Which part of your life do you consider mundane and trivial?
October is an awareness month for both mental health and breast cancer. Maybe you might have received some reminder on social media, or are engaged in the work of a cancer charity. With a year that has certainly brought it’s fair share of uncertainty. Taking care of our health, being proactive and familiar of any untoward signs is so important. Because we are the first person to note anything unsual. The month of October focuses on those who battle with and have battled breast cancer with 23 October a day to wear pink, donate to a great cause and come together to stand with friends, loved ones and support others in their journey. Maybe you know someone right now who is struggling with cancer. It might not be breast cancer but it becomes a scary time, where most cancer patients experience a shift in what once was important and what is relevant now.
Where are you now?
Your journey will be different to mine. If you are in good health, then this is a momentous time to be grateful for the miraculous blessings God has bestowed in your life. (James 1:17) If you are reading this and you have been diagnosed, then I cannot offer you any personal advice, but I can signpost you to excellent charities such as Breast Cancer Now which provide information and support along your journey, to relate with others who know and understand. Other ways to get involved include being a volunteer and fundraiser. However, what I can do is pray for you! As you find beauty in the mundane and discover meaning in the monotony of life.
How do you find passion in your everyday routine?
Personally, October is a reflective month, from the many changes in my life that have brought me to this point. And the autumn season exhibits many lessons in nature of how life must end. Chilled breezes, autumn showers, leaves sailing down from the trees in an array of red, gold and brown. The sights and scents are truly breathtaking. Are the birds singing their last song, as they remind us of the period of waiting ahead? Presenting us with an opportunity to find space to reflect. To prepare for still periods. Often in those moments where we cannot understand everything and we believe people disappoint us or friends have abandoned us. This is the time when God is trying to show us He alone is our source for everything.
Kara Tippetts has always inspired me, from the moment I met her through a blogging network, I recall her sparkle. And reading her books years later, I can still hear that enthusiasm. She left a fingerprint on everyone she touched with her unquestionable faithfulness. It reminds me of how committed we should stay, especially when we have no idea of the plans God has for us. How did Kara embrace beauty? Reading her story, her books, her blog you will be touched to tears, simply because there is nothing mundane about her story, neither is there anything mundane about her faith. I unequivocally will always remember her, because she is one of the first bloggers who inspired me on my own journey to blog. And like hundreds of bloggers I now have the privilege to brush shoulders with. We are all distinct and esteemed in God’s eyes to pen words that He imparts to us.
And It Was Beautiful: Celebrating Life In the Midst of The Long Goodbye will leave you with questions and a contemplative reflection of how much you take for granted. It will strike your heart in ways you can’t imagine. You can feel the transparency, authenticity and God’s love oozing through each word. Grab a box of tissues and be prepared to realise what it means to surrender. To bump into grace day after day.
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Will you allow God to seduce you with His extraordinary love that explodes into your life?
By reaching out and touching the life of another. In small ways that are bigger than you believe. When you read this book, you will learn to love the boring days, the ordinary moments. The value of life is not always found in adventures and thrills. Because sometimes what we take for granted today can become so precious tomorrow. This year I have witnessed friends and family lose loved ones to cancer. In many ways it makes me think of how God asks us to number our days. (Psalms 90:12) What would you choose to do differently if you understood life is not definite? Would you walk through today admiring God’s beauty and find the magical in the ordinary?
Every situation and moment can be accepted with a new perspective if we choose to look at life with a childlike faith. (Matthew 18:2-4) Will you allow God to stretch your hope with His grace in this season, as the days draw us in, offering space to cultivate peace in any situation God leads us to? God invites us to discover a greater measure of faith that has no limits. Where the promises and words of hope God instills in you will help you see life through an eternal lens. So that you make a declaration to walk boldy in your faith and not permit fear to have any authority over you.
5 acts to inspire someone who is battling cancer
Most days they may feel removed from their routine life, including the inability to do simple tasks, and feeling overwhelmed by the shifting situation out of their control.
- To simply be there, offer a lending ear or be more pragmatic in doing humdrum chores, all amount to incredible acts of kindness.
- Letting your loved one know they are not alone, but you will be a shoulder to cry on, a support in debilitating times or someone they may need to simply yell at.
- Extending the practical ability for them to lean on another can be encouraging to them, on this long and difficult road.
- Most times you may not say or do the right things, but assuring them that you are there and checking in with them will be more than you may realise.
- And lastly pray because this enables them to find the courage to face another day.
Kara Tippetts displayed constant extravagance she derived from every moment, especially when life turned out so differently to the one she had hoped for. Through her greatest disappointments and darkness, the one thing she never let go of was the Lover of her soul. Her love and openness is remarkable, leaving you as the reader positive and amazed at the legacy she chose to leave. Longing to clasp the eternal joy and hope she discovered, the goodness of God (Psalm 23:6) enriched in her heart from each small moment despite the intense pain.
Share your thoughts…
What practical ways will you be there for someone you know, who is living with cancer? What ways do you excavate beauty out of life – to push past the stagnant, boring and mundane?