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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Tips For Journaling Your Breast Cancer Journey

1. Pray before you start.

2. Select a journal that reflects your personality and style.

3. Write your heart. Don't worry about grammar or sounding spiritual. Let your pen flow with thoughts and feelings.

4. Think of journaling as simply writing a letter.

5. Date your journal entries.

6. Another way to experience journaling is as a chat or conversation with God. Freely write all that's on your heart and mind.

7. If you want to write confidential things and worry someone might read your journal, come up with abbreviations and symbols only you understand.

8. Don't feel you must be positive all the time. When it hurts, talk about it. When you're sad, cry out. When you're mad, God can take it.

9. Express the good things that happen too and the days where everything does seem better.

10. Journal during doctor or treatment waiting rooms, receiving chemotherapy treatments, sitting in the car while your ride runs into the store for you, nights when you can't sleep, lying down to rest but your mind is racing, long hospital days and nights.

11. If you aren't up to journaling and the pen seems too heavy, don't worry--it shouldn't be a burden making you feel guilty or heavy. When the time is right, you will get at it again.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Following Dad

I met Darrell Leber in one of my many airport waiting rooms. As so often happens, I made a God connection. Darrell is Associate Director of Strategic Relationships with the Jesus Film, and he and his wife own Amen Christian Bookstore in Marysville, WA. Darrell sent me this story that I wanted to share with you:

10 years ago Missionary Don Cox was taken captive and held for ransom by rebel thugs (we would consider terrorists today). They drove him far into the country bound & blindfolded, and then forced him to hike into the Andes Mt's in the dark of night, across a river, over a log, and then a long distance up to a desolate area. Be sure to read the book, Shouts at Sunrise, to capture the details of those days and events.

Don was miraculously rescued after being held for 14 days. He and his family were swiftly sent to safety in the USA and Don hadn't been allowed to come back to the area of his capture until this year.

While in Ecuador, my son and I had the opportunity to hike high into the Andes Mountains with Missionary Don Cox to accompany him as he retraced his footsteps to see where he had been held. This was the first time Don had been allowed back into the area by the government to see this area by day. He was very excited and had the video camera going on overtime! We had a wonderful time of fellowship, devotions, and closure.

The trails were extremely steep and muddy on the return, as we had already passed over them on the way up creating a muddy slip-n-slide for the return. We were strung out in a line... sometimes slipping and sliding for a good ways. There were a few guys ahead of me, my son DJ a little ways behind me, and then Pastor Howell behind him and so forth.

I overheard a conversation between Pastor Howell and my son that drove into my heart…one of those “feel good” moments for a parent!
Pastor Howell (who is a big man) had offered to go in front of my son to catch him in case he slipped in the mud…you could slide a long way without stopping on these paths.

My son replied ‘No Thanks! I will follow my dad’s footsteps. I know that wherever he walks, that if I follow his footsteps, I will be safe. (see picture above).
What a statement!
What an impact on me to be careful of the footsteps and the walk I take as a witness to others.

If only we would follow so closely in the footsteps of our Savior… and know that if we follow him, we will be safe!!!

Check out Partner Trips where we will also deliver an ARK shelter: Click on “get involved” then “Partner Trips”.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Woman to Woman Mentoring Interview

Listen to me interview with MentorMarnie this Thursday at 1:00 PT 3:00 CT or 4:00 ET. I'll be talking about the 5 W's of STarting a Mentoring Ministry. You can call 646-727-2510 or go to You'll find a free handout at the website. Please share this opportunity with anyone you know in Women's Ministry.