Brain Tumor

“It’s a brain tumor.” That could almost feel like a death sentence.

“As I faced the terrifying surgery last year,” beautiful Naomi said to me in her lovely British accent, “I figured that this was pretty much the worse thing that I would ever have to face. So I said to myself, ‘What are you going to do?'”

The 20 year old stopped for a few seconds, wiping a tear out of her left eye.

Well, I decided that I was going to bless the Lord,” she simply stated.

“So when I woke up after the surgery, I blessed the Lord.  And when I realized that my facial nerves were damaged for now and that my face looked different, I blessed the Lord.  Every opportunity I got, I blessed the Lord.”

She looked at me with her crooked smile.

“And you know what?  He is amazing! He is wonderful.  He is beyond my understanding. And I love Him.”

Naomi, your walk with God challenges me to the core.  May the Lord burn your words deep within my heart. Today, I am choosing to bless the Lord with you whatever may come.

You make me proud to belong to the family of God with you.

Cultivating Thankfulness with Ann Voskamp

#246 my amazing body 

#245 The family of God

#244 Naomi’s parents

#243 Naomi’s faith

Linking up with WLWW, EOL, WIP, Unwrapping His Promises, God-Bumps, Denise in Bloom, Pieces of Amy, Titus 2 Tuesday, Faith Filled FridayBeneath the Surface, Consider the Lilies and Friday Faves

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32 comments

  1. How incredible! I love that you shared that with us. My favorite is your line, “You make me proud to belong to the family of God with you.” I hope I inspire someone like Naomi inspired you – and all of us because you were willing to share.
    Michelle

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  2. Such beautiful thoughts. Brain tumors are so, so difficult. I’ve lost 2 wonderful men in my life to them. One of them chose to praise the Lord….what an amazing experience that was to watch and be a part of. It truly does make you thankful to be a part of God’s family with them. Stoppin by from New Life Steward…..Blessings from simplyhelpinghim.com

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  3. Barbara – this is so touching. I work at a hospital and one day I got on the elevator thinking, “Oh Lord, it’s Monday.” A patient, who looked to be in her mid-thirties also got on the elevator. She smiled and spoke and I asked her, “How are you today?” She replied, “I”m blessed.” When the elevator stopped, she got off on the oncology floor and went into the clinic. I had to ask the Lord to forgive me for complaining about Monday after seeing this woman who was, would be, or had been going through cancer treatments.

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  4. You have introduced us to Naomi, a young woman of faith and courage. I pray that if we faced with challenges of this magnitude, I will be half the woman of God she is! Thanks for sharing her commitment.

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  5. “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him.” Job’s words are Naomi’s words, and oh, may they become ours, in all the fullness and trust that faith can birth. Thank you for sharing Naomi’s story. I pray we will all bring glory to our precious Savior today. Hopping over from Be Not Weary (www.lorihatcher.com).

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  6. I have that book right here beside me, it just came in the mail the other day and I need to start reading it, because we are going through it in biblestudy!

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  7. Amen. If this isn’t living out Ps 34, “I will bless the Lord at all times….” I don’t know what is. We all need reminders to get over ourselves and Praise Him. Thank you. Go, Naomi!
    Peace and good.

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  8. This inspires me to always seek joy first in God. His joy is true and complete. Thank you for sharing Naomi with us this week.

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  9. I will bless the Lord at all times. His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
    Naomi is living this truth out. May God bless her and keep her. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. When seriosity hits my life, the goal would be what she said… and I hope I will be that heart-oriented, worship-oriented, and blessing my Lord at all times. [Have some serious situations coming down my path now, and will keep this in mind so I can ONLY honor Him, b/c nothing else counts for eternity.] Thanks much.

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  11. Blessed by the name of the Lord, even on the road marked with suffering. She is living this out. I’m so glad you’ve shared this inspiring testimony, Barbara.

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  12. Wow, what a beautiful testimony and a reminder to all of us. Am I blessing the Lord today. no matter what comes up? I love how she said that every opportunity she got, she blessed the Lord. Am I praising Him today? Thank you for this encouraging reminder to bless and praise our Lord today and every day!

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