Gratitude is an understatement!
Trust God in ALL things
As it has been said, “If I had a thousand tongues, it would not be enough to adequately express my gratitude for the grace and mercy My Father has bestowed upon me today!”
In Week 40 of my book, My Pain has a Purpose, Julius Cartwright (a close friend of the family) stated that I am Unstoppable, in his May 20, 2020, Praise & Power daily devotional. He reminded me that I have undeniable proof that I have a purpose and My Father still has work for me to do. My season has not yet expired, as there are people I still need to impact, inspire, and influence. If this were not the case, He could have taken me home on many occasions, but He did not!
Today, I was granted God’s amazing unmerited favor, in the form of a negative biopsy report, which ruled out a second bout of breast cancer! Praise God!!!
There are not words to describe the joy in my heart, and in the hearts of all those who know and love me, especially my mother. Today she stated, “No one could possibly be any more relieved and grateful than me!” I know both my parents, and my children are relieved, thankful, and praising God for the opportunity to continue a life with me, despite my flaws and imperfections.
The prayers, support, and encouragement of my family and friends were heard and felt by me, but more importantly, they were heard by My Father. I know there is no testimony, without a test; and I was willing to submit to God’s will and walk through the storm with grace…again…if it were necessary…BUT GOD!
How can I ever thank Him enough? What must I do to demonstrate my love, my appreciation, my gratitude? I am quickly reminded that trouble and challenges are an inherent part of this imperfect world, and I am not immune to occasional episodes of life on life’s terms; however, I will be eternally grateful for yet another chance to live a quality life filled with peace of mind, love, and another day of recovery.
God could have let alcoholism win, but He didn’t!
God could have let depression win, but He didn’t!
God could have let cancer win, but He didn’t!
I am UNSTOPPABLE, until My Father says I’m not!
I have intentionally spent the last 18 years, 6 months, and 5 days learning, accepting, and coming to a place of understanding why my pain has a purpose. I had to walk through the storm with grace (on several occasions), to come out on the other side; whole and not still broken. What started as a seemingly impossible journey in recovery has developed into a lifeline of love, support, and courage enabling me to be a better me and help others in the process.
I have spent the last 6,757 days growing into the woman God would have me to be - 6,757 days of Sobriety. I guess that means I have had a test or two, and therefore I have a testimony. Through it all, good, bad, and indifferent, by God’s Grace and Mercy, I am still standing, healthy, sane, and sober! Praise be to God!
“Trust Me with every fiber of your being! What I can accomplish in and through you is proportional to how much you depend on Me.” –
“With God’s help, I can walk through the storm with grace.” –
Angel Michelle Chapman, JD
“We’ve always been held up by the grace of God, our Father, and that won’t change.” – Joyce Meyer
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