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Words

Words… Words are a way we communicate with one another. They can be spoken or written but either way they can impact another person positively or negatively. It’s amazing to think that words are only something made up of speech sounds or written or printed characters but they have the power to change a life. They can make or break someone’s day or change a course of a lifetime.

Think about it; the power of even one or two words. “I do.” “Yes.” “No.” I had quite a number of medical appointments and tests done last week…thyroid biopsy, breast MRI, echo cardiogram, Pabst smear, infusion, bone density, root canal, etc. The results came back in drips and drabs over the course of the week. Each time it was a simple “normal” or “benign” and even a “beautiful” was thrown in there. Just one simple word told me all I needed to know or cared to know. I was thankful those were the words I was told, especially after what I went through medically in the last year.

Today, March 1st, is World Compliment Day.  Think about how something as simple as a compliment could put a smile on someone’s face or brighten their day.  You know the old adage, “Think before you speak” or “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say 560166_10151427374636530_552397826_nanything at all”? There’s a lot of wisdom in that. Proverbs 10:19, “The more talk, the less truth; the wise measure their words.” (Message) There’s a time and a place to say certain things as well. “The right word at the right time is like golden apples in silver jewelry.” Proverbs 25:11 (NIRV)

The third chapter in the book of James is about taming the tongue, or I should say our inability to do so. He alludes to the bit in the mouth of a horse and to a rudder on a large ship. It controls or steers it in the direction the rider or pilot wants to go. It is a small thing but it does a big job, good or bad, like a spark starting a forest fire. The tongue can be used to praise or to curse. Proverbs 12:25 says, “Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.” (NLT) At the same time, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.” (NASB)

When we read or hear the Word of God, it is soothing and satisfying to our whole being.  Psalm 119:103 says, “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (NIV)  The Message translation puts it this way, “Your words are so choice, so tasty; I prefer them to the best home cooking.” Wow! These were especially prepared for us to devour and feast off of.  They are truth and show us how to live our lives not only here on earth but an eternal offer as well.

I really like a new song that has been played recently on a station I listen to. It’s simply called “Words” by Hawk Nelson and how words can build us up or break us down. Part of the chorus goes like this, “Let my words be life/Let my words be truth/I don’t wanna say a word/Unless it points the world back to You. This is exactly how I feel about this blog. Although I hope that it has been both informative and encouraging to others with breast cancer or anything else they may be going through, I cannot write a post unless my words are pointing back to God. This blog may be about my experiences but it’s purpose is not to point to me but to the Lord and what He is doing with a broken vessel. He gets the glory for everything and anything good in me or that may come from me.

Here is the official Youtube video of the song “Words.”  Check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anVweXDcxhA

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Good News !

Who doesn’t like to get good news?  As I wrote last week, I had my first diagnostic mammogram since all this started one year ago.   I received my letter in the mail stating that the results were NORMAL!!!  I expected that result as they did not take any additional pictures after a radiologist looked at them while I was still there. It was still good, however, to actually see the results in writing.  I give all thanks and glory to God for the good report.

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The rose I received after my mammogram.
Photo credits: Joshua Siniscal

There’s something about the written word.  Obviously since I blog I like to write.  I’m old fashioned and I like the feel of a real book versus an e-reader, being able to FEEL the written word as well as to see it.  Think about how much more important and final any kind of deal or contract is once it is in writing.  Two parties can verbally agree on anything…a purchase price for a product, a job offer/contract, an estimate for services, an exchange of goods, etc. but once it’s in writing it makes it more official or real.  Maybe what’s appealing is that it can’t be revoked or taken back.  It stands until another contract is written up.

The written word of God is such a powerful thing.  It’s amazing to think that the Word always was as we see in John 1:1. “In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself.” (Amp)  There’s no denying the reality and truth of something in writing.  John 17:17 shows us that His Word is truth, “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” (NRSV)

I like to think that because I have this valid report that cancer can’t come back and change its mind.  Unfortunately that’s not the case and it could rear its ugly head again one day.  I already have an MRI scheduled next month.  I am not going to dwell on that but will instead revel in the fact that TODAY I have the victory and will shove my letter in cancer’s face and remind it that my mammogram was normal.  YES!

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My good news!

I shared my good news on Facebook with my friends and so many “liked” it or commented.  They truly rejoiced with me because they have been through the journey with me  whether in body or  in spirit.  Romans 12:15 says, “Share the happiness of those who are happy, the sorrow of those who are sad.” (Phillips).  I have seen this over the past year as friends have been there through the hard times and can now rejoice with me.  This is an answer to many of their prayers.

Although this is the best news I could hear right now, the grammy winner for all time good news has to go to the gospel.  Did you know that the word “gospel” is from the Old English “god-spell” meaning “good news” or “glad tidings?”  From Greek it is translated as “good message.”  The gospels are the first four books in the New Testament that tell of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and his teachings.  I can’t think of any better news than that.