On Wednesdays we are thrilled to fling open the doors to all of YOU! We love hearing your dreaming stories…the lessons you’ve learned, the roads you’ve walked, the dreams He’s planted in your hearts! Today we are excited to welcome back Mary Jo Cyr to God-sized Dreams. She is sharing the second part of her cancer journey and how God used it to fulfill the dreams she had. (You can read the first part here.)
Thanks for being here today, Mary Jo!
June 24, 2005 was when the journey began.
The year and half that followed included a double mastectomy, chemo, baldness, radiation and many, many tears. I was on my knees more days that I can count pleading with God to help me with the worry and sadness my heart felt. Although I don’t remember much of this journey, the journey itself is very real to me and my words today could never truly express the thankfulness I have everyday in my heart for what God knew was best for me.
You see, God took what I feared most and used it to bring me my dream….the dream of living with God’s peace in my heart. The dream of truly believing that yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, He is all I need. This journey is just that…a journey that is leading us Home to Heaven. You see, for all of my life, I loved God and always felt a “pull” on my heart for Him, but I looked for my security and happiness in my husband, my children, my controlling things my way, and in “doing” all those things I thought God wanted of me to “show” how much I loved Him and for Him to honor all those things I asked of Him because I tried to do all I thought He wanted.
This really isn’t my story, it is God’s.
God showed me His love in allowing what I needed in my life to be brought to my knees and simply trusting that He had my life in His Hand’s and He had a plan for my life. Yes, He did know my heart and He knew that the only way I could experience true peace – that “peace that passes all understanding” was when I surrendered all my “doing” and fears and gave that all over to Him. God gave me His peace when I read this verse…”all the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one came to be.” Psalm 139:16. He knew my life from the beginning. He knew all that would come upon me. He is my God. Nothing surprises Him and no matter what I was going through each day through this journey, He knew.
He was with me and He will be with me until the end. (<====Tweet this.)
This journey, not only changed my life and gave me that peace and contentment I was praying for. I became a very thankful person and never take a day for granted. God has used my journey through cancer to bring His love to others in need of Jesus. It truly has been amazing and ONLY GOD could do all that He has done through me.
I now look at the thing that caused me the most fear…CANCER…as my biggest and best blessing. It has changed my life in every way and all for the better. I praise God for His sovereignty and the love He has for us all. We may not understand His ways, but His Word also tells us that… “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. Isaiah 55:8.
You see, He can be trusted. He is a God of love. (<====Tweet this.)
Photo Credit: Susanne Nilsson
Mary Jo is a wife to Mark and mother to 2 grown sons, a mother-in-law to 2 daughters in law who are more like daughters, and and grandma to 4 of the best grandchildren around. She is thankful that God chose her as His child and prays all who see her, see Jesus in her. You can connect with Mary Jo on her website Grace and Blessings, and on Twitter .
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