Joy Regardless of Cancer & Its Scars
Meet my small group leader and friend, Sandy Steward. His incredible love for Jesus despite his circumstances inspires me. I believe it will inspire you too.
Because of Jesus I am alive, both physically and in Him for all eternity. At the age of three I died from pneumonia but a nurse (because of Jesus) acted quickly and I was revived. Most recently my doctors, due to the extent of my cancer, gave me six months to live. That was three years ago.
Because of Jesus there is work for me to do as His vessel.
Because of Jesus I have an incomparable Joy that can only be found in Him. As I look back over my life, I see that He has constantly been with me. Even in those times when I denied Him, He led me through the trials and protected me from bad choices while still allowing me to experience the consequences of those choices. His Joy is rock solid, the assurance of His constant, abiding Presence in every situation.
Because of Jesus I can say that I would not trade one moment of the past three years for anything because of the Joy of the certainty of Him and His loving Presence. He is always faithful to His promises and He tells us in Dt. 31:8 and Heb 13:5 that He will never, ever, ever leave us and He will never, ever, ever forsake us. I testify to the Truth that He has been faithful to this promise; how awesome and incredible is our God!
Because of Jesus, Kay and I are continuing to experience a love that is beyond anything we could have ever “asked or imagined” (Eph 3:20). Kay has been His vessel – His conduit to me in so many, many ways and He has shown me a heart in her that is filled with love for Him and how His love touches all of us around her.
Because of Jesus I find that the truly fun and joyful things of each day are about Him. Those things I used to think were fun now pale in comparison to sharing Him with others, talking about Him and with Him throughout each day, praising Him, worshiping Him, all of which brings me great joy.
Because of Jesus He has shown me I don’t have to be successful, I need to be faithful. When I share Him with others I don’t have to see a change in them immediately. I just have to faithfully share Him and His word and what He has done for me then He will take care of the success part since that is His anyway.
In spite of knowing Him as I do, I still continue to pick up burdens that I should leave to Him. His yoke is easy and His burden is light (Mt 11.30) so when I finally realize what I am doing, I can go to Him and give Him all my cares and anxieties because He cares for me (1Pet 5:7).
Because of Jesus I can write this today because He healed me. Because of Jesus I am joyful no matter what my current condition may be. Because of Jesus I have hope, the hope that never disappoints us (Rom 5:5). Because of Jesus I get to share Him here on earth and I get to be with Him for eternity. Because of Jesus I am in the perfect “win/win” position, it doesn’t get any better than that…Because of Jesus.
A bio would never do him justice. He’s a walking, talking bright light of Jesus’ love and grace regardless of the trials he’s recently endured.
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About Jennifer O. White
I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.