Tuesday, February 9, 2010

God Leads the way...Day by Day

For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
Philippians 2:13

This is my dear sweet friend Kelly Anne.

She has become one of the most precious friends I've known in my Christian walk.

We met....just prior to my Breast Cancer Journey...through one of my daughters...and by way of God's leading.

It was not a coincidence that we met...nothing in this life is a coincidence with GOD almighty! HIS ways..are perfect! He knows the beginning to the end...and HE does ALL things WELL.

We began to discuss her diagnosis of Breast Cancer and her upcoming surgery December 11,2009. This prompted me...to get my Mammogram. My local hospital scheduled me for the day of her surgery.

I had scheduled a mammogram the year previous but came down with the flu and had to rescheduled only to get ill again. Two cancellations...I then became busy with the things of life and ....FORGOT all about my yearly appointment.

Mammogram was the last thing on my mind....until I met Kelly Anne.

The day after my mammogram...and praying for Kelly's surgery outcome...

I received a call from my doctor's office saying I needed to have a BIOPSY..not a followup mammogram...a BIOPSY. The SPOT that had been there two years ago ..had grown!

Two YEARS ago? ...when I had this mammogram I was called in for a repeat with a compression view. I was then told that everything was fine and just schedule my yearly as always.

TWO YEARS later...here I am.

I asked my doctor about this SPOT that was to have been gone with the compression. Possibly...because it was not a Digital Mammogram it did not detect a very small cancer cell...or possibly a precancerous cell had developed and grew in the same location. Nonetheless...it was there...it was larger than my previous mammogram...and it needed to be tested for Cancer.

The BIG C as some call it.

One of the most dreaded diseases women fear getting...I thought about it often, but not SERIOUSLY...I did my own checks and all seemed fine to me. Of course, I had no lump to feel..because this was inside the duct not to be felt.

I had actually prepared myself for some kind of follow-up...knowing......

....that when I met Kelly Anne;

GOD was going to use our meeting for some purpose.

Meeting...miles away from each other...across the Ocean! by TELEPHONE!

Would I be an encourager to her..I'd hope so.

Maybe, Lord? you are preparing ME..for something?

and this is exactly what GOD had planned.

If it had not been for her...I would not have had my mammogram..and my cancer would still be growing! God chose to use her at this time in MY life!

A woman of Faith....she walks closely with the LORD. Her caring heart and love of the LORD are so evident when one speaks with her. She has encouraged me greatly!

Thank you Kelly Anne!

GOD lead the way...He chose this path for both of us...He is working in both of our lives...at the same time...one with another.

Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
Proverbs 27:17

Kelly has called me like clock work to find out how each of my appointments have been...how I am doing...what is next. She is watching over me with such loving care... a SISTER in the LORD.

Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty council. Proverbs 27:9

Her encouraging words...and cancer council! have helped me understand the process of my journey. GOD lead her...my way.

What a blessing she is to me....I thank the LORD for giving me a friend that KNOWS exactly what I am facing...along with her own arduous journey...she SHINES with the light of God's presence. Her cheery voice in the midst of her own trial and her caring heart...GOD IS USING Kelly Anne for HIS purposes. I'm just one of them.

Our prayer together....has been that GOD would now use us both for HIS Praise and Glory. That those in our path might know the GOD of all mercy and comfort as we know HIM.

Please pray with us... Our journey is more than one of Cancer...it is a Mission Field in our hearts.

If you visit her blog (on my side bar)...you can read of a woman she recently led to the LORD!

For Kelly Anne...

Day by day and with each passing moment, Strength I find to meet my trials here
Trusting in my Father's wise bestowment, I've no cause for worry or for fear

He whose heart is kind beyond all measure, Gives unto each day what he deems best,
Lovingly its part of pain and pleasure, Mingling toil with peace and rest.

Day by Day
Lina Sandell Berg 1832-1903



Anonymous said...

What an amazing testimony of God's love for you! Bringing that special friend to walk with you through this trial that HE allowed to happen in your life!

He is so precious...

"I will never leave you nor forsake you..." says Our Lord Jesus Christ...Then when HE gives us exactly what we need, we are in awe of HIS love...

His love is AMAZING!!!

Friends like Kelly Anne are a rare gem that comes into your life and just shines her light so brightly :)

May the Lord continue to bless your friendship...Hope you decided to listen to the promptings of the Lord to have the tests done when you did...You were also open to HIS administiring to YOU through Kelly Anne...

HE is in complete control!


Deborah said...

Amen! God is so good! He will always lead...it's up to us to just follow....and what an amazing example of his leading!

Anonymous said...

That was such a blessing to read! The Lord was so good to bring you two together and knit your hearts like He has.

Thank you for sharing that testimony. (o:

Pam--in Estonia said...

God's love is so amazing! What a wonderful testimony all of this is to others. And also a blessing to SEE God's love for you in all the careful planning He did in your & Kelly Anne's lives.

Kelly Johnson said...

What are you trying to do??? Make me cry????!!!!!!!!!! Make me a saint??????????? Of course, I already am one of those! Praise the Lord! Thank you for your sweet words. Your words, cards, and little goodies always encourage my heart. I am so very thankful that they found your cancer and you followed up! Praise the Lord for divine appointments with strangers who have now become friends. Love you, Kelly Anne

Carrie of Farming On Faith said...

Dearest Hope~
I have added both of you girls to my prayer list. What amazing strength I hear coming form you in the middle of your storm. I will be praying for you~I will be following your Mission Field.
Isaiah 41:10

10Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousnes
I pray God will give you peace today~

Keith and Julie Loveless said...

Yesterday I read a passage that said our times are in God's hands. How wonderful that God has every detail of our lives planned. And what we so often think of as chance meetings is just another step in our journey. We are experiencing a wonderful "chance" meeting right now. God is so good.

Susan said...

God always brings just who we need at just the right time. I'm sure you're both a blessing to each other!

Joy said...

Hello HOPE, how are you doing? Happy Valentine's Day to you and your family--including the Gus Meister!


I loved reading your post! It was so heart touching and as I was thinking over each detail, the thought came to my mind, "I have not had a Mam. for several years. " Maybe the Lord was telling me that I should have had one and need to get it done. Sometimes, I too, let other things take my thought and forget that it is up to me to see that things like this are attended to. thank you for the reminder.

I pray that you continue to do well, and that your strength in all areas grow and grow as we become more and more like the Lord Jesus in our thoughts and ways. love you, connie

Kelly Johnson said...

Hope, dropping by to tell you that I am praying for your mapping appt! and radiation on March 1. Praying you are doing well.
Love, Kelly Anne