Simple faith is one of my greatest strengths. For me, the hard part has been developing a depth to my faith that enables me to believe that no matter what difficult winters I must go through, good will come of the trials.
Accept the unexpected
What can help us root out bitterness, despite all we have been through? As I contemplated this question in my own life, four prominent answers have become clear:
Growing and changing as a person is not an easy task. Developing ourselves takes faith in God, a willingness to trust Him and to do the hard work, and it helps if we have patience and are persistent. With my own growth in mind, I set a goal for myself during my second fight with cancer. I wanted to memorize an important scripture in hopes that I could come to understand the lesson that God had for me in that very difficult time.
We must stop stunting our growth by stamping down the fine, fluffy soil within us—we must remember that we are created by a perfect God!
It became nearly impossible to eat anything other than soft, bland foods or liquids for a number of weeks. To make things worse, the chemotherapy treatments caused most everything to taste and smell bad. There were few foods that I could eat without great difficulty. One of those foods was sweet, bottled, peaches--either plain, with cream, or made into peach smoothies. I had only canned twelve bottles of peaches the summer before, and when I reached that last bottle I felt distress as I still had weeks of treatment to complete.