas of life – including cancer.
It’s been exactly four months since we received the devastating call telling us that our young daughter had a rare form of ovarian cancer. This has been a difficult time; but it certainly could have been worse. We have been incredibly blessed with prayer support from all around the world and with many forms of encouragement. We have received cards, emails, gifts, emails, meals and even the use of a car from a dear friend; and did I mention emails? Thank you so very much! You have all been an important part of our journey. More messages about this journey can be found at:
Kaylee finished her last scheduled round of chemotherapy on May 6th. The next thing we had to do was wait for the final tests which would let us know if the treatment had worked. Wait and ponder; ponder and wait. And through this process, my prayers, thoughts, and contemplations focused on this same passage in Daniel. This was an important time for our entire family. We were able to have several, very open, discussions about what it means to continue to trust and love God regardless of particular outcomes.
One day, Kaylee asked, with tears in her eyes, what I thought the tests were going to show. Part of me wanted to tell her she had absolutely nothing to worry about, that I was positive everything was going to be alright. But I realized this would be cheating her out of an important time in which her faith could really be developed. So I told her that I really did not know what the tests were going to show – I didn’t know, and this was hard! But then we had a sweet talk about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. We talked about the importance of coming to the place in life where we can say, “God is able to do this and that; but even if He does not, we will continue to worship Him and follow where He leads.” And she understood!!
There was still some anxiety as we went into the doctor’s office to hear the results. We did not have complete peace, but we were prepared. God had done an amazing work in all of our lives, and I can say our faith is stronger than when we began. I believe I have learned more about God and His plan, and my general outlook on life may never be the same. Every moment is truly a gift to be enjoyed and used for the glory of God.
The tests showed absolutely no indication of cancer in her body. Praise God and praise Him some more! We will return for tests in another three months but we are certainly celebrating that she has been declared cancer free!
Have a Christ Centered Day!
God’s Daily Word Ministries
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May 24 2 Samuel 4:1-6:23; John 13:31-14:14; Psalm 119:17-35; Proverbs 15:31-32
May 25 2 Samuel 7:1-8:18; John 14:15-31; Psalm 119:36-52; Proverbs 15:33
May 26 2 Samuel 9:1-11:27; John 15:1-27; Psalm 119:53-70; Proverbs 16:1-3
594.33 miles in 2013 : Goal 1509 miles