Today’s Reality: God is Here!

This is the first post in a series titled, Today’s Reality. The series will chronicle my journey to remission from Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML). My outlook as I begin this new phase in my life and blog series is living in the moment in mind, body, and spirit. I am not angry. I refuse to be sad. I am determined to live a long life with love and peace in my heart with the confidence of a better tomorrow filled with joy and humor.

It has been 6 weeks since my diagnosis of leukemia. I have not written in my journal but for a couple of times. I am not sure why except that I know God is here!

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Above, is My Prayer Journal Post the day before my diagnosis on 9.25.2020.

At 3:00 a.m. this morning, God tapped me awake. I had a fitful night even after a long prayer and meditation session prior to retiring for the night. I was led to picking up my phone and logging off my personal social media accounts – my personal Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn account.

“Social media needs you, but you do not need it.”

This was God’s instruction. Cancer may have taken residence deep in my body’s bone marrow, but I must not allow the cancer in this country’s politics to invade my mind, nor can I allow the cancer of this world to steal my peace.

I got up and poured a glass of Vernors ginger ale. Sitting in my chair, I opened Scripture and read the three chapters of Ephesians. Afterward I was able to sleep peacefully.

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Ephesians – Praying the Scripture

As I grown closer to God, the Father of my Lord Jesus Christ, I will get to know Him better.

“Then (I) will have a deeper insight. (I) will know the confidence that he calls (me) to have and the glorious wealth that God’s people will inherit.” Ephesians 1:18 GW

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“God saved (me) through faith as an act of kindness. You had nothing to do with it. Being saved is a gift from God.  It is not the result of anything (I’ve) done, so (I cannot) brag about it.  God has made (me) what (I am). He has created (me) in Christ Jesus to live (a life) filled with good works that he has prepared for (me) to do.” Ephesians 2:8-10 GW

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“(I am) built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets. Christ Jesus himself is the cornerstone. In him all the parts of the building fit together and grow into a holy temple in the Lord. Through him (I am), also, being built in the Spirit together with others into a place where God lives.” Ephesians 2: 20-22 GW

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I pray for inner strength and power through His Spirit.

“Then Christ will live in (me) through faith. I also pray that love may be the ground into which (I) sink your roots, and on which (I) have your foundation. This way, with all of God’s people (I) will be able to understand how wide, long, high, and deep his love is. (I) will know Christ’s love, which goes far beyond any knowledge. I am praying this so that (I) may be filled completely with God. Glory belongs to God whose power is at work in (me). By this power He can do infinitely more than (I) can ask or imagine.” Ephesians 3:17-20 GW

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My faith commitment

I make a lasting commitment to God to profess my faith, pray without ceasing, and draw near to Him.

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My Prayer

God, You have grounded me on a strong reality and truth and in no uncertain terms more so now than ever in these last six weeks. Through the door of my heartbreak with this leukemia diagnosis, You are opening a new way of fellowship with Your Son, Jesus Christ.

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These last six weeks, Lord, You have taught me not to collapse at the first grip of this reality. I am at your doorway ready to walk through in Your purpose. I try earnestly not to enter a slow death of self-pity, nor give in to all the so-called Christian sympathy of others who would want to hasten me to this deathbed.

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God, I know You can accomplish Your purpose in this broken world through a broken heart. I pray that Your call to intimacy with You will have redemptive work in this world and in me through my broken heart without hindrance nor the stumbling block of today’s reality.

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God, I pray that you will not only comfort me but those around me with your healing power. I am not alone in the battle of brokenness in mind, body, and spirit.

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May others around me from family, friends, physicians, and strangers see through this new purpose Your light through their own darkness to your presence.

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God, even in my daily weakness of chemotherapy and the weight of the world around me strengthen my resolve realizing your promises through reading Your Word, communicating not only my request for forgiveness, my needs but my gratitude, and the ability to serve others if it is only in showing them Your presence in my life.

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God lift-up my sorrows to the Cross of Jesus Christ to help me not only see Your promises but to share them with others who are enduring their own pain in mind, body, or spirit.

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I give You all the glory and praise God.

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Forgive me when I falter in today’s reality. Forgive me when I struggle in my pain, my patience, and in my perseverance in maintaining Your perspective.

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You are leading me to victory over today’s reality and may I always hold on to that perspective so that others may see You helping me in my difficulties.

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God, You have taught me that my body is a temple that belongs to the Holy Spirit received by You. I know I do not belong to this world. Help me to take care of this body temple, guide my earthly physicians, and hold up all who care and love me. I not only pray for myself but all who reside in this broken and battered world. In Jesus Christ’s name, I pray. Amen

My New Cancer Journey

This series, Today’s Reality will also offer a personal reflection on my website, The Blogging Owl, as well as, a literary perspective on my website, The Owl Poet. I hope you will also follow me on those blogs too!

While I have logged-off of my personal Facebook and Twitter accounts, my blog accounts are still active:

“Like” my Facebook pages: The Blogging Owl and The Prayer Journals

Getting to know God

I have been writing in a journal since I was a young girl. I have kept a prayer journal over the last ten years to draw closer to God. Are you waiting for answers? Draw closer to God.

The Prayer Journals Facebook page provides prayer journal prompts and inspiration. Please join me there or on Twitter @prayerprompts.

God’s Blessings to You,

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Sheri

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My Faith Clothes

Since the pandemic was announced, I have been fortunate to be working remotely full-time. 80% of those who began working remotely responded in a company survey that they do not want to return to the office setting because they believe they are more productive working from home and have enjoyed countless savings. Savings such as purchasing vehicle fuel, maintenance, professional clothing not to mention having more personal time away from rush hours and commutes to the office. I have enjoyed these benefits, particularly not wearing cosmetics, wearing my comfortable clothes including my slippers.

Is telecommuting the wave of the future?

I remember when men were expected to wear business suits with ties and women similar business suits or dresses with hose stockings. When the office wear criteria were relaxed to various forms of business casual where there was the fear the workers would become too relaxed in their conduct and productivity. Now when telecommuters who may appear to be in business casual dress in video meetings, often they still wearing their comfortable clothing and slippers out of video range.

Faith Clothes

Christians attending church during the pandemic have also grown accustomed to online church sermons and listening to God’s Word in their pajamas and enjoying a cup of coffee or tea that was once reserved for the fellowship hall.

So, what is the danger of saving money in our commutes to the office and to church activities? After all productivity is higher and perhaps, we may have even heard more Sunday sermons than we had in the past.

“Brothers and sisters, you don’t need anyone to write to you about times and dates. You know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. When people say, “Everything is safe and sound!” Destruction will suddenly strike them. It will be as sudden as labor pains come to a pregnant woman. They won’t be able to escape. But, brothers and sisters, you don’t live in the dark. That day won’t take you by surprise as a thief would. You belong to the day and the light not to the night and the dark. Therefore, we must not fall asleep like other people, but we must stay awake and be sober. People who sleep, sleep at night; people who get drunk, get drunk at night. Since we belong to the day, we must be sober. We must put on faith and love as a breastplate and the hope of salvation as a helmet.” 1 Thessalonians 5:1-8 (GW)

The comfortable, sentimental Christian

If I become too comfortable in this new age and I forget to put on the breastplate of hope and love and the helmet of the hope of salvation – I may miss the voice of the Holy Spirit. It is the sense of warning and restraint that the Holy Spirit that comes to me in the most amazing and gentle ways. I cannot be half-dressed as in a video meeting and believe that slipping into my comfortable clothes yet seemingly appearing dressed in faith keeps me fully alert to the Holy Spirit’s direction.

Suppose God brings me to a crisis and I almost endure it, but not completely. He will undoubtedly engineer another crisis, but some of the intensity is lost. If I become evermore comfortable and sentimental in my clothes, I will have less discernment and surely more humiliation for not being properly dressed in my faith clothes. The knowledge and vision of God is dependent entirely of a pure heart. Once I stray from God’s light, I become a sentimental Christian whose testimony becomes lost.

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My Prayer

Dear God, today I put on the full armor to guard my life so that I may hear your gentle voice in all circumstances and crisis. I put on the belt of truth to protect against lies and deception. I put on the breastplate of righteousness to protect my heart from the temptations I battle. I put the gospel of peace on my feet, so I am ready to take your light wherever you send me this day even if I remain safe in my home. I choose to walk in the peace and freedom of your Spirit and not be overcome with fear and anxious thoughts. I take up your shield of faith that will extinguish all the darts and threats hurled my way. I believe in your power to protect me and I choose to wear the clothes of faith to trust in you. I put on the helmet of salvation, which covers my mind and thoughts, reminding me I am a child of the day, forgiven, set free, saved by the grace of Christ Jesus. I take up the sword of the Spirit, your very Word, which has the power to demolish the strongholds, alive, active, and sharper than any double-edged sword.

I ask for your help remembering to put on my full armor every day, for You give me that what I need to stand firm in this world. Forgive me God for the times I’ve been unprepared, too busy to care, or trying to fight and wrestle in our own strength.
Thank you that I never fight alone, for You are constantly at work on my behalf, shielding, protecting, strengthening, exposing deeds of darkness, bringing to light what needs to be known, covering me from the cruel attacks I face even when I am unaware. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.

Getting to know God

I have been writing in a journal since I was a young girl. I have kept a prayer journal over the last ten years to draw closer to God. Are you waiting for answers? Draw closer to God.

The Prayer Journals Facebook page provides prayer journal prompts and inspiration. Please join me there or on Twitter @prayerprompts.

God’s Blessings to You,

sheri-clear-glasses

Sheri

© 2016-2020 All Rights Reserved