4 years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I went the normal route of diagnosis, tests, and treatment. I have no doubt God walked with me every step. I remember a time I cried out to him when I didn’t think I could go another day. A year ago I told my Drs that there was something not right. They checked and said it was just scar tissue. Two months ago we found a lump/mass. I had the routine mammo and it didn’t show anything abnormal. I went to my next appt and the surgeon agreed there was definitely a lump/mass .He relooked at the mammo and showed us where this was seen if he enlarged the picture. We chose to have it removed and biopsied. My appointment was scheduled for October 7th. We only told those closest to us because I didn’t want sympathy. All through we prayed. Sunday when I was getting ready for church I checked and it was there…another reminder that here we go again. When I walked into church I asked for a few of my closest ladies to pray for me. I knew what to expect with another bad biopsy but I personally felt I was on the verge of a melt down. Those ladies laid hands on me and prayed. Tuesday morning I got ready to go for the surgery and I felt for the lump. I couldn’t find it. I asked my husband to look and he couldn’t find it . We went to the doctor’s. The nurses starting prepping me for surgery and I asked to speak to the surgeon. The nurses asked what was wrong. I told them I couldn’t feel a lump/mass. They checked and said they didn’t feel it either. They called the surgeon…he felt and said well we are not doing surgery today. There is nothing to biopsy. He told the nurse that 10 days prior I had a lump and he showed her by putting his fingers about an inch apart. One of the nurses said wow…can you believe that? I told her I believe a baby was born from a virgin…I can believe this too. Praise God that no matter what…he walks with us….gives us comfort through the sad times…..and gives healing even when all we asked for was peace.

submitted by Dutch Boyd

I have been desiring to see God work in my life every day. For the most part He’ll parade people by me and it’s obvious what they need. I’ll pray and sometimes I see Him move and sometimes not. When the “not” happens it can be slightly discouraging. I was having a discouraging day when it occurred to me to return a call to my brother who lives several hours away. When I called he said to me “you know, in the year since we’ve been in touch again, it has been the best year of my life!” That was encouraging! Backing up a bit we had lost touch for about 30 years and didn’t do much other than the occasional Christmas card and phone call. He had left home when he was 18 and never really looked back having a lot of “issues” with my parents. When I caught up with him he was looking pretty rough. His knees were shot and all he could do was hobble. He was still bitter about things my parents had done more than 40 years prior. He knew Jesus and in fact was the one who presented me with the salvation prayer when I was young. Still, he seemed to be hurting quite a bit. I told him about what I had been hearing in church about our identity in Christ and that we could do the things Jesus did. I tried to help him with the resentments he had with our parents while having compassion for the pain he felt. He was also overwhelmed with a work situation. We talked, we prayed, we laughed and things seemed a little lighter for him. I went to lay hands on his knees and being that I was just starting to do these types things and expect instant results, I was disappointed that nothing seemed to happen while I prayed. Still I knew it was better to try than not. I was a little embarrassed but at least he knew that I loved him enough to give it a try. Coming back up to the present, he said that his life was better than ever, that he was down to working one job that he loved, he loved the church he was involved with and the people there and his knees were much better. He was walking about 8-10 miles a day and had dropped several pounds. So, thank God for bringing out encouragement at the right time! We don’t always see the answers to our prayers right away but we should always believe that he’s working it out when we are praying according to his will. Thank you Jesus!

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