S: God is Good
FC: Thinking of you is like the Spring, You bring love and joy to everything. | God is Good | Photographs by Kathy L. Dunkin
1: The Lord has been good to me through my year of cancer treatments and healing. These photos are to show my thanks to HIM and hopefully to offer hope to others.
2: "For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
3: Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what He did for me. Ps 66:16 NLT
4: The plan was for me to teach first grade in India. This wonderful adventure was a gift from God to help me with my finances and money for retirement. What a great gift!
5: My house was all packed up. | My flight to India was in ten days.
6: Preparing for India
7: Family in Town | My Prayer Warriors
8: Then storm clouds came blowing in, thicker and thicker. | Breast Cancer? | What? Really? | Change in Plans
9: The clouds became dark. Then came the rain. | Kidney Cancer? | What? | Plans ???
10: CHENNAI | What??? NO!!!
11: I Know the plans I have for you... I KNOW... Trust ME.
12: Diagnosis Feels like standing at the bottom of stairs, looking up at the long, long climb.
13: Because You are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of Your wings. I cling to You; Your strong right hand holds me securely. Ps 63:7 - 8 NLT
14: The treatment plan can feel like an uphill climb but You provided a loving family, sacrificial friends, research, and Your promises. Thank-You for Your loving Presence.
17: Come and see what our God has done, what awesome miracles He does for His people! Ps 66:5 NLT
18: Lots of tests: MUGA, MRI, CAT Scans, etc. Kidney cancer found. Another surgery.
19: I have heard all about You, Lord, and I am filled with awe by the amazing things you have done. In this time of our deep need, begin again to help us... Show us Your power to save us.... remember Your mercy. Habakkuk 3:2 NLT
21: Chemo: hits the cancer cells hard. Kills them! Immune system dies too. | That meant staying away from groups or crowds.
22: Raging Waters: Reactions to chemo felt like I was being tossed about and quickly going under... I wanted to quit the treatments. | When I couldn't fight, others carried me to the Lord through prayers.
23: I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will give you mighty inner strength through His Holy Spirit. Eph 3:16 NLT
24: When it felt like I was drowning I had to grab the Rock.
25: Can anything ever separate us from Christ's love? ... Does it mean that He no longer loves us if we have troubles...? No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ Who loved us. Romans 8:35, 37 NLT
26: A bridge over the troubled waters.
27: JESUS is my bridge.
28: Strong, sturdy. reliable, true!
29: Even when shadows are present, the bridge is secure and never ending. | Shadows: will the treatments help? Will the cancer return? What is the financial plan? How will I get my house put back together?
30: Each bridge is unique just like each treatment or need is unique.
31: Look for the bridge over your water.
32: Miracle after miracle came throughout the year. My job was restored. People gave me their sick leave. My income was secure for the complete year. My family was here for my surgery. My sister stayed with me for three months. A dear friend stayed with me for five months. One close friend stayed on weekends. Another special friend took me to treatments. Many provided meals. Many family members and friends faithfully prayed for me.
34: Then came radiation.
35: You have armed me with strength for the battle. 2 Samuel 22:40 NLT
36: Fun People Helped in Many Ways
38: The killing of hidden cancer cells. Growth of healthy ones.
39: They will come home and sing songs of joy...They will be radiant because of the Lord's good gifts...Their life will be like a watered garden and all their sorrows will be gone. Jeremiah 31:12 NLT
40: Then the sun rose, Lit up the clouds. Plans were made again.
41: Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.... Is 40:31
42: Thinking of You is like the Spring, You bring love and joy to everything.
43: "For the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers are springing up and the time of the singing of birds has come. Yes, spring is here." ~ Song of Solomon 2:11-12
44: sunny days | "No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow." ~ Proverb from Guinea
45: spring is here! | For everything there is a season. A time for every activity under the heaven. ...a time to heal ...a time to build up ...a time to dance ...a time for peace. Ecc 1:1. 3, 4, 8 NLT
46: The flowers are blooming | I began to learn that springtime is just that, spring: a time of visible growth. Winter is over but summer has not arrived yet.
47: Spring is in the air... Growth | Springtime, not winter, not summer
48: Struggles with energy came. But, the Bridge was there to take me over the cold waters.
49: Hope...unseen things...
51: "For the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers are springing up and the time of the singing of birds has come. Yes, spring is here." ~ Song of Solomon 2:11-12
52: Stamina increased. Strength returned. | The Lord restored my furniture, my job, my energy, my health, and my song.
53: The Power of Prayer. | Stairs, water, rocks, bridges and flowers.
54: Then came the summer! | Everything comes when it is needed...not before and not after...but on time. For me, it was the strength to teach.
55: Because, GOD is faithful!