Wednesday, March 19, 2008

~Out and About~

Today was a great day! I was able to spend it with Jan. She is starting to feel a lot better. Praises!! We went to the American Cancer Society to see about getting her a wig. They did not have what we were looking for, but we'll go back next Wednesday and there are some styles that were being cleaned today that hopefully be what Jan is looking for.

Next we went to get her blood drawn to check her levels. We had to wait quite a bit for this. Probably because we got there around lunch time.

Next we went to have lunch. Then she still had plenty of energy, so we went to do a little shopping. The plan has originally been that we would do these couple of things and then come back to my house so she could rest and then I would take her to her nail appointment. It was wonderful to be able to spend time together, but even more wonderful that she felt a lot better. She's really been wanting to get out, but just hadn't felt good enough. I think the drive to M.D. Anderson last week really took a toll on her and so we'll have to fly her next time.

After shopping it was time for her nail appointment. It was nice visiting with Jan and Bri.

After her nail appointment, we stopped and got a coke and then headed home. It was a relaxing fun day during the middle of the week to take time away from work and other stressors. I'm sure she needed to rest a bit when she got home.

After I dropped her off, I walked next door to see Mom before heading home. The girls will be spending much more time together in days to come.

Hang On To Your Faith

The devil's whole strategy is to get you to turn loose of your faith in God and His Word.

15 Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.

How can the devil steal the Word from someone? Only when it seems untrue. People don't turn loose of what they believe is true.

So, to steal the Word, the devil must convince people it's not true. The devil does this by getting us to focus on what our senses tell us, instead of on God's Word, the seed which changes our circumstances when we retain it.

As with any seed, the full manifestation of its life is not apparent immediately, but manifests over time with the proper care. God's Word will change your circumstances!

If you don't believe God's Word, you won't act on it. Without following God's instructions, you will not be made free (see John 8:31-32).

Actions cannot be separated from believing. Whatever you are acting on is what you really believe.

In the New Testament, "faith" is the noun and "believe" is the verb form of the same Greek word. So, hanging on to your faith means to keep believing what God said -- regardless of circumstances.

23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)

A key to hanging on to your faith is found in what you say.When you speak of fear and doubt, faith shrivels. But when you speak faith words in line with the Bible, your faith grows strong.

The devil tries to get you to doubt God and His Word. The devil wants you to give up on God, to not trust Him, to not expect Him to do what He said in His Word. Do not give up! God can betrusted.

The devil seems to be trying to rob us of our joy! It seems that he is making progress with some. Others, strong in their faith and belief are not letting him.

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