Stamped Watercolor, Marcia Carole

I am sipping on a kale, 2 bananas, white peach and raspberry smoothie at the end of a long day of preparation. Tomorrow, I begin the journey to Los Cedros with a dear friend, Gail, to paint a mural and share the love and comfort of Jesus. This will be my last kale smoothie for a few days. The next few meals will be beans and rice and plenty of fresh fruit. Most importantly, there will be lots Nicaraguan friends and sunny vitamin D. I will not miss the gray of Seattle.

Today, while chatting with my California friend, Judy, I remarked about how easily I had navigated the airport, and had walked briskly from one gate to the next on my recent trip to Boston. My breathing was normal as I dashed nearly a half mile between gates. I could not have done such a fast trek, last summer, without having to stop and catch my breath, doubled over a bit. Seven months of medication, walking, exercise, kale shakes and most importantly, prayer, have all contributed to my current strength while having stage four cancer.

I don't know how many days I have in this life. I do have my ups and downs emotionally when thinking about cancer, but, there is no need for me to squirrel away in my pink bathrobe into a self-pitying ball. God has strengthened me, encouraged me and comforted me. He must want me here a while longer - each day is important and His. Because of the comfort I have received, I hope to share His comfort with others in the days ahead.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2 Corinthians 1:3,4