Beyond The Updates

Childhood Cancer, Spiritual Growth, Faith & Family is the inspiring journey of a teenage girl and her family. Beyond The Updates takes a deeper look at the journey God has designed and how we grow through adversity.

Paradox of Tribulation

Man’s Reasoning We live, we die, yet we live again, or not. Man in his own reasoning has determined once you leave this body your life is over. The Christian has learned you leave this body and your life has just begun. Man’s outlook and thought process will remain in this broken state unless healing is applied […]

Not Going Home without my Baby Girl!! This thought hit me this morning for some reason and it dawned on me I never came home to stay without Jenna. If she was in the hospital no matter how long she stayed. Sleeping on floors or in chairs didn’t matter. She was the important one in the whole […]

We must be so in love with who Jesus is that we forget about who we desire to be other than desiring our hearts to be like Him. Within this desiring we conform our lives around His thoughts and actions.

18_0918 Introduction to Grief Part 2

A realization that the very heart beat that erupts within us supplying life-giving blood to this fleshly body is not the only blood supply we need. As adopted heirs we now associate with true eternal life through Christ the ultimate life-giving flow that was shed on Calvary. The very blood that allows us to fight these battles not in the physical but in the spiritual realm and come away victorious.

Grief Introduced
The waters of grief have many navigational obstacles that desire to swallow us whole covering the glory God desires and deserves. These waters if allowed will end us as no more than a passing thought never to be thought of again. But through the power of the Lord we will not be swallowed up but will live in eternity victoriously walking with our Lord and Abba Father.
Navigating the seas of grief after the death of a loved one destroys true North on our compass with its raging storms and treacherous undercurrents. Continually fighting to keep your ship heading in the direction of God, the one true captain, will not be a fleeting exercise but a daily minute by minute way of life. The dark clouds that hang over everything large or small with powerful lightening, raging winds, and torrential rains, straining, even longing, to be released on your life appear to be the enemy.
These looming clouds constantly battle the calm force of the Holy Spirit that indwells who we are as Christians at the core. Although, I must admit, I struggle to keep the dark forces at bay even with the strong knowledge of who God is and how much He loves and cares for my soul. As we travel through this life getting constantly wrapped in its many webs of deceit it takes spiritual vigilance in the form of prayer and study to prevent falling into the traps satan has so carefully placed. These traps are not only for us but are for those around us that we affect.
We must live and say within ourselves: My heart desires to serve the Lord with everything in my being. (Study 1 Corinthians 15:58)

18_0728 Beyond the Updates The devil is Working Overtime Since our last post the devil has shown up again. His attempt to affect our walk will not work as God will always get the glory. In the last couple of weeks Becky has completed two biopsies of her breast. One shows precancer and the other […]

The Rich Man's Loan...

The Rich Man One day I met this rich man. Even though I am poor and definitely not on this mans level we became, for lack of better words, family. He advises me in my daily life and shows me the correct way to treat others. He has invested much time into my betterment for no […]