MY REBOOT… I’M BORN AGAIN!

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“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, “all things are become new.”

2 Corinthians 5:17

For the past 12 months I’ve been poked and pricked

My body operated on and then stitched

A variety of medicines I can’t even name

The infusion of chemo continuously running through my veins

Despite my ordeal, I have Him to claim

Jesus my Healer is who I maintain

I’m reboot, recharged, and feeling so alive

Born Again, Jesus’s blood is the reason I survived

🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

In a recent conversation with my Survivorship doctor, she wanted me to share with her how I was doing from our last visit three months prior.

My heart poured out to her expressing my gratitude of what God has done for me. I expressed to her that I feel fantastic. I am living as though cancer was never apart of my life.

She went on to share with me about a seminar she attended that spoke of the importance of speaking positive affirmations and the difference they saw in people’s lives when practiced by patients who experienced cancer.

Her doctor’s orders were that she wanted me to verbalize aloud everyday that I’m healed from this cancer.

I felt so good to be able to tell her that I do that quite frequently. That I utter those words in my prayers, thanking God for healing me and that I also thank Him aloud.

“Thank You Jesus for healing me of this cancer” were my words to her.

Her face lit up!

Most importantly, God’s name lit up in that doctor’s office.

The emotion I expressed to her about feeling as though I never had this cancer is the J.O.Y. (Jesus Only You) I feel in knowing that only Jesus could have cleansed me with His blood. He removed the cancer cells from my body and revived me by His Spirit.

The more exciting news in all this is that I’m not just healed from this cancer, but that I have been BORN AGAIN!

It goes beyond being free of this cancer and having a second chance at life. It means the promise in knowing like Pastor Rick says, God is leading me to a whole new beginning.

The truth of it all as Pastor Rick said is that we will have to go through tribulations in this life, but we don’t have to live in the midst of our troubles as though it’s the end. We can live THROUGH it, being guided by God’s GPS, to a place where the old order of things will be no more.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

~Revelation 21:4

God sent His Son Jesus, our WayMaker, as a revelation, to map out the road for us; not directing us to the end but to a new beginning.

People go through life feeling this persistent sense of emptiness, despite all the money, power, possessions, accolades, and fame, yet nothing seems to fill that void.

Can I say, nothing ever will, until one comes to the realization and truth that only Jesus can replace that momentary happiness or chronic sadness, suffering, and pain with eternal JOY.

Just like a device might require a reboot when the software is not functioning, so do our hearts. It’s simply making a change in our hearts in order to establish a new beginning.

This requires stepping out in faith to experience a spiritual awakening and transformation in the heart.

As a sinner, we are spiritually dead until we choose to reboot our hearts and receive spiritual life through faith in Jesus Christ.

And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins.

~Ephesians 2:1

Many people’s hearts are still closed off to this truth and don’t seem to understand what it means to experience a rebirth. Take a look at the Bible story when Jesus tells Nicodemus that he must be born again or he will never see the Kingdom of God.

“Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

Jesus answered and said unto him, verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Nicodemus saith unto him, how can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?

Jesus answered, verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be BORN AGAIN. “

~John 3:1-7

The lyrics of Austin French’s song professes just that, the freedom that salvation brings in knowing that our lives may be broken and we may experience traumatic things such as disease, illness, financial loss, abuse, depression, divorce, death of a loved one, etc., but we don’t have to hold on to the bondage of our pain and sadness. Jesus has broken our chains, loosened our shackles, and given us a new lease on life.

Like Nicodemus said to Jesus, for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. John 3:2

Nicodemus was a ruler of the Jews, so one could obviously assume he was an intelligent man.

Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?~John 3:10

Just like many people today who struggle with this truth of who Jesus is, Nicodemus was no different.

Nicodemus answered and said unto him, how can these things be? ~John 3:9

Nicodemus too struggled with comprehending that Jesus was the Son of God, the sacrificial Lamb, the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. The One who came to save us; our rescuer.

Jesus was NOT just a teacher like so many professed Him to be, but most importantly, He is God, the Beginning and the End, our Savior. The One who came to save us from our sins and to set us free.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. ~John 3:17

Jesus made it very clear to Nicodemus that ANYONE who believes in Him shall be saved.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. ~John 3:16

Could Austin French have sang this truth any better in his song “Born Again”?

I was down on my luck, I was stuck

I was running ’round broken-hearted

I was sinking so fast

I couldn’t last falling apart

And You could’ve ran away

Leaving me there in my shame

Leaving me fighting my pain

But You made a better way

I’ve been saved

Goodbye to the sinner, I’m held by the Father above

No more shame, for

I’m out of the desert and drowned in the power of love

Amazing grace, my soul set free

Ain’t no grave, got a hold on me

I’m born again, born again

Washed by the water, I’m clean

My eyes have been open

You’re showing me all of my life in a new light

Every step, every breath

Like it’s the first time

You could’ve ran away

Leaving me there in my shame

Leaving me fighting my pain

But You made a better way….

💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕

Thank You Jesus! You made a better WAY. It’s called the cross.

When this cancer came upon my body, it caught me off guard. But it wasn’t a surprise for my God. He went to the cross for everything we would face in this temporal life. He made a better way through His blood.

God uses our pain and heartaches for His purpose and His glory. Nothing He allows us to go through in this life is ever in vain.

I’m thankful that He allowed me to go through this cancer because if that’s how He chose to use me, I will continue to praise Him because of it. He didn’t leave me to suffer alone, He carried me and saw it to completion…which was my REMISSION!

I’m glad having gone THROUGH it!

The irony in all this is that a month after returning to work, my partner who I worked closely with, shared with me that she was diagnosed with breast cancer. You can only imagine my shock to hear this devastating news, especially because it’s someone I worked so closely with.

What are the odds in all this I thought. I was reminded that nothing God allows us to experience is random, and it’s all part of His plan and purpose.

Once again, this might have caught me by surprise, because it definitely caught my partner by surprise. However, it’s so comforting in knowing that this did not come as a surprise to God. He knew she would have to experience it and would have to trust Him in order to get THROUGH it.

He granted her peace that surpassed all understanding, kept her in good spirits, and helped her to maintain a positive attitude.

There was a point when she questioned why she hadn’t shed a tear or felt moments of sadness. J.O.Y. is what I told her…Jesus Only You!

She recently underwent surgery and she’s doing well. Praises to our God!

What could have meant death, Jesus gave her life.

The Beautiful Face of Courage!

Cancer can’t rob our smile! 😃

Our feelings about Cancer! 🤪

💕Dedicated to Michele Mazin 💕

Nicodemus struggled with the idea of what it meant to be born again, but it doesn’t have to be the same for us. I think anyone who has survived an illness that could have potentially led to death, by God’s mercy and grace is given another chance at life. I believe God spares our lives for different purposes.

The believer gets the opportunity to rejoice in God’s saving grace, being able to continue doing the work in furthering His Kingdom, and sharing the good news of His love and what He has done. For the unbeliever, God can use His healing power to open one’s eyes to a spiritual awakening of what He desires to do if only faith and trust is placed in His Son Jesus.

Are you born again? Are you washed by the spirit and cleansed by His blood?

I recently had my 3 month follow up CT scan and the results of the scan was all God. All I can tell you is that Jesus’s blood has cleansed and healed me. Dr. Diaz asked me how do I feel and I told him I felt awesome. He said, “And you’re still exercising?” He told me whatever I’m doing to keep it up because I’m doing great and my CT scan is looking really, really good. EVERYTHING WAS NEGATIVE!!!!

It’s now a little over a year since I was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer and 8 months since Jesus has healed me. My decision of faith many, many years ago to accept Jesus Christ as my One and True Savior was the best decision I could have ever made.

No matter what I may go through in this life, I can maintain my smile and walk in the promise of knowing like Austin French says,

“I’m born again, born again

washed by the water, I’m clean!”

The Love of my Chemo Crew! ❤️

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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.

5 thoughts on “MY REBOOT… I’M BORN AGAIN!

    1. Thank you Duarte for being my faithful brother-in-Christ…standing in agreement with me in prayer and believing that our God can do immeasurably MORE than I could ever ask for or imagine. Love you lots and thanks for being a good friend.❤️

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  1. Patrice Thank you for ALWAYS sharing Jesus! You are a true and faithful child of God! A blessing to all who come in contact with you. Both you and Michelle are very loved and healed :).

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    1. Thank you so much my sweet friend Norma for supporting me and standing alongside me through my journey. It’s been an experience that as strengthened my friendship with my Savior!❤️

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