1 Chronicles 16:8-9
"Oh, give thanks to the Lord!
Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples!
Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; Talk of all His wondrous works!"
One year ago today I went for a repeat mammogram, which led to an ultrasound and a biopsy, all in about three or four hours. I left my house with the intention of being gone a couple of hours. A quick mammogram and then a stop by Hobby Lobby before returning home to cook supper.
My life changed that day.
It was the beginning of an anxiety ridden month. It was also the beginning of a test of my faith. Did I really believe what I always said? "Thanksgiving produces joy." Could I really be thankful in all circumstances? Could I really count my blessings every day?
I could. I did--some days were hard, but I did. And I am still thankful. I have learned so many lessons the past year! My diagnosis of breast cancer and subsequent double mastectomy stopped me in my tracks last year. One year later, there is rarely a day that goes by that I don't think about it. But with every thought, there is always the thankfulness.
"Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines;
Though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food;
Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls--
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation."
I am thankful, so very thankful that my cancer was detected early and that surgical treatment was all that I needed.
I am thankful that I recovered so quickly from all of my surgeries and procedures.
I am thankful that I have regained my physical strength, and that I ran a marathon! And now I am training for yet another marathon. (Yes, I am crazy!)
I am thankful for the outpouring of love and support I received from my husband, my family, my friends, and people that I didn't even know.
I am thankful for all of the prayers offered on my behalf and God's answers to those prayers.
I am thankful for the lessons in compassion that I learned.
1 Thessalonians. 5:17-18
"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."