Valor and Victory

Valor and Victory

 This morning my thoughts and meditation turned toward strength.  This is the first day of chemotherapy for me, and I can’t help but wonder if I have the strength to go through it. Stuart and I had our very sobering information meeting with the nursing staff yesterday and, as I was listening to all the instructions and possible side effects, I could feel my confidence shrinking. There was so much information!

I feel like Jill in Chapter 7 of The Silver Chair from Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia. She, Eustace and Puddleglum are traveling to Harfang in their conquest to find Prince Rillian. This is one stop along one long, miserable journey.  Jill is leading at the top of a hill in what seems to be a light to moderate swirling snowfall.  Pretty soon, the crew find themselves in a blinding snowstorm and Jill falls into a strange trench; hopelessly lost and having jumbled and all but  forgotten the points of focus Aslan gave her at the beginning of the quest. I could draw at least three more comparisons, but this isn’t a book review. But do allow me to plug the Chronicles of Narnia.  I LOVE the series and have read them over and over! Each time I am amazed at Lewis’ ability to draw a portrait of humanity as we journey with our omnipotent, omnipresent, personal God.

I didn’t even know that I was Jill until God took me to 2 Samuel 23, “So the Lord brought about a great victory” (v. 12). With all the feats of strength and valor King David’s Mighty Men performed comes the reminder that it was God who really made it happen. I was feeling overwhelmed until I realized this morning that I was mounting up the strength to perform a great feat…all on my own. No wonder I was overwhelmed! Please pray that my focus would be not on circumstances, the trials to overcome, or even the things I still have to do, but instead on walking closely with God through the journey. Victory belongs to the Lord and I don’t want to steal one iota of his Glory–I want to reflect it.

13 Replies to “Valor and Victory”

  1. You can get through it. What Joe and I have found helpful was to journal about how you feel each day , (I’m sure you will) and you will start to see patterns. Day one post chemo he felt nauseous, but by day 4, it was gone. That has really helped.

  2. My go to verse is Phillipians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” God has putting that verse in my face so many times over the past few years. Just when I haven’t seen it in a while, there it is again more than once.

  3. Be strong in the Lord praying always for you. Be encouraged know that God is with you always and forever. His Angel around you. Psalms 91
    Love you and your family.

  4. God is still on his throne, and he is with you!!! I clung to the phrase, “just be held” and allowed him to minister to me and be praised!!!! Praying for you!! We are loved by an awesome God!!! Love and hugs from Kansas!!

  5. God Bless you my beautiful friend! I am praying for you today and always! Love you! Please also let me know if there is anything I can do for you.

  6. Praying for your focus on, and your abiding in, the glory of God. Courage and peace through our risen lord, Jesus Christ. Hugs to you, sweet girl.

  7. Auntie Ollie and Uncle Bob: You have strong faith which embedded with power. It is this faith that will keep you strong. Praying for your strength and God’s favor.

  8. One day at a time Yolanda, one day at a time. God will help you, talk to him. Just as if you are talking to your best friend. Just talk to him. He’s there, he will help you!!

  9. You are a great inspiration channeling verses from the Bible, as I have not yet had an experience like yours. I find you inspirational , strong and know you will beat it with God’s blessing. ! Pray for your journey daily. Love you!

  10. Hi Yolanda To read your blog and follow you in your battle is so rewarding and encouraging. I pray that you will alway stay as strong as you can be. You are an inspiration for all those who are going through their process. For the Lord our God is strong and mighty, and he will see you and your family through this. This too shall pass. You will always be in my prayers. Love you much and blessings.

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