I feel all things happen for a reason. There is a divine power at work. I quickly began to realize what it means to be in the absence of God, to be in the absence of all things good. "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?". This was Jesus' prayer of abandonment. Suddenly, I realize, He has been there too (and further). "What do you do with that?", I asked myself. The answer was obvious, you turn to God. Ever since, I have done nothing but trust in His will. And, if this is His will, then I shall see it through. Simply trusting in God's will has been what has gotten me through these last couple months. That trust has been what has carried me through. - David W.
...doubt is the very essence of faith itself. So, although I have doubts, I continue to have faith that trusting in God's will will see me through. I can either be downtrodden in how things have turned out in my life or I can be joyous that God would never make a mountain I couldn't climb and that things will get better as long as I have faith. To quote the Bible, "Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling – For it is God who worketh in you." - David W.
Although I often fixate on numbers, trends, statistics; a big part of who I am is my faith and belief in the unseen. This is probably why I am filled with so much hope that through all this treatment and prayer I live with confidence that I will receive a positive outcome and so will the others on this journey with Multiple Myeloma.
A couple of months ago I mustered up some strength to share my life journey at the Ann Arbor Vineyard Church (FF to 22min mark). While preparing for the talk it became very obvious that the last 6 years of my life (Cassie's too) has been filled with a lot of loss, pain and what I would sum up as darkness.
But it hasn't felt like extreme darkness, although a quick recount of all the unfortunate and outright horrible experiences would deem otherwise. Today I stumbled across a verse that made me realize why I haven't been consumed by the lurking and frequently consuming darkness in my life.
You are my lamp, O LORD; the LORD turns my darkness into light. -2Samuel 22:29
In my struggle to understand life, marriage, work, kids and now cancer; God has taken the darkness that has often times surrounded me and made into a light that has shined onto my path to bring direction, clarity and ultimately comfort in knowing that He is there to shepherd me so that I don't have to go at this life alone. The greatest part...is that regardless of what happens...I know how the story ends.
This is my specific prayer for Dave and I would love it if you could join in with me...
FATHER, HEAL DAVID'S BODY COMPLETELY. MAKE A DEMAND ON HIS BONES TO PRODUCE PERFECT MARROW. MAKE A DEMAND ON THE MARROW TO PRODUCE PURE BLOOD THAT WILL WARD OFF SICKNESS AND DISEASE. ALLOW EVERY CELL IN HIS BODY TO SUPPORT LIFE AND HEALTH. I ASK THIS IN YOUR NAME, OUR LORD AND SAVIOR. AMEN
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But most of all I am thankful for the saving Grace of my Lord Jesus Christ, who made miracle after miracle happen this past year. He was faithful in so many ways, walking with us, answering so many prayers, and providing His perfect timing with doctors, clinics, treatments, and financial assistance. I was constantly encouraged and at peace in a way that can only be made possible by Him.
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