SURPRISE: starting this month you will start seeing our graphics evolve a little. As we try to stay super tech "savy" we realized it would be really cool if our graphics were quotes that related back to our devotionals AND if they were lock screen sized. Save this image to your phone and use it as your lock screen if you are as big a fan of this Kari Jobe song as we are!
Today is a special day. Today is what the Dotson family has been waiting for since Thursday, September 18th, 2014. TODAY is the day Robin Dotson (Rebecca's mother) finishes treatments for breast cancer. Celebrate with us as she rejoices in victory over such a tough battle. We are SO honored to have Robin herself write today's devotional.
Romans 12:12, Proverbs 3:5-6, 1 Peter 1:3-4
Romans 12:12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer. (Roman 12:12)
Today is definitely a day full of hope for me. As I am putting pen to paper for this blog, I am finishing the last of my treatments for breast cancer.
Proverbs 3:5-6 - Trust in The Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
This verse gives me all of the hope that God is control and all I need to do is "lean not unto thine (mine) own understanding." I just need to acknowledge Him and He will take it from there.
When I think of the word HOPE, two things come immediately to my mind. First, the hope of eternal life through Jesus' birth, death and resurrection as promised in I Peter 1: 3-4.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath given us hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you. I received this hope as an eight year old girl and cling to God's promises each day. That is true HOPE to me!
The second thing that comes to my mind when I hear the word hope is my sweet dog named Hope that we lost on August 21 of last year. She came to us as a shy, brown-eyed eight week old puppy and changed our lives forever. If you are a dog or pet lover you can relate. Hope reminds me that God’s timing is perfect. In Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (a very familiar passage about time) we see that there is a time for everything in life. We often want to rely on our own timing and even tell God what the timing of events should be. But if we rely on God's timing, we can see that it is always perfect. Hope had been the perfect dog for 10.5 years and such a gift from God. I relied on her friendship from day one, especially during the beginning of those "empty nest" years.
Hope got sick suddenly in August of last year with cancer and passed away. I was devastated and heartbroken. Little did I know at the time what was less than a month away - my own diagnosis. Although it was so difficult losing my sweet, loyal friend; God's timing was perfect. Hope was a Labrador Retriever, so she was a large breed dog and it would have been difficult for me to take care of her after surgery and through chemotherapy treatments. I also felt God's compassionate timing because I wouldn't have been able to emotionally handle the initial loss very well at the same time I was dealing with my own illness. That is HOPE to me God is always working in our lives for good.
I have always loved the quote "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened". In the case with Hope, "she happened" and I can smile as I look at that quote with a picture of her on my refrigerator and know God is still working in my life. Today, as I finish treatments I have the hope of finding another dog to love as much as I loved my dear friend.
And today I stand in victory over a battle that I realize every woman does not win. From the day I received my diagnosis, God’s hand has been present and healing me every step of the way. And, today especially, I am reminded of a song about our Healer.
“You hold my very moment, you calm my raging seas. You walk with me through fire and heal all my disease. I trust in You, I trust in You. I believe You’re my healer. I believe You are all I need. And I believe You’re my portion. I believe You’re more than enough for me. Jesus You’re all I need.”
Healer, Kari Jobe