Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Daring To Believe

"Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life and few will find it." - Matthew 7:14


It takes alot of courage to believe when the world around you cries nay! It takes more than wishing. It takes a burning desire to cling to that which you know to be true in your heart and to keep walking on path despite what you cannot see. I believe in miracles. God says anything is possible and anything means anything or it means nothing at all.

There comes a time in each of our lives when we must draw the line in the sand. We fight for the truth or we give in to the pressure of worldly influences and never come to realize our true purpose while here on earth. The gate never changes or widens to accomodate all the excuses and detours we take in life. We eventually must take a stand or live a life underlined by a misery we don't understand. As for me and mine........give us the narrow gate!

And what is our purpose? I have come to believe that love is all that matters. We struggle here on earth to find it, to keep it, to understand it, to weather its ups and downs, but to keep holding on. It is worth the struggle. Love comes down to alot of simple moments that add up to an ocean of love.

Johnny and I had a few of those simple moments that I cherished these last two days. He has endured the "chemo-storm" that weakened him and took away his appetite. He is rallying once again and enjoying the simple pleasures in life. We had a most excellent Father's Day and beautiful family time with Scarlett. We knew the tide was turning when he requested a take-out from one of his favorite restaurants - Enza's Italian Restaurant.

Yesterday he felt good enough to venture out to a Japanese restaurant for lunch. It was a quiet little place and very stress free. Later that afternoon I gave him a manicure and we laughed and talked about old times as I clipped and filed his nails. I rubbed his fingers and hands with sweet smelling hand lotion and realized how truly beautiful and precious those rugged hands were.

Seeing Johnny back to his old self restored my faith that a miracle was possible because we are daring to believe - and to get "mad dog mean" about beating the odds. I simply pray to be able to keep that fire of faith burning strong during his "down" moments when I don't see the light at the end of the tunnel. Get thee from me fear! We have received the power of love and a sound mind through the great sacrifice on the cross. I claim it and I believe we will conquer cancer through the sword of the spirit.

5 comments:

Scarlett Lillian said...

Awww momma, you made me teary eyed!

robin said...

rene, you are such a wonderful person, wife, friend and mother!!

johnny, you are gonna preservere as you are a true southern gentleman!!

I love you both!!

robin

Kit Crews said...

Johnny, Rene and Scarlett,

Nancy and I are so thankful to hear about the happy times on Father's Day and of the last couple of days, and we pray that these special times will continue. Your words in today's blog reminded me of Paul's words in 2 Corinthians as he discussed his own struggles. As you continue to regain your strength, Johnny, and as you look for the the strength to fight with Johnny, Rene and Scarlett, I pray that the promise of God that follows, through the presence of His Spirit, will give you the hope to hang onto and the faith to keep fighting.

2 Corinthians 12: 9-10;

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in
weaknesses.... For when I am weak, then I am strong.

We continue to stand with you and lift you all in prayer. May God bless and keep you,

Nancy and Kit Crews

Rene Williams said...

Scarlett,

Remember that God dries every tear!

Robin,

My soul sister! I send my love and prayers to you and your Mother.

Kit and Nancy,

God never ceases to amaze me with His love that he sends through wonderful souls like you. Many thanks to your family and your church in Tennessee that continues to sustain us by reminding us of the power of His word and love.

Enzas Italian Restaurant said...

Just visited your website for the first time...very touching and inspiring!

Michael and Enza Huff
owners Enza's Italian Restaunt