Blessings, blessings, blessings

Lately I have been thinking—I am incredibly blessed. While from the outset a cancer diagnosis is not welcome news, it has been an eye opener for me. I am seeing with much more clarity the many blessings that have been there all along in my life but have been unnoticed or at very least not fully appreciated by me.

I have good health insurance. I am able to receive treatment with very few hassles. My doctor is local so my travel time to receive treatment is minimal. The facility where I receive treatment is clean and professionally staffed. Having visited other parts of the world, I know that in some areas people must travel several days by train to the nearest medical facility and even then it may not be adequately staffed or clean. It takes me less than an hour by air conditioned car to get to my appointments—such a blessing!

I am able to read my bible openly while having chemotherapy. God’s Word is a great comfort to me but in some parts of the world owning a bible is illegal. I am so blessed to have freedom of religion and to own not just one but several bibles!

I have choices for my meals. While chemo leaves the unfortunate side effect of nausea, my pantry is stocked with things I can tolerate, I have a dear friend who has filled my freezer with home cooked comfort food, and the grocery store, which is less than 5 minutes away, never runs out of food. The food supply in many parts of the world is not only inadequate but certainly does not allow options. I am so blessed.

My office has a couch. As a therapist my work space is quite comfy and created especially to be a place of peace and tranquility. I am able to take a short nap between seeing clients on the days I need a little more rest. Another blessing!

Of course the biggest blessing for me at this point in my life is God and his faithfulness which is ever present and giving me strength for each day. I went on a hike with my daughter on Sunday. We laughed and enjoyed the beauty of foothills. I breathed in the fresh air, soaked up the sunshine, and tried to capture the feeling of strength and vitality so I can carry it with me to chemotherapy tomorrow. But even if it begins to wane in the days to come, I know God is lifting me up and is strong enough for the task.

Kate in the blackberry bushes

I will extol the Lord at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.
 I will glory in the Lord;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
Glorify the Lord with me;
let us exalt his name together.  Psalm 34:1-3

View from the trail in Auburn

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13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lessandragr
    Jun 27, 2012 @ 04:13:46

    Amen and amen! ♥

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  2. Judi
    Jun 27, 2012 @ 04:44:27

    In this fallen world, there is still so much beauty, as evidenced by your photos. Your positivity is a gift you give all of us who are praying for you and following your site. I am so grateful that we have the promise of a returning Saviour, who will create a new home for His faithful ones, where there will be no more suffering, no more pain! My prayer, for us all, is that we will spend more time getting to know Him better, so we will have eyes to recognize His hand in all our lives. May God bless you as you undergo chemo tomorrow!

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    • erinambrose
      Jun 30, 2012 @ 19:35:37

      Thank you, Judi. I so appreciate your prayers and encouragement. This time has allowed me to spend uninterrupted time with my Lord and for that I am ever thankful. God is faithful.

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  3. Michael Oehler
    Jun 27, 2012 @ 06:43:48

    Erin –

    Great message and pictures. We pray for you everyday and draw strength from your courage, faith and positive outlook.

    We love you.

    Mike, Jena, Nicholas, Benjamin and Daniel

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  4. Jenayu
    Jun 27, 2012 @ 19:38:21

    Erin-
    As always, I find comfort in your ever present faith in God. It strengthens me as I work on growing closer and closer to my Lord and Savior 🙂
    Praying for you and yours!!

    Love,
    Jenayu

    “Why are you depressed, O my soul? Why are you upset? Wait for God! For I will again give thanks to my God for his saving intervention.” (Psalm 42:11 NET)

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  5. YemYola
    Jun 28, 2012 @ 13:52:02

    Erin dear,
    This just shows how good God is irrespective of the unexpected events that have come your way as He has been able to shower His love on you.
    He is a wonderful God and I praise and thank Him on your behalf. It just shows how we can really give Him thanks in every situation.
    Hear God’s word for you even as you go through the days ahead:
    “So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
    I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” Isaiah 41:10 [NIV].
    I’m sure you know that but let me remind you that God loves you and He is aware of what happens to you every second of every minute. He would never abandon you.
    Love Modupe

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  6. K-czuk
    Jul 01, 2012 @ 06:12:09

    I feel blessed that you openly share your faith with all of us through your writing. Thank you for that.

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  7. a_seed
    Jul 10, 2012 @ 04:06:48

    Wish you well these days Erin. The Lord is your strength and power towards healing.

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