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No More Chemotherapy

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Habakkuk 3:17-8 (KJV)
17Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines;
the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat;
the flock shall be cut off from the fold,
and there shall be no herd in the stalls:
18Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

The cancerous tumors have grown. No more chemotherapy. The other chemotherapy options open to us hold less hope than the one Matt was receiving. We will continue with some of the homeopathic protocols we have been using, switching a few of them.

Leaving the doctor’s office, the Lord brought Philippians 4:4 to mind: “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.”

It was not the verse I was expecting. Wasn’t it a bit much to suggest I start rejoicing right then? My heart cried, “God, I love and trust You, but what is there to rejoice in? The hopeful treatment failing? Tumors having grown?”

God so graciously reminded me, “No, not in your circumstances, but in Me.”

Our circumstances may not warrant anything to rejoice in, but as Habakkuk so eloquently stated it, our circumstances are not what we are to rejoice in! Though our circumstances may not be something that calls for rejoicing, yet we can still rejoice IN THE LORD! We CHOOSE to rejoice in the Lord.

  1. May 15, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Thank you for sharing so openly about the good and the bad. I love that verse from Habakkuk, although I never actually knew if I could live up to it until I got cancer. I found I really could rejoice in God even through difficult situations–although mine was certainly not as hard as yours. I pray peace for you!

  2. Jana Price
    May 16, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Your what rather than why questions have been so very true in my life. Also “Why not me?” when I hear of the struggles others have.
    Love you,

  1. June 8, 2011 at 3:08 am

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