Monday, October 2, 2017

A New Normal

It was 1 year ago today Kathy Jansen took Jacob Jansen to the ER and we found out at 3 am the next morning he had a tumor. A couple days later on the 5th after the biopsy the Dr's were pretty sure it was cancer. Hard to believe its been a year, it has gone by so fast. But here we are a year later and almost finished, but nothing is back to normal. Actually its a new normal, our lives have been changed for the better. We are all closer together, and more importantly closer to God. Cancer is a whole new world and I've been around lots of people going through it, but you dont even know until it hits home. We all have a whole new empathy for people going through it, and the nurses/doctors who care for them. It takes a special kind of person to do the work they do day after day caring for cancer patients. God put a bunch of them in care of Jacob and we are blessed because of it.
In these troubled times we are living in God is still in control.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 "Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
We just have to stop focusing on the bad, and look to the maker and author of our salvation. Focus on the eternal life we have and start living it now. We dont have to fear any of the stuff happening all around us. Even the cancer and all the other afflictions. The bible says "perfect love drives out all fear."
If you dont have a certainty of an eternal life with Him, why not make today the day. Again in 2 Corinthians verse 2:6
For he says,
“In the time of my favor I heard you,
and in the day of salvation I helped you.”
I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.
Romans 10:9 "If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."
All it takes is a wholehearted desire. Say this simple prayer;
Lord Jesus, I know I'm a sinner, and i'm asking you to forgive me of all of my sins. Come into my heart, be my Lord, my Savior and my friend and I will follow you all of my days. In Jesus name Amen.
If you said that prayer and meant it, its done. It is really that easy, its living thats hard. But in Christ I can do all things. To rob a friends' saying, this life in Christ "Is a life worth living."
Stay Blessed, PJ