You are Invited

You are Invited

July 13, 2017

“Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Romans 5:3-5 (ESV)

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The front of my refrigerator is covered with invitations. One to a baby shower. Another to a wedding. One to a birthday party. While I may not be able to attend all of these, I love that someone thought of me as they prepared their special event.

I received another invitation recently. It isn’t posted on my refrigerator. It isn’t marked in my calendar. Attending seems inevitable and I don’t want to go, yet I know there’s Someone thinking of me in it.

Twenty-five years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was a difficult period, but there were gems that emerged. I discovered the value of friendship. I learned what mattered and what didn’t. People became central. Christ was my rock.

Recently, I learned my daughter has breast cancer. When I heard the news, I was on the way to the airport. I found a solitary stall in the bathroom and wept until I was empty.

Not again, Lord.

Though I will always be grateful for what I learned during that incredibly hard time, the last thing any mom wants is for her child to go through a trial.

I found comfort in Romans 5, our key verse.

In this text, the apostle Paul is issuing an invitation to the Roman church. If you read it on the surface, the invitation seems to be to suffering, but it’s not. It’s actually an invitation to experience the joy of faith in a trial.

Suffering produces endurance.

Paul doesn’t dismiss the reality of suffering, but he reminds us that we can become strong through suffering. Two decades ago, I had no idea of the strong woman who lived in me, but God did. As I sat next to my daughter in the waiting room, I wrapped my arms around her, but she was also wrapped in the arms of her Heavenly Father. She’s strong already, and her faith is the reason. As she goes through this trial, she’ll discover even more about the woman God created her to be.

Endurance produces character.

This gift of character is priceless. It’s honed in the rocky places. It becomes who we are and who God knows us to be. It transcends beyond the trial, showing up in the form of wisdom, insight and courage.

Character produces hope.

Hope in Jesus becomes our focal point as we walk with Him through the suffering. As I go through this with my daughter, it feels odd to be on the other side. I revisited every emotion I once felt, but they seem weightier because my sweet girl is experiencing her own emotions.

One thing I know for certain is there are tender lessons ahead as she and Jesus walk through this together. I pray she’ll see the hope of her faith in a new light, because that’s what we are promised in unexpected trials.

God’s love is poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit given to us.

What held me up 25 years ago remains true today. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He loves me. He loves you. His love is poured over us in abundance when we are in a trial.

What is the invitation in our trial?

This new journey with my daughter has created new invitations on my refrigerator and in my calendar: pick up the grandkids, surgery on this day, pray for our daughter on that day.

Yet the real invitation can only be found in the words nestled in this mama’s heart and prayed over that of my beautiful daughter: We can rejoice, even in the hard places, for God’s love will carry us through.

I will respond to that invitation and place my trust in the Lord.

Heavenly Father, I didn’t ask for this, and I don’t want to be here, but I know this to be true: You are with me and those I love. You are my Rock, my Shield and in You I am secure. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Isaiah 26:4, “Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the Rock eternal.” (NIV)

2 Corinthians 4:17-18, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (NIV)

RELATED RESOURCES:
What if there was a real-life invitation to a lifetime of unexpected destinations and adventure? What if your faith was the ticket? You’ll appreciate Come With Me: Discovering the Beauty of Following Where He Leads by Suzie Eller.

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REFLECT AND RESPOND:
We often see the trial as the focal point, but what is the invitation within? My invitation in this new journey with my daughter is to trust God and to love my daughter tangibly. I can say yes to both of those.

What can you say yes to in your trial?

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Comments

  1. I recently seperated from the father of my children, after finding out he was unfaithful for a few years. God has given me so much strength it has surprised me, so.much so it makes other uncomfotable. It seems they want to see me down, upset, although I openly let them know God is my rock…they question my decisions and strength. I can say Yes to trusting God, giving him the reigns, and to loving myself. I have always been a people please, putting others first, but I have learned to love myself as God does.

    • Hi Nees, thank you for sharing! I wanted to give a little support 🙂 My mom has recently gone through a similar situation with nearly the same reactions. Loving yourself because you know you’re loved by the most High is key. It sounds like you’ve made the right decision and will make it through stronger and better for it with the Lord’s strength. You are worth all the love and respect and kindness in the world. I wish you well!

  2. Jennifer says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your heart. I needed to be reminded of these truths today. My daughter is struggling with addiction. It’s hard to watch your child struggle…very hard. She doesn’t know the love and hope of her Heavenly Father…but she will because He is a waymaker, miracle worker, promise keeper. That is who He is. I found Him in my struggle and that is exactly where she will find Him. It is for that reason that today I CHOOSE to believe and trust that my Jesus will take her hand and lead her to the foot of the cross where she will meet her Deliverer, her Healer, her Comforter, her Strong Tower, her Refuge, her First Love, her Peace, her Joy, her Hope. I know that He is working. I command His ministering angels to surround her and to minister to her heart, so that she will be drawn close to HER Jesus!

    • My family is battling the same thing. Prayers to you and yours.

    • Merle Nursten says:

      Hi Jennifer, I wanted to send you some encouragement today. I’m in recovery and just got my 2 years (not my first time around) but this time was completely different because I found my way back to Jesus. I grew up in Church, my grandfather and uncle were all pastors etc. But the horrible disease got me! My story is tragic, as are most addicts and alcoholics, but boy oh boy I love Jesus so much today for what He has done for me. I am completely reliant on Him, I still have struggles and issues like trust (father figure stuff) but its OK, because now I can say Father today I am struggling 0lease help me! I will pray for your daughter this morning Jennifer. Xx

  3. Ukinebo says:

    God is amazing! I asked Him this morning on my way to work for a word to lift my weary spirit. As soon as I got to the office, I put on my computer….and right there were these beautiful words. I woke up today really struggling to get a focus and a grip in understanding why all these stress I have been passing through for a couple of years now. I moved to Europe from Africa with my children for a supposedly ‘better’ life…but it has turned out to be the most challenging 2 years of my life! God has been and is my strength and anchor as the struggles made my heart weary and the future blurry….but reading this today has put strength and life back in my spirit. I especially love the prayer at the end, which I have copied into my dairy….to me it’s a prayer worth saying everyday!

    • Ukinebo,
      Dear sister in the Lord. Your response touched my heart this morning. I just wanted you to know that someone in Pennsylvania, USA…is praying for you right now. God has a wonderful plan for you. May today you sense His peace and feel a joy that comes from deep inside. God loves YOU!

  4. Kristen Kreuzwieser says:

    Thank you for this. God has seen me through every trial I’ve faced better than I could have ever imagined. It has been almost 12 years since I had brain surgery that put an end to 25 years of epilepsy. I am one of the rare few who has been healed completely thanks to God alone. I wish I could say that was the end of the struggle. Things became more difficult before they became easier and God has been with me every step of the way leading me, teaching me & loving me so intimately. Despite the difficulty, I wouldn’t trade the closeness I have with God for anything. ❤️

  5. Please pray for me – I have been struggling with anxiety and depression for about a year now.. and now I am feeling stuck just feeling angry and disappointed with God. He has blessed me with a supportive family, friends and coworkers, but I sometimes wish He never let me go through the painful memories this has brought and the pain I still experience now. I know doctors and counsellors can only do so much.. please pray that I learn how to see this in a new perspective, that my heart would not harden towards Him. Accepting this cross has been really difficult. Thank you, sisters.

    • Jane seaman says:

      Prayers Marie. I struggle with anxiety later in life and it’s hard to shake it and understand how this suffering is building character.,it’s making me bitter.,

    • Marie and Jane–me too, for 41 years. I pray that the three of us will learn to REST in the Lord, trust completely, rely fully, and look UP to him, and not focus on our feelings, but on His truth. Lord may it be., because we know that it is YOUR will. Thank you.

      • Yes Annie, may we remember to focus on what is true, honourable, pure, gracious, lovely and worthy of praise..

        Praying for strength and endurance for all of us. I know doctors and counsellors can only do so much.

    • GODONLYKNOWS says:

      Many years ago I too struggled with anxiety and depression. Then one day I handed it to Jesus and said here you take it. When he came calling for it all one night. Then I had to LEARN to stand firm and learn to stand solid and not bay in the wind like a young tree sapling. Then LEARN what MANY Blessings there were through the storms of life. To stand as a conqueror and not let the devil deceive me with his lies. I had to LEARN to not let things hold me down through life’s troubles. I had to LEARN that even when I knew I was feeling earthly alone, I was still a Warrior in Christ.
      The devil is a manipulator. He will make things feel overwhelming and no hope. He is filled with lies. One has to start by surrendering 100 percent everything to the Lord. Releasing it into the hands of Jesus. Then one has to arm themselves with the Spirit of the Living word to find POWER in his Word. There were many people in the Bible that went through difficult times. But the Lord on High and God above brought them through those times. Scripture says to move that mountain. Well sometimes you have to hike the rugged terrain. But one has to be daily refreshed and renewed in the Love and Blood of Jesus and by his word. If I told you my life story you would wonder how I am able to let go and Praise the Lord. Well it took a wayward walk. But Jesus never failed me or left me. Even when there was a time you didn’t dare say those words to me. But through it all he let me come back to him with his open arms and unconditional love to say HERE I AM CHILD!! I have never left you nor forsake you! But I will help you conquer what has been binding you.
      Dear sisters learn what the root cause is for what is binding you with fear, anxiety, and depression. For fear usually is also in the mist of depression and anxiety. Then sit down and surrender it all to the Lord. Then fill yourself up with the uplifting words in the Bible. Find people in your life that will uplift you. Don’t let the devils lies bind you with fear, depression and anxiety. Let the PEACE OF ALL PASSING make you a WARRIOR in Christ to renew your mind with a Spirit of Joy, Peace, and Unconditional Love. That as you walk through this earthly life of troubles, you will not get pulled down by the enemy.

      DEAR LORD, We come before your throne, ,and praise your name. We lift up your words you have provided by the words in the Bible to provide a way in our life. We thank you for never leaving us nor forsaking us. We ask you to bless these people who have come to this board with their troubles in life and the spiritual things that the devil has inflicted them with. We know you are a healer and a restorer. A deliver that will bring a renewing of the mind, body, and soul. We ask you by the Blood of Jesus to show these posters that there is a resounding power by your blood. That they know longer need shackled by the chains that are holding them down. That you will sent them free if they only believe. Send the right people in their life to enrich them and bless them. That what ever circumstances they are going through that they will know you are 100 percent there with them. Devil go to Hell! do NOT have power or any authority over these women. BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS BE GONE!! Lord
      Send your Joy, Send your peace that passes all understanding to these posters OH! LORD! Let them sing praises to you like Paul and Silas did in Prison. That they may be sent free! In your Precious name! AMEN

      • Thank you for sharing such wise words, and for the encouragement! 🙂

      • Crystal Johnson says:

        I needed this soooo bad. I was crying and down and disappointed with myself and hubby. I was down right angry and depressed. My hubby and I have drinking issues….his is real bad and I’ve been trying to quit completely…for awhile. If it wasn’t always around…it wouldn’t be so hard. I’ve asked for the Lord’s help and gave it to him…but still struggle. I’ve got alot of other things stressing me out on a daily basis. Autistic son with oppositional defiance disorder, OCD, ADHD and anxiety. Reading this helped my spirit. I gave my issues to God again while reading this and bawled my eyes out. I needed this. I was feeling so lost. Thank you and God bless you.

  6. Thank you for your honest words, Suzie. As parents, it is so tempting to pray that our children will experience the quick fix, the easy life. It is a bit scary to say, “Lord, grow endurance, character and hope in my child’s heart.” I am learning to ask less that God remove their troubles and to focus more on the character traits they need:
    “Teach him to let go of the anger and fill that space with compassion; may she find her security in you, not money; slow down the rush to judgment – give him eyes to see the other side of the story.”

  7. It is never easy to see your loved one suffering. May God grant your daughter the peace she needs in this time of suffering. May she feel the love of Jesus every step of the way. Amen

  8. It’s hard not to focus on the trial. For me it’s a difficult,destructive and painful family relationship My daily struggle is to do RIGHT. Despite the abuse, betrayal and neglect, Jesus commands me to love my enemy, forgive offenses, and pray for the abuser. The only evidence of my faith is obedience. Its a difficult journey but God has proven Himself over and over again.

  9. Suzie, I’m thankful you’ve honestly shared your story here and in your Facebook group. I’m praying complete healing for your daughter today, and strength for you as you help her recover.

  10. Please prayer for me .I have been going through a rough couple of months.My mom is going in to assistant living at a young age of 67 because of dementia.I lost my brother and dad years ago to automobile accidents.And just lost my best friend 2 and a half weeks ago to cancer. All I have left are my kids.plus having some health issues while trying to work.I don’t know how much more I can handle.I have prayed and cried for weeks now.I just need peace and strength to get through this.But instead I feel completely alone.

    • I just prayed for you…keep walking with God. Blessings!

    • Dear Lord, please be with Kelly and help her to know that she is not alone because she has you. Seen her someone that she can confide in in these hard times.. I lift her up to you just now. In Jesus name. Amen

      • Thank you for the prayers! I know God will get me through as He has so many times. I forget who is in control and think that I have to take all these burdens on my self and I don’t.

  11. Sharon Seneker says:

    God is Good! My mother & I are both breast cancer survivors! 🌸

    • Kathy Wyg says:

      Good morning……congrats to both of you….that’s awesome……I do a small ministry out of my home…I give away crosses….they are colored plastic crystal crosses on ropes…& they come in 6 dif colors…I would love to send you & your daughter one…as symbols of hope….if you would accept them…..let me know….I am including my e-mail to contact me….thanks……

      Have a blessed day………Kathy Wyg
      Bwygant@bellsouth.net

      I can even e-mail you a pic of what they look like & their colors…..

      Hope you respond……thanks…..kathy

    • My mother is a two time survivor. We are BRCA positive. I have had surgery and am now a previvor.

  12. Brittany says:

    Thank you for this today. We recently lost our 2 month daughter to a genetic disorder and life has been incredibly difficult. Losing a child has been the hardest thing I have ever been thru in my life thus far. I know God is sovereign always and that He has a plan and purpose for our pain and suffering but I have to be reminded of this frequently as it is very easy for my mind to be filled with sadness and anger over her not being on earth with us. This was a helpful reminder today for me so thank you.

    • Brittany, my heart just aches for you. I’m so sorry for your loss and can’t imagine the pain. We want everything to make sense, but it doesn’t. Sometimes never does. Just know there are many of us surrounding you today with prayer and support. You are not alone, and NO ONE is expecting you to snap out of it! You have a Refuge, a Shelter, a Fortress, a Hiding Place where you can run and stay, taking the time you need to grieve, resting in His tender arms while you heal. There you will find everything you need to persevere. Lord, surround Brittany with those who have been there, bringing her comfort and mercy in her great pain. Pour out Your peace over her as she senses Your strong presence in every moment.

  13. Sabrina McElwee says:

    I can say Yes to following God deeper. I can say Yes to drawing closer to Him. I can say Yes to noticing the beauty He has placed around me. Those are beautiful things to say Yes to. And while it is easier said and done, it’s what I choose to say Yes to.

    Praying for you Ms. Suzie and your precious daughter. ❤️

  14. Praying for your family. Thanks for being honest and open about your struggles. God bless.

  15. Patricia Ison says:

    My trial is that my son is interviewing for a job today that will bring him home from working away. I desperately want him to have this job, and I am so fearful that if he does not receive an offer, he will be devastated. My invitation is to trust God, to have joy in my faith that God has this under control (as my son told me this morning!)

  16. Susie,

    My heart breaks for you and I am praying for you and your family! I also was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was young with three kids, the youngest just 5 months old. At that time, I kept thanking God it was I who was ill, not my husband or any of our girls.
    Nine years later I am completely healed! I witnessed our oldest graduate high school this past May. What a blessing!
    I also know with my history, the concerns doctors have for my daughters. After I was first diagnosed I used to prayer fervently, tearfully, asking God to never let my daughters go through this. As I rocked our youngest to sleep, I would pray over her and her sisters, “God, protect them from cancer.”
    One day I realized cancer was not as powerful as I feared. God is still bigger, still stronger.
    I realized what God was teaching me through that experience- and He brought forth so many positives from that experience.
    I pray you and your daughter are surrounded by loving family and friends and that you will feel God’s great comfort throughout this ordeal.
    Lastly, I want to share that my doctor took my husband aside the night I was diagnosed. He told him to get help here, knowing no family lived in state. He told him he would raise our daughters alone.
    God is bigger, stronger than medicine, any statistics, as I’m sure you know.
    It’s been over nine years and I’ve had no signs of cancer.

    • Jennifer says:

      Thank you for your testimony. So powerful! I have been scheduled for a breast biopsy next Wednesday for a “suspicious” mass after a routine mammogram. I’m so thankful for God’s Word and the way He speaks to me through this ministry. I’m afraid, but I also know that God is faithful…and He has not been caught off guard by this; He is not surprised or shaken. So, while I don’t know what the results will bring, I do know that He is Lord and the I AM for whatever comes my way!

  17. Good words this morning! Thanks for sharing your heart. May God hold you all in the palm of His hand.

  18. Phyllis says:

    I am on my own new journey. It is very different from yours, I pray for your family and your journey. In mine I am recently divorced after 43 years. Starting over at 62, but I know the Lord is my strength. He is yours also. God bless you and your daughter.

    • Kathy Wyg says:

      Good morning……Phyllis……

      My name is Kathy; I just read your story…my prayers ar w/you; I do a small ministry out of my home….I give crosses way to people…..they are hopefully a sign/symbol of God’s hope……they are colored plastic crystal crosses on ropes…i would love to send one to you to help you thru this ordeal….I can send you an e-mail showing you what they look like & their colors…let me know if you would like one….

      Have a blessed day…………Kathy Wyg
      Bwygant@bellsouth.net

      Here is my e-mail above..to contact me…thanks …..

  19. 🤗 I just wanted to send you a big hug and a smile as my trial may not be the same as yours but my sister it is a rocky and hard trial that we face and I know that The Lord is our Shepherd He will not lead us astray!!! Psalm 23 Much Love to you and yours and many Blessings Always 💞🕊🙌🏼✝️

  20. Suzie, my heart hurts for you and your daughter to be walking through this trial. But God…

    It’s so comforting to read your powerful faith story and know it’s all for God’s glory. He indeed has her wrapped in loving arms. Yours and His.
    Hugs. Susan

  21. A Mom who misses her son says:

    Thank you for you ministry. I find comfort in your words. I know God is with me, guiding me, holding me, and loves me.
    We lost our 20 year old son two weeks ago. He worked for the railroad, and was hit by a train along with another young man. It’s been a whirlwind, still doesn’t feel real.
    I pray to stay focused on Him, because if not it would be very easy to crawl up in a ball with so much hurt. God is the only One who is giving us peace, and we have this knowing we WILL see our son again some day. The Lord has given us strength that I can’t describe. HE is good, and I know HE has an AWESOME plan, that I so much want to be a part of. Still alot of rough days, just because I MISS him so much.
    Please pray for both families and all involved.

    • I can’t even imagine the pain you are feeling from your loss. And there are no words I’m sure that bring you comfort. Just trust in Jesus and let Him carry you through this horrible time. He is our Comforter.

    • Mom – my heart breaks for you! I am so sorry for the loss of your son and under such tragic circumstances. I pray that each and every day God will send a HUGE {HUG} in some way, shape or form so that you are reassured of how loved you are and God still cares deeply for you. {HUGS} and peace!

    • Dear Mother Who Misses Her Son:
      I am so, so sorry. I cannot imagine going through this. I can only imagine a little because I have a 25-year-old son and I know how much I love him very, very much. Losing a child, especially in the tragic way you did and at an age when life is before him……it would certainly bring me to my knees….in more ways than one. I’m going to my knees for you and the other family also. Again, hugs and prayers.

  22. Oh, Suzie, I can’t imagine how your heart aches for your daughter, especially after knowing what you had to endure. We hurt a thousand times more when it’s our kids or grandkids, feeling absolutely helpless. Why is it when it’s us, we feel we may have a bit of “control” over it, while it’s ALL in God’s hands! When I was diagnosed 4 years ago with breast cancer, God’s strength and courage showed up ever day. I learned just how NEW His tender mercies are as I cried out each morning. I knew I couldn’t muster the strength on my own and He faithfully provided it in my weakest state. I sensed His presence so strongly while in this valley. There was such a conflict of emotions because of it. I love what you wrote above, so many truths about character change in the midst of trials. And, although I learn such valuable lessons about myself through suffering, more importantly, I come to know GOD more intimately. Not only is my faith grounded more deeply through every trial, but my trust in Him grows in abundance. I am cancer free today and pray your daughter will join our ranks as God’s love carries her through one moment at a time.

    • Kathy Wyg says:

      Good morning….congrats to you too…!!…on cancer free……

      Have a blessed day…….Kathy Wyg

  23. Cindy Lawson says:

    Romans 5:3-5 is a special passage that God gave to me almost 11 years ago. You see, I too was diagnosed with breast cancer. I read this passage while waiting for biopsy results, and I knew that God was going to allow me to walk this path. Thank you for sharing a bit of your story. May God bless your daughter as she travels this road, and you as you give support to your daughter and family.

  24. Sue Roberts says:

    Suzie, thank you for your words today. I’ll be praying for you and your daughter.
    My sons Jadon and Ben have totally walk away from God. It so breaks my heart. After 24 yrs of marriage it was over. I always depended on God and he depended on other things. My boys still have not tried to deal with anger and burt. They are becoming more like their dad. They deny that.I know that God has this. Oh it hurts.

    • Kyndall Hill says:

      Sue,
      My heart feels for you. I know that dealing with and processing through the pain and effects of divorce can take a long time. And especially for the kids, I know that they may continue to identify ways the divorce has affected them as continue to go through life. But your sons are not outside of God’s reach. He knows the things that can penetrate the hard spaces of their hearts. And, imagine how greatly you, their mother, love them and want for them to be healed and experience relief; God, who is their Heavenly Father, loves them so much more and wants them to come to Him even more too. He loves them, and no matter how long they or your ex-husband try to run away from Him, God will remain ready to receive them again with open arms of love, and He knows exactly what it takes to get their attentions. Take courage and be comforted in your heart, knoing that God knows your heart, and He sees you in the midst of your pain and He desires to turn it to joy. God loves you very much, and you’ve got a community of sisters and fellow believers who love you too. So I hope that you are encouraged and that God’s peace would rest on you and that you let it settle into your heart. When you begin to worry, tell Him (your Heavenly Father) about it, and continue to bring your worries and concerns to Him. Nothing’s to hard for Him to accomplish or handle, and He loves you SO MUCH!

      -Love, Kyndall.

  25. Kyndall Hill says:

    Thank you thank you thank you for this post! It was such an encouragement! God is so good and this lesson that you teach in this message today is confirmation and affirmation that God does in fact cause ALL things (even the hard, ugly, and uncomfortable, seemingly unfair things) to work together for the good of the ones who love Him. How good He is! So thank you for sharing this. Your strength is clear through your words, and I pray that God continues to grow the trust, faith, and belief of you, your daughter, and all others who have the opportunity of walking through this together with you all. May God bless you and continue to keep you and give you His strength to endure this hard time and comfort as you go through this trial. Tell your daughter she is loved (even by a woman she doesn’t even know) and that because of her mother sharing about what you’re going through, other prayers are going up on you all’s behalf; and you know what happens when the righteous pray. . .God delivers! (James 5:16; Psalm 107:6; Psalm 34:19) Love you both!

    In Christ,
    Kyndall

  26. Our family is experiencing just such a situation now. Your story and Biblical reference is both reassuring and inspirational. Thank you!

  27. Thank you, Suzie, I needed to see this spelled out today. This verse has been one of my favorites for a long time, but seeing it through your eyes has brought renewed meaning to me and gives me strength and hope. My situation is not nearly as difficult as what you and your daughter, and many others are having to endure; however it is my suffering and the last few days I’ve been losing hope. I believe God put this in front of me to remind me to keep my faith in Him and He will bring me through this. Thank you, God for speaking through Suzie, for allowing her to share her story in such a way it will touch so many people. I pray You will wrap Your loving, healing arms around her and her daughter and bring them to good health. I ask this in the name of my savior, Jesus Christ. God bless you Suzie!

  28. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you very much for encouraging story and God’s wonderful word! Praying for you and family!

  29. This resonated with me as I have been wrestling with guilt and pain over my daughter who is sick. But I know she is healed and I will continue to trust in my Lord and Savior. I am sure your daughter will beat cancer, the same way you did, through Christ Jesus! Stay strong.

  30. Oh, Suzie, this is POWERFUL! Thank you for your words and wisdom.

  31. Thank you Ms. Suzie for encouraging others as you go through your own trial. May your daughter and all the hurting hearts that have shared their pain today, experience God’s presence in miraculous ways.

  32. I am so grateful for Proverbs 31 ministries and all of your testimonies of God’s grace and strength in times of trouble. I love reading through the posts of incredibly faithful and wise women whose comments resonate with love and truth. We are not alone, but our Lord walks with us through the valleys, carrying us when we cannot walk, and truly giving us wings like eagles in his time. Thank you, Suzie – I pray the Lord sustains your daughter and you during this time of trial, and you will both taste the sweetness and healing of his presence and comfort.

  33. Suzie,
    Thanks for speaking truth and sharing wisdom in your beautiful way.
    These words are illuminating and uplifting.
    I am so thankful for the way God works through you.

  34. This was so timely that it brought tears to my eyes. I read it at 2am this morning and needed time to process it and reread the full passage again. This last week has been so trying for my husband and I. Last week I thought I had injured my leg somehow as my calf began bothering me and by the weekend it hurt to bear weight on it. On Monday I called my dr who saw me and upon examining me said even though I wasn’t showing any symptoms, she felt a nodule, suspected a blood clot and ordered an ultrasound. Within 2 hours it was done and I tested positive for a DVT which took the wind out of my sails, because it’s about 18 inches long. I’m on medication, but yesterday I began experiencing new symptoms and called my drs office who instrusted me to go to the ER. After many tests, I was informed I have a pulmonary embolism in my lung. The symptoms I was experiencing I thought were due to the blood clot, are not and I was told on top of the PE and DVT I also have Tachycardia. I am clinging to my savior, but I am really feeling overwhelmed and struggling to have hope through this trial as I walk through this valley at this time. I know He is with me and I should walk boldly, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t scared. But I am thanking Him for being with me every step of the way.

  35. Thank you for this post! Last month at the age of 39 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. As devastating as the news was at first, I have never felt God’s presence so strongly. It is a journey, but with God we are not alone. My faith is in him and he is with me. I pray for your daughter during her journey. Thank you for so openly sharing your story. It bring peace of mind to those currently going through a similar experience. God is good all the time!

  36. Cat Elston says:

    Bless your soul! Thank you for this sweet message. Many prayers for your family. 🙂

  37. To fully submit and trust God through this. He knows what I need to prepare me for what’s ahead and to lean on His strength and wisdom for His eternal purpose.

  38. Worried Mom says:

    Praying your daughter will be healed in Jesus name and for everyone who has posted today. Tomorrow I go with my 16 year old,who has never been in trouble or a behavior problem, to see a juvenile officer. He posted a picture at school on social media. He naively thought his friends would see it as a joke and would know he was just kidding. In this day and age there are no jokes when people are scared by something they see on social media. Another child showed a school administrator and it went viral. My son was kicked out of school until fall 2018. This child would never hurt anyone, was in AP classes and had already taken the SAT. The hardest thing is he has the sweetest and kindest heart. However, people have been ugly and said very unkind things about him. He has completed the grade was in and hopefully the juvenile official will see he never meant to cause harm to anyone. Watching my child be kicked out of school and forced to stay away from friends is heart breaking. I’m terrified he will be put in a youth detention center. He is a very thin young man and would be targeted. I’ve trusted God and He has gotten us through the past 3 months. I am just begging that ppl will pray for us. He has suffered enough already. He will not get to graduate with his friends. I’ve prayed God would put the right ppl in his life. He wants to make the world a better place. He did a clean up on a lake near us and wrote about his community service project. I pray the court will see him as a child who wants to help others and not a criminal. He would never harm anyone or anything. It was only a picture and a serious lack of judgement, however its effects have been devastating. Thank you for reading my words. I pray God will truly bless you all. Thank you!!!!

  39. I pray for you and your daughter that God will see you both through this trial. My daughter was given 1-2 years to live a few months ago, but I’m trusting God to heal her and bring her out of this disease that is plaguing her body.

  40. Joyce McCoy says:

    Good afternoon Susie, this spoke to me to let know no matter what we as God chosen we have a hope in him. Trials will come know that you are not alone. I know he is able and I know he cares, my hope in him alone.

  41. Susan G. says:

    I can say Yes. God is my Rock also, and He is the One I go to daily. I am so glad we have a God that is already at the end of our trials, challenges, grief…He goes before us.
    I am praying for your daughter, her family and you.
    Thank you for this Suzie. Your words are always such an encourage to me!
    May God pour out His blessings on you all.

  42. Janice Alston says:

    Thanks for being your daughters rock, and just know God is in control. I know with out God as my rock I wouldn’t be here now. I had colon cancer in 1999-2000, and had just went through the lost of my mother in 2008, in 2013 I was was diganosed with a simular form of cancer, they treated as ovarian cancer, complete hysterectomy. Had my chuldren and my grandkids, sisters, brother, doctors and nurses, but most of all God for being my rock. I will be placing both of you in my prayers. Give God the Glory. I know God is in control of it all.

  43. Isaiah 26:4 is my verse I have claimed this year. Nothing feels right, almost nothing is going right, but God has a plan, and trust I must. So I repeat this verse very often during the hard days whenstuff is just off thanks for your words

  44. I am a 4 year breast cancer survivor and therefore know the anxieties associated with a diagnosis. I can only imagine when it’s your child. Praying for both you and your daughter…actually the whole family as all are affected in their own way. God bless y’all.

  45. Natalie says:

    My brother has been battling drug addiction for over a decade and this has affecting me deeply as if I was the one struggling. I’ve prayed and I continue to pray for my brother complete deliverance and restoration but not a lot has changed. I know that there is a timing for everything and God’s plan for my brother’s life is perfect, but it is really hard to see him suffering. I just pray for strength for each new day and strength to continually go before His throne of grace to ask God for brother’s healing. All that I can do at this point is to watch and pray til something happens.

    • I am praying for your family, Natalie. May the Lord help your brother recover and heal his addiction. I ask God to provide comfort and strength to you. I understand how addiction impacts family dynamics as my spouse is an alcoholic and refuses help. I, like you, continue to seek God’s grace and love.

  46. I recently learned a lesson about possibly getting fired instead of hired because I went into the Apple Store and asked about filling out an application for employment when I was supposed to wait on my job coach.
    The invitation I have received is a second chance before it gets worse.

    Praise God!

  47. Many blessing for you and daughter also for your family? My invite who say, Come and go with me to my Father’s house.To my Father’s house, To my Father’s house, we have joy,peace,love and happiness. My bible versus is the book of Revelations chapter 3 versus 20 : Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and open the door. I will come in to him, and I will dine with him, and he with me. AMEN

  48. beth warren says:

    I can continue to live each day to my best. I cannot fix my husbands problems….job, lack of feeling needed or useful, porn, etc. I have to live the life I have left as I can to the best I can….I awake (thank you God for another day) each day, let my pretty pup out of her crate, we go out after morning love, where I find a sun just breaking over the trees across from my house and I post the picture and wish people the best, ask them to take time for themselves (5min), slow down and truly see the artistic creation of God around them from the smallest of wild flowers to the puffy clouds in the sky. I ask them to be kind, patient and respectful to all no matter age, race, or financial level. The more I get upset or people try to get me the more I pray for guidance and God’s strength

  49. Desperate Mom says:

    Is anyone else going through a child’s sin of same sex relationships.mine has been going to a church that says this is okay.Devastated with depression and anxiety.

    • I am so sorry for your pain. It is obvious you are hurting so much. I just prayed for you and your child. I pray that God will comfort you, give you hope, love, wisdom in all situations. I also pray that God will open the eyes of your child and same sex partner so they can see God’s truth, love, and mercy.
      Cling to God. He will be your comforter, your child’s healer and redeemer.
      Know that others care about your pain and are praying for you. You are not alone. He loves your child more than you do, even though I am sure that is hard to imagine. I hooe you are comforted some by knowing others care for your troubles.

  50. Karen Dunn-Peacock says:

    Your blog was so beautifully honest. Thank you for sharing your experience so that we can see the beauty in your faithfulness. My first thought on this was…You have all of these new invitations, that you didn’t want to get or attend, but reading the comments above, I realized you are not attending alone. We are all with you in Spirit. We will be there for every event. God has brought us to these events with you through your blog. Lifting your daughter, you, and your family up in prayer. Big Hugs.

  51. Laura Jones says:

    was disappointed I couldn’t find the printable on her website. I did sign up

  52. Lynette S.R. says:

    My sweet niece brought me here as I am battling breast cancer. She has always been such a special joy to me and continues as she has grown into a strong Christian woman. Thank you for this site. I have been strengthened by reading your article today and will visit often as I pray for you and your daughter. The Lord carries us through these kinds of trials and my prayer is that as I go through this — no matter the outcome — He will be glorified in how I show His love to others. May His name be praised as we walk with Him!

  53. yenny corredor says:

    Yes, of course I can say yes to rejoice in the Lord inside my many trials, and to focus on the eternal things such us love, patience, courage, faith, hope and others. I love the Lord He is my Rock my Shield and He is with me every day all the day, I am not alone in this!

  54. Jayne Essmann says:

    I found put in May I have breast cancer. I have a tremendous surgeon, a friend, she is an Angel that was sent to me and so was this reading! My Mom passed away right before Christmas 2016, my family is almost non existent. Thank God for my friends and team of doctors. Thank you for the message. Next week I start radiation soon to follow meds for 5 years. What does not kills us makes us stronger! Hope is here! Strength grows! Good luck and prayers for you and your daughter!

  55. Gisele Fourny says:

    I haven’t thought of that verse in a long time but recall it being my source of hope when I had little going through an acrimonious divorce 20 years ago. It was God holding me up when I couldn’t. Praise Him for always being in our presence and I pray He will strength your daughter and your family on this journey.

  56. Beth Almeida says:

    My Daddy passed away in 2009 from Squamous cell carcinoma. Before that, I knew plenty of people who passed away from this horrible disease.
    The word “cancer” has always been enough to strike terror, I mean a bone deep fear into my heart. After reading this post it isn’t so scary. It still bothers me but not so much when I read how you have managed to put it into perspective.
    As every mother reading this will surely agree, it is harder to see our children fighting a battle we can’t take from them and fight ourselves If you can be brave when it’s your daughter, find comfort in the Lord, lean on His comfort, I can be brave as well. Your family will be in my prayers.

  57. Carolyn R says:

    I agree with you, Suzie, that no one wishes to see their children go through a trial. I’ve prayed for your girl. May the Lord produce even greater beauty in her to His glory.

  58. Addison says:

    I am late in reading this but what a meaningful devotion! It means so much to me. I copied your prayer down and I hope that’s okay. Thank you!

  59. Michelle Nietert says:

    Suzie thank you for sharing the truth of future hope with us as suffering is such a part of this world. Praying for you and especially for your daughter today. I honestly hate cancer but rejoice in the God who sees us through hard days.

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