The phone is ringing off the hook just as it used to do for booking my speaking appointments around the world. I so love speaking and proclaiming the love and forgiveness of our Incredible Father and His Son Christ Jesus. The phone keeps ringing for a different reason now. All kinds of appointments such as with my neurologist for my MS, the scheduling of an MRI of my brain, the thoracic surgeon for my lungs to be drained, my oncologist who told me I have Stage 4 of lung cancer that has spread to my pelvic bones, spine and who knows where else.
The Lord has taken me to the rural villages of India, to Japan to witness to a deaf survivor of the atomic bomb at Nagasaki, to the maxium security state penitentiaries, into every domination of the Christian faith as well as a Jewish synagogue. I have proclaimed Him on the hospital floors when I had a stroke, to the PT department as I recovered, shared with the Cardiologist who implanted my pacemaker as well as the staff in the cardiac unit. Then my Lord sent me to witness to the lung department when a mistake was made during the implanting of the pacemaker and they punctured my lung.
Yes, the Lord keeps ringing that phone with appointments to proclaim Him and this time it appears to reach the deepest of the dark deep with cancer.
Yes, it’s been a shock and I am not happy about it as it is just when my Board of Directors of Sue Thomas Ministries gave the approval to move forward with the documentary of the ministry… of my life and of the Vermont land that holds the Refuge for Prayer at Waterbrooks.
I have had a full week to digest this news and have experienced two very strong emotions. First, to reach as many as I meet and to show them Jesus that they be encouraged by knowing and following Him with their whole heart. Second, Father, let it not be cancer of the brain so that I will not forget you or not be able to proclaim you!
Yes, I can truly say “Thy Will Be Done.”because. Why? Because His Will is the best for me as He knows all of my tommorows and His plans are not to harm me but that I might prosper. ( Jeremiah 29:11) Yes, I believe every single word in the Bible is true for me. It’s not a history book but every word written yesterday is the same today and will be the same Tomorrow. There is nothing new under the sun.(Ecclesiastes 1:9) .
I have been thinking about this word… FIGHT. I will fight this Stage 4 cancer battle but I think that sounds so hard, wearying and exhausting. Instead I am going to say I am going to LIVE this Stage 4 cancer and live it to the hilt every single second as I love Him and proclaim Him to whoever He sends my way! I am praying for wisdom as to the treatments that I should take thus knowing the people who He wants to reach with His love and encouragement.
I choose to live and not fight thus I will not lose energy but have a joy in every thing I do. I will LIVE life by the food I eat (5 pounds of carrots juice each day) through the oncologist ordered immunotherapy treatments (my body is too weak to endure chemo). I believe that God created the human body in a way that it can heal itself with God’s foods and with His joy. My journey of life is one totally of the spirit, mind and body where the Blessed Trinity is the core. I have life and will not fight this new challenge but embrace it as it was entrusted to me by God to bring glory and honor to Him! How unworthy am I to be a partaker in His suffering! How I thank Him, simply by living and proclaiming all the great and mighty things He has done!
My focus right now is on the documentary of WaterBrooks and of my life. The work has already begun. I would love for you to be a part of this documentary that can be passed on from generation to generation. If you would like to invest in life by helping to create this documentary please write your tax deductible check to Sue Thomas Ministries with “notation” DOCUMENTARY and mail to Sue Thomas Ministries 320 North Bayshore Drive Columbiana Ohio 44408.
It is my prayer that I will live to see it’s completion
and make sure it’s all about Christ in every word, deed and action and that He will receive all the glory and honor and praise!
Bless you, my friends, and live life to the hilt with me today!
Sue and Deb
We seek to be a vessel, an outpouring of God’s love, to bring the good news to the afflicted, to bind up the broken hearted, to set the captive free, to comfort those who mourn, and to bring the oil of gladness and the mantle of praise to all that we meet and serve.
We undertake our mission through our outreach of ministering to the spirit, mind, and body, whether it be in renewal through silent retreat and prayer at WaterBrooks, through encouraging those with deafness and other physical challenges at Kennels of Levi, or through meeting the needs of our brothers and sisters among the homeless with Operation Silent Night.
We strive to fulfill our mission, not through our own might and power, but by resting on the firm guiding hand of faith in God’s providence, provisions and promises…for what He has started, He will so complete.