Never Alone

Four years ago this Saturday, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Cancer.  Every year around this time, my mind goes back to that sickening place of facing the fact that I might die from a disease that was running violently throughout my body.  There are so many stories I could share with you about my cancer journey, but today I want to focus on one story that shows God’s faithfulness and how He never leaves us alone.

On May 11, 2009 when the doctors unexpectedly rushed me in for an emergency CAT scan, I’ll never forget the frightening and intense feelings of helplessness.  I immediately cried to God and begged Him to say something to me in that moment.  “God, I need to hear you now, please say anything!”  He responded instantly with, “I endured the nails.”  That was it.  Nothing else.  My first response was, “Lord I have no idea what you want me to do with this” and then within my next breath I took a deep sigh of relief and said, “ok God, no matter what I’m getting ready to face, life, death, pain, suffering, I’m going to be fine because you’ve already done it all.”  I suddenly felt strong and relieved yet still trembling with shock.

Exoduse 33:14 explains perfectly the reassurance I felt after my encounter with God that day.

“My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

I knew that no matter what hell I was getting ready to go through, I would never be alone and that is what provided me with unimaginable peace and rest for my soul throughout my battle with cancer.

Friends, I want to reassure you today that you are never alone.  No matter how isolated you may feel because of the trials you are going through, the Holy Spirit, the God of the universe is with you every step of the way.  Sometimes I go back and watch my miracle video to remind me how far God has taken me.  Will you take a moment to watch it today and see what God is speaking to you?  How far has God brought you in your life?  Please click the comment link below to share.

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16 thoughts on “Never Alone

  1. Every time I see this video it brings tears to my eyes. Your story is amazing! God had other plans for you than that 5% chance. Just goes to show that with God all things are possible. Thanks for sharing your journey!

  2. Lovely Linda! Your story takes me to tears every time! It’s so meaningful to me as a Nurse. This weekend is your celebration of life unexpected. A life that touches so many. Thank you for sharing your story about your Jesus held your hand. Love U!

    • I love that Marcie! Celebration of Life Unexpected! Perfect 🙂 Thank you again for all the care you pour into so many lives! You are the reason people like me can continue to live a full life!

  3. Thanks for sharing Linda!! That was an awesome video – wow – just watched a miracle in the making. God has HUGE plans for you. You can see it in your smile. I can’t wait to meet you at our CCI Coaching Convention in October. By the way – I ran my first half marathon a few weeks ago at the Women’s Nike Half in DC supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society! Pretty cool…God Bless!

  4. Praise God sister, you are such an inspiration! Thank you for your wisdom in this post and the beautiful video. I really needed it today.

  5. WOW, What an amazing post! Thank You so much for sharing this! I think we all forget too that our troubles are sometimes someone elses blessing. Sometimes someone else has it so much worse off! <3 I appreciate your honest, full of life post! <3

  6. Linda, this post brought tears to my eyes. Happy tears because I am so thankful for your healing. My life is so much richer having you in it. But also tears for the reminder that we are never alone. Your story of hearing the Lord say to you in that dark moment “I endured the nails” is so powerful and such a great reminder. He has already done it all!

  7. Linda, What an amazing story. It gave me chills. It reassured me that nothing is impossible with God. Praise His Name!

  8. You have an incredible story, Linda. I know where you’re coming from about asking God for help. I never had cancer but was waiting to go into surgery and literally wanted to get up and leave (maybe a panic attack). I asked God to help me and almost immediately, a sense of peace came over me. I had the surgery (ACL) and about a year later, I ran a half-marathon too. Thanks for sharing that.

  9. Linda, your life is an inspiration to HOPE in CHRIST; I am SO blessed to share our studies together – what a gift God gives – even through new relationships via online / FB! Praising Him for YOUR life! Thank you for sharing!!!!!!!

  10. Well done, my friend. I had forgotten about God speaking the specific words: “I endured the nails.” That takes me straight to the foot of the cross and the suffering of Christ.. You are blessing many lives, Linda. May God continue to lead and strengthen you always. Know many others will benefit from your Christian coaching as I have.

  11. What a testimony you have …and sharing it with us to build stronger relationships with Christ. I so love that Kutless song too. God carried you to right where you are today. Thank you for sharing and Praise God for your miracle. Blessings -:)

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