Over the years I've trained my brain and made it a habit to reign in bad thoughts. I can go from wanting to divorce my husband to thinking I'm the luckiest girl in the world, all in my head, without my circumstances changing. My kids go from disobedient wretches to tender hearts who need to be nurtured, just in the time my thoughts about the situation change. Its all about making it my habit of thought.
I heard someone say once, Fear and faith are both powered by focus. When I heard that it struck me that both require effort, its just where I want to place my focus.
When I'm having a particularly hard day, I will say the above verse over and over and when a negative/selfish/fearful/bitter thought comes looking for a parking space in my head, I'll run through the list to see if the thought can stay.
Is it true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, praiseworthy, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious, the best, the beautiful?
If its not, then I do my best to send it away and replace it with something from the list. Is this always easy? No! In fact, sometimes its really, really hard and I don't get it right. Sometimes? Hmm...maybe more often than sometimes. ;) Its not easy, but once it becomes a habit its easier, and the peace...the peace of God and the God of peace that follows is worth it.
Carry on, Warrior
One day this week my uncle texted me that we are prisoners of hope and children of promise. Yes! Paul wrote his letter to the Phillipians from a prison cell, but he said he wasn't a prisoner to the Roman government, he was a prisoner of hope. He'd learned to hold out hope in hopeless situations.
Unlike Paul I am far from being in a hopeless situation. And that's what bothered me after I posted last week that "I will do another treatment....that I have to."
I have to?? No, I get to. Seriously.
After I was diagnosed, we talked to my doctors about how we were going to treat it not if we could. My cancer was caught in time to be treatable. Not only that, but we have good enough insurance that we are not wondering if we're going to lose our house to pay for chemo drugs. And just 30 minutes away there is a good cancer center that can help me....we didn't have to relocate to get treatment. And we have a large family, both relatives and church family, who are stepping in to walk this journey with us, carrying much of the burden.
I can't shake the thought that SO many would love to have the privileges I do....affordable, accessible, life-saving care with an incredible support system. No, I don't have to go through chemotherapy, I get to.
So today I am off to take in Round #5. Not without some fear and trembling and dread and can't-I-do-this- again, but also with much gratefulness.
Thank you for your continued love and support and prayers. I covet them today and this week.