❤️ UNFAILING LOVE ❤️

Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, these are the true sayings of God.    

~ Revelation 19:7-9 

                                                        ~💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕~

With all the ups and downs in this life and the seasons when we go through uncertainties of our future, lets choose to celebrate life every day! Think about it, we have so many reasons to be thankful even when our hearts seem ungrateful. If we allow our minds to drift off into that place of complacency and complaint, we can literally spew out complaint after complaint. Can you imagine engaging in a conversation in which all your mind seems to be doing is soaking in one negative thought after the next?

 

That negative energy affects your mood and dampens your spirit. I guess it makes sense why the old saying says, “Misery loves company!”

On the contrary, I say, don’t allow someone else’s negative or complaining spirit to be the consolation of why they think they came to the right one to vent.

If someone is expressing  negative emotions as a result of something they are going through, instead of giving the “cold shoulder”, why not be a spirit lifter and change the atmosphere of negativity. 

 

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in they sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer. ~Psalm 19:14

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so I’d like to give a BIG shout out to those who are in the struggle and the ones who have been through the struggle. You are never alone in your fight.  You will always have the unfailing love of your loved ones who stand by you, but most of all the love from God who first loved you, gave His life up to replace yours, and loves you like NO ONE else can! 

 

I not only celebrate the victory I have in Jesus that His unfailing love covers me through grace, but that October 10th was my last major chemo meds.  I have dropped from a whopping 8 hours of infusion to 3 hours and I have been doing and feeling amazing.  

 

Every morning when I rise, I say give me Jesus! Amen.

“God is Good all the time, all the time God is Good!” So I’m continually giving Him thanks.

 

Can I say my cup overfloweth? And with good reason!

 

October marks my 9th year Anniversary to a man that I can truly say was God’s gift to me.  Let me just say, to all my “Single Ladies” out there, if your heart’s desire is to meet a God-fearing, faith-believing, man of strength through Christ, and humble leader, then my advice is to delight in God’s sovereign plan for your life and let the desires of the Lord become yours.  

 

Before you begin looking for the right mate, begin by reading about him. 

 

God has given plenty of examples of not only what a Godly husband should be but He also commanded that the man you say “I Do” to should be of equal yoke and love you like He loves the church, which is the body of Christ.

 

I found this beautiful love song that paints such a breathtaking image of the unfailing love this man has for his bride.  The best part of the song is that he recognizes that as he places his hand in hers, making two become one, their clasped and interwoven fingers securely joined with Christ, that together they are walking together in holy matrimony with the Lord.  The lyrics to the song goes…. 

You’re my unfathomable precious unimaginable joy
And you’re exceedingly excited and abundantly more than I could ask for
With your hand in mine we will pass through time and space
And every second, every minute, every hour of every day I’ll say

My unfailing love for you will not be moved
For you will not be moved
My unfailing love for you
And though the mountains be shaken
And the hills be removed
Yet my unfailing love for you

He tells a story of a King coming in glory and He is
And that same Man who devised that plan united ours with His
And so hand in hand we will walk with Him as our two become as one
And all the promises He promises to us He promises will never be undone

My unfailing love for you will not be moved
For you will not be moved
My unfailing love for you
And though the mountains be shaken
And the hills be removed
Yet my unfailing love for you

Be my wife…Oh be my wife…Be my wife…Oooo

My unfailing love for you will not be moved
For you will not be moved
My unfailing love for you
And though the mountains be shaken
And the hills be removed
Yet my unfailing love for you

    ~Lyrics by: Jimmy Needham

                                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oK4jdexjgz4

 

 

After he expresses to her his unfailing love and the unexplainable joy she brings and his heart of gratitude that God chose to bless him with her, he goes more in-depth of him honoring his vows.  He sings that even when the mountains be shaken, which in marriages there will be rough patches, his promise to her is that his love will be unfailing.

 

As I listen to the song and I consider the unfailing love of my husband Pete through the season of my diagnosis, his countless days off work to care for me, clean, cook, follow-up with physician calls, schedule appointments, endless doctor visits and extensive hours of my infusion…

 

YET, not once did I hear him complain! Instead, he clasped my hands in his and he continuously prayed for my healing.  

 

When I got diagnosed, I honestly don’t think I even considered how he felt because I automatically looked to him as my strength.  As long as I had his unfailing love to carry me through this, I was strong.  

 

Newsflash, it was not until a week after the diagnosis that he shared with me that he cried hearing the news and how he spent countless days reading statistics of my illness, crying over what could be. I knew that if he could have taken the cancer in place of me so that I didn’t have to go through it, he undoubtedly would have.  I am his bride and his love for me is unfailing!

 

Then it made sense to me why the doctor looked at me after explaining in-depth what treatment would entail and then he looked at us and said, “You both look numb!” 

 

Huh? How dare he think such thoughts, glancing up at my husband, my rock…. our faith is strong! You see doctor, “And though the mountains be shaken
and the hills be removedI have the unfailing love of my husband who will carry me through.  So, I’m gonna be OK!”

 

So as the bride of Christ that we are, isn’t that the same way that God demonstrates His unfailing love for us?  We sin day after day, yet He takes our hands in His and He carries us through the difficulties of life.  

 

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  ~Roman 8:38-39 

 

I’m always so humbled when I consider God’s unfailing love for me.  When I close my eyes and paint the brutal, gut-wrenching image of how He suffered, I think, this is love…an unfailing one.  The physical pain, though incomprehensible, yet he endured it all.  Rejected by many and dejected in spirit as He prayed for those who refused to accept His unfailing love and offering of grace.

 

So as I finish off the month of October, so thankful that I am privileged, blessed, and so loved all because I am both the bride of Christ and of Pete.

 

As I know too well, more so than ever before, that our days are numbered and rather than wasting precious moments complaining, instead, find reasons to be thankful and live everyday as though it were our last.  

 

Let’s commit to living our best life because tomorrow may not be promised but God’s promise is…. He’s coming back and those who believe will experience His unfailing love for eternity.  

 

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.  ~ John 14:3

 

I’m reminded of a song I learned as a child.  

 

Count your many blessings.  

Name them one by one 

and it will surprise you 

what the Lord hath done! 

 

With my diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer to now my Remission, I have so many reasons to be oh so thankful.

 

Don’t you?

 

Begin counting won’t you….

 

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO MY AMAZING HUSBAND❣️

 

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Young, vibrant, and physically fit...Patrice is living life! Married to a devoted, God-fearing man, who not only loves the Lord but loves his wife just as Christ loved the church. Keeping Christ interwoven at the center of our marriage, we are reminded that, “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves, but a cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” With a very fulfilling and rewarding profession, teaching is my passion. I absolutely love and adore my fourth grade darlings. Seeing the sparkle in their eyes when they are ecstatic about doing a fun project or their expression of excitement when they have done well on a test. But the truth is, nothing warms my heart more than when they tell me that I’m the BEST teacher they’ve ever had! Let’s just put it out there that going on a memorable and unforgettable vacation makes life worthwhile. Experiencing the food, the culture, the scenery, the people....now that’s living! This was the year we were going to Spain and Portugal. On a past summer vacation, we enjoyed 21 glorious days with our daughter and son traveling throughout Italy. As my vacation planning was on the way, my hubby suggested that we skip a trip this year and focus on the renovations we had already started on our home. Reluctantly, I had to agree with him. With the kitchen completely gutted and confined to living in the family room as a result of the whole house being retiled, junk foods and take outs became my specialty. During this time of renovation unrest, the various symptoms I began to experience all seemed like just the regular ailments that resulted from poor nutrition and diet. After all, Cheetos, Crunch and Munch, and Goobers were all my cravings of choice after a long day’s work. Symptoms of gassiness, constipation, and gas pains that I started experiencing, I figured would have gone away once my unhealthy eating choices changed. Well, it was not until I witnessed my stomach bloating up and that unbearable feeling of abdominal fullness that my husband suggested I go get it checked out because something didn’t seem right. The sight of my stomach was enough proof that this was MORE than just gas pain! I figured I would confess to the doctor that I haven’t been eating healthy as of late, hence the reasons for my discomforts. Instead, “You have Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer” became my new reality. I was bombarded with treatment plans, appointment dates, endless procedures, and the opportunity to participate in a clinical trial. I decided after hearing my diagnosis that I would stand firm on the Word of God and not on the word of man and their statistics for my recovery. No fear! No crying! No self-pity! No questions asked, “Why me Lord?” Instead, I lifted my hands to Heaven and said, “Lord, I surrender this sickness to You because in my weakness You are strong and this battle is Yours to fight.” With God fighting my battle, I knew I was already victorious. I was ready to put on the full armor of God in order to stand firm with the belt of truth. I must be geared with the breastplate of righteousness, having my feet planted and fitted with the readiness of the gospel of peace. I would pick up my shield of faith, take up my helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit; the Word of God. Come with me on my faith-based journey to cancer recovery. I hope you will find courage to face your own “giants” and be encouraged by the strength I have found in relying solely on the Healer and not the healing.

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