Wednesday, October 1, 2014


I want to be THAT tree... the tree described in Jeremiah 17:8.

I've used Jeremiah 17:7 as my mantra during PET scans and other freak out moments on my cancer journey.

But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in Him.

It was just recently that I paid attention to verse 8.

He will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.

I want to be THAT tree...
...planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream - the stream of living water. I need to be in God's Word, studying, memorizing, applying it to my life. I need to be growing in my relationship with the One who blesses me!

I want to be THAT tree...

...that does not fear when heat comes - when I find a lymph node, while I wait for a CT scan and biopsy, and especially while I wait for results.

I want to be THAT tree...

...with leaves that are always green - peace in the storm and strength in the trial.

I want to be THAT tree...

...with no worries - Besides, who by worrying can add a single hour to his life (Matthew 6:27)?

I want to be THAT tree...

always bearing fruit - showing evidence of God working in me. 

...being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
~ Philippians 1:6 

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  1. Beautiful post! I want to be that tree too! I'm your neighbor at Coffee for Your Heart today. Have a blessed day!

  2. May God walk with you on your journey through lymphoma. Just wanting to be 'that tree' is the first step in becoming 'that tree'! I haven't traveled your path, but I've walked next to my husband (an 11-year survivor of non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma with central nervous system involvement).

    1. Thank you for your encouraging words. It's good to know those who have been there, done that, and are 11 years out!!! Blessings to you and your husband!