Monday, April 7, 2014

When Peace Seems Far Away

 Hold it all together
 Everybody needs you strong
 But life hits you out of nowhere
 And barely leaves you holding on

(From Just Be Held by Casting Crowns)

That's kind of what my last month has felt like.  It's also why I haven't posted since we found out about the jump in my last cancer number.  We have been so busy between basketball, physical therapy for Melanie, Lent and then just every day life, I haven't had the time to even focus on writing.  But today it's necessary.

By the time many of you read this, I will have had my CT scan.  We decided, with encouragement from my oncologist, that we do my routine CT scan a month early.  Aside from the normal tiredness of a busy life, some things have seemed a bit off from time to time.  So now it's time for another scan, another blood test, another period of waiting to find out what is going to happen next.  And as I pray all I really long for is peace.

When we started this journey almost 5 years ago I had peace.  I woke up from my surgery knowing that I had cancer and I had this incredible sense of peace.  It was that peace that's described in Philippians 4:7

   We knew everything was going to be fine.  I'm sure at that time it was a feeling that I was going to be healed, but it was even more than that.  I was at peace with what was coming.  My heart and my mind felt guarded.  It was what peace was always meant to be.

I'm longing for that type of peace again.  After almost five years of fighting something, I'm tired.  I'm not tired to the point of giving up.  I'm tired of having cancer. 

 And when you're tired of fighting
 Chained by your control
 There's freedom in surrender
 Lay it down and let it go 

That verse is what I need to focus on now.  I need to once again let God show me where to go and what to do.  And I need to focus on where my true peace is: In Christ, In His Sacrifice, In Heaven.

 If your eyes are on the storm
 You'll wonder if I love you still
 But if your eyes are on the cross
 You'll know I always have and I always will

 And not a tear is wasted
 In time, you'll understand
 I'm painting beauty with the ashes
 Your life is in My hands

I know many of you lift me up daily in your prayers.  I know many of you are praying for my healing.  The rest of this week, I ask you to change your prayers for me.  Please storm God's throne with prayers for my peace.  Please storm God's throne with prayers to help me remember where my peace truly lies.  Please storm God's throne with prayers for peace while my family and I wait for the results on Friday.  And finally please storm God's throne with prayers for guidance as we continue this journey.
Because with those prayers and by God's grace I will be able to feel that peace I long for, because I will be held by Him.

 Lift your hands, lift your eyes
 In the storm is where you'll find Me
 And where you are, I'll hold your heart
 I'll hold your heart
 Come to Me, find your rest
 In the arms of the God who wont let go

 So when you're on your knees and answers seem so far away
 You're not alone, stop holding on and just be held
 Your worlds not falling apart, its falling into place
 I'm on the throne, stop holding on and just be held
 Just be held, just be held


  1. Praying for you, Lisa:
    “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the Rock eternal.” (Isaiah 26:3–4 NIV).

    Father, you promised to give us peace. You promise that throughout your Word. I pray for Lisa today. By your grace, she holds onto you as her only hope. Fill her heart and mind with your peace, peace that the world cannot give. You know the trouble that surrounds her and attacks her every day. You have overcome every trouble that she faces. Fill her with your calming peace. Let her rest in your arms, comforted by her heavenly Father's gentle touch and loving whisper. Send your angel to her with the same message you gave to Daniel, “Peace! Be strong now; be strong” (Daniel 10:19 NIV). Strengthen her trust. LORD, help her to stand on your unmoveable love! In Jesus' name, Amen!

    Jon and Kay

  2. My cousin Tanya Bessler posted this on FB and asked for prayers for you. I will be holding you in my heart and prayers, for peace that passes all understanding. You are upheld by the mighty and gentle hands of the very God of the Universe. His eye is upon you; He knows, He cares. And you are reconciled with God through Christ!

    In Christian love,

  3. My favorite verse ever for peace is this...Numbers 6: 24-26 “The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.” God bless you Lisa and I am praying for peace for you and your family.
    Peace in Christ,
    Heidi Quist

  4. Praying for you, Lisa. Philippians 4:7, "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Praying that God brings you the peace you are looking for.

  5. We will keep on asking God for His peace to reign for your family. Praying Jon's prayer above as well. Thank you for sharing your requests so we can join in asking God for His best for you. He loves to hear from His children, and He is glorified when we depend completely on Him. In Jesus' Love,