An Unexpected Journey

IBC SURVIVOR – MY STORY

Bearing Fruit February 3, 2012

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I finally started a Pinterest account to see why it has become so popular.  It’s strange that I’m hooked and I don’t know why.  I have pinned recipes, crafts & household tips that I have never tried and pictures of places that I know I will never get to see.  Yet I can spend an hour scrolling through picture after picture.  Am I trying to see it all?  Maybe it is a hoarder’s online paradise.  A person can pin item after item and it won’t clutter the house.  ha ha

On one of those rare occasions when I was away from the computer and actually out of the house, I ran in to one of my friends.  I found out that a nice lady I know has been diagnosed with breast cancer.  “Oh no!” comes out of my mouth before I even realize I am saying it.  Then that horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach.  How can this cancer just keep happening to all these people?!?  I  want to make it stop.  Two days before a friend told me her Aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer.  And they’re not the only ones I’ve heard about in the last couple months in this small town.

Before I had breast cancer, I don’t remember hearing of many occurences.  Does that mean I was just oblivious?  Was it part of the “it can’t happen to me” thing?  Did people mention it and I dismiss it after the conversation was over?  Hmmm..    Sounds like I may have been one of “those people” who get on cancer patient’s nerves.   They say things like: “Cancer?  Oh, yeah.  They have chemotherapy for that.  They should be fine.”  I don’t mean a person shouldn’t be positive.  There is a difference.  A compassion that is missing.  I guess I was missing it too.  At least to a certain degree.  So I’m just as guilty.

Therefore you have no excuse, everyone of you who passes judgment, for in that which you judge another, you condemn     yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.  Romans 2:1  

We live and learn.  We are a work in progress.  God continues to reveal things to us so that we can grow.  He wants us to bear fruits of the Spirit.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness and self-control.  Galatians 5:22-23

Hopefully I am bearing more of these fruits day by day.  Blessings to you all.