Joanie

Shawhan

In Her Shoes

Dancing in the Shadow of Cancer

Press into Liberty

 

 

July, the month we celebrate liberty. We wave our flags, shoot off fireworks, and host cookouts. We proudly blast our national anthem.

 

 

But sometimes we long for the freedom we sing about in “The Star Spangled Banner”. We may have endured a season of battle, targeted by the lies of the enemy in the pitch of night. We wonder if we will ever see the light of dawn. Like our frayed stars and stripes, we feel tattered and torn. We wave and scream through the smoke, “I’m still here!”

 

 

God says:

 

You are not forgotten (Isaiah 49:15)

 

You are not alone (John 14:18)

 

You are victorious (1 Corinthians15:57)

 

 

I experienced such a battle. I am an ovarian cancer survivor. Chemotherapy threatened my life. It induced baldness, brain fog, debilitating fatigue and crushing chest pain. Would I survive this assault on my body and the “what ifs” that pummeled my mind?

 

 

God says:

 

You are created for a purpose (Ephesians 2:10)

 

You are beautiful (Song of Songs 4:7)

 

You are courageous (Joshua 1:9)

 

 

Life’s events can rip us apart. We wonder if we will ever be whole again. Don’t give up! God has not given up on you. He gathers the tattered remnants of our lives and weaves them into an unfurled banner reflecting His glory.

 

 

God says:

 

You are chosen (Ephesians 1:11)

 

You are forgiven (1 John 1:9)

 

You are precious (Isaiah 43:4)

 

 

Do you feel as though doubts and lies have assailed you? In the midst of the battle, remember the truth of who you are and press into liberty.

 

God says:

 

You are loved (Jeremiah 31:3)

 

You are accepted (Ephesians 1:6)

 

You are free (Galatians 5:1)

 

 

 

 

Wave your flag of freedom!

 

 

 

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  • Anita Klumpers says:

    Beautiful and exciting stuff here! Thanks for the reminders and the motivation to keep moving!

  • Connie Barth says:

    Love!!!

  • Robin says:

    Yes–pressing in and speaking these affirmations, Joanie. Thank you!

  • Sue says:

    Love your blog, Joanie! You’ve provided a Bible study in a blog–and encouraged me to look those verses up. Thank you for reminding me to listen to what God says about me!

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